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29 January 2020 at 5:22pm

Review: the finale

There are various other niggles that make Nuance an often frustrating experience, like the LFOs will always retrigger on each note unless they are locked to the DAW's tempo - making it tricky to do things like get shakers move back and forth with a filter if you don't want that locked to a fixed beat count.

I wrote this review after trying to spend some quality time with a product that I bought some time ago. I found I'd try to start using it only to decide to knock it on the head because it simply took too long compared to other tools to get a job done. It was only after going through this exercise I realised why. For every worthwhile feature there is an inexplicable omission or odd behaviour that just makes building sample maps a lot more painful than it needs to be. Most samplers are under performers in the UI department. And like most things, there are clunky workarounds for most of the problems. But when a vendor is selling a product on the basis that it's lightweight and fast to use (and with something that barely has a factory library at all), the deficiencies in Nuance become startlingly clear really quickly. I've avoided writing about the lack of timestretch and other common sampler features in Nuance.

Overall, Nuance is reliable. I don't recall it crashing. And it does the job of sample playback but it can be irritating to use if you're trying to do something a bit more complicated than combining a few samples on a pad for triggering and messing with their effects. The effects themselves are rudimentary but you get a decent collection of outputs for assigning to individual tracks in a DAW, so that's not a big issue. The remarkable thing about it is that to make Nuance a lot more usable the changes it needs as far as I can tell aren't big. But the various quirks it displays makes me wonder if the dev ever tried to build their own instruments in it.

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