"I'm William Kalfelz - aka Wusik - and I started this project several years ago (2001 to be more exact). Wusik Station (now in version 9 for both Win/OSX) is a fantastic synth and my leading product. Wusik 8008, my second major release, is a sample playback modular synth featuring an easy-to-use interface. My other products include a great VST/AU sequencer/host called Wusik SQ200 and a chainer called Wusik P2000. I also work (as a hobby) with Arduino DIY based projects at Beat707.com. Finally, if you want to know more about me, you can watch this video where I talk about myself and discuss Bipolar Disorder."
I've been a library music composer for the last 21 years and until now, haven't used any of Williams' plugins. I've been missing out. I picked up Wusikstation V9 and EVE V5 in the spring sale for next to nothing and am really impressed, they're packed with great sounds, Wusikstation in particular has a ton of content. Both synths are well laid out, easy to navigate and edit, seem very stable and not heavy on system resources. They're also both nice and big on my 2k screen, Native Instruments and UAD take note. I can also rate William's customer service as excellent too, as having made enquiries regarding some of his other plugins/apps. Highly recommended.
Awesome synth. I've not been able to go through the endless list of presets but the engine is really powerful and the sounds are so so good. I would need a lot more time to fully explore the power of this beast but so far it stands toe to toe with some of my best go-to plugins, as far as the sound is concerned. It definitely deserves a lot more attention than it's getting right now.
I'm still going through this powerful synth but so far it's already a great addition for me. I got it via the group buy and I cant believe I'm getting this much value. Easy to use with tones of great sounds that would take weeks to fully explore. Heavy on my CPU with multiple samples(hence the 4 stars) but still unbelievable value in my opinion.
Part 1: Sample Player/Sampler/Rompler (mainly focused on the Wusik Station V8)
I call it Part 1 cause I have not come further then to loose myself in this ocean of ready made sounds. So all the hundreds of modules and modulation possibilities are left for later and maybe a part 2 :-))).
Back to the simple use as a sampler. For the installation process and getting to the point where it sounds (presets in the browser) you have to take a little time and patience for downloading the additional sounds and copy them where they belong to (I just left evrything in the default directory). And you should read the (spare) information coming with the installation files. The quick guide for wusik 4000 still gives the really needed information from 4000 to wusik station V8.
Evrything is simple but maybe a little bit different as the whole thing is :-))). So for example you just have to understand the difference between a soundset and a preset but I am sure you will get it (faster then this old man writing this review here I am sure).
Then the fun begins: someone wrote somewhere (dont remeber where) "it is not Kontakt". NO, it is not, and as far as I am concerned thats why this thing is so wonderful. When you take your journey to the presets (the presets browser is one of the best I have seen so far, only downer: the scroll bar on the right is nearly invisible for me no matter which skin I take) you realize that they are on first level categorized by sounddesigners (dnekm, artvera) or special collections.
And thats the difference to something like Kontakt you really can hear: evry sound here is designed by SOMEONE who puts his heartblood in making THIS special sound. You might like it or not, but it is something special, not just polished common without ups and downs like Kontakt (and comparative). I have bought Kontakt long time ago mainly cause of the available free or very cheap libraries that had this something special, now it seems evrything I need from all this great libraries seems to be there in one place :-))).
Of course it depends on music taste and style, but for my part of the music universum (soundscapes, ambiences, athmospheres, natural and nice sounding things :-)) etc.) it was really like a manifestation.
For a short adjustment of the sound you have two tabs for master and fx, there you can adjust evrything you need for evry involved layer of the sound.
Just as a short hint: Wusik4000 and Wusik8000 goes more deeper into the modular building and modulating of sounds, but thats for (maybe) a part 2.
First I just want to say that this has to be one of the easiest to understand synths that I have messed with. Yet it is deep, very deep, when it comes to modulation possibilities. Also, it's surprisingly light on the CPU, especially for the horsepower you have to play with. The ways with which you have to mangle and torture sounds with is top notch, as are the ways with which you caress and gently push the sounds where you want them to go. All the oscillators sound excellent, the filters are top notch as well as the envelopes, and then there are the effects, again it's all good and with more than enough control to get what you want out of it.
