Everything has changed since I first reviewed this synth...i actually wanted to delete my review altogether but I wasn't allowed to..but my horror experiences over the last year with the sampletank engine have totally changed my thoughts, and here I am going to say the honest truth....
UI: It LOOKS nice, the effects are all easy to control and you know what's going on..it's laid out logically..the major problem is, you can't flick through presets with the arrow keys, it takes a mouse movement and a double click for every sound, and over time becomes really tired.. Also, the red is a bit strong, it would be nice to be able to alter the colour scheme, although this is scheduled in ST2
SOUND: pretty good overall...there is quite a variety of sounds and nothing stands out as actually being really "bad"..but there are some sounds that just don't grab me too much, i was particularly uninspired by the pads, funnily enough, as that was my main reason to purchase this...but the qulaity of the sampling is also good, everything is clean and doesn't sound tinny or too digital
FEATURES: well besides a lack of vst automation, the fact that there are cool on board effects that really allow you to shape the presets in a variety of ways, the score is above average here...much easier to work with than a hardware rompler for example! I don't bother with the import options, as i am unimpressed with the results
Documentation..To be perfectly honest, I still haven't read it, so i am giving an above average score to be fair, as i cant really comment if it's bad..
Presets: relates directly to the "sound" section above
Customer Support: Well this IS a joint IK and SR product and IK have the worst customer support(IMO) in the business... Since my problems have been technical and SR aren't responsible for that area (IK is), I have to way the percentage of the score IK's way...I would give "1" if it wasn't for squids attempts at helping me out sales wise, which earns the extra 3 points
Stability: where I use it, in Traction and Logic 5.51 in Win2k, I have NEVER had a vsti crash my host as many times as this one does. It is so unpredictable and unreliable, I feel sweaty and nervous just inserting it into a project...so i don't anymore!
VFM: the lowest score, ,since it is to me, never been used in a project, i bought it over a year ago when the aussie dollar was very weak, and it has been sitting on the shelf for 6 months totally unused..so there IS no value for money, it's like money in the wind.... What makes the score even lower here is how much of MY time I have wasted chasing up support requests with IK...it's worked out to far more than the time I have actually used the product