I remember times (7-10 years ago) when it was very difficult to get realistic, organic, precise synth sound from VST synths. Only one chance was to get real analog or virtual analog synth - hardware. During that time I produced psytrance, trance and dnb music. Sound of VSTs vas crispy, digital, thin, digital dirty. Psytrance music requires precisely clean filters, organic and fat sound. I remember that during that time it was almost unpossible to get this precise sound from high-pass filter - when you turned cuttof right instead of clean razor sharp organic sound you get digital crippling. Same with low pass filters - VSTs sounded very thin, digital, while analogs or virtual analog hardware (with DSP chips) sounded organic, full, sound of their filters was magicall and liquid and sounf of oscillators was fat and massive. So I started to saving money for my first analog hardware synth.
But than, later in 2006-2007 first VST synths with powerfull sound were finally released, one of them was Renegade.
What I really like about it is sound quality and originality of sound. Unfortunately Renegade has not so many features, so you can create standard synth sound for classic styles like psytrance, trance, drum and bass, electro, house, etc... But as my friend told me in past, every good hardware synth has its own original sound charasteristics, while most of VST synths sound the same - thin and digital. Also these days most of VST sound the same digital and thin. My friend also told me: if you apply any settings to hardware synth it always sound good, but with VSTs you always trying to find good sound, and you must do lot of compromises.
Renegade is something other, its sound is really analog styled. Fat massive, organic and liquid and also original. If you apply any setings it sound always good. Im using many hardware synths but Renegade is used in my everyday production because of his original sound described by G-Sonique as combination of both worlds digital and analog. In combination with analog/hardware synths Renegade is never lost in mix, it is one of most "visible" synth in my mixes.
OSC - there i 15 shapes, basic, they sound precise, sharp, fat and massive, but I hope in version 2 there will be more interesting shapes, you have 3 oscs available also with spread function so you can create original leads sound. Interesting feature is also phase knob.
Filters - one of best in digital world of VSTs, also G-Sonique own G-Low pass or G-High pass remember me original organic while german sharp sound of Wald*rf hardware synths Q, Q+ or XT Combination of two serial filters digital and analog create perfect and original sound. Filters are strongest part of this synth.
Presets: renegade do not have tons of knobs and features, it is one of easier synths, but presets show you wide range of useability in modern music styles also. From trance to drum and bass...
Final result: Renegade is one of best sounding synth on the market. With original sound combining best of digital and analog emulations. More features/functions are welcomed, so I beleive Renegade ver. 2 will be released in future.
Interesting instrument this one... I like G-sonique's sound. They're doing something right. I like their Twisthead ampsim for adding colouration, and if you've tried Alien303 you'll know they do a convincing warm analogue-style saturation.
This is a nice, cheap synth. The quality/price ratio is high. The oscillators can run several algos, some of which are digital and gritty (aliasville), others try to be more smooth (analogue) and do an OK job at it. There's a nice pick of waveforms, including some unusual types like rectified sine, but your variable pulse is the only "moving" waveform, and with no ring, sync, or symmetry powers over the waves, we're basically stacking, mixing and detuning here.
My biggest gripe with the oscillators is a lack of semitone tuning. We can set the octave, and we can detune. We can even set the starting phase (or initial PW for everybody's favourite, the pulse) but can we make fifth or fourth interval stack pads? No. That's a shame.
There are filters, two in number. One is multimode, the other is a less flexible lowpass. The filters and following saturation stage are where this instrument shines. They're just warm and pleasant. I appreciate the differences between the different algorhytms you can choose, beyond simply selecting low/band/high-pass, and I particularly like the "G" filters, I suppose it's... a "G" thing... *shrug*... The envelopes are reasonably snappy too, so there's lots of potential for moogey sounds which will no doubt cause much funking out at the keyboard.
Beyond the filter envelope, the other modulation option is a rather wimpy LFO, which doesn't go very fast (it's so slow they should call it a VLFO), but has a row of knobs for assigning modulation off to different parts of the synth. Sadly these only run positive, so we can't have, for example, one osc detuning up while the other detunes down. Modulating the filters can only be done as a pair on the whole, so while the two filters are flexible, getting the more wacky mods out of them is tricky. Mild is the word of the day for the modulation on this synth.
Finally there's the effects. The saturation is *lovely* and works with the filter resonance like a dream. This is the reason you use this synth. The chorus does a very good job also, and the delay sounds good to me. Once again, amp envelope is snappy like the filter one.
So there we have it. I'm a lover of abstract sounds, but there are none to be had here. However, not every sound in a mix can afford to be a stack of freaking out serial pulse/sine waves being phase modulated by eachother under control of a variable shape LFO who'se speed depends on the velocity. Sometimes you just want nice and convincing bread and butter sounds, and not only is Renegade cheap and capable of these with aplomb, but it's also VERY good with polyphony, and fares very well on my aging computer with pad parts and long amp envelopes.
I have this synth and I'm wondering if anyone else has this annoying pulse from renegade when every thing in the DAW is idle. It's fine in playback and recording but when you have multiple versions open and the same time it generates a hell of a racket. Any help on this much appreciated. :-) thanks.
I know I'm quite late to respond, but in case you or anyone else runs into this problem it might help someone. I had the same pulsating noise after I purchased it. You need to put in the email you used when you purchased it at the top left of the synth (very small space to enter it) and also the same with the serial number on the top right. Hope this helps someone.