arturias finest emulation (closely followed by prophet V)
there is no better vsti if your into subtractive modular synthesis the gui is clean and sharp , the new updated v2.5 filters sound even more detailed , its especially suited for elaborate pads , warm and gutsy bass
this synth is not a good beginners starting point , you have to have at least basic hands on (preferably hardware) modular analog expirience otherwise you will never get the quality that it can achieve
in v2.5 theres a new generous selection of presets but this is a synth to program your own. now from this version on its protected by dongle, transferring of a new license onto an existing Arturia dongle went smooth, as the filters have been revised there can be differences in cutoff /resonance when importing v2 sounds.
even with a lot of modulations going the sound remains detailed, its also a good idea placing a limiter behind it when programming because it can get really loud.
the chorus and delay modules give a good spatial feel to the sound and used moderately they enhance the sound well, the phaser is as with all digital phasers just passable, i have yet to hear a phaseing emulation that has the slurpy rollercoasting movement of a real analog phaser.
needed with editing patches would be an undo/redo function, still missing from v2.5, overall arturia should be applauded to update their vstis even when they are 5 years down the line, a lesson that especially native instruments should take notice of since they have a history of abandoning products very quick.
overall its pretty stable and well worth the asking price if you specifically look for vintage emulation although it can do fm sounds also.