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Synth (Analogue / Subtractive) Plugin by Steinberg

Neon has an average user rating of 2.67 from 6 reviews

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Reviewed By jobromedia [read all by] on 21st April 2010
Version reviewed: 1.0 on Windows
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This is one of the earliest VST instruments, if not the earliest of them all. I heard back in 1998 that a friend talked about a synth called Neon that was software, but I didn't believe him. It wasn't until 2001 that I had the chance to test it out on my own when I bought Cubase VST.

Neon is a pretty useful synth for it's era, nowadays almost all analog VST's can produce similar sounds. But the sound in itself is pretty slick and smooth. Good for sturdy synth basses, pads and brass sounds. Not that special as I said but back in the days this was the synth I went to for new fresh sounds. The interface is pretty straight forward, nothing strange here. Featurewise this gives lots to wish for, but for the money what can you really expect? If you can download it from Steinberg then this is worth trying out, but if not... Well there is plenty of other plugins with similar features. I wouldn't lose any sleep over the failed download. So does it beat the plugins with stockpiled SynthEdit components? Yes I have to say because it has a bit phatter sound than most synthedit components can produce.

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Comments & Discussion for Steinberg Neon

Discussion: Active
18 April 2013 at 6:20pm

"I don't know how well it compared to the competition in '98 or '99""

Compared to e.g. http://www.vintagesynth.com/misc/reality.php it wasn't that great either ;-).

19 April 2013 at 9:01pm

Some great memories of this synth so it has a nostalgia factor... But most of all I seem to remember thinking "DAMNIT, FILTER, OPEN!" because it seemed to be impossible to get the cutoff to go very high at all.

It was mainly used for bass and pads.

31 May 2015 at 6:11pm

the wooden 8-track tape player enclosure makes me moist <3.

14 September 2019 at 6:02pm

In the manual it states "The Neon is polyphonic with up to 16 voices. However, since each added voice consumes CPU power, the maximum polyphony may be limited by the speed of your computer."

However I can only get 5 voices out of it. Is it inaccurately determining modern CPU speeds or did they outright lie all these years? Oh well, it's a piece of crap anyway. The CS40 actually has 8 voices but it's advertised as "polyphonic with up to 6 voices". Nothing but lies.

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