yellowmix wrote: ↑
Mon Dec 25, 2017 8:37 pm
Okay, I demoed it, made several expressive patches, and that's the most special thing here. If you don't have an MPE device, you're going to feel like it's missing something.
* Contemporary, vector, fully-scaling GUI
* Built-in GUI color menu
* Drag and drop modulation, or right-click menu.
* 12 pair mod matrix
* interesting "rainbow" option that changes color of modulation indicators according to strength/value
* MPE-capable with the flick of a switch
* 8 expression source>target pairs with curves (in addition to Mod Matrix)
* 2 Parallel filters, LP/HP/BP, 1- or 2-pole
* Dedicated ADSRs for Amp and Filter, plus 2 ADSRs and 3 Mod Envelopes (MSEG)
* 2 Wavetable oscillators, A can FM modulate B
* Very fine control over individual unison voices
* Factory wavetables are interesting
* Sample-playback oscillator, good factory library
* Easy to use sequencer/arp
* 2 FX lanes, configurable source, modifiable FX module order
* Good selection of standard FX, 4-node EQ, compressor, okay delay, chorus, phase, reverb is decent, there's a trance gate too
* Good CPU usage
* Built-in help (hover)
* Generous, unencumbered demo
* Maximum 4 targets per modulation, though the Matrix allows 12 more arbitrary source-target pairs.
* Filter architecture is not flexible
* 7 voice unison (per oscillator) parameters cannot be modulated
* No oscillator shape algorithms (e.g., bend, sync)
* Doesn't seem to be a way to import wavetables or samples
* No wavetable edit or manipulation besides index
* 3.81gb of data is placed in a specific path on main drive, cannot be changed or relocated
* CPU spikes up for no good reason at idle after a few minutes then goes down when you play a note. wtf?
It's well-thought out, the contemporary GUI ticks off all the boxes. It still feels like Serum is much faster with regards to workflow. At this pricepoint its competitor is Synthmaster (nevermind that Synthmaster regularly goes for much less than 129 MSRP), and Synthmaster is just more capable. I want to like it but I personally have no use for it, since it's simply outclassed by Serum in every regard. But if you don't have Serum, is this is a good option? If you have an MPE input device, maybe. Otherwise, it falls way short of the next step up, if you look at Tone2 Icarus ($179), for example. But if you have exactly $139 and need a wavetable synth now... well, I'd say check out Synthmaster and save some money or do Serum rent-to-own.
It's in a tough market position. It does everything mostly right, but it feels lacking given how much a little more money gets you and what it's missing that less expensive options do. If it were something like $99 then it would make more sense.
If you're in the market for your very first wavetable synth, all of the ones I mentioned have demos. You'll know what I mean if you actually try it out.
What could they do to solidify a market position? Custom/import samples and wavetables would be a good start. Some oscillator algorithms would be good too. The filters are honestly boring even with the "drive" control; some more characterful options would be nice. Since it has a parallel filter architecture, it sorely needs a notch filter. Then the GUI and eyecandy makes up for the rest of it.