Included with Best Service compatible libraries
|Type / Tags||Sampler / WorkStation|
- Windows 7, 8, 32-bit & 64-bit
- Min. recommended: Pentium/Athlon XP 3.0GHz, 2GB RAM
- Interfaces: Standalone, VST (32-bit and 64-bit)
- OS 10.9 and 10.10
- Min. recommended: Intel Mac 1.8GHz, 2GB RAM
- Interfaces: Standalone, AU, VST,
Engine is a fully customizable multi-page sample player specially designed for a variety of sample libraries and virtual instruments. It was developed in cooperation by Magix (former Yellow Tools) and Best Service and is based on the Independence Sampler Technology.
All Engine-based products are fully compatible with the powerful software sampler Independence 2 or newer - so you can also use the ENGINE products to expand your Independence library - of course including all Independence parameters and features.
You have access to hundreds of totally customized, music related features. The user interface, file management, and ultra fast streaming integration, multi core processor support and the Auto-RAM-Cleaner allow you to load and use an unlimited number of instruments in seconds.
Whether you want to work in mono, stereo or surround environments up to 8.1, Engine is designed to offer creative, flexible, and immediate solutions for the demands of music producers, film-composers, sound designers, songwriters and re-mixers.
Reviewed By JohJoh
January 11, 2019
Although there are some very (!) interesting libraries - I own several of them - using this sampling engine, I can't wait for them to move to eg Kontakt.
Not that the engine by itself is doing a bad job (actually, it even might include too many features), it's just that the (g)UI is a nightmare.
Looks a lot like a program written by a programmer for his/her own use, rather than one with a client (non-programmer, musician) in mind.
There is a manual (don't google it, click on the question mark right to the 5 big "tab"buttons just below the top of the window), but it's not the kind of manual that will get you up and running quickly. (as a side remark : I like to add notations / yellow mark / etc a manual while using it, you can't do that with this one since it's buried deep down in the application's package, so you better create an editable duplicate of it).
And - always a bad sign - if you look for information or tutorials either as text or as video, there is very little to be found on the internet.
Sure you can load in a library or some of it's instruments easily, but it's the steps beyond that.
Just the mixer section can provide for many hours of fruitless efforts to get it right (eg explain me why - when there is no "layer 7" in the list of layers/loaded instruments, the mixer persists in showing a layer 7 channel ...) .
Compare it to driving a car : an automatic shift car is great for most circumstances, still, I don't mind driving a manual shift car when necessary ... but I do mind having to know how to put together a gear-box myself - and not having some training material on how to do this .
PS : this is not even close to a full review - but currently prefer to spend time trying to actually make music.
PS 2 : turn of the (Engine) reverb on all your instruments - it just eats your cpu.Read more