I use this for the vibraphone and the custom, melodic tine sounds I can get out of it..
Has a very stable feel to it.. Might sound weird to say that, but some VSTi's I've used have felt fragile..
dmiHammer is cpu friendly and stable.. and the sound is nice.
I can only wish the gui was larger.. on a 1024x768 screen, the text and knobs are quite small for this synth. But I am pleased with the simple, well defined layout - Makes programming a breeze.
A humble tool for hammered percussion sounds and nothing else. The range of sounds is limited, but it has a character of its own. The style of the interface is true to the sound: simple and predictable. There's really no need for a manual, there's a good range of presets included and more on the site.
I like it so much I wrote a poem:
the old tin bucket a one-legged pony leaps sound of dmi
The thought of a specialized synth for hammered percussion sounded great to me. After downloading, I was initially a bit disappointed in the sound. Most of the noises that can be made sound like simple FM synth patches. You also can't get as much "clang" (percussive sound) as I would like, and the maximum decay time you can get is shorter than I think it should be, too. After working with it for a while, I began to find sounds that I liked. You can make passable approximations of short, sharp sounds that naturally have a hollow sort of character (eg: marimba, xylophone). But to be happy I had to make myself stop thinking of "hammered percussion" and treat it as the electronic thing that it is. It's a nice counterpart to more typical drum synths and sounds good mixed in with electro-type drum sounds.