I have heard alot of people say that this synth is a crippled Terra. Yea i guess it is but i Down Loaded the Terra to see what the differances were. To tell you the truth I thought that the Terra was a bit much. Causing me to get the D'cota. I felt that it was more simple and to the point.
UI - The User interface is very easy on the eyes, lots of light grays. Everything is layed out accordingly and right in front of you. my only problem is when in the wavtable mode drawing your own waveform can be frustrating.
Sound - Yes, it has sounds. Capable of 3 types of synthesis: analog, wavetable, spectrum. The analog part is very good for your every day bread and butter sounds. Good filter and oscs. However what i like about this synth is the parts that i really dont understand or come into contact with on other synths. I have made some of my favorite pads playin around with the other 2 synth engines on this. Real icy and digital and electric and VERY evolving.
Features - Something that i did not expect is the high quality FX that it come with. They are all useful.
Documentation - Yes, its good however i fear taht if i under stand the other 2 synth engines that i will not want to play with them any more. so i really have not read them in depth i have glanced oever every thing.
Preset - There are some good presets and they are all well organized into groups of what kind of sound they are. Which in handy when browsing for a sound.
Customer support - umm well it is steinberg which is a large company which mean a delay in what ever probelm your gonna have. However i have never asked them for assistance for anything so i really cant comment first hand.
Value for the Money - YES! I thnk that the full retail price is somewhere like 250usd i got mine for around 80usd on ebay. dunot really know if i could pay 250 for it but i think it worth 200... thats what you pay for albino.
Stability - Well it does alot so expect it to be CPU hungry. i use it alot for pads so i tend to render 16 or 32 bars instead of leaving it a midi track.
Hello ... first try at a review so lets see how it goes :)
This synth has its own character and the first of the multiple synthesis methods (analog) is straight forward to use. The second and third synthesis methods, spectrum and wave are great for pad and digital sounds but need, for me at least, a lot of time spent on them to figure out how to get predictable sounds, ie what i hear in my head. All in all i like this synth a lot and think it will fit in with the rest of my soft synths well.
This is a character synth! Analog synthesis: Very good sound, excellent filters. Lot's of character in all ranges from lo bass to brilliance. Spectrum synthesis: Something very cool and extremely good sounding. Fresh and versatile which adds to everything else I own. Unique sounds that no other synth I own can do this way. Wave synthesis: Interesting but a little unpredictable. But that is beautiful in some way. Sounds good, too. Lot's of really tasty programmed sounds come with D'Cota. I tend to call it the little brother of Virsyn TERA as it's created by Virsyn. If you don't own TERA and want to get the fantastic Spectrum osc sounds this could be the synth for you. D'Cota is smaller in interface and features but has enough features to be the one-and-only synth if you want to. It's no problem to play whole arrangements with this synth without the obvious need to use something else. In general I would describe this synths sound as phat and warm. Soundwise this synth is on a top level like few other synths. Stable.