@Chevytraveller, I have to agree. I give it 4 stars, docking Softube a star for the rigid interface. Cherry Audio's Voltage Modular slays Softube's for ease of use. You can intuitively drag modules between other modules and see them automatically make the needed room in Voltage. This stuff is so obvious, which is why Voltage is taking off at breakneck speed. Also, their open module development is inspiring. I own both products, but if Cherry had come out before Softube, I would have ignored Softube. On a side note, I wish one of these developers would find a way to allow more than one set of inputs for inter-plugin routing though. All we'd need is a transmitter plugin to be inserted on any channel anywhere in the DAW that feeds many inputs of the modular plugin. I digress. But back to the main point: Cherry kicks the shins of Softube on modular plugin design.
Sounds nice but the UI is so unintuitive and such a PITA that it puts me off using it.. Simple things like moving modules around are terribly clunky and awkward.. Could be a great product but someone really needs to work on and smooth out the user experience.
Plugin very stable under OS X 10.12.3 / Cubase Pro 9 / Bitwig 2.
The size of the GUI is scalable : small / medium / large.
Simple to understand.
If you don't know 'modular' synth you can learn with it.
I love to have existing module : you can find hardware patch by using google ;).
Time to talk about the most important thing : the sound Softube modular come with Doepfer module, they just sound very very good, i can feel the same excitation i had when i use my hardware synth. The doepfer modules are very good but the Intellijel are INSANE, they are propably the best analog emulation of all the 'emulation' plugins ATM.
If you already have HeartBeat, so you will have every HB modules available in modular.
I love the differents sequencers available : 1 especially for drums, with the other you can output CV / Gate.
You can chain sequencer in order to have more than 16 step.
If you 're a beginner, modular come with a lot of explained patch.
Softube post every week on the facebook page a : ' Tips of the week ' for modular.
The price ! You have a fully functional modular synth for 99 $ (basic package : every doepfer module).
CPU usage ! Suicide for your CPU. Don't expect to run it with an old configuration.
We want more modules .
GOOD TO KNOW:
Softube have a great support for customers.
Modular use Ilok (at least ilok V2).
Softube provide legacy installers, but now you have to use gobbler.
If you're stuck with something, ask them via facebook, they always reply when something is wrong.
Softube Modular is the best 'analog modular synth' emulation to this day.
I agree to nearly everything, what has been said here so far. Only that I would have got me Softube's Modular even if Voltage Modular would have been on the market earlier. I have both, and I use both. I've produced a series of 19 tutorial videos about Softube's Modular, and I've started with a series about Voltage Modular. There's one thing, one aspect I want to emphasize in this discussion: Softube's authentic software versions of great modules like Clouds, Korgasmatron II, Rubicon etc. They don't only look like the original hardware they even behave like it (to 99% at the least). And because I didn't have (and I still don't) the money to buy all these hardware modules, I was and I am very happy to have the chance to work with them using Softube's Modular. And, yes, it's demand on CPU is a terrible limitation (especially, when you're running a screenrecorder to produce videos about the product). The biggest plus with Voltage Modular is (besides the nicely loww CPU demand) the possibility to develop modules of your own (what I'm going to do next year after finishing some current projects). Just a side note: VCV rack is interesting as well, but I don't like the poor documentation of the modules (if there is any documentation at all), and the fact that it is like with chocolates (according to Forrest Gump): You never know, what you get.