still my nr.1 VSTI sampler by far. i like halion and use it here and there, but for the daily work, vsampler is muuch faster and more efficient. all the real-life oriented shortcuts, customizable defaults etc, you sure notice that vsampler is a 2.65 where halion is a 1.1 :-)
biggest plusses: -16 stereo outs baby :-) -awesome mapping features, hispeed prelistening of samples, automapping, tune detection, drag and drop all over the place, you name it -good interface -awesome performance -stability
minus: -filters -halions got better akai import
one thing about the features that dont seem as useful for VSTI use (integrated synth, step seq, stadalone and VSTI host capability) - think about the day you will use labtops on live gigs, this is where this will come in handy and vsampler will have no competition at all. add the bank manager to it and there, the perfect softsynth manager for live use. PERFECT.
and the customer support goes to eleven ;-)
i dont understand the hype about this thing to be honest. not only is it a bit unstable (considering that almost all VSTIs are 100% trouble free these days thats a no-no IMHO), but especially the sound leaves a lot to be desired IMHO.
im normally not the analog vs digital type but IMHO this thing sounds soooo digital, it hurts. id rather continue working with some good samples from analog drummachines.
its hard to describe what it is, but the trebles got a really harsh character. a bit as if the plugin had an internal resolution of 4 bit (i know the samples are 8 bit or so, but for some reason this also applies to noise you add, the distortion, just everything).
too bad. the concept is cool, the interface rocks, the manual and support are great - its just the sound i dont like.
someone pleeeeez give MDA a nice GUI for this one. think of this plugin having a nice rhodes interface, awww, that would be great.
oh, reviewing, yes :-) well i think it is awesome. for some reason, it always seems like the rhodes sample sets with somewhat hard sample transitions are the best sounding at the end of the day, and this is no exception. i especially like the ability to change the characteristics, works really really good.
hating emagic for their restrictive VST support (releasing a crippled EVP) im very thankful that they get their well deserved kick in the a.. from MDA. well done guys :-)