It's like a Juno 106 mixed with a bit of Virus B/JP8000. Really fat and modern sounding. It's almost like a Charlatan take on Sylenth1: you only get the essentials, but in return you get fast results.
The last guy bombed his review because he couldn't get the presets to work? Firstly this thing's so simple you don't even need presets if you have even a 5th grader's synth editing skills. Secondly, it comes with a LokomotivFactoryPreset1.lkb file. I didn't even install it, just extracted it to obtain the DLLs. You load in banks through the preset menu, it's not rocket science.
Anyway back to the synth. It oscillators sound great and super rich. The filter is good but boosting resonance cuts volume down in a bad way - I hate when filters do that, makes me never want to use the resonance. The CPU usage is a bit more than I'd like, but still serviceable. It's not a super versatile synth, so you won't need 100 instances anyway. It's really trying to force your hand to make leads and pads. It can do nice basses as well with a little finessing. GUI is needlessly large for those with smaller screens - it could've been optimized a bit better.
I like that the portamento is polyphonic. It doesn't do the best job at picking which notes to slide, but its there if you want it. The AutoPWM is a nice touch, freeing up the LFO for something else. However, multiple LFO destinations would've been appreciated. I like that the sub oscillator shape is continuous (morphs between each point). I like how the Hard Sync always stays in tune and has a lot of bite to it. A second Envelope for modulations would've been a good addition, but at least the filter envelope amount can be inverted. Also, it would've been nice to be able to tune the pulse and saw a fifth apart (lets be honest, they're three separate oscillators being layered under the hood...).
So overall, this is an incredibly usable synth you can master in a day. It's a great performance lead synth that cuts through mixes like butter. It's very late 90s-2000s, getting you that incredibly rich supersaw sound. It's a bit of a one trick pony, but if you go expecting that, you won't be disappointed.
When I can get it to work I like it. Right now I have to search and manually open the default preset bank every time i open the vst. that means I won't use it, because it takes forever to get it functional. I installed it twice and i genuinely don't understand what's wrong. My VST folder is not the default VST folder, it's on a separate drive but still it makes no sense. will give higher rating if someone can help me fix this.
In a word: I love Lokomotiv. Despite its simplicity (few parameters) it is capable, with some creativity and little efforts, of some very original and *rich* sounds and textures often hard to achieve with other synths. I too love the hard sync. Filters are great and by intelligent usage of resonance and keytrack one can easily achieve whistle-like sounds without having to play with tens of parameters. By using distortion over highly detuned sawtooths interesting sounds can be obtained. Sound quality is superb IMHO. Even the most basic waveforms sound interesting and rich with this synth. The included presets aren't perhaps fully indicative of the full potential of this synth. I'd have rated it 5/5 if it were not for a little bug (I contacted the author hoping he will cooperate and fix it though): sometimes the noise generator stop working. I am experiencing this with Reaper (I don't know whether the same happens with other DAWs or HW configs though), and only (possibly ?) when multiple instances of Lokomotiv are used and depending on the order of tracks. By now I could circumvent this by simply changing the order of tracks though. A good and versatile little synth, great job. I hope to see a x64 version soon with the bug I listed fixed.
I REALLY like the sound of this synth. Add stereo affects and distortion, and I'm on cloud nine. However...
The audio unit hangs every time I stop Logic if the note is still "on". If I don't stop Logic right between nots, it just goes on for ever. Your synth should receive an all notes off message when the host sequencer stops.
It's not a deal breaker, but it definitely affects the professional impression on the user. I hope it can be fixed.
Still no fix for FL Studio note off / sustain issues as I posted here on page #2 and #3 - http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=91&t=417364 A nice looking synth, but that's all I can say. I have other Juno Emu's that I can use. Shame.
Sounds amazing! BUT there's some sort of voice allocation problem. The "CrimsonGlory" patch from the factory bank is one example. Play a few chords in succession and it sounds worng once its starts stealing voices. Win7 x86, Ableton Live 9.1.6 32-bit.
