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Neuron VSbyHartmann
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 Neuron VS by Hartmann is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin and an Audio Units Plugin.
Neuron VS
Product Neuron VS
Developer Hartmann
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Type / Tags Synth
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Neuron VS is built around the same sound engine found in the Neuron Hardware Synthesizer and includes 2 Resynators, the Blender module, the Mod- and Slicer Module, a Silver Unit (Multimode Filter plus Time and Frequency Effect unit) and 7 ADSR Shapers. Unlike the Neuron Hardware Synthesizer, Modelmaker, Surround capabilities, 4 levels / 4 times Shapers, high-end Delay and Reverb are not included.

The Resynator Page

The Resynator page allows for the realtime setting of all Resynators' parameters. The Resynators give access to the very heart of a sound.

Neuron VS features 2 Resynators - each capable of driving one Model. Neuron VS comes with a huge variety of Models. The Resynators (and Silver) need Nuke, the hardware controller, to drive the parameters represented by the two bubbles on this page (and the bubble on the silver page). All movements of Nuke's stick can be recorded in realtime and stored as part of a sound.

Additionally, Neuron VS includes 7 ADSR shapers, that are switched by simply clicking on one of the smaller icons. The Blender offers 10 different settings to merge and mix Models or parts of Models together.

The Silver Page

Silver includes a powerful multimode filter (24dB lowpass, 12dB lowpass, 6dB lowpass, 6dB highpass and bandpass) plus two multi-effect units. Cutoff and Frequency are being controlled cross-wise by the Nuke stick - or one can use the scrollers to set the parameters separately.

The Frequency FX Module includes an EQ / Compressor, Distortion, Ring Modulator, Decimator and SP Warp Effects. The Time FX Module includes Stereo Spread, Left/Right Delay, Flanger, Phaser and Chorus Effects.

Silver includes a dedicated ADSR Shaper for the Filter. All Shapers can be set to Repeat Mode - adding one more very flexible cyclic effect. The silver page is the home of the Mod and the Slicer. Mod represents an LFO. Slicer is a Neuron exclusive Module that allows for cyclic "3 dimensional" modulations.

The Nuke Page

On this page you can set the destination for the freely definable endless knobs (encoders). Select the parameter you want to control for each knob and store the setting together with the sound.

The Nuke Controller box

The button selects which of the Neuron VS Modules that is controlled by the stick: Resynator 1, Resynator 2, or Silver. It is not possible to work on the settings of those parameter groups without Nuke. Nuke also offers 4 freely definable endless knobs (encoders), that are set on a third page of the Neuron VS software.

Designed to fit perfectly in your hand, it is made of aluminium and offers exactly the same kind of stick controller and encoders you find on the Neuron keyboard. The hand rest is made of special soft synthetic material.


  • Neural synthesis engine (template driven Multi- Component Particle Transform Synthesis with realtime controllable synthesis model parameters, Artificial Neural Network controlled adaptive sound analysis for the parametric transformation of musical monophonic and polyphonic sounds).
  • 2 Resynators, each with 3 Scape and 3 Sphere Levels, Stick recording and Playback function per parameter level.
  • 1 ADSR envelope per Resynator with definable depth per parameter level.
  • 1 amplifier envelope per Resynator (ADSR).
  • 2 definable free envelopes (ADSR).
  • Blender module for manipulating one timbre (from resynator 1) with the properties of another (resynator 2).
  • 8 different blender types.
  • Modulation module Low frequency oscillator with 12 waveforms.
  • Slicer module for the generation of multidimensional, cyclic modulation with 12 waveforms.
  • Silver module with multimode filter (24dB lowpass, 12dB lowpass, 6dB lowpass, 6dB highpass, bandpass).
  • 1 Silver (ADSR) Envelope.
  • Frequency FX Module with EQ / Compressor, Distortion, Ring Modulator, Decimator and SP Warp Effects.
  • Time FX Module with Stereo Spread, Left/Right Delay, Flanger, Phaser and Chorus Effects.
  • Over 250 Models included (Strings / Percussion / Pianos / Pads / Reed / Plugged / Basses / Drums / Solo Instruments / Bells / Brass / Voices EFX / Loops / Organs, etc.).
  • Each Model can be manipulated with 12 Parameters (6 x Scape / 6 x Sphere Parameters) that have been detected when analyzing the original sound.
  • 10 different Parameter sets - depending on the specific Model characteristics.
  • Over 300 Sounds included.
  • Nuke hardware controller with 4 freely definable encoder knobs, 1 stick controller, 1 select button / 3 LEDs (connects via the USB port of your computer).
Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 3.00 from 1 review

Reviewed By OMU
January 12, 2006

The best thing that can be said about Neuron VS is that it actually exists and the worse thing that is related to it is that Hartmann-Music will probably cease to exist so there won't be updates to this first and, as expected from a v1.0, buggy version.
On MacOSX 10.4.2 in LogicPro 7.1.1 on a single 1.67GHz G4 it works fine just don't unload it after loading it into an instrument channel. Also don't quit Logic as usual with command+q or from file menu/quit cause your mouse (and sometimes even the keyboard) will become unresponsive after this. The solution is to force quit Logic (and every other host I tried - Cubase, DP, Live) and nothing of these will happen.
The best thing about Neuron VS is how it sounds. There are now some virtual instruments from other companies that offer resynthesis but they are far from where Hartmann reached with the Neuron. The sound can be modified in such radical ways like no other plugin can. It has a unique character and the Nuke just adds the icing on the cake with realtime modifications of the resynators and silver parameters. It's fascinating to play with it. You can have instant compositions from just playing the keyboard and moving the stick.
Another very good thing is the interface. Though it's indeed a complex synth you can really learn it in 20 minutes. Everything is very clear laid down. For me it was the most successful visual experience with a synth including the hardware ones I ever used.
The presets included are good (some of them are extraordinary) and can show you what kind of instrument are you dealing with. Some of them may seem not so great but if you throw a reverb in and begin to play with the stick everything changes. The lack of reverb in the Silver section is a minus but now every host has a reverb that can be used for this.
But the real fun begins when you do your own sounds and for this you have to use ModelMaker, a Java application that could be downloaded by registering your copy. Being here I can say that although the resulting model can be quite different from the original sample (and you probably need to try different settings when making it) the results cannot be matched with any of the other plugins that I know of. The only downside is that you cannot do stick recording nore recording the stick movements as automation in Logic. It is probably an AU issue as in Cubase you can do that.
There are some major issues with Neuron VS though.
It is the most expensive instrument plugin on the market, and even worse, in short time there will be completely absent (not absynth ;) ) from the market due to the recent anounced insolvency of Hartmann Music, the second big issue also related to this being that right now custumer support is zero (there is,though, an unofficial user forum at SurroundSFX.com).
I, personnaly, feel happy of having such a special instrument but if Hartmann doesn't find a way of continuing to develop it in the future it will be like dead soon as Windows and MacOS will change in the near future their architecture.Read more


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