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JP6K
Reviewed By BONES
January 4, 2021

What an amazing synth! Incredible sound quality and so easy to get great sounds from, this VSTi should be in every Windows users' plugin folder. I have no idea, and even less interest in how good an emulation of the JP8000 it is but I'd be surprised if the Roland hardware had a filter half as good as this one. It's a peach.

You get two SuperSaw oscillators for all that 90s trance goodness, if that's your thing, and the most sublime string pads, which is more my thing, plus a Noise generator. The rich tones of the low-pass resonant filter remind me very much of the excellent Wasp synth that comes built into Synapse Audio's Orion virtual studio, a sound we have struggled to match since moving from Orion a few years ago. Until now. The combination of the Supersaw oscillators and lush resonance allows you to create the fattest basses imaginable.

At first the synth seems a little bare-bones but there is a little button called "MORE", curiously placed in the filter section on the GUI, that opens up a number of extra options, like velocity modulation of filter and amp, as well as an AD envelope for pitch mod, Glide control, oscillator Pan control and an Analog knob, which adds a slight random variation to the pitch of each note to make it sound a bit more like an analogue synth. There are also two effects - a simple EQ and a basic delay, both of which are adequate to the task.

I like the GUI and it is resizable, so you can make it as big or small as you like. The "LED" display shows you parameter values as you move controls and clicking on it displays the preset list. Preset management is very basic, about the same as DUNE, but works well enough. CPU usage is very low for sound quality like this.

I bought this synth last month and it has very quickly become my go-to synth for strings and basslines. It features heavily in the last half-a-dozen projects I've been working on, with multiple instances in several of them, and I can see myself adding it to a lot of older projects, too, wherever I had previously tried to replace a Wasp bassline and probably for a lot of string parts, too. It's quick and easy to patch from scratch and the results are always usable. JP6K is the synth I've been looking for for the last 10 years - great sound with just enough features to make it usable across a number of styles. What's really stupid about it is that for 9 of those 10 years I could have had it, if only I'd known it existed. At 25 Euros, this should be in everyone's synth arsenal.

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Viper
Reviewed By eyezermusic
August 4, 2018

Great synth. Viper clearly emulates hardware (the Virus TI and possibly Virus C) very well, way better than my expectations. I have a weakness for pads and supersaws. With Viper you can make really phat supersaws and pads, by far better than any other soft synth I've tried (and I've tried many...). You can make all kinds of sounds with Viper of course but the two mentioned sounds are in my opinion what makes Viper stand out.

However Viper only gets 4 stars out of 5 from me because there are a few things that are less good with Viper. It's a slower soft synth, particularly loading it up and browsing the presets (the rest functions well). Despite the measurements taken to optimize CPU and the fact that I have a pretty powerful PC, I still get CPU spikes after running a couple of Viper instances in a project. This can of course be bypassed through bouncing, which is what I recommend doing if you plan on using many instances. These mentioned things makes the workflow less comfortable though. Overall, I'd say sound wise it's 10/10. Performance wise 4/5. The GUI is very good and easy to understand because it's well organized. The only thing a little bit confusing with the GUI at times is at the filter section with the F, M and A buttons. The one you click on will get darker and the one not in use is lighter. I personally think it would have been less confusing if it was the opposite. But maybe it's just me :P.

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Viper
Reviewed By LL Cool Whip
June 4, 2018

Been waiting for the 64 to hit. Snapped it up after confirming some functionality with Studio One 4. Works as expected.

This VST from Adam has a wide, and deep (gene) code pool.

I also think Viper can be used as an example of a very elegantly designed GUI. It's all there and flows very well.

Now I just need to find more time .

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Viper
Reviewed By moonchunk
June 2, 2018

Its June 2, 2018 and Viper was just released in 64-bit. For someone like me that has dozens of VST synths, I occasionally spend money on something that ends up being little more than a waste of time and added clutter on my machine.

THIS IS NOT THE CASE here.

This synth has unusual sonic characteristics and an unusual response to tweaking that makes this baby stand out as a great addition - even for those who own Spire. The approach is just different enough, and the arp in particular is amazing.

Plus, many of the sounds are really extraordinary and so easily tweaked to get them working in new directions.

You really couldn't ask for a more powerful argument that hardware synths had that special sauce in them - and that's what makes VIPER occupy a unique position - it emulates THAT.

So I was waiting to review VIPER because as a 32-bit plugin it was still common to overwhelm my CPU with it when using a lot of voices and so on.

The 64-bit version comes through - and noticeably overcomes that issue.

Also, this version has a whole new bank of presets.

Thank you ADAM.

One senses this has been a labour of love. Not unlike what the guys at U-he or Reveal Sound would do if they dug back in from scratch with what they'd learned as machines and their processors have become more capable.

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Viper
Reviewed By ubailey
January 29, 2018

I downloaded the demo just to play with the features. I ended up being totally blew back to the point I ended up buying the synth the very next day after sound testing it for about an hour.Easy/nice looking interface and easy to navigate. I love the two filters, but what impressed me the most was the arepeggiator. I cross compaired the arp function in viper to the one in dune 2, and viper by far won this battle as the arp is very powerful with many presets and customizable options. The arp unit makes it very easy to come up with a new song concept in seconds at the push of a button It has some very nice factory presets, that do not sound like other synths out their, and I just discovered a whole second bank of patches to use, which means it comes with 256 patches altogether. The matrix functionality is awesome as well, and the effects section is also very powerful with some filter options including a vocoder filter. this hyas easily become my number 1 synth to go along with dune 2 and serum. This synth is a monster. Many people seem to be thrown off by the 32-bit version. Apparently many daws out their make it difficult to use 32-bit programs, but that wasnt an option for me at all, as my 64-bit version of fl is compatible with 32-bit sw without needing any extra plugins. So, for those who choose not to buy it for that reason, only makes me happier, as I know there will be less people out their with the same sound I have. If you like the access virus, then this is a way cheaper option to get the same sound from a brand new synth. This will be one of the top synths of 2018.

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