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Physical Modeling Plugin by Expressive E

Imagine has an average user rating of 4.00 from 1 review

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User Reviews by KVR Members for Imagine

Reviewed By Milkman [read all by] on March 22nd, 2023
Version reviewed: 1.0 on Windows

This is a good synth with a few flaws.

The sounds that come from this are good, they are subtle and detailed, they are 2 and 3 dimensional, textured, and organic. The synth can manage a wide range of sounds, and its fun and fairly easy to do sound design on, but there are a couple glitches such as being unable to MIDI-learn or manually bind the 8 (2x 4) slider controls at the top of the UI. When you try to bind these, the MIDI assignment changes on its own, regardless of what controller or DAW you use. I sent an email to the vendor and they acknowledged the issue. They will be pushing out a patch to solve what I reported.

The folks who make this are the Expressive-E people - the Osmose team.

Comments & Discussion for Expressive E Imagine

Discussion: Active
8 February 2022 at 3:17pm

There is a demo or trial version?


7 June 2022 at 6:00pm

Wish there was :(.

I looked all over their webpage with no luck, so I guess there is not.

21 February 2022 at 10:32am

I am always interested in physical modelling - I have all of AAS's instruments. Are there any clear advantages with this over them?


21 February 2022 at 1:05pm

I believe this is more intuitive than ASS Chromaphone's interface and this allows monophonic and portamento. But, without a demo version is impossible to know if this plugin will justify its price. Lets wait to the developer release a demo or trial version.

21 February 2022 at 4:57pm

I guess I am just used to the Chromaphone interface, and pleased with what I can get out of this as well as their string and synth modeler. The only thing I am *not* pleased about is how these three kill my CPU.

I agree, unless there is a demo - to test out if this is actually worth the price, or additional purchase, I will probably pass, or wait for a sale.

20 February 2023 at 9:42pm

only my first day playing with, so take this with a grain of salt.

I, too, own all of AAS's brilliant synths. So when I got a discount coupon from expressive e for buying a touché se, sizing up the two synths that expressive e has (noise and imagine), I decided to indirectly support AAS by buying imagine...
it IS very similar to Chromaphone 3 and even String Studio 3, which makes sense, but there are some updated functions (who knows? maybe they're be in Chromaphone 4?). All three are bi-timbral. All three use physical modelling. All three sound amazing.
In Imagine, there's an MSEG, for modulation, which the others don't have. And there are some more sound-shaping options for each oscillator. But they're not light-years beyond Chromaphone, from what I can see.
Honestly, I think in retrospect I would have bought Noises which, though also a physical modelling synth, is a more-different (is that something you can say?) synth from AAS's products than Imagine is. Imagine is by no means a bad synth. But I think, if you've got AAS's suite, it's redundant for now.
And, yeah, Expressive E should be offering demo versions at the very least...that's a no-brainer.

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