Softube's Parallels synth is out ($129)

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Spitfire31
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2817 posts since 18 May, 2003 from Sweden

Re: Softube's Parallels synth is out ($129)

Post Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:44 am

Very CPU demanding…

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chaosmeister
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6 posts since 10 Jan, 2015

Re: Softube's Parallels synth is out ($129)

Post Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:24 am

Pointless waste of developer's resources, if you ask me. Sounds uninteresting (sonically, I mean), no features you don't find in a zillion other synths... I mean, really... 2 sampled sound sources, 4 modulators, 3 filter models... And then, judging by the video, I should get excited by the cool animation of the random rainstorm, or the cool visuals of the Euclidean sequencer? And the looping sample has an audible clicky looppoint beyond belief. Please... This is completely disappointing, certainly for a company like Softube.

functionform
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287 posts since 13 May, 2017 from Virginia

Re: Softube's Parallels synth is out ($129)

Post Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:32 am

The intro videos didn't blow me away and it really doesn't seem targeted to people who like sound design - more like people who want to randomly turn knobs and end up with "something usable"

db3
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2020 posts since 22 Aug, 2012

Re: Softube's Parallels synth is out ($129)

Post Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:36 am

I thought this might be interesting, but ended up uninstalling the demo after 20 min.
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DJErmac
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744 posts since 25 Apr, 2009 from France

Re: Softube's Parallels synth is out ($129)

Post Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:03 am

Not a very interesting synth in the end. The presets are the most WTF I've heard in a "big" product (I mean : I've not heard a SINGLE preset I'd use in a song in any context), the sound is not mindblowing at all, I'm going to uninstall it also.

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Teksonik
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Re: Softube's Parallels synth is out ($129)

Post Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:08 am

I feel kind of sorry for developers these days. The market especially in this niche is beyond saturated. To make a splash you need to drop something that is either really new or much better than what is already on the market.

This plugin doesn't appear to do either and then to handcuff it with something silly like Gobbler or even the more ubiquitous iLok Soft Manager and you've just about given yourself two strikes before the first pitch is even thrown out. :?
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Stan Navi
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190 posts since 27 Nov, 2014

Re: Softube's Parallels synth is out ($129)

Post Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:19 am

The presets as usual are not strong point of Softube, but sounds quite good and usable, if you tweak by yourself. Also don't see it cpu demanding.

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Teksonik
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Re: Softube's Parallels synth is out ($129)

Post Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:37 am

Spitfire31 wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:44 am
Very CPU demanding…Joachim
Stan Navi wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:19 am
don't see it cpu demanding.
System specs probably wouldn't hurt with opposing reports such as these. Demanding or not it wouldn't hurt to know what CPUs you have so we can gauge ours against the reports. :tu:
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ravasb
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848 posts since 20 Feb, 2004

Re: Softube's Parallels synth is out ($129)

Post Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:43 am

I would give them more of the benefit of the doubt, but my experience with them in customer service has really been miserable.

Neon Breath
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3137 posts since 15 Sep, 2010

Re: Softube's Parallels synth is out ($129)

Post Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:44 am

Ok this is all good but... HOW does it sound? No audio examples? That video doesn't say much and the product page is just filled with quotes & lot of blablabla...

*Edit: duh! :dog: Found the audio tab on the page.
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svart
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Re: Softube's Parallels synth is out ($129)

Post Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:54 am

Very interesting :)

Neon Breath
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Re: Softube's Parallels synth is out ($129)

Post Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:12 am

Teksonik wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:08 am
I feel kind of sorry for developers these days. The market especially in this niche is beyond saturated. To make a splash you need to drop something that is either really new or much better than what is already on the market.

This plugin doesn't appear to do either and then to handcuff it with something silly like Gobbler or even the more ubiquitous iLok Soft Manager and you've just about given yourself two strikes before the first pitch is even thrown out. :?
Developers certainly need to come up with very unique & special products. There's no escape nowadays, they can't come up with a 'simple' synth that has been heard 1000 times before just with a new GUI and a new concept that at the end makes it sound like just any other synth. They really need to think outside the box otherwise their stuff will go straight under the radar and eventually sink into oblivion.

Very glad I'm not a developer indeed and just a user who loves sculpting sounds.
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Re: Softube's Parallels synth is out ($129)

Post Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:13 am

Neon Breath wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:44 am
Ok this is all good but... HOW does it sound? No audio examples? That video doesn't say much and the product page is just filled with quotes & lot of blablabla...

*Edit: duh! :dog: Found the audio tab on the page.
There are examples of how it sounds on the ST website.
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Re: Softube's Parallels synth is out ($129)

Post Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:44 am

I don’t think the concept is terrible, and Softube has a good reputation when it comes to their algorithms. The thing is, between all the other wavetable and granular and sampled library synths I already own, I just don’t feel that this adds much. Certainly not at the asking price. It is also unfortunate that they’re so closely tied to the sample sources, which, quite frankly, aren’t all THAt many. If I could import my own samples, that would be a huge improvement. Because let’s face it, I already have my own big collection of hardware to sample from.
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