Well, the 'Bob' part's made up, but the rest is true. Amongst my VSTs are gems like Komplete Ultimate 11 CE, IK's Total MAxx, and the Arturia V collection; but if all were removed, the collection wouldn't be much smaller. For the last few months I've been cutting back, only acquiring (I use that word rather than 'buying', because there's some great free stuff out there) - only acquiring VSTs that add to what I already have.
So, a Kontakt synth at 75% off and costing $20? It looks ugly, but let's play the video.
For the first part of it, I was ready to stop - some nice sounds, some ordinary. But the chap doing the demo did a good job, and before long I knew I was going to get this one. That video is worth watching to the end: SEQui2R synth looks basic and old school, but it's a fairly powerful synth, capable of producing some very pleasant sounds, some great old school patches, and some hurting bass. Then add the sequencer, which is like nothing else I've seen, and the combination is no brainer at the discount price, and well worth the full price.
I bought it last night, around 11pm Pacific Time. You have to email the vendor to get a download link; they replied immediately, that's around 7am where they are, in the UK.
This morning I mostly went through the presets (which have to be installed as Kontakt snapshots - easy to do, but there's a video in the download to show you how if you don't know.) There are lots, and they're varied and I would think do justice to the product. I did a bit of patch editing too, but it really needs to be done in combination with the manual or the afore-mentioned youtube video - there's no popups when hovering over a control, and there are lots of controls.
One particular point of note: these guys make patches that use the mod wheel. I *hate* running through presets that don't use the mw, but SEQui2R synth does, to sometimes excellent effect. Thanks for that.
The newest update now has MIDI drag and drop, like Sequi2r.. This greatly adds to the value.. Cause you can use any VI of your choice. I had taken MIDI drag/drop from Sequi2r and used a Kontakt string library.. I got results like Alfred Hitchcock strings on LSD.. Positive striking. and because the strings sound so real, you envision this mad violinists dancing around in the piece..
Adding the MIDI drag/drop feature is a HUGE bonus.. All the Audiofier plug-ins are quite clever programing to work in Kontakt.
I already have Sequi2R and the follow up Sequi2R EX (with a lot of expansions included) but skipped over the first version of their new series vesper cause "bells and whistles" just not my sounds.
Now I could not resist the new Abstrung, same concept then Vesper but with "strungs" (Abstrung :lol:) and plucks (my sounds :D).
Took some time with nearly 20 GB download to get evrything working but then I was just overwhelmed :o .
Me, the preset addicted and NO nki-instruments, no snapshots ????
NO, you really dont need. After this I will open my pc an look for this bunch of mini composers where they have been hidden.
NO, thats NOT random, not at all. Evry click brings a new (whatever magic does that trick) well designed preset :o :o :o.
AND: you can choose a sound category from the browser for the random sound generation.
And if you do this it is far more then just a plucks and strings thing.
Choose "spacey" and in no time you have a texture, soundcape, pad, athmophere whatever you like.
Have not come further now, four other categorys waiting to be explored.....
And magic goes on. If you have the sound you like in general there are two alternative ways to go on: use the crystal engine (no, I wont try to explain, you must have a look on yourself) it just adds kind of magic to your sound or use a very polished and feature rich double step sequencer following the root note and scale you choose.
I must admit ad this point as a hobby musician with more enthusiasm then knowledge I never really managed to master Sequi2r in all its possibilities, just to much for me so I am really fine with using the presets and just playing a little bit with the sequencer on first level.
But was makes this series so outstanding is the ease of use:
- choose a soundcategory you like - use the sound composer (no, I wont call it random cause it just isnt :lol:) - and then add the magic with crystal or a double sequencer.
Of couse there are a bunch of special fx, I dont think I will need them much but of course they are there and as easy to use as the rest.
So I will go back to magic :party:
Have a look at it if you like, it is really marvellous.