|Type / Tags||Synth (Analogue / Subtractive)|
Windows 7/8/10, or above
OS X Yosemite or above
|Copy Protection||Key File|
Mantis307 is described as "a fat, mean, and rubbery VST synth influenced by the raucous sonic stylings of classic synths like the TB-303, MC-202, Nord 3, OSCar and Juno 60".
It features "killer" unison and distortion, as well as constant time-slide ("portamento done right"). In addition, sync, mono and polyphonic modes, keyboard tracking, and 3 envelope curve types, and much more. All with a low CPU footprint that lets you layer many mantis sounds without breaking a sweat.
- 2 oscillators per voice - Saw, Sqr, Tri, Sin, Pink/White noise.
- 1 sub-oscillator per voice for extra fat basslines.
- Hard sync, hidden sync oscillators give each main osc its own hard-sync sound.
- Trigger sync, restart each oscillator for each new note.
- Detune, with detune copy/paste quick buttons.
- Oscillator mix.
- Unison modes - mono, stereo, or chorus modes adds 1, 2, or 5x the voices.
- Unison detune, 2 different detune styles, "dirty", and "clean".
- Smart voice allocation:
- Monophonic and polyphonic modes.
- Aggressive constant time slide.
- Polyphony limiter - take control over CPU usage.
- Legato mono-mode (polyphony == 1) enables constant time slide, skips attack phase of envelope.
- Legato poly-mode (polyphony > 1) true legato, skips attack phase of envelope.
- 3 envelope shapes - linear + 2 different curves.
- Amplitude ADSR.
- Filter ADSR with Amount and Velocity sensitivity.
- 4 pole Moog-style filter with cutoff and resonance, can self resonate, cutoff is envelope controlled.
- Keyboard Tracking of the cutoff parameter (3 modes off, normal, bright).
- Distortion unit:
- Wet/dry mix.
- 3 types, Tube, Thin, Hard-clip.
- Volume Output Level.
- Preset Manager featuring many built in presets with save/load and rename functions.
- Low CPU footprint lets you layer many mantis sounds.
Reviewed By Tonmann
July 7, 2018
It'a actually a one-trick pony...or not to be so harsh...a two or three-trick pony;-).
This VSTi is definetly no all-rounder but if you're after really "in the face" basslines and leads like one could create with Access Virus or similar synths, you should give this one a try.
The UI is a bit old school and could be improved regarding usability (missing auto-center, some knobs too sensitive) and I'm missing stuff like portamento (glide), but all in all it's a good value for money.
The current version seems to suffer from stability issues when run in Reaper, maybe there will be an update fixing this some day.Read more