This is my favourite Krakli VST to date! (reviewing Richman-2)
Richman has all the best parts of FM without the bad part (a mind bending UI).
The presets offered here to demonstrate the capabilities of Richman do a great job; even better, they sound wonderful! The presets are very expressive, responsive to velocity and make brilliant use of some of my favourite FM synth attributes (such as the harsh harmonic distortion).
Not only does Richman give you those harsh distortion sounds, it also provides a lovely and soft harp sound, as well as other plucked string sounds. FM has long been known for its bells and pluck sounds, and Richman is no slouch in that department.
As mentioned above, the UI is rather comfortable and simple. Something not often found with FM synths. Maybe this means there is less "programmability" but for my taste, it is far more sensible, exposing the important features to the user instead of exposing everything. Sort of like Native Instrument's "easy edit" page on FM7 which gives you access to more "analog-like" controls to shape the sounds instead of dealing with the operators and algorhythms directly.
i highly recommend Richman for anyone who has ever liked FM sounds and anyone who would like to see FM done well. The fact that this is a free VST only drives home my point: try it out; you've nothing to lose except the opportunity to check out this great VSTi!!
KVR Reviews ought to allow us to do n/a for certain categories such as documentation and customer support. Neither applies in this review. The best way i can think of to give ratings on these two is to go middle-ground and give a 5. It doesn't make sense to me to give 10 points for a manual that does not exist, but i don't want to make the rating suffer for lack of a manual when none is really needed by giving it a 1. So...
The demo file offered by Krakli in his page (Richman-2 is in the middle of the height of the page) is a wonderful imitation of the medieval Lute. I love it! The choice to reproduce an extract from this very known piece of Dowland was really an excellent idea. Perhaps too much brilliance, I should have set a little less harmonics (the lute was not an instrument having a so very brilliant timbre, it had a softer tone, reason why this instrument has never been included in orchestras other than as a solist instrument).
For those who discover this instrument which was very popular during the Renaissance, there were two grand masters, one was english (Dowland) and the other was french (Gaultier). Both composed a lot of chef-d'oeuvre! We can find very easily the tabs and scores of both, for example by the links at the bottom of these two pages above from Wikipedia. A must have for those who love peaceful music and try to play or compose modern music inspired by these wondeful styles...