This is one of those synths that I've almost wiped off my hard drive, but always stayed my hand at the last key stroke for some reason.
It's fairly basic - after all, it's a freebie version done as a taster for the fuller featured bigger brother. It's mono (no shame in that - monos are still very useful for leads and basses). There are no FX (for me this is no problem - I often feel FX mask the true character of a VSTi).
The reason I've nearly deleted it is because it seems to have not much middle ground - it's basically a very digital sounding synth - it's designed to be - but that can really be a problem with a monosynth - digital basslines just rarely cut it in a mix - with leads it's not such a problem, but LF is either very quiet and bland, or it screams out with digital nastiness. Either way, even with a lead, it's difficult to get it to sit in a mix happily.
You can tone down the nastiness, but then it seems to lose any character at all. Some of the obscure knobs can occasionally produce a really useable patch though - you can twiddle all of the knobs to no effect whatsoever, but just one knob will get the right sound - this is also another reason I nearly deleted it; The knob terminology is so ridiculously obscure, that I have no idea what most of them do. I like programming synths - I like complicated ones and I like programming from scratch - but I still have no idea what I'm doing with LF - just bad labelling IMO.
I've still got LF because just on the odd occasion you want a bit of real noise and crunch - well it can do that quite well. In fact, I'd say LF is more suited to making industrial sounds, and if that is your style maybe it's a good synth to own. I can imagine the full version with more features could be quite useful, but LF is so "only just there" that I have never investigated it. Basically for the usual dancey stuff or pop or accoustic and most probably for rock, I don't think LF has alot of use. Grungey electro, industrial experimental then go for it - it's free anyway so what's to lose?
I really don't like to knock freebies, but this one rarely does anything for me - I only keep it because once in every 30 or so songs - I find some kind of use for it (and I'm a sad synth collector - I find it very difficult to get rid of 'em)
Alright ! I had downloaded this synth quite a while back and simply forgot aboutit(seems to happen more and more now...old age or too many synths ? :0 ) Anyhow, if you want piercing warm or hard basselines you simply must download this now, seriously folks I've been looking for that aceeeeeeed synth and this comes close, very close, close enough ? sometimes yes ! sometime no :( depends on the type of Acid you want, burbly, screetching, bubbly, frogly, duckly or just beeply... The only cons to this inspiring synth are that I can't seem to save my preset in OrionPro, a shame cause there's so many subtle sonic colorings that if you don't save it straight away you may be hard pressed to find the exact sound again. Still here ? go download it now, it's free !
Reviewed By Jim M [read all by] on 11th June 2002 Version reviewed: n/a on Windows
Not recommended... don't even waste your time on a download, even if it is free. I will disinstall this later on today.
But, it did point up a noticeable bugaboo I'd like VSTi developers to consider...that is, PLEASE PLACE A LARGE MAIN VOLUME KNOB IN A PROMINENT PLACE IN YOUR DESIGN!! Otherwise, bad VSTis like this can put your monitoring system into cone-testing mode quite rapidly.
Horrid GUI... many times larger than it needs to be. Pretty neon against black however.
Not a very good sounding VSTi... if you can get over how damn LOUD it sets up.