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wagtunes
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Postby wagtunes; Sat May 19, 2018 6:00 am Biotek 2 Available Now

Just got the email. This is what I've been waiting for.

https://www.tracktion.com/products/biotek

Finally, something new that's going to be really great.
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mgw38
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Postby mgw38; Sat May 19, 2018 6:03 am Re: Biotek 2 Available Now

Ouch, upgrade is 99 bucks... :(
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Postby starflakeprj; Sat May 19, 2018 6:53 am Re: Biotek 2 Available Now

This seems to be a new trend. Trying to make the plugins "premium" by overpricing them.
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Postby Gamma-UT; Sat May 19, 2018 7:17 am Re: Biotek 2 Available Now

starflakeprj wrote:This seems to be a new trend. Trying to make the plugins "premium" by overpricing them.


...And then putting them on deep sale later.

If you're an early adopter, you wind up paying well over the odds. $150 when first released. You had to wait for a preset editor that made it usable (and IIRC Tracktion held a sale around when they launched that version). And now it's two-thirds of that initial price for a couple of new oscillators and filters.
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Postby emasters; Sat May 19, 2018 7:54 am Re: Biotek 2 Available Now

Gamma-UT wrote:
starflakeprj wrote:This seems to be a new trend. Trying to make the plugins "premium" by overpricing them.


...And then putting them on deep sale later.

If you're an early adopter, you wind up paying well over the odds. $150 when first released. You had to wait for a preset editor that made it usable (and IIRC Tracktion held a sale around when they launched that version). And now it's two-thirds of that initial price for a couple of new oscillators and filters.


Exactly how I feel. Since I already own all the Tracking software products, upgrading to Waveform 9 for me was not the ultimate package. Yet the late adopters who got all the software products with the ultimate upgrade at a deep discount, now get the Biotek 2 upgrade for free. Yet those who paid full price, get to pay $99 to upgrade. I'm through with vendors who penalize early adopters and loyal customers. Very frustrated with this type of pricing model.
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Postby generaldiomedes; Sat May 19, 2018 8:55 am Re: Biotek 2 Available Now

Looks very interesting and worth the money if that's the sound you are going for. A bit on the harsh side.
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Postby recursive one; Sat May 19, 2018 9:23 am Re: Biotek 2 Available Now

What kind of synth is this? Va, supersaw, fm, granular, looks great, basically almost everything i typically need in one package. How does it sound, i mean the sound quality/character? Are there any bus or issues? Curious to hear about someones user experience with this synth.

What is the copy protection?
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Postby Julien Unison; Sat May 19, 2018 10:47 am Re: Biotek 2 Available Now

mgw38 wrote:Ouch, upgrade is 99 bucks... :(


YES. Really too much asked for this upgrade... For a plugin that is so un-user-friendly that I never used it on any track... :dog:
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Postby recursive one; Sat May 19, 2018 1:16 pm Re: Biotek 2 Available Now

I wonder if it is even possible to make more weird and abstract sound demos than those they have on their site :? That cinematic/experimental/silke f-ish nonsence, tells nothing about the sound character of the synth. Seems to be a bit on the thin/digital side though.

If someone posted some more down-to-earth sound examples this would be super awesome.
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Postby wagtunes; Sat May 19, 2018 1:19 pm Re: Biotek 2 Available Now

recursive one wrote:I wonder if it is even possible to make more weird and abstract sound demos than those they have on their site :? That cinematic/experimental/silke f-ish nonsence, tells nothing about the sound character of the synth. Seems to be a bit on the thin/digital side though.

If someone posted some more down-to-earth sound examples this would be super awesome.


I demo'd Biotek 1 and unless there have been major changes (which I doubt), yes, the sound is on the digital side. It's not a VA. It's not a fat Oberheim. But the modulation routings that are possible are off the charts. Only reason I didn't get Biotek 1 was because I was told 2 was coming out soon and I didn't want to end up paying twice. Going by the upgrade price, I'm glad I waited.

Bottom line for me. It's a powerful synth that can do a lot, thus the price tag that goes with it. You either like the sound or you don't. If you're into VA type stuff with warm, fat sounds, you're probably not going to like Biotek.
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Postby recursive one; Sat May 19, 2018 1:42 pm Re: Biotek 2 Available Now

Thank you, Watunes! Well, i love mixing different kinds of sounds in my tracks, contrasting harsh digital tones by warmer analog emulations. So I don't mind a digital sounding one, the variety of synthesis modes, filters and effects as well as the extensive modulation capabilitites look intriguing. I'll definitely demo it later, as they offer time-limited demo (the worst kind of demos imo) i have to postpone it because I won't have an opportunity to play with the demo in next few weeks.

What do you think, how can one compare it, e.g. with Avenger?
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Postby Fleer; Sat May 19, 2018 2:36 pm Re: Biotek 2 Available Now

Incredible upgrade, saws and granular :tu:
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Postby wagtunes; Sat May 19, 2018 3:02 pm Re: Biotek 2 Available Now

recursive one wrote:Thank you, Watunes! Well, i love mixing different kinds of sounds in my tracks, contrasting harsh digital tones by warmer analog emulations. So I don't mind a digital sounding one, the variety of synthesis modes, filters and effects as well as the extensive modulation capabilitites look intriguing. I'll definitely demo it later, as they offer time-limited demo (the worst kind of demos imo) i have to postpone it because I won't have an opportunity to play with the demo in next few weeks.

What do you think, how can one compare it, e.g. with Avenger?


I find Avenger's sound a bit warmer. But Avenger, as much as it has under the hood, still falls short of Biotek which is just a few inches short of full blown modular synth. The fixed architecture being the stumbling block.

I am relatively certain that I will find Biotek to be one of my favorite synths to program. It's the first library in a while that I'm excited about coming out with, even if it may not do very well. My gut tells me this isn't going to be a huge selling synth because of the price tag competing with synths like Falcon.

Time will tell.
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Postby recursive one; Sat May 19, 2018 3:30 pm Re: Biotek 2 Available Now

wagtunes wrote:
recursive one wrote:Thank you, Watunes! Well, i love mixing different kinds of sounds in my tracks, contrasting harsh digital tones by warmer analog emulations. So I don't mind a digital sounding one, the variety of synthesis modes, filters and effects as well as the extensive modulation capabilitites look intriguing. I'll definitely demo it later, as they offer time-limited demo (the worst kind of demos imo) i have to postpone it because I won't have an opportunity to play with the demo in next few weeks.

What do you think, how can one compare it, e.g. with Avenger?


I find Avenger's sound a bit warmer. But Avenger, as much as it has under the hood, still falls short of Biotek which is just a few inches short of full blown modular synth. The fixed architecture being the stumbling block.

I am relatively certain that I will find Biotek to be one of my favorite synths to program. It's the first library in a while that I'm excited about coming out with, even if it may not do very well. My gut tells me this isn't going to be a huge selling synth because of the price tag competing with synths like Falcon.

Time will tell.


Thanks. Well, definitely need to demo it.
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Postby Dunc; Sat May 19, 2018 11:34 pm Re: Biotek 2 Available Now

Has anybody tried the Trial version yet?
I have Biotek 1 ( version 1.69 ) so I thought I'd try the trial of version 2.
Installed version 2 ok.
Try to open in REAPER ( version 5.8 and 5.9 RC5 ) and REAPER crashes and closes before even opening Biotek 2.
Just tried in Cubase 9.5 and the same happens to there - crash and die.
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I've submitted a report to their Support system - stopped short of asking them if they even tested it on another DAW than Waveform ( who knows, maybe it even crashes Waveform ).

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