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Clavia Lab
Reviewed By gwenmollo
October 31st, 2021

Some of my first vst.

not good not bad, just a rhode/wurli keyboard.

I used it on some few tracks.

32-bits only.

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Spook Keys
Reviewed By gwenmollo
October 31st, 2021

Some of my first vst.

It pretty unique, like a musical saw or theremin. good sound.

I used it on some few tracks.

32-bits only.

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The Shepherd
Reviewed By gwenmollo
October 31st, 2021

Some of my first vst.

It pretty unique, like a musical saw or theremin. good sound.

I used it on some few tracks.

32-bits only.

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Super Spook Keys
Reviewed By BipTunia
July 9th, 2018

Why buy a theremin? I know they look cool, but this sounds almost indistinguishable.

Unless you're going to master waving your arms in the air, just get this.

Has a fun interface too.

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Striker
Reviewed By BlackWinny
May 31st, 2014

I get very nice flute sounds with it by tweaking the envelopes a a few easy parameters starting from the preset "Eternity". Even deep grave sounds of Shakuhachi and Xiao as well as DiZi, panpipes, bansuri, nay, native american flutes, classic Boehm flutes, etc. I have managed to get even a Duduk very realistic! And the ability to manage the noise at the attack of the flutes is really nice and brings a lot of live to the sound compared to all those samples which have sounds totally dead.

Not easy to tweak to variate the play, but with several instances (the CPU load is totally insignificant) a bit different each other (notably in the attack and the velocity I can get as many articulations as I want to render excellent complete songs not boring at all with flute solos very, very alive.

Very, very good plucked sounds also for guitars, lutes, zithers, oud, mandolins, etc.

By tweaking the presets Marimba, Vibraphone, Xylophone and Kalima I get all the instruments of the gamelan with a realistic live, exquisitely finished.

The sounds are simple but very nice and really alive. Nothing to do with the samples which always sound boring and dead if they have not at least a large amount of round-robin.

For the cellos, violins and the chinese ErHu I use Bowin from the same developer. Very nice also (I'm gonna make a review for it one of these days).

Strike is another proof that SynthEdit can fit perfectly to make good, good, very good products with developers working with all earnestness on the modelisation.

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Super Spook Keys
Reviewed By MaliceX
March 19th, 2007

For a free plugin, like its predecessor, Spook Keys, this baby simulates the monophonic sound of a waveform being controlled by pitch (Theremin) using MIDI notation. This version expands the ability to control the tone of the theremin-like sound outputted, along with an increased range of LFO's and whatnot, to make the sound more detailed and interesting.

The presets just show the basic functions of what this thing can sound like. Nothing too special, but compared to its predecessor it is definetly superior with the ability to use different sounds other than the sine wave.

The other great yet simple feature is the ability to preview the sound using just your mouse clicking inside the box to move around the dot. Very useful if you intend on doing a pseudo-live theremin sound recording using sound recording software instead of MIDI notes.

Now I'm not entirely sure yet, but if it were possible to go beyond the pitch limit given on this plugin, it would be great. (Make aliased noises) Otherwise there's no bugs here, and sounds like a theremin. Interface is clean and intuitive. Most importantly, it's free!
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The Shepherd
Reviewed By gurdonark
February 3rd, 2007

This synth is not quite a one-trick pony, but let's call it a pleasant small stable of jaunty miniature horses.
It sets out to provide simple whistle sounds, and in particular cinematic whistle sounds more interesting than, say, the general MIDI whistle-like instruments.
Not surprisingly, as with analog instruments, the Shepherd plays far better with simple arrangements than with polyphonic polyglots. If you're hunting for freeware to give you that unique solo,then just whistle over here. I found it easy to download, and not time-consuming to figure out. It's pretty much "plug and play". As with all synths, if one works at it, one can make a displeasing sound, but it impressed me how many shadings of the basic idea one could get with a little knob-twiddling. This is a good device for sample creation, as the whistel efffect is impressive.
The synth is advertised as producing a Morricone sound, and it lives up to billing, although one can find a goodish few whistle sounds with a little creative use of the settings. This is the kind of straight-ahead one-purpose freeware vst of which the developer should be proud.
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The Shepherd
Reviewed By Lee702
December 25th, 2006

The Shepherd 1.0

User Interface

Very plain but its a simple plugin. I like the fact that the interface is not to large.

Sound

With some reverb and a little eq it sounds real.

Features

One trick pony but its a cool trick :) The plugin stays super glued in my vsti folder. Lately I have been trying to get rid of one trick vsts but this one will stay.

Documentation
No Docs for the sheperd (but I really do not think they are really needed for this plugin)

Presets
A few more are needed.

Stability
Stable as can be. Have never had any problem as long as I have been using it.

Value For Money
Its a free plugin but to me it is priceless.



Customer Support
You can always find him around here if you need some help or have question.
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