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Ben took his sweet time adding this one to the list.. :P anyways...
Pluses: * 14 oscillators (all can be enabled/disabled) * 2 multimode filters (1 per 2 banks of 7 oscillators) * 2 arpeggiators (1 per 2 banks of 7 oscillaors) * big, phattt (yes I just used the p word) sound that (imo) is rare in the soft synth realm.
Minuses: * HUGE gui - all of the parameters on one screen - doesnt all fit at 1024x768 in orion platinum * Patch recall issue in orion where after a song with SW:performer is used, upon reloading the song, one must cycle back and forth the patch selector to get the wanted sound * Cpu cycle eater * Unusual licensing C/R check that wasnt TOO bad but I'm not a fan of C/R * Metallic sounding Reverb that I detest.
I'll be upfront in that I use this synth 99% of the time for trance.. it can be reminiscent of the big supersaw sounds one can get out of the JP8k from roland.. (let the multipage threads begin...) and is just screaming (well not like a bahssstaaahd) to play trance (bass and leads).
can also do a whole different range of sounds though.. huge pads are also a forte' of SW:Performer. Try switching off the reverb and use a 3rd party instead, you'll thank me later.