True story: I'm a twice owner of a Novation Nova and a blue Waldorf MicroQ. Would have gotten the Q, but they go for insane prices on the second-hand market and that's just the rack-mount and not the full-on keyboard. I bought both of them with the intent of using them with the Mystery Island VST editors because I have zero intention of using them directly by turning knobs. I simply prefer using a mouse and computer screen, find it way faster to use, and is simply what I'm used too. I'm the opposite of old-school and find tweaking the knobs and staring a tiny LCD screen boring as heck. Especially with the MicroQ which is a super deep synth with a huge mod matrix. Trying to do complex patch-editing on a tiny 2U rack-synth with 4 knobs that's about the size of a loaf of bread isn't really my idea of a fun timePAK wrote: ↑Mon Jul 12, 2021 11:31 pmBecause it offers the possibility for a future, where this stuff will otherwise disappear into history. Because it's a plugin. No cables, no taking up room space, no external sync issues, offers multiple instances, no dealing with interfaces pretending to be plugins, no dealing with machines - some of which are now 20+ years old - failing at some point (and they WILL increasingly start to fail in the not so distant future).
So when it turned out that the Mystery Island editors weren't what they were cracked up to be, I unfortunately decided to sell them off. I simply couldn't get the editors to work as seamlessly as using any software plugin and, more than half the time, I had difficulties just getting the editor and hardware to sync up. I adored the sound of those modules, and other mid/late 90's VA"s, but the whole experience of hardware - only one instance at a time, the need to get a MIDI interface, the sphagetti web of cables that my home studio was turning into that literally stressed me out just by looking at it, the horrendous experience of trying to update the ancient Nova firmware so I can use the new features like the Double Saw, and the absolute financial sinkhole of it all - made me swear off ever buying another piece of hardware ever again. Everything about it felt so archaic to me when great sounding synths and mixing tools can be bought for cheap, or even free, with none of the hassle that comes with having a hunk of metal and plastic.
The point of my story is that, if I still had the hardware, I would have used the Emulator because controlling these hardware synths digitally in a DAW environment was literally the only reason I bought them for. If this project was just a VST Editor that worked efficiently and seamlessly, and I hadn't been burned by trying to get the Mystery Island editors to work right, I would have considered using this instead.