Once you get your core group of VSTi’s together it is time to look for something different. Just how many different VA synths do you need in software? When you are ready to expand your sonic options there are few choices. One of the available VSTi’s that is a bit different is PlasticZ. The phase-morph oscillators tied to FM give me a sound different than any other FM VSTi I own. Even when using a distortion patch the sound is clean enough to layer well and avoid muddying the mix.
This has to be the coolest looking VSTi on the market. It is deceptively simple and makes programming PlasticZ fun and efficient. When someone wants to see my setup, PlasticZ is one of the first synths I load onto the screen. Too bad more VSTi’s don’t have this combination of good looks and usable interface.
This is by far my favorite VSTi in my arsenal of sounds. I'm not even sure where to begin...For starters I rarely use presets but the ones that ship with it are by far some of the best that I've ever heard. From big, fat, beefy leads to corny plastic sounding flutes...it's all covered.
Secondly, the GUI is just so damn cool looking. That's what really sold me on it to be honest. It's straight forward and easy to program. I would have liked to have seen a multi-pole filter onboard but it's really no biggie.
Lastly (and most importantly) this plugin has performed 100% without failure in multiple hosts. There are some out there that work like a charm in one but totally cause problems in another...not this puppy however.
Usually it takes me a several weeks with a demo (if not longer) to decide if I wanna buy it, but the PlasiCZ took me a mere seven hours. It's well worth it regardless of the type of music you make.
Reviewed By sluggo [read all by] on 3rd December 2002 Version reviewed: 1.02 on Windows
First of all, I'm not very good at reviews. But I'll try to pass on my opinions. I love the sound of this vsti: it is certainly unique while maintaining maximum useability. Some descriptions I would use are clean, clear, full, raw, and deep. But I guess you can figure that out from the demo. It runs perfectly, automation works great in Logic (some plugins don't work so well). Plasticz doesn't seem to be too bad on the cpu, but I don't spend much time measuring these kinds of things. Most importantly, I find this synth to sit well in my tracks (house/electronic/techno). I think that's important to note.
This synth sounds as good as it looks. Very 'up front'. Great 4 basses and lead synths not so good on the pad front. However, I may just need 2 sit down and program the little sucker a bit more. Still getting my head around the interface, but the presets r a good place to start.
Looking foward 2 updates. I hear lfo's r on the cards. hint, hint...
Edit: I have just installed the OSX VSTi version. It is wrapped and operating as an AU in Logic 6 without a hitch! I truly love this synth!!!!!
PlasticZ is very nice. It has a taut, edgy sound that is unique. It has a helluva lot of bottom end: it is the only softsynth that makes the woofer's on my Event 2020 bas's to rattle: and this is at a reasonably low volume!
Great for bass. Awesome for bleeps, bloops, blops, and fx. Pads are not typical pad-like but are also very nice. It is quite good for leads - it can have a sharpness to it that really cuts through the mix.
That's is where PlasticZ shines: it's ability to cut through a mix and not overpower. It has a distinct sound that stands out.
PlasticZ is definitely not the most versatile softsynth - but it has a great sound that left me with no purchasing regret!
Reviewed By CP [read all by] on 23rd September 2002 Version reviewed: 1.0 on Windows. Last edited by CP on 23rd September 2002.
The first thing you will notice when you fire up PlastiCZ is very original GUI. It is kind of refreshing when you see different face among all these "look at me I`m so retro" synths. But when you press key the real fun starts. This synth sounds so good, so fat! Surprise, or maybe not, if you are used to reFX quality. With PlastiCZ you can make some really good bass lines, leads, organ or FM Piano sounds and that's not all. This VSTi comes with 128 presets and 10 onboard effects. Leslie, Bitcrusher,Phaser..., you get hand full of simple but functional effects with this beast. My favorites are Talkbox and TranceGate. I must mention that PlastiCZ can be dirty or clean as you want it to be, but it always stays fat and realistic. PlastiCZ is a serious tool with it`s own character.
This plugin benefits very much from using VST Oversampler by ArkeCode. It's just so designed that it tends to introduce a lot of aliasing. WIth the oversampler, highs are much more clear and don't tend to overcloud a sound with harsh sibilance. Very recommended.