ARTPyrite is not just a most fascinating software synth:- it is also a transporter that will waft you to ethereal interstellar realms through its dreamy flowing atmospheric soundscapes. There is no attempt to be an emulation synthesizer, presenting versions of the classical instruments known to us for centuries, but rather like Omnisphere, this is a synthesist's synthesizer, a VST that highlights the sonic landscapes that only synthesizers can produce.
The program offers an extensive array of sounds, with 10 soundsets, most of which have the full 128 creations. Within this generous offering you will find a diversity ranging through fluid cinematic pads and textures to gutsy pulsing impacts and rhythms, all easily editable from an extensive diversity of sound-samples, and an accessible and user-friendly interface. The artwork of the gui is also commendable, with the graphics showing another dimension to the incredible skills of the sound-designer, Vera Kinter, who some may know from their experience with the much-missed Alchemy.
Another feature which makes ARTPyrite so highly commendable is the superb and readily-offered care generously given to her customers. A sign of this is the free demo version that has been made available. In all ARTPyrite is a quite unique gift to us.
Being a computer based musician I have accumulated lots of VST instruments. It's easy to collect them when there are so many available at the click of a button. I use some for general purpose sounds and others get my attention because of certain categories of sounds that stand out to me. But creatively I'm always on the lookout for that one VST instrument that inspires me to create and is instrumental (pun intended) in defining my sound. Art Pyrite is that instrument for me. It comes with an expansive library of sounds and presets that are suitable for any genre of music. The layout of the interface is straightforward and efficient but also very stylishly beautiful, creating an environment of inspiration to experiment and craft your own unique sound easily. This characteristic of Pyrite makes the library feel so much larger and more diverse. Pyrite excels at creating ambient soundscapes from fragile and subtle to breathing and pulsating with motion elements that keep the music evolving. The factory presets included are creative, artistic expressions that provide endless fuel for the imagination. It is obvious from the moment you start auditioning the presets that such meticulous and genuine care and ingenuity went into the making of this VST. And if you should have any inquiries, contacting Artvera will be an equally rewarding experience. Given the fact that the demo offers a very good representation of the variety of content in Pyrite and also that it doesn't ever expire, I'd highly recommend downloading it and giving it a try. It would definitely be well worth your time.
Over the years there have been lots of VST plugins out there and I have basically bought most of them. I possess a vast array of virtual instruments and even the most expensive hardware that I was able to acquire by working hard and trying to save as much as I could. Nothing satisfied me more than the two products I bought from Artvera, Aset and Pyrite. The latter is a gem, what we call in American English a real humdinger, top-of-the line, cream of the crop. This is how much this product impressed me and without any further ado let me give you the straight dope.
INTERFACE AND EASE OF USE : I have never seen such a wonderful interface before, meaning that what you see when you open this Pyrite VST is pure beauty and a feast on your eyes. The colors, the contrast distill imagination and inspiration. You get a plethora of buttons, windows and what not to make your interactive experience with this product the best there is out there. Artvera is not only a great company, it is also an expert on visual art. On a scale from 0 to 10 I am giving Pyrite a firm 10 on interface.
THE SOUNDS : Well, there are no words in English or any other language which could describe the magnificent, unbelievable sounds Pyrite can produce. You get a gigantic library which gives you the most impressive array of sounds and combinations. The sounds are ethereal, evolving, next generation style, they will stir every corner of your soul with their sonic power. The most amazing thing is how Artvera put all these sounds together without sacrificing ease of use. I have been up all night exploring all the powers of Pyrite and even when I sleep I still hear the multidimensional sounds it is capable of. Oh yeah, the wow factor is there and more than that, a magic factor that will satisfy even the most demanding Hollywood producers.
VALUE FOR MY MONEY: You will not find anything out there that compares to this VST for the money. With just $ 60 you get the very best product of the year. I have spent thousands of dollars on very good products, including hardware but nothing has made me tick as much as Pyrite. A firm 10 on this one.
CUSTOMER SERVICE : Artvera is a company that devotes to customer satisfaction without asking steep prices for its products. They always answered my questions and even explained patiently all the features of their products. A 10 is well deserved.
FINAL THOUGHTS: To all non-believers out there and all fellow musicians, Pyrite is the best Christmas gift any of you could get. Do not miss on this one, you will have the music power you have been looking for all these years. Yeah, Pyrite, that is the name of your dream vst.
A contemporary successor of H.G. Fortune's ambient synths.
H.G. Fortune aka Günter Hager, who passed away in 2014, was a legendary figure among free VST synthesizer developers, notable for a long line of unconventional synthesizers especially suitable for complex, gloomy and lo-fi ambient sounds. Hager was involved in the early stages of the development of Art Pyrite but didn't live to see the final product. I'm sure he would have appreciated it.
Similar to Fortune's synthesizers Art Pyrite is especially suitable for all kinds of pads, ambient sounds and complex soundscapes. But it can do more than that. Two pairs of oscillators are fed thru a lowpass and a combined bandpass/highpass filter, each with their own envelope. The first two oscillators feature conventional analogue-style waveforms, the other two a selection of high-quality samples (much more in the full commercial version of the synth). While Fortune liked harsh and diffuse sounds, the waveforms here are generally much more clear and transparent.
What makes this synth so versatile and a true gem in the tradition of H.F. Fortune are its extensive modulation capabilities, You have two conventional LFOs, one Sample & Hold and one special slow LFO, each with its own matrix of preset modulation tagets, and on top of that a 16 step sequencer. The speed of each modulation source is, as in Fortune's synths, always set in relation to the host tempo. So whatever you do with it - you are always in sync. Soundshaping is completed with usable reverb and delay effects and a special kind of chorus called "Drone". As the name implies it's especially suited for all kinds of drone sound.
Overall one of the best free VST synths for pads, ambient and more. The only drawback is that patches from the free version are not compatible with the commercial product. But since the price is moderate it may be worth to consider purchasing the full version.