Sytrus Vsti Image Line FL studio ========================= Features: 6 FM Operators. FM / RM Matrix. Up to 64x Oversampling. EQ. 3 Selectable Filters. XY Controller. Effects (Delay & Chorus). Editable Spline Envelopes. BPM Sync / Snap. Editable Waveshaping.
While I was on the beta and preset making team, I saw right away that this was not just another FM synth. The modulation possabilities was staggering. The point envelopes were intuitive,and you could use an envelope to modulate almost any parameter including pan, velocity, aftertouch curves and more. Using an adjustable envelope to create LFO shapes I thought was unique. You are not tied down to traditional LFO waveshapes.
In creating my presets for Sytrus, I actually used a real DX7 and my Atari editing software ( Dr T's Dx-heaven) as reference, and could copy over my original patches over to the Sytrus model of FM. I was amazed at the sound and could get quite close to the original patch.
However I was also amazed that you can get excellent sound just from 2 oscillators and well placed effects.
I was quite pleased that the VSTi version is now out with some very nice improvements such as a 3 band EQ to beef up the sound,and DX7 import, while not perfect, allows you to get usable patches from the thousands of DX7 sysex banks available on the internet ( witness my DX7 page: http://tamw.atari-users.net/dx7.htm )
The most well placed critisism on Sytrus is the CPU usage, however it is possible to optimize patches for less CPU use, and there are many excellent presets that do just this. While there are many presets that come with sytrus, the meat is in creating your own sounds, after all: thats what all those buttons and sliders are for. A simple tweak can go a long way.
Being an FM fan, the sound is excellent on Sytrus. Being a subtractive fan, you can also create patches without even using the FM functions.You can also create custom waveshapes with the waveshape maker.
All in all, a very fruity and juicy bit of kit. Highly recommended. TC