I bought SimSynth Live shortly after buying FruityLoops. Getting the FL, VSTi and DXi in one purchase is a nice deal. More importantly, it has a nice sound. If you dig in and do some careful programming you can get some pads that seem very alive. I use it mostly for things that need to sit in the back without drawing attention. This does not translate to dull, low quality sounds. A bad synth can draw attention just by ruining your mix. SimSynth Live adds filler with simple sounds that still sound good. It does not take up too much bandwidth and the included effects are a bonus. The Warm setting and ring modulation are just enough to give this synth extra character without becoming too complex. I think it is a great first synth for someone to learn about subtractive programming and ring modulation. Out of all the synths I bought in this price range, SimSynth Life is the one I use most. I tend to forget about it, but a year after my initial purchase I am still glad I bought it.