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Mercury-1 [read all reviews]
Reviewed By [read all by] on 11th January 2002
Version reviewed: 1.? on Windows
6.00
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Mercury hasn't got the sexiest look on the planet, but it's functional and the controls are well sorted.
I tend to be using Mercury for the same sounds over and over again, but it's just so good at them. Either as a reso bass, or as an attack synth or as a brutal lead sound. It's great, say, if you have a rock band and the chorus just hasn't got enough drive. It's not the most versatile animal, it has it's own characteristic sound, but it is very good at what it does.
It comes with a great number of presets, all of which are well programmed and useable.

Its price, unfortunately, seems to be the shadow of past times and, in my view, should be rethought.

The single most annoying thing about Mercury is that it 'forgets' presets when used in Logic Audio. Also, if you zap through presets, select one, then modify it, for some obscure reason you can't go back to switching through the presets, as the controls to do so are then inoperative. For logic users, Mercury is a nightmare simply because of this little, yet devistatingly irritating bug.

Still, Mercury is a good synth, and it is truly an animal of a kind, with a strong character and good useability.
DrumDragon [read all reviews]
Reviewed By [read all by] on 11th January 2002
Version reviewed: 1 on Windows.
Last edited by Studio22 on 11th January 2002.
2.00
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GUI: non existent

Sound: I'm sure some Gameboy sound designers might appreciate it. Anyone who makes music won't

Features: Yes, it has some sliders. And that's all

Documentation: No english manual.

Presets: it's got some 10 presets. All of them totally unuseable... except to Gameboy sound designers.

Customer support: No english customer support. Come to think about it, what could one possibly need support about with this VSTi?

Value for money: 40$ isn't the world, but this VSTi simply doesn't justify ANY amount of hard cash. The author offers 3 other free VSTis as well, so clearly this isn't an issue of greed, but surely he must realize that in order to charge people, one has to make their product at least somewhat attractive - from a sound perspective as well as GUI as well as useability.

Stability: It doesn't crash.


I simply cannot see any use for this for anyone. I couldn't imagine who would buy it if it was 1$, let alone 40!
Sonik Synth [read all reviews]
Reviewed By [read all by] on 5th January 2002
Version reviewed: 1.0 on Windows.
Last edited by Studio22 on 11th January 2002.
10.00
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Installing Sonic Synth is easy, although you have to move files manually. An Installer would've been nice. I don't like SampleTank's authorisation process, but if you enter the email adress correctly (unlike me) I guess it isn't too uncomfortable.

User Interface:
Simple and effective. Once you figured out how to set your sample dir ur ready to go.

Sound:
This VSTi is quite amazing... Someone mentioned that some accoustic instruments aren't the best they could be, but seeing that this VSTi is so comprehensive on other sections compansates for that. Also, keep in mind that there is no single VSTi that covers as many instruments (i think). The guitars are amazing, The pianos are good, and at last a VSTi that has some excellent pads. The keyboards are great, but you'll really start to see how great they are if u play with the controllers.
The collection of drums isn't too comprehensive, but I doubt many people would expect a full drum sampler when they're buying sonic synth.

Features:
Many instruments have controllable effects inplemented and you can tweak envelopes in sampletank. Would be great to be able to get to more Parameters though... but i guess that's why they call it a ROMpler.

Documentation:
There's a LONG instructional video on the CD, and if I ever needed to ask something that isn't covered, I know Dave would reply faster than I could look it up anyway.

Presets:
A lot of them and well sorted.

Support:
I've bugged Dave about 20 times probably (my adress changed after ordering etc) and he's always replied within hours and a day at most.

Value:
250$ for 2GB of good sounds. what can you say.

Stability:
Changing sounds while Logic is playing will slow down loading. But no single crash or instability so far.

Sonic Synth is a well programmed collection of good useable sounds for a good price. The sounds load fast and using the sampletank engine is uncomplicated and quick. I can't wait for my Expansion Packs. :o)