The GUI is nice and sober wich is perfect in this context of an ambient/athmospheric synth. It is easy to use from the start and it is very logical in his conception: in the left synth one and two, in the right the effect section, modulation, sequencer, microtuner. In the top of the synth you can find generals adjustments and a virtual keyboard who can hold keys (very handy to create your own presets!)
Sound and features:
Currently Astralis is compose by three synths: Astralis A, B and C (still in beta version at this time). Astralis A and B are waveforms based synths with various possibilities (see main features) concerning effects, modulations options, routing and to handle waveforms. It's simple you can do all you want with waveforms and create your own sound easily (bass, rythmic sounds, pads, athmospheres). All these sounds are moving wich is perfect for soundscapes. Astralis B is the same but with reduced cpu. That's great with Astralis A to produce sounds with more space. Astralis C is a sample based synth. It's a beta version at this time but works very well and increase greatly the possibilities. To summarize, the Astralis pack is a real quality sound factory : almost all sounds can be created and give a total control on these sounds. And in this point of view it offer me more that I expected.
Documentation and Customer Support:
Astralis have a manual made a little bit like an e-page wich is very fine. In it we can find all the needed to understand how works Astralis and the microtonal scales. Necessary to create your own presets this documentation is fully printable. If ever have problems or a question the Hg Sounds site have a users forum. Otherwise the Hg Sounds team is nice and very reactive with users.
I've a P4 processor with 512 Ram: not the must for audio recording. Astralis need cpu but never crash. This need of cpu isn't an handicap for me because he give me enormously.
Value For Money:
A must: finally Astralis will compose of four synths and a indepedent effect section. I bought it with the offer and I would remake this choice even without this offer.