I can't believe how amazing this synth sounds after 12 years.
Often when I am trying to create a bassline patch, I need to try synth after synth, unable to find a connection. I have access to some of the newest synths, oldest synths, and this one just gets me where I want to go faster than anything, and the filter is just outrageous. The controls do exactly what I expect them to do, intuitively. I would ask Omnitaur to update it, but I wouldn't want them to risk it because this synthesizer is perfection for what it is. This piece of software is a blessing.
If you haven't tried this instrument before, DO NOT, because it is my secret weapon.
I'm surprised this is the first review of this wonderful little synth! Here we go then...
Monolisa was announced one day by designer Jörgen Arvidsson as his forray into synth design. After internally rolling my eyes at Y.E.T.A.N.O.T.H.E.R. Moog-type monosynth, I downloaded it and was immediately pleased with the beautiful, compact interface. Every detail is just right on this: a classic, well-designed interface that makes you want to reach out and tweak it!
Upon playing it, I was very impressed with the depth of the bass tone. I realise this is a representation of basic synthesis principles, but it seems to have its own sound, and a good one at that! Those looking for a strong, bread'n'butter bass synth need look no further than Monolisa for their needs.
The first few patches demonstrate Monolisa's bass strength quite clearly, like a "Best Of" bass synthesis, and are easily modified with the clearly laid-out interface. The leads are strong here too, many a great melody could come from these as well. I'd wager a blind test would put this synth up with some more high-profile favourites.
This is a synth that should be pointed out to all SynthEdit nay-sayers. Free, easy and great-sounding, we all owe Mr nBeat thanks for his hard work and great design. I'll be using this for years to come!