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 Review
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