For a VSTi dating from over 10 years ago, this still holds up wonderfully well; if you can run 32-bit plugins and have a hankering for evolving, spacey, mystical pads, Golden ASET is perfect, and still worth the $$. Both the GUI and presets show the difference in being both talented and caring about quality- I'd gladly spend money on Vera Kinter's work any time. A point off for being old and limited to 32-bit Windows. Ease of use, support, and documentation all match the level of sight and sound on offer, she is quick to respond and unfailingly helpful and polite.
ARTPyrite is not just a most fascinating software synth:- it is also a transporter that will waft you to ethereal interstellar realms through its dreamy flowing atmospheric soundscapes. There is no attempt to be an emulation synthesizer, presenting versions of the classical instruments known to us for centuries, but rather like Omnisphere, this is a synthesist's synthesizer, a VST that highlights the sonic landscapes that only synthesizers can produce.
The program offers an extensive array of sounds, with 10 soundsets, most of which have the full 128 creations. Within this generous offering you will find a diversity ranging through fluid cinematic pads and textures to gutsy pulsing impacts and rhythms, all easily editable from an extensive diversity of sound-samples, and an accessible and user-friendly interface. The artwork of the gui is also commendable, with the graphics showing another dimension to the incredible skills of the sound-designer, Vera Kinter, who some may know from their experience with the much-missed Alchemy.
Another feature which makes ARTPyrite so highly commendable is the superb and readily-offered care generously given to her customers. A sign of this is the free demo version that has been made available. In all ARTPyrite is a quite unique gift to us.
Being a computer based musician I have accumulated lots of VST instruments. It's easy to collect them when there are so many available at the click of a button. I use some for general purpose sounds and others get my attention because of certain categories of sounds that stand out to me. But creatively I'm always on the lookout for that one VST instrument that inspires me to create and is instrumental (pun intended) in defining my sound. Art Pyrite is that instrument for me. It comes with an expansive library of sounds and presets that are suitable for any genre of music. The layout of the interface is straightforward and efficient but also very stylishly beautiful, creating an environment of inspiration to experiment and craft your own unique sound easily. This characteristic of Pyrite makes the library feel so much larger and more diverse. Pyrite excels at creating ambient soundscapes from fragile and subtle to breathing and pulsating with motion elements that keep the music evolving. The factory presets included are creative, artistic expressions that provide endless fuel for the imagination. It is obvious from the moment you start auditioning the presets that such meticulous and genuine care and ingenuity went into the making of this VST. And if you should have any inquiries, contacting Artvera will be an equally rewarding experience. Given the fact that the demo offers a very good representation of the variety of content in Pyrite and also that it doesn't ever expire, I'd highly recommend downloading it and giving it a try. It would definitely be well worth your time.
I've owned ART Pyrite-K for just over a month now & have given it a pretty thorough workout & I must say that I am very happy with this kontakt instrument. It's full to the brim with hundreds of very usable presets which sound absolutely stunning. I won't go on about the myriad of ways you can further sculpt your sounds (just have a look at the 'main features' mentioned in the instrument description). You can lose yourself for hours just listening to & tweeking the fantastic presets. And on top of all that, you can get even more inventive with the 3 randomise buttons (1 to randomise the waveforms & another 2 buttons in the sequencer section to randomise the volume & tune). There is also an in depth, easy to understand manual provided. If you like creating rich, beautifully melodic soundscapes (like I do) then this is a must buy. Highly recommended.
Over the years there have been lots of VST plugins out there and I have basically bought most of them. I possess a vast array of virtual instruments and even the most expensive hardware that I was able to acquire by working hard and trying to save as much as I could. Nothing satisfied me more than the two products I bought from Artvera, Aset and Pyrite. The latter is a gem, what we call in American English a real humdinger, top-of-the line, cream of the crop. This is how much this product impressed me and without any further ado let me give you the straight dope.
INTERFACE AND EASE OF USE : I have never seen such a wonderful interface before, meaning that what you see when you open this Pyrite VST is pure beauty and a feast on your eyes. The colors, the contrast distill imagination and inspiration. You get a plethora of buttons, windows and what not to make your interactive experience with this product the best there is out there. Artvera is not only a great company, it is also an expert on visual art. On a scale from 0 to 10 I am giving Pyrite a firm 10 on interface.
THE SOUNDS : Well, there are no words in English or any other language which could describe the magnificent, unbelievable sounds Pyrite can produce. You get a gigantic library which gives you the most impressive array of sounds and combinations. The sounds are ethereal, evolving, next generation style, they will stir every corner of your soul with their sonic power. The most amazing thing is how Artvera put all these sounds together without sacrificing ease of use. I have been up all night exploring all the powers of Pyrite and even when I sleep I still hear the multidimensional sounds it is capable of. Oh yeah, the wow factor is there and more than that, a magic factor that will satisfy even the most demanding Hollywood producers.
VALUE FOR MY MONEY: You will not find anything out there that compares to this VST for the money. With just $ 60 you get the very best product of the year. I have spent thousands of dollars on very good products, including hardware but nothing has made me tick as much as Pyrite. A firm 10 on this one.
CUSTOMER SERVICE : Artvera is a company that devotes to customer satisfaction without asking steep prices for its products. They always answered my questions and even explained patiently all the features of their products. A 10 is well deserved.
FINAL THOUGHTS: To all non-believers out there and all fellow musicians, Pyrite is the best Christmas gift any of you could get. Do not miss on this one, you will have the music power you have been looking for all these years. Yeah, Pyrite, that is the name of your dream vst.
If you've been intrigued by the family of synths that HG Fortune has developed over the past few years, you're sure to love this one. It's sold by artvera, whose Vera Kinter designed the truly beautiful interface, and whose work as a preset designer has graced a lot of HG Fortune's work.
If you are looking for a synth that can produce inspiring backdrops of sound for movie projects, or pads as underpinnings for ambient pieces, look no further. For $30, it's hard to think of anything else that will do the job as well. With 500+ carefully designed presets and the wonderful 'lazy' button for random resets, you're sure to trip across something that'll fit, in the spectrum from sinister to pastoral.
The themes are outer-spacy, Egyptian, mythological, fantasy-oriented, and named appropriately.
You can get three different GUIs -- gold, bluish, silver -- but the gold one is, for me, the way to go. Museum quality art, and I'm not kidding.
It's incredibly easy to use, and self-explanatory. You'll find time slipping past as you click through presets, trying to decide which to use...how about that? Therapeutic VST-induced meditative states!Read Review