Don't let the low price fool you into overlooking this top quality synth.
I can't add much to what the previous reviewers have said, except to mention that it's my first line when I'm looking for phat bass sounds and rich pads. It has other tricks up its sleeve as well.
It hasn't been updated in a few years, but this actually has the benefit that it's very efficient as far as resource usage. Soundwise, it doesn't need to be updated. It's aimed at emulating vintage synths, so why update it?
If there's one thing that might be a negative, it's that the UI is not resizable. Not that big an issue for me, as it looks great on my aging 14" laptop, and my desktop DAW system uses dual 23" monitors. If you use a 4K monitor, it probably starts to look pretty tiny.Read Review
As with AIR's other synths, don't let the low price fool you. This is a powerhouse.
It's a virtual ROMpler, a "workstation," great for sketching out ideas.
The thing is, the sounds (over 2000 presets) are so good that I often start out "sketching" with Xpand!2 and end up using it in the final mix.
Great basses, pads, polysynths, leads. Some very usable drum machines. Excellent arpeggiator.
It's not without a few (slight, IMO) weaknesses. The orchestral sounds are not something I'd ever use in a final production, but that's to be expected. Orchestral samples take up a huge amount of space. Still, they are sometimes usable when layered with synth sounds.
The GUI is not resizable, so if you're on a 4K monitor, it'll look pretty small. Not a big issue because it's a ROMpler, you use the presets.
The underlying code hasn't been updated in many years, but this actually works in its favor: it's very resource-friendly.
A smashing deal whenever it drops below $10. I think my licenses (I have multiple for my various DAW systems) were purchased for $5. Whatever, it's worth many times that.Read Review
Xpand 2 is pretty insane for what it is. I can make big and intricate sounds very quickly, and I appreciate the selection of onboard effects (although I would really like to have more than just two slots for them.) I am kicking myself for not getting Xpand sooner, because there was a time when I was very heavy into the slightly more cheesy, Ocarina-of-Time-esque sounds, of which Xpand has PLENTY.
A valid issue is that there are very little options for shaping the sounds individually, or for shaping the overall sound. And admittedly, given how I eluded to Xpand having a lot of voices fit for a SNES (or N64 actually), it does not easily have a strong sound. It remains an inspiring tool to use. I do recommend it, because it will get you very far.Read Review
It is a good program to play aroud. I mainly us the loops and export them to MIDI and convert them to Reason. The main conconcern is Ilok that can be downloaded separately, but is also integrated with the core program. Ignite cannot be be installed recently without the integrated unlock program, but this also makes Windows 10 to crash. I asked for helf from Air but no reply has arrived yet. It took me a day to properly install and revome traces causing the pőroblems. Now it works fine.Read Review
One of the better Hybrid 3 expansion packs. Nice pads; rich, dark synths as well as some edgier sounds.Read Review
I love this synth. Big evolving ambient pads, arps, leads, it has it all. The going rate for it seems to be $4.99; if you can't find it for that, then just wait and watch for it to come up again at Pluginboutique. A real sleeper, I've had it for years and still find new inspiration when I open it up and browse through the presets.
Highly recommended for people like me who want huge electronica sounds but can't afford Serum or Omnisphere. Having said that, though, it's not just a broke musician's substitute for the more expensive ones, it has its own strengths and stands on its own as a professional instrument. Don't let the low price fool you.
The engine is a few years old, which is actually a benefit: it uses next to nothing as far as processing power so you can use it on any system you have, even that hand-me-down Dell laptop.
The one drawback it has, is as others have mentioned, the non-resizable GUI. It looks fine on my monitors, but I can see that if you had a 4K it would be pretty small. Whatever, there are so many good presets (and extra ones free for downloading) that you can get immersed in it without ever touching the controls.
Just get it. If you use it on one track it's paid for itself. For the price of one beer at your favorite watering hole, stay home for a night and work on music instead.Read Review
What an incredible deal...no steal this was. I even had to add a sample pack to be able to buy this software. Luckily I had every other AIR product except from these two beforehand, except for the daw. I didn't use DrumSynth 500 yet but the Boom is really the BOOM! Everything I expect from a Drummachine just in a software version, ticking out of the boxes! :) Works great and comes with clear sound. It has not so many presets compared to the Transfusor, but it is capable to get your track grooving instantaniously. Thanks a lot! KVR/AIRmusictech enyoing your products when I can.Read Review
The only thing that sucks is the compressors tbh. Everything else is pretty solid. Some unique effects in here that I would say are worth it on sale. For 99 dollars? nah. I find myself reaching for these quite a bit whenever I'm doing some sound design stuff. I think I got this for around $5-10.Read Review