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Reviewed By PeterL [read all by] on 13th November 2008
Version reviewed: 1.0 on Windows.
Last edited by PeterL on 13th November 2008.
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Through the years I've tried many great synthesizers with great sound and many features, but this is the first one I think it's worth to write a review. First day of the demo periode I made the mistake that I didn't read the short manual since I'm mainly a so called preset junkey in synthesizer things. I tried the presets as usual and thought that it is OK but nothing special in sound because I have licenses of a few good sounding big boys.
Second day I read the manual and was very surprised when trying this thing in depth again.
I was mostly impressed by the nice FX and fine pads it can produce (although it does many more from basses,drums,leads.....).
Maybe it´s not an ultra-fat analog instrument with trance gate and arppegiator, but you can do full arranged compositions just with this thing, in short said: very inspiring.
So I ended up in buying an official license, although my parents told me not to spend so much money on toys when I was younger:)

My positive impressions:
1) Most innovative synth/GUI I´ve ever seen - yes it´s a synth that lives
2) Very low CPU and stability for its quite good sound
3) You can automate almost every parameter (all in the DNA string) the same time without any problem
4) It´s very easy to create new good sounding presets just on the main GUI. A few synths also offer a random button for presets, but here it is really clever made so almost every CTRL-click on the seed gives a good fresh new sound.
5) Preset management is very good and what I really like is the possibility in previewing an external preset without loading it (just select it and play the keys to try it).
6) Different sound on different keys
7) Switching presets/patches while playing gives no dropouts and makes this synth an ideal instrument for playing live
8) Manual is well written, short but informative (you need to read it only once).

My negative impressions:
1) none so far (what should I say on such a well-thought instrument)

- In any case read the short but very informative manual as suggested
- Move the Mod-Wheel on your keyboard while playing
- Rotate the rotation control (maybe via Midi-Controller) while playing
- Turn on the Help=? in the DNA window to see functionality of every slider
- Don´t judge the presets (although it comes with many of them) and make new sounds for yourself (every child could do it)
- Listen to the demo song on the SonicCharge homepage to get an impression
- Try to blow on a full-grown plant while playing some keys :)
- Don´t add water to the plant (your monitor will thank you)
- Now stop playing and make music !

In summary my formular: Price/(Quality + Stability + Fun^10) = Steal :)

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Greg Houston
Greg Houston
21 September 2013 at 7:22am

Would likely buy it if it were 64-bit.

13 November 2013 at 12:33am

YES, 64-bit now please =D.


9 January 2014 at 3:05am

Excellent work, Philipp! Thank you :) Early morning here and just reclining to a low-beat Plant 79, 3-ball pattern and watching the MIDI go by....in a slow..hazy...daze ;)

11 April 2014 at 6:44pm

For those who didn't get the word yet, Synplant is now 64-bit with the free 1.2 update. :-)

16 October 2015 at 9:03am

its a good product and has no competition as far as i could find, but the price is not accurate. it's $99 plus vat, which makes it about $123. 99 does sound more attractive, but it's not what you actually pay.


16 October 2015 at 9:35am

99 + 23.76 = 122.76.

thatz the actual price.

16 October 2015 at 9:58am

My bad, misread your reply...

That's just common practice. Ugly, but common. Since a long time. Every country has different VAT and online shopping is global, you can't show a huge list of (how many countries are there? 150?) different prices.

16 October 2015 at 10:08am

when checking out, the vat and thus the correct total price is shown, so the technical capability to do so exists. why then not replace the purchase button with a button that actually shows the correct price? it is because 99 does sound better then the actual price, psychologically more appealing. on eastwest quantum leap orchestra the price you see is what you pay, no extra taxes. being a digital product, the seller does not have more expenses to ship it digitally to romania then to ireland - it;s digital, nothing is different - so why should i be made to pay 24%, and someone less then that? i dont see the logic. it's the same product, and nobody actually ships it to me physically, we both get just a link or code as a result of the purchase, yet im supposed to pay more than you (by you i mean another buyer).

16 October 2015 at 11:08am

Yes, it could be technically possible. The IP tells you where the user is from. But I don't think it's trivial.

I checked EW and their prices are VAT included. But it's not the VAT I have to pay. During check out it shows you then the price without VAT, that would be MY actual price. You have to track all the different VAT, they also may change.

It's definitely more attractive to show the lower price. I just know I have to pay a little extra. That doesn't bother me.

16 October 2015 at 11:36am

i further checked this and it seems it's something that changed regarding tva since 1 jaunary 2015 in all e.u. states, so it seems to be recent. i purchased ewql 2 years ago and that might be why i didnt notice this. still, the site says 99 bucks, and i have to pay 123 almost. you might be ok with it, but to me, although i find it's still worth it, 123 is certainly not just a little more than 99 but it is a lot more. any way you put it, it's still deceiving, im shown a price when in the description page of the product, and when i actually go for the buy, im shown another bigger price. someone buying from luxembourg pays 17% vat, like if it wasnt already enough that its one of the most wealthiest countries in the world anyway, they just had to pay less somehow :| and i have tp pay 24%, being from second poorest country in e.u. (romania). how is this fair? if any, it should have been the other way around.

16 October 2015 at 11:08am

PS: When you check out you already gave them your country. To show the correct price already in the shop is more difficult.

16 October 2015 at 11:37am

might be more difficult, but wouldnt it be more transparent and correct towards the buyer?

16 October 2015 at 11:50am

Yes, but I think that's the wrong place to discuss that ;)


16 October 2015 at 6:25pm

$99 even for me, so pricing is accurate...but im in the united states.

i dont see the reason for complaining...it clearly states +vat.

at least they dont jack the price for us users with a fake vat...like some devs do.

19 October 2015 at 6:55pm

i did end up buying it after all, but i wouldve liked it if i knew the correct price before i made plans to buy it, not after, when i was already decided...in any case, the product is fun and easy to use, i cant deny that. and i feel its worth even the sum i paid in the end...just that it would have been more transparent if the actual price was posted on the site instead of the ambiguous (now, since january 2015 e.u. vat measures) 99 dollars.

6 September 2017 at 11:07am

You can get a great vintage (Boards of Canada -like) sound out of this synthesizer and I made some presets for it https://gum.co/synplantvintage. Overall I really like this synth even though the controls and stuff are unconventional, to say the least.

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