6 May 2014 at 11:08am
Synapse Audio you did a killer job on Dune 2. Sound, Look and Function are superb and I would love to get the full version.
12 May 2014 at 8:12pm
I am really impressed with DUNE2. The direct unison voice editing is huge improvement now allowing to take advantage of the unison engine fully.
23 May 2014 at 6:02am
For me it's not just an version 2. It's a whole new synth, and a good one.
14 July 2014 at 11:42pm
Agreed! DUNE II is now in my top 3 favorite VST synths list along with Blue II and Sylenth1. It has also fixed some serious limitations with DUNE and made the whole interface much better. It's really easy to use, it sounds GREAT (think hardware), and the patch save/load system is freaking genius! Each patch is it's own file, and the VST automatically numbers them when loading from a folder, so theoretically a single patch folder can contain up to 999 sounds. Even if it's limited to only 128, that's still simple to expand by creating another folder and starting to drop sounds into it. This also makes backing up patches very easy. Highly recommend this one!!.
28 July 2014 at 10:01pm
Great job but Image-Line's Synths are much better than this. I think the only advantage of Dune 2 is its Arpeggiator supporting Chords via MIDI import. I have used lots of synths till now but the capability of micro tuning provided by Image-Line's Sytrus and Harmor synths and also their fast loading is fascinating that I have not seen in other synths like Dune 2. The other facility of Dune 2 is its supporting of 8 parallel channel of oscillators that is included in LuSH-101 too. After all I prefer Sytrus and Harmer. They are my goddesses.
8 August 2014 at 8:00am
I bought Dune2 yesterday and I gotta say it sounds absolutely fantastic! Very versatile synth and the internal effects (especially the reverb!) sounds awesome.
27 August 2014 at 5:49pm
Dune 1 I tested and tested again over the years but didn't like it. Dune 2 I'm only testing since one week and still love it.
- great user interface
- great synthese features
- great effects
- great MSEG envelopes
- great OSCs
- better sound quality
- better filter quality.
OK, the LFOs and the standard envelopes could react a little bit finer and noble and the stepsequencer could have 64 or better 128 steps and the option to save own presets, too (!) ... but this are only little wishes, this synth still is wonderful.
Thank you, great work.
17 November 2014 at 11:43am
I agree with all the positive reviews. I've tried many synths all those years. the biggest problem for me is that all those synths are all boring to use. Imagine if you have an acoustic piano, which has only one sound - the piano sound, but you can play it all day without boredom. Any synth I've tried always has hundred sounds, but almost none of them has the power that could make me play whole night. So what really happens is that I would spend few hours just browsing presets, every preset for few seconds. Dune 2 did something really different, the presets are amazing. Not all of them is my kind of sound, but still there are many of them have the power that could make me play for at least one hour before I got bored. It is definitely something different. The soft synths are no compare to acoustic instruments so far, no matter how many companies already have been trying for all those years. But Dune 2 is very close to be one. That is something really incredible.
6 December 2014 at 11:41am
Next time someone asks me "how to make it sound big", I will answer Dune 2. Sick unison for dummies, just out of the box. Also, it has great syntheis possibilities despite simplicity. I think I'll cut my wishlist just to fit Dune in.
14 January 2015 at 8:07pm
Would love to see visual representations of oscillator, ADSR and LFO's etc but sounds great.
13 June 2015 at 4:12am
I was able to put Ghost Dog and Cubrick Soundset soundbanks into Dune 2 folders. Wasn't able to figure out the other two. Haven't tried them yet, but thank you for the patches, I'll try them in the near future.
12 January 2016 at 3:11pm
I had saved up the $169.00 but found out there is 20% VAT to add on top bringing this to $200 mark.
12 January 2016 at 11:58pm
Hi SunlightSpirit, .
the VAT is now inclusive regardless of location, we changed our pricing model recently. So you should see exactly $169 when adding DUNE 2 to the shopping cart.
Best Regards, .
Richard / Synapse Audio.
3 February 2016 at 3:07pm
I love the new Dune 2.5 Kevin Schroeder and Cuebrick presets.
I use them in everything.
Any more planned soon?
8 February 2016 at 7:39pm
impressed with DUNE2, really looking forward to buy the Cuebrick preset.
8 February 2016 at 8:24pm
Cuebrick presets are free.
The recent Dune upgrade is brilliant for presets.
like bags of Kevin Schroder presets, and a couple of hundred Ambients by someone I don't know.
The only shame is that the MIDI files in Dune presets can't be exported as midi. But that's a very minor thing. Dune just keeps getting better.
22 March 2016 at 2:00pm
Good sounding synth, but the interface is terrible. How anyone can like this interface...
Still it's worthy for good sound.
17 May 2016 at 3:08pm
Can't really imagine what's exactly terrible about it. Everything is clear, no clutter, tweakable colors, very fluent envelope editing — I just love it.
5 September 2016 at 1:13am
I for one cant stand multipage synths. i like dune 1 cause you can have most things in one single screen.
I just wished 1.4 had al the filters from dune 2. those sk filters are sweet.
5 September 2016 at 6:52am
Yeah it's nice if everything can be fit on one screen. But Dune 2 has many more parameters than Dune 1. Synths of this complexity are always multi-page, there is simply no other way. In Dune 2 all the key areas like the Oscs, Filter, Mixer, ADSR etc are always visible though, so the need to switch pages is greatly reduced.
8 September 2016 at 3:53pm
I realize dune 2 is more complex than dune 1.
So... its alright i guess, .
Have you thought of maybe adding the extra filters to dune 1 for an upgrade price? Id buy it.
5 November 2018 at 8:54pm
I think Dune2 has changed my whole life around and I'm going nuts over this amazing synth. What make it better if you have a wave editor you can copy wave forms from any old hardware synths into dune2. Look what you'll be having? Truly amazing.
12 December 2018 at 5:39am
The copy protection that's mentioned here says "serial" but that's very misleading. Typically when this is mentioned it means it's strictly simple serial via offline registration. Dune 3 is unlike version 2, and requires either online authorization with your serial, or offline challenge / response which is based on your specific system hardware configuration.
12 December 2018 at 8:45am
You're right. The page was from Dune 2, hence it inherited a lot of information from there.
It seems Ben has now updated the copy protection to "Online Activation" which is correct. It is a one-time authorization with a given serial. Note that after successful authorization, the plugin will never connect to the internet. Furthermore, Offline activation is available as well.
13 January 2019 at 2:59pm
Dune 3 is an amazingly power synth with a great sound! Very versatile and capable of a wide range of sounds. From cinematic pads, to hard dubstep basses, to trance arps, and loads more.
The Dune 3 sound bank by New Loops has a good audio demo and a free demo pack to download - https://newloops.com/products/universal-dune-3-presets
22 January 2019 at 1:36am
IMO Best VST at the moment with no compromiss! And possible best synth from VST & Hardware in same time. Still didnt heard even a better, clearer and warmer sound in Hard synths too.
14 January 2020 at 8:02pm
I agree its a fantastic lush sounding synth not great for everything like basses but fantastic for pads.
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15 January 2020 at 6:59am
DUNE works great for basses, but it might not float everyone's boat...
You need tonal variation in a mix, so using different instruments and combining them will help to achieve this...
Arranging 101 :).
2 July 2020 at 8:23pm
I installed the demo. It acted like it installed the exe. But all I ended up with was the pdf manual.