It purports to be a fun, free plug-in and nothing more than that.
It comes as part of a bundle called ‘InsBag’ by the author Tobybear, a bundle which contains three other plug-in instruments.
The first thing that struck me when using this instrument is how the sound is ‘near as dammit’ to the ‘good-ole’ 303 sound that’s so frequently emulated these days.
The author plainly states that his plug-in is written in Delphi. To a doubter like me, that doesn’t sound particularly promising.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Screamer sounds great.
It has a nice ‘step sequencer’ approach. One note programmed in the sequencer triggers a pattern already programmed in Screamer.
At first I couldn’t work out why Screamer would play a different scale when differing triggers were sent, despite playing apparently the same sequence. (A single note change confirmed this assumption.)
A quick check of the manual shows that a programmed pattern is played when a ‘C’ note is received. Playing a D sharp for example will transpose the playback 3 semi-tones. (It sounds obvious reading it, but try it.)
The author begs us not to “take this too seriously”. However, considering all the usual considerations of a step sequencer/303 emulator have been addressed (Note on/off, glide and accent are all present) then I don’t see why I shouldn’t.
As a free (as in beer) plug-in for 303-ish sounds it certainly meets my needs.
Coupled with some other effects plug-ins it sounds great.
Oh, and it syncs to the sequencer’s clock perfectly.