Vaz instruments have a unique sound that some love and some hate. The sound is a bit edgy compared to most subtractive synthesizers. However, is it not a thin sound that plagues many VSTi’s. This full but edgy sound is reminiscent of the Arp line of analogs. For my use it is best used for arp patterns. With work you can get some nice pads and cover the old string machines of the late 1970’s. One suggestion is to bypass the included effects and use outboard effects of more quality. Good reverb and tube effects will do wonders for the sound of this VSTi. Support is good though the official forum is hardly used. The developer does appear on other forums, including KvR, and is willing to answer questions and take suggestions.
Vaz is a bit different than most VSTi’s in how it loads and runs. When inserted into your sequencer you get a logo box. To access the synthesizer you have to click on a bar to change screens. Single instruments can be loaded through a somewhat confusing menu, and you can load a mixer to route multiple Vaz synths. One positive aspect is the ability to audition patches before loading.
User Interface - Based on the black and orange look of old Arp synthesizers. Pleasing to some and hated by others. The horizontal sliders take some getting use to, but are space efficient and responsive.
Sound - Good but edgy. Not useful for everything.
Features - Basic VA subtractive synthesis with a mixer and arp.
Documentation - Minimal at best. Presets - Enough to get started but lacking in imagination.
Customer Support - Pretty good.
Value For The Money - Too expensive for a basic subtractive VA.
Stability - Never crashes my system.
Copy Protection - Customer friendly Serial Number.
Frequency Of Use - Whenever I need an arp in my song.
CPU Load - Light to medium.
Remote Patch Change - Patches cannot be changed from a keyboard. In fact, Vaz has a strange and confusing patch system.
CC Assignment - Right click MIDI learn as found on many new VSTi’s.
Fun Factor - Low. Good to play but not much to play with.
I probably would not buy again because of the price/feature ratio. The sound is too specialized. Consider the cheaper Vaz Plus for the sound, or the more expensive Vaz Modular for flexibility.