After I listened to the tracks on Soundcloud, I decided to try it. There are so many synths and it's counter productive to try a bunch and and never get familiar with one, but this one has some subtle effects that just sound so smooth and "wet" that I just have too. Thanks for the work on it guys. I know it sucks to be giving away something you've worked on, probably harder than the work I put into my mixes. But, that's the way things are, for now. So much music, and you would think with the beautiful synths and effects that are now at our disposal, that the music would be getting better. I am an avid listener of music, and I frankly can't understand how bad a lot of the music sounds. I started doing remixes and mixing about 8 months ago, and the quality of the remixes that are being chosen as the winners in a lot of the contests, has really gone down.
Honestly, this thing is beautiful, the sound is what I already knew it had to be and then some, just gorgeous, rich and clear and I can't wait for you guys to make a commercial big brother of it with additional modulation controls as brilliantly arranged as you've already started. And don't forget to sponsor an OSC here for sure.
Congratulations, you're giving me a moment of euphoria and my new favorite free synth! Rock on.
...almost forgot: The only "funny" thing is the "Bend Range" number! Ordinarily it's halftones away from the origin, meaning 2 should go 2 halftones around the played note, but in your case it's one less. That's a little odd, I'd say, but other than that: Still love you! 8))))
One other odd thing is that there's no tuning? That almost feels a little like an oversight to me and that alone makes me wish for a version 2.0.
I also can't quite put my finger on it, but when max polyphony is reached, it seems to cut off notes not based on the quietest, but possibly in order based, haven't checked it, yet, but it sounds a bit wrong to me. I also believe it could handle a lot more notes and going up to 32 or higher should be no problem, I'm sure. A choice for that could be elegant.
Those things I would still consider foundation and would make a courteous update to the free version. A commercial version could simply have complex modulation routing, several LFO targets with independent amounts or even 2 LFOs and 2 envelopes. It wouldn't even need that much more, maybe a stereo option, but I'm sure it would be enough to have a stunning little product well worth buying.
I probably should look for a thread on this, but anyway...
Polyphony issue #2: Velocity on Amp shows more logic troubles that simply have to get approached differently. Give a sound some release time! Hit a note hard and then hit that same not softly right after! You'll hear that the second cuts of the first immediately, showing that the polyphony logic looks for the same not currently still playing and assumes it has to get replaced with the new hit since the same note "couldn't play more than once". Bad choice and should really get fixed, honestly.
With the full-on glory of this synth in its sound and its interface elegance, it really deserves greater care on those fundamentals. I really, really urge you to have another look at the code, please. You're literally sitting on a- if not 'THE"- pearl out there. It will only take some minor tweaks to make it unbeatable for the near future.
Add the option to increase the maximum polyphony, add a global or even individual fine tuning, fix the bend range display number (hihi) and that's kind of about it and you will have contributed a piece of VST history.
...To update my last criticism, when I say "stereo width parameter", I'm just talking about a single delay line that you could toggle on and off, perhaps labeled "Stereo" or maybe "Haas", with a time value control from...oh, let's say 7-25 milliseconds. It would be a simple add-on, taking up very little CPU. Of course, I don't have much experience with C++, but I think most of the work would involve making room for it in the GUI.
Currently, I'm using FL's Stereo Shaper at about 16ms in tandem with the "Synth Strings" preset from Marko Aamunkajo's free "Original House & Trance" bank -- seriously check that out if you haven't already -- and I'm only using up 14% CPU with my fingers holding down four notes. Sounds very nice. I think I'll definitely be taking Lokomotiv on-board my go-to freeware VA synth arsenal, which (until now) includes only two programs: Synth1 and Charlatan 2. It's good to finally have a third party ;)
I was way too excited way too early. I know now how tricky it is to write proper polyphony, for example, but even my first attempt is something Lokomotiv could use bitterly. There were many unfortunate weaknesses in it...kind of a waste of some really neat stuff in there. Ah well...I hope he keeps at it.
I've used AI's Lokomotiv rather ruthlessly in my new album--it does way more than just arpeggios and bass lines. Beautiful textures to be found in this little gem, ranging from silky, whispy leads to noisy, buzzing pads.
Album preview here: https://soundcloud.com/clocolan/nothing-left-to-abandon
Lokomotiv featured on: 01 Namaqua 02 Everything You See Is You 03 Cannon Rock, '72 04 Redstone 05 Obsolete Advancements 06 Ciskei
Thanks for making this available guys, one of my favorite noisemakers.