I have to say I had looking at Wusik Station before, and had thought about purchasing the synth, but I hesitated. Then the deal to get Wusik Station V8, Wusik 8000 & Wusik Statio V7, all for a great price!! Well I just couldn't pass it up, it was just to good of a deal. Now, I'm just a bit sorry I waited when I think about the time I wasted in not buying this synth before. Wusik Station V7 is a great synth, Wusik 8000 is a really excellent modular synth, and Wusik Station V8 is just as incredible as the former two are.
These really are some extremely good synths for the price. Everyone should have a look before spending 2,3 or 4 times the money for something that may not have half as much to offer. But, that's just my two cents worth.
I was WusikStation 7 user for a long time, and it was always one of my favorite synths (even among such big names like Alchemy or Absynth). Now extremely prolific developer of Wusik company released the next incarnation of this versatile instrument, in this build even more powerful and feature-rich. Sound library is really vast (many soundsets added, comparing to v7 library), and WusikStation 8 can use presets and sounds from version 7. For its flexibility I will point to custom-defined scripted filters and AudioLooper layers giving ability to sample and process incoming audio signal. Goodies like reskinnable interface are on their place, too. WusikStation 8 is also multiplatform: Windows and Mac builds are available, Linux build is announced for this year. So this is a real gem, and will not hurt your pocket.
I think it's a fantastic product. The sound library is huge, the wave sequencing opens up tremendous modulation possibilities but feels easy to understand, and it's bundled with wusik 8000, which i think is my dream virtual modular come true. Some soft synths make me feel frustrated or clumsy. Wusik makes me feel excited and engaged. And i think the filters sound great, creamy or screamy or anything in between. Enjoy. ChristianRead Review
I recently got Wusik 4000 and wanted to let you know what I think about it.
Wusik 4000 is a very hands on synth with a certain rack feeling to it like in Reason,so anyone who ever worked on a real hardware will feel instantly at home here. If you are looking for a synth who can help you creating punchy bass sounds to soundscapes have a look at this monster. The system works with multiple layers which can send their sound into a master sfx layer each filled with modules which each have subsets of functions selectable in a drop down menu. You have a wide variety of Osc to select from which is a huge sonic arsenal analog single, dual and tripple and a unison combo Osc's Digital Sample Osc, Wavetable Osc plus a white noise Osc plenty of sonic weapons here. You can wire outputs into certain input module to create modulation chains to create extremely complex sounds. You got several audio manipulating weapons to choose from AR, ADSR, Multi Envelope(for all three amplitude, filter and pitch target choose able), LFO's and sequencer plus and XY pad with those you can create complex audio effects and triggering elements for different parts of the sounds. Thankfully it is pretty easy to handle as the interface is pretty straightforward and not overloaded with visual eye candy, you can get different visual styles for the interface to fit your mood and needs. Creating sounds is pretty straight forward and then you can delve into complex landscapes, you want to create morphing soundscapes go ahead and layer them creating pulsing sweeps and choirs drifting into the sounds no problems. The sample library delivered along offer plenty to start with but as it is Wusik it is not restricted to it, Wusik's creators offer to import more than those and this expands it endlessly. Regarding the power needed to fuel the beast, yes it can be hefty but you can set the real-time setting low and increase it for the render down so it should be inside most peoples budget. The bang for the buck you get is awesome as the sound-sources are analog and digital Osc's you can get the best of both world into one sound. I for my part am looking forward to the extension W8000 will bring to this great concept and can just say that you should consider trying out this beast, it is not expensive but it gives a hell of ride and is somewhere between Reason, Absynth and Reaktor in its capacities and a very valuable tool for me.
Aside from all that the developer is very responsive and fixes problems very quickly not a given with some of the other players sadly.
So all in all a fantastic tool with lots to explore and experiment while it's very usable thumbs up for the Wusik team.