SpaceSynthesizer, out of the box, has some excellent presets for (as you might guess) 'space' music - as well as good patches useful for mixing into the background of ambient tracks, and a few 'fx'-type goodies. But that's not *all* it's good at, with a little bit of work it makes an excellent pad machine and can produce excellent soundscapes! Programming isn't that complex, fiddle the knobs and you're off. Theres an Intelligent Patch Generator (IPG) and 64 extra patches that you get when you register, both of these are pretty useful.
The downside: some patches can get a little CPU-hungry, although V1.5b seems to be better about it. The GUI is not pretty, but it's functional. The built-in bank loader/saver is a *PAIN* as it doesn't use a standard Windows file-chooser dialog, you have to type the name in FIRST, then hit 'load' and hope you got the name right. I have also not been able to get really harsh sounds out of it, but it's a SPACE synthesizer so I should know better (lol).
An unusual VSTi and one of the top bits of kit in my arsenal, it seems to be relatively unknown for some reason.Read Review
*****I decided to make an edit to this, well a complete rewrite due to the most recent update, ok Jzero it’s more than a one trick now. Also I forgot to mention the effects that come as a separate addition too, Cool*****
I am now reviewing version 1.5.
I was notified of the update through an email sent from the company with clear instructions on download. Complete with a list of fixed items and a link to a new bank of patches.
Also nice clear instructions on how to contact the company in case of any bugs or issues with the software.
The update was free and uninstalling and then installing the update went smoothly as with entering my s/number.
GUI to my eyes looks much clearer plus changing the wave shapes and patches went without a hitch.
Sound of the pads this synth can emit sound rich with a smooth and evolving glide, quite a pleasant experience.
This is very tweakable, plus has a custom patch generator; you will need to download it to see what I mean. It’s quite unique.
The cpu load has been improved but you will still need to watch your max polyphony.
So I can say this synth works as it should and sounds pretty good to me. Thanks for the update MHC, it’s a good one.
Of the three synths in the MHC collection this is the one I use most. It’s name reflects the purpose, those spacy sounds you hear in old since fiction movies, and spacey pads from early electronic music. Jean Michel (or Michael) Jarre could have made several albums with this synth alone during the 80’s.
Space Synthesizer has a few twist. Evolving waveform, individual right and left delays, sequencer that can control the filter, resonator, ensemble control. This is not just another analog wannabe with the standard subtractive oscillator/filter format. And it is not a synth that will cover bass, leads and percussion. This synth has a purpose and the purpose of this synth is spacey pads. Because it is so focused on one type of sound you get a unique but capable VSTi. A very nice addition to any collection because it is not really like any other synth. I must say the patch programming is also excellent. CPU usage is standard and this synth does not seem to suffer the occasional CPU spikes that the other MHC synths have.
So what is bad? There is not much bottom on this synth. This could be considered good for sitting in the mix, but don’t expect those low grumbling notes for songs that start with big pads. Also, the interface looks simple to use but the knobs are difficult to control. I occasionally suffer a problem when switching patches. Sometimes the sound process seems to go crazy and you get a very loud grumble or screech. This is not often, but when demoing patches I suggest keeping the amp turned down low, or maybe putting a limiter after this synth. Hopefully the developer will insert a bit of code that will mute current sound when the previous/next patch select buttons are activated.
Otherwise, this is a very nice synth and a very good buy. To anyone who plans to buy this synth, take a close look at the full package. It seems to be a much better deal when you grab all three synths and the effects collection but test the other synths first as they seem to have CPU problems that are not evident in this VSTi.
This is a really nice synth and a great value if you buy the MHC package (three synths and loads of FX in one money-saving deal). I love it because it has a really distinctive sound. I find that I'm using it more in my compositions. Don't be fooled by the name; this isn't an a-tonal, special FX synth. It's very musical and useful for a variety of contemporary genres. And I love the simple, attractive GUI. Well worth the money if you want something different and not your average Moog/ARP/Oberheim emulator.
[this is an amendment to my earlier review. since it's original posting, i've experienced serious instability with all my MHC synths. i say buy these synths at your own risk, or wait for any serious update news from MHC. all my other plug-ins are performing well, so I know it isn't my system.]Read Review
Space Synth is somewhat of a one trick pony but it's trick is substantial. The main timbres produced by Space Synth are ambient, spacy sounds that fill sonic spaces quite nicely.
If you enjoy old school electronic/space music you will find Space Synth to be much your cup of tea. The interface is a bit difficult to get around and much of the sounds depend on the onboard effects, a lush chorus and delay.
The basic timbres are not terribly warm but work in a PPG Wave kind of cold way. As a synth the feature set is limited but not to the point of frustrating.
Bundled with the spate of effects the $39 cost is minimal and well worth the purchase.Read Review