I've been an avid user of these superb synths for a long time.They sound fantastic from simple to rich complex, but smooth oscillators to the fantastic array of filters, ultra flexible envelopes and extensive modulation options.There are many versatile synths out nowadays but the unique KX modulation system provides anything from breathing life into the sounds with subtle oscillator pitch 'drift', to step sequencing, combined with years of tweaking the code, oversampling where most beneficial etc to achieve a smoothness and authentic analog sound . .More than anything the sounds (especially when the kx mod is introduced) are just so rich they layer and sit in a mix beautifully.While the earlier incarnations were a little heavy on the processor, these synths have been intensively polished and improved for many years so that despite their detail and complexity they run on minimal processor time, yet the already superb sound has just got better and better.Simply to my ears nothing competes.
Looks good, but is very broken. The editor will randomly overwrite patches on my blofeld with garbage, rendering it useless. The issue can be duplicated reliably, and I've sent detailed reproduction steps to support, but they refuse to respond or help. It's very frustrating and disappointing.
This has certainly become a mature highly-versatile feature-rich instrument. Unlike-and IMHO-most other contemporary brass sample libraries, there is no need to load multiple instruments-or instances of the same instrument - to access this amount of included articulations and additional features - usually far fewer - thereby eliminating the headache of unmatched sample levels, tones and timbres etc. The well laid out GUI makes accessing all features a breeze. Kudos to the team at CMusic Production. Their products just keep getting better - without massive price increases.
I recently stumbled across one of the best finds I have made on KVR in a quite a while. The modular synth Fathom. Fathom is in it's early stages and is already more polished and capable than many fully-baked synths you'll find on KVR's marketplace.
Why give it an 8? Partly for what it is and partly for where it's going. Fathom is already developing a warm, enveloping character that is tremendously flexible. The intuitive visual module routing allows for biting leads, lush pads and everything in between. The UI reigns in all the flexibility well so the user isn't overwhelmed by the host of options.
The dev is very amiable and welcomes criticism. Those of us who have been here for only a few months have watched Fathom steadily grow and change as the dev responds to user input. The dev is no newb who just started with some synth coding library as a hobby. He worked at Ensoniq previously so he's been in the biz. He knows his DSP and it shows in the design. As a professional coder myself this dev's chops are impressive.
Certainly, Fathom doesn't tick every box at this point, but it covers a lot of ground even at this early stage of development. If development stopped right now it would still be a worthy, unique addition to your stable of plugins. I have no doubt Fathom will be deserving of 9+ reviews in the near future.
Do yourself a favor. Invest what you might spend on a lousy lunch and instead get a great sounding synth that will keep you experimenting into the wee hours of the night.
NOTE: I'm no shill. I paid for Fathom, no special discounts, I'm not related to the dev or anything of the sort.