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Win XP SP2 or higher
10.6.8 or higher
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Diversion is a software synthesizer that offers four complex oscillators, two bus processors with a lot of filter modes and saturation stages, flexible effects matrix, arpeggiator and trance gate module, wide and clean unison.
The two bus processors in Diversion allow the user to transform the oscillator's output into a wide variety of possible sounds. Each bus processor consists of a stereo filter with a lot of different modes, distortion and LO-FI section. Many filter modes and types of saturation stages have been implemented for creating arbitrary patches, including popular Trance, Psy, Dub Step and Ambient sounds.
Modulation options are 4 ADSRs, 4 LFOs and 4 MSEGs. The synth provides an up to 8X oversampling mechanism to eliminate possible aliasing.
Reviewed By FarleyCZ
December 31, 2011
Diversion is another synth with big chance to become huge in the future. Quite a few of them recently appeared. So how it stands up?
User Interface 10/10
UI is amazing! It is really clever at connecting to the function part of the synth. For modulation reasons. And it really pays of. Whatever sound you make, you can make it twice as fast here then in any other synth. Author obviously noticed, that these "how would it sound, if I modulate this by that?" thoughts last just for a moment, so he made modulation assigning really quick. Very clever and really amazing idea.
Featurwise Diversion's true mosnter. Reminds me of Massive, but with few bonus features.
Really clever bit is these filters per OSC. It allows you really subtle polishing of timbre, which is good. OSC FX are great too. It's obvious that author is fan of Zebra. (I'd even like this SUB fx on Zebra's oscilators. :p)
Another amazing feature are these X/Y controls. It does different thing for every waveform. It could seem like nonsense, but did you ever expirienced this situation, where you have nice filter settings, nice modulations, only OSC's doesn't fit the sound? In simplier synths, you need to redesign whole patch again. Here you just move with that X/Y thingy and new color is in...
Bit of FM too. You can modulate everything you see (and even few things you don't). All really quick. Full score here 4 sure.
Diversion = creamy. Everything you ever imagined something "creamy" sounds like is in there. It has several drive and distortion stages, that can set this cream on fire. Sound is not Massive-like at all. It's not too digital... or too analog... it has it's own character, but really cool one. Like if AAR had a synth brother.
What I don't like is built in chorus FX, but it has surprisingly good reverb for example.
What I absolute adore is this "acid" filter type hidden down in menu. It really sounds like 303 filters. It's killing with all that OSC and modulation features!
Tip: Don't forget to set the highend setting right to your sound.
Few tiny bugs here or there. Nothing dramatic. Only bad thing is CPU usage. It really needs some big optimalisation. Especially unisono engine. I wouldn't mind "unisono per OSC" aproach, becouse on my 2,3GHz i5 is unisono using even 50-60% of CPU with spikes that make Live crackling... It has plenty of other features to make amazing sounds, but with CPU-lighter unisono it'd be almost unbeatable.
Value for money 10/10
I got Diversion as a gift, but this synth deserves the price really well. It's fresh, modern, silk, bit heavy, but perfect. But best bit is it's quickness. Really nice pleasant and complex sounds from scratch in terms of minutes. Included presets are just a delicious cherry on amazing cake. Love this one. :)Read more
Reviewed By LfmC
August 25, 2011
About me: 15 years producing music, last 8 years professionally, and in that time, I've tried pretty much every softsynth ever made :)
Now on to the review... I'm gonna try to keep things simple: This thing sounds great. It's one of those plugins that you just have to try for yourself, preferably on high quality studio monitors.
Nice design, easy on the eyes, single page interface. I'd go with skins support, but that's just me. 10/10
All the basic features of a VA synth are here, plus some exotic ones like sub/modulator/distortion/filter PER oscillator (so one for each oscillators), 2 multimode master filters, FM/ringmod, effects (delay, chorus. reverb, etc.), arp/trance gate, integrated 2x oversampling that goes up to 8x, true unison mode, oscilator character selector, LFO's, ADSR/multipoint envelopes, modmatrix and more.....
Detailed pdf describes everything in detail, but honestly, if you need a manual for this thing, you're prolly very new to VA synths in general.
200 presets, which in not a lot, but they sound great. The programmer is also a sound designer, so I'm expecting more sounds coming in the near future. And most importantly, making your own sounds is a breeze.
No experience with it directly, but the plugin developer is very friendly and listening to user's feature requests/ bug reports, so I'm gonna assume the support is good.
Value For Money:
At 150$ on the discount now, and 200$ usual price, it's not cheap. But then again, I'd rather have 1-2 quality VA synths, than 10 average ones.
Few small insignificant bugs, most of which are being fixed for next update. Nothing major. All in all, very stable so far (no problems in cubase 6 and FL 10). Keep in mind, though: It's a bit of a CPU hog. I suggest at least a dual core for it, quad core recommended for a healthy number of instances (personally running a max of around 24 of them on an i7 firstname.lastname@example.orgGHz).
I've saved this for last, because this is the main thing that made me fall in love with this thing and actually write a review.
The high frequencies are amazingly smooth and crystal clear, something I've never found in a VST until now. It has punch, bite and character. It kind of reminds me of my virus Ti in a way that, whatever I tweak, I get good sounds from it.
In case you missed it, this is one of my new favorite VA softsynths. 9.5/10Read more