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Postby ttsakonas; Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:35 am A short review on 32 free VSTis

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Hi everyone,

This link is a brief review I did on 32 free VST instruments.
The "contest" was simple: to play the same song, consisted of several instruments, using exclusively each of the synths, under a condition: I would have strictly up to 32 minutes to configure the synthesizers. 8 instruments were needed for the song, 8 instances therefore required for each synthesizer, and 4 minutes maximum to find my way and to synthesize each sound.

You may listen to the different versions of the song, as played by each synthesizer. I also discuss and rate my experience in the article. Through this, I had the chance to get to know better some of the synths. Hope is of value for others too.

I aimed to rate each of them on the easiness to learn (including existence of manual, tutorials, a good interface, etc.) as well as my perceived capability of the synth.

https://r-project-thanos.blogspot.com/2 ... ction.html (https://r-project-thanos.blogspot.com/2018/06/synths-32-minutes-1-song-introduction.html)

Comments are welcome.

Thanos
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zenophilix
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Postby zenophilix; Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:47 pm Re: A short review on 32 free VSTis

Extremely cool. Never seen anyone go this in depth with strictly free VSTs.
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Tj Shredder
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Postby Tj Shredder; Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:48 am Re: A short review on 32 free VSTis

Nice overview,
You could enhance the entry by embedding the soundcloud links, and adding links to the sources.
You informed us about 32/64 bit but not about platforms win/mac which is crucial for a lot of us.
Your rating had a span of 3 to 5 with most examples at 5 - don't be too friendly, I bet it could be more diverse...

Overall a nice idea in the spirit of OSC...
ttsakonas
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Postby ttsakonas; Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:12 pm Re: A short review on 32 free VSTis

Hi TJ,
Thanks for the hints. The platform was Win10 (64bit). As I didn't run any test on 32bit Win or Mac, I cannot speak for these platforms.

True that there were several highly rated synths in the review, but to be fair, I did gave one 2/5 (Plastique). As I wrote, I intended to rate these synths in terms of the general freeware market. Most of the "1/5"s and "2/5"s of this market did not even qualify for the review. This concerns synths that were either very primitive/amateurish, weirdly designed or CPU-hungry (includes mostly SynthMaker synths), which is an information generally known (and therefore not much helpful). Furthemore, I preferred to avoid including a fine-grained rating (e.g. having a "7" vs. an "8", etc,), which could start a lot of discussions, given that each user applies eventually their own weighting/judging criteria (on efficiency, fidelity, presets, etc.). Trust me though, that such a rating exists for me (and it brought me some surprises, against my personal bias). Moreover, it was actually taken in respect for the "rounding" scores of this review, but as I wrote, I'd consider it highly subjective to share it in its details. Even in that scoring, I encountered several highly rated synths, which could mean otherwise that the task imposed was not that challenging for many synths of the "elite" group.
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Postby The Chase; Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:51 am Re: A short review on 32 free VSTis

Very cool, we need more involved community reviewing rather than the advertising in magazines.

zenophilix wrote:Extremely cool. Never seen anyone go this in depth with strictly free VSTs.


To supplement the OP: https://www.dogsonacid.com/threads/the- ... 19.794262/
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Postby SparkySpark; Sun Jul 01, 2018 5:14 am Re: A short review on 32 free VSTis

The Chase wrote:Very cool, we need more involved community reviewing rather than the advertising in magazines.

zenophilix wrote:Extremely cool. Never seen anyone go this in depth with strictly free VSTs.


To supplement the OP: https://www.dogsonacid.com/threads/the- ... 19.794262/


Totally agree - let's say one reviewer says "the woodwinds of Xpand!2 are dull" and suddenly the product gets killed off, just because there are too few reviews online.

To the OP: Thanks a lot for putting this together! :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Postby ttsakonas; Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:07 pm Re: A short review on 32 free VSTis

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SparkySpark wrote:
The Chase wrote:Very cool, we need more involved community reviewing rather than the advertising in magazines.

zenophilix wrote:Extremely cool. Never seen anyone go this in depth with strictly free VSTs.


To supplement the OP: https://www.dogsonacid.com/threads/the- ... 19.794262/ (https://www.dogsonacid.com/threads/the-feeding-cone-the-feeding-cone-free-vst-thread-free-vst-thread-2019.794262/)


Totally agree - let's say one reviewer says "the woodwinds of Xpand!2 are dull" and suddenly the product gets killed off, just because there are too few reviews online.

To the OP: Thanks a lot for putting this together! :clap: :clap: :clap:


Thanks, I intentionally uploaded all song versions, so to finally let the listener have their own opinion (on results from of an equal effort put for a song), beyond any comments of mine (and respectively, any possible personal bias).
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Postby skyscape; Sat Jul 07, 2018 1:25 pm Re: A short review on 32 free VSTis

Really interesting list, thanks for sharing your findings!

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