I've been on the fence about sinking a good chuck of money into a drum synth for quite a while. Up until now, I've gotten great results from the freebies, vsti's as well as one shot samples. I first checked out Punch about 3 years ago and have been drooling over it ever since, but I was skeptical about it's Windows XP 32-bit compatability. After a recent PC upgrade, I started weighing my options again. Tried uTonic (sounds fantastic, but IMO is too limited for an all-in-one drum synth option), tried Tremor (way too big a CPU hit, even on my 3.5 Xeon with 24G ram). Punch just "worked" for me...synthesis, sampler, sequencer, built in effects (fuzz distortion is fantastic btw, reminds me of running my hardsynth into a Boss FZ-2 HyperFuuzz at times). Within minutes, my electro drums took leaps and bounds.
Bottom line? Sounds great, easy to program, low CPU hit. Buy it.
I got it since a few days, it is included with the explorer III bundle, what can i say about it ? ... I got a lot of drums VST, audiorealism drums machine, spark 2 with spark LE controller, all the spark add on (EDM, Dubstep ....), Tremors ... Rob Papen is just the best, everything is easy to use, it sound really good and inspiring.The FX section is really good. In fact, the Rob Papen explorer III is a killer deal...a must have, I recommend to try it before buy, because we don't have all the same taste and needs ;)