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Exciton [read all reviews]
Reviewed By Exsurdo [read all by] on 13th January 2003
Version reviewed: 1.1 on Windows
10.00
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This is a very, very, very good product. Please don't go and compare it with another VSTi based on the list of features. It lacks some features that we might find on other products. BUT, the quality of what is there is of the highest. This is the best atempt to "analog emulation" I've heard yet. I know how it might sound: this is a vague comment since there's all sorts of "analog sounds". Oberheim, Moog, SCI, ARP, etc. They all have different sounds. What I'm saying here is that there is a genuine effort in this product to catch the general character of "analog", not just plain "substractive synthesis".

It shows in the oscillators. Please download the demo and dial for the patch "10 sawtheeth". Appreciate it's warmth, meatiness, fatness, whatever you call it. Appreciate also that all you're hearing on this patch is the oscillators in Unisson mode, no filters. THIS is character.

Great effort has been put in this product to make it fast to use (no switching screens, no vast routing possibilities, etc) with a great quality of sound. Fast, efficient and well thought.

If you can't get a good sound out of this baby, you're in the wrong buisness.

A good candidate for dirrect comparison would be the NI Pro-53 I thing, and compares very well. Personnaly I was about to buy the Pro-53, and I will probably go with Exciton. They are both comparable products (it's not like comparing it with Reaktor or Absynth for instance which are too different), and in my opinion, Exciton is supperior in every points: quality of the oscillators, of the filters, modulation, interface, etc. Two thumbs up.