Patchwork vs Freestyle

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Spin Boyz
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501 posts since 1 Jul, 2007

Post Sat Oct 01, 2022 2:00 pm

I’m trying to decide between buying one of these to use in the Maschine and MPC software. I view Patchwork and Freestyle as “sub hosts” with better midi routing features. Both demos are good but I can’t decide. If anyone has any experience with either, please share your thoughts.

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4837 posts since 22 Jul, 2006 from Tasmania, Australia

Post Sun Oct 02, 2022 9:27 pm

Freestyle's neat

the dev is reactive to support requests,
they fixed a couple of MIDI issues for me almost immediately

4483 posts since 17 Aug, 2004

Post Sun Oct 02, 2022 10:25 pm

Wow, I wasn't even aware of the Freestyle product.

Seems like a good start. I need to try that.

3773 posts since 25 Mar, 2016 from Seattle

Post Sun Oct 02, 2022 11:55 pm

Freestyle isn’t as capable as Patchwork. It supports less formats and on my system, it’s been pretty buggy since release. I would go Patchwork out of the two.

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4837 posts since 22 Jul, 2006 from Tasmania, Australia

Post Mon Oct 03, 2022 3:23 am

I think Freestyle is a fork of the JUCE host example,
it's a capable working of it, they attempt to help with any bug if user has patience

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4878 posts since 15 Aug, 2003 from seattle

Post Mon Oct 03, 2022 7:52 am

There's also Unify. I got Unify on sale, but so far it's excellent. Have to agree about Freestyle VS Patchworks but to be fair I have used a version for a couple years now. Back then it was a total mess on OS X.

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1667 posts since 25 Sep, 2014 from Specific Northwest

Post Mon Oct 03, 2022 10:54 pm

I though Freestyle was a Kore clone (or something like that) and being a VST host isn't necessarily its main purpose in life.

I'd go with Patchwork because I like the color blue and I like cats. Also, I've never had an issue with their plugs and the dev seems very active and responsive.

You might also have a look at Kush Element and DDMF MetaPlug before deciding.

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