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+41796551289 / patrick.kunz.ch@gmail.com
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Reviewed By cyrb
May 15th, 2023

A broken Juno. That's what this is. Because this synth has a critical bug in its voice allocation system.

Basically, if you use TAL-U-No-62 polyphonically with long release times, there will be occurrences where previous notes are overwritten in an unpredictable, antagonistic manner.

TAL U-No-LX does not have this problem in either RR or N voice allocation modes. In fact, I've never found a synth that intentionally implements the strange behavior TAL-U-No-62 does. Surprisingly, the predecessor version TAL-U-No-60 doesn't suffer from this issue, so long as "Save CPU" is turned off (if on, it severely compromises polyphony in a completely different manner).

Unfortunately, this freebie is unlikely to ever be updated or fixed, as it's immensely old, and it's existence stands in competition with TAL U-No-LX, despite the fact that this old freebie is not as accurate or as feature-rich.

Again, this problem only appears to affect long release times on released keys, when subsequent notes play when a release tail is active. This should not affect chord or pad type sequences, only arpeggios that use long release times as a feature. If you are using gated polyphonic sounds or monophonic sounds, this is a non-issue. So I give it 2 stars for that, but it's still a lacerated synth, and it saddens me that it was left this way.

TAL-U-No-62 had potential. It had a solid foundation, and its DNA would live on to TAL-Elek7ro (which doesn't have this bug) and eventually TAL NoiseMaker, and likely TAL's commercial synths to some degree as well. But I can only recommend it fully if you restrict it to gated mode, or in monophonic mode, or otherwise rely very little on the release time parameter.

So, polyphonic leads with overlapping release tails? Don't bother. Expect buggy, randomly cut release tails. Just use gate mode with delay/reverb, or try TAL-U-No-60.

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Reviewed By thesublibrarian
December 4th, 2022

I've been consistently impressed with Tal's products since first trying their free Juno chorus emulation plugin (still the most accurate in my personal opinion). The J-8 is equally exceptional. It can go from ethereal flutes to incredibly thick grinding bass with a few slider tweaks. That is another quality of note - the UI. While still skeuomorphic enough that you won't mistake that you are looking at a Jupiter style synth, but the graphics are clear flat vectors. Their UI's are in my own opinion how all retro synth plugins should look.

But what is most important is the sound and the sound is great. The per-voice modeling helps to create a truly analog and organic feel (something Arturia is only finally starting to do!) You also have the ability to edit those per voice parameters through the 'service control' button (or randomize them) so you can dial in the amount of organic 'character' you want.

I can't say if this is a 1-1 accurate reproduction of a J-8. But I do know that Tal's UNO-LX plugin sounds the closest to my Juno-6 of all the Juno emulations I've tried. And I do know that the J-8 sounds thick and lush. Just go grab the demo and give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

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Reviewed By RobertSchulz
August 17th, 2022

The tool for make your sounds crispy.

The Dry/Wet mix parameter let you blend the perfect amount.

Disadvantages: Tiny interface (from the old low rez days). Audio cannot be processed while tweaking the dials. (Tip: If you use Ableton Live, Device parameter can be tweaked without audio drops).

But 5/5 for the sound.

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Reviewed By Aqua1014
August 16th, 2022

This plugin is fantastic! I love using it to decimate breaks into stuttering messes great for IDM. Play around with the flexible gain structure and read up on the conversion modes to really get the most out of the plugin.

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Reviewed By mat222
August 12th, 2022

This is hands down one of my favourite plugins for breathing life into boring digital sounds..

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Reviewed By kgarboski
May 31st, 2022

This plugin is my little "Boards of Canada machine": throw some sample or meticulously resampled/bounced audio into it on Akai S1000 emulation, mess with the emulation parameters, and I quickly have a pleasantly somewhat degraded sound that has a lot of character, where the sonic characteristics are convincing and doesn't sound like some cheap digital emulation of a vintage sampler.

One of my favorite plugins ever.

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Reviewed By panza242
April 15th, 2022

This is the Drum Sampler I was waiting for 18 Years. I've been missing the classic workflow (Akai Samplers - Keygroups - EMU Samplers). It makes stacking sounds intuitive again. Working smooth, fast and it's even M1 native. I know, that everyone who worked with Battery 3 now will be very happy.

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Reviewed By crankyoldyank
January 31st, 2022

First discovered using Linux. ALL the TAL plugins, delays, reverbs, etc., are Great stuff!! There Noisemaker has presets for killer bass lines and more. A great Vocoder as well!! Always straight-forward and easy to understand.

I haven't used many delays, so I have a lot to learn.

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Multiple license transfers.
by EmptyVessel at 22 May 2023, 11:49
TAL Drum - discussion
by seangm at 21 May 2023, 14:09
TAL Sampler - discussion
by EmptyVessel at 21 May 2023, 12:04
Tal-Drum - Pad File Format
by EmptyVessel at 14 May 2023, 14:19
TAL-Drum: add a sequencer
by wintoid at 13 May 2023, 10:02
TAL Vocoder updated to v3
by Michael L at 26 Apr 2023, 18:15
TAL Sampler 4, new look - free update!
by EmptyVessel at 21 Apr 2023, 12:35
TAL Drum - Why does it have no BPM detection?
by EmptyVessel at 26 Mar 2023, 17:38
Updated Tal U No LX - Patrick is at it again :)
by RyanM12 at 17 Mar 2023, 05:11
TAL sampler question
by EmptyVessel at 15 Mar 2023, 12:23
program change
by EmptyVessel at 21 Feb 2023, 17:47
Drum - Slice/Navigate FR
by neverbeeninariot at 11 Feb 2023, 01:26
Cant add more than 1 layer
by neverbeeninariot at 10 Feb 2023, 13:04
Sampler - Sample Edit FR
by EmptyVessel at 6 Feb 2023, 17:26