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Reviewed By Wine [all]
January 15th, 2004
Version reviewed: 1.86 on Windows

This really is an exceptional VSTi. I had been looking around for decent sax samples for ages and while there are some which are quite good, they were out of my price range. Enter Tubilesax.

Tubilesax actually sounds believable, which to my mind is quite amazing as I have never really found a believable Sax emulation before. The sound quality, and the control over the sound, is sufficient to make believable sax a possibility with midi.

Pro's - Sound Quality, ease of use, and the presets give quite a good demonstration of the instrument.

Con's - Only the GUI really which doesn't quite reflect the professionalism which went into the development of the sound - however, it is still quite useable and with the introduction of skins this will cease to be a problem.
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Reviewed By Wine [all]
August 29th, 2003
Version reviewed: 1.0 on Windows

I have to admit I am very impressed with this vsti synth. I would suggest that it is the first plugin synth which genuinely offers a "fresh" sound. While I obviously admit that the synthesis method is nothing particularly new, after wavetable synthesis has been arround for ages now, the quality of sound, cross rhythms etc, and the ease with which it is possible to find/create such sounds is a wonderful asset.

I would suggest that the strength of this synth lies in the more rhythmic elements, particularly in creating dense, rhythmically interesting pads.

My only real gripe is with the GUI which, while it is certainly functional, doesn't strike me as being particularly intuitive. Just my own two cents on that.

I would recommend that anyone particular interested in the creation of soundscapes etc using rhythmic, evolving pads will absolutely love this synth. Saying that, it is still quite competent for leads etc (not sure on base lines though?)
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Reviewed By Wine [all]
August 28th, 2002
Version reviewed: 1.0 on Windows

This really is a good basic sampler. Sure it isn't Kontact or Halion but it really does provide high quality basic sampling.

My only real gripe with the DS404 is the GUI. While it may be just a issue of getting into the "habit" of using its four button system, it is certainly not the most intuitive method for editing a patch.

Pros - Good simple VSTi sampler, nice sound, very easy to install, good collection (with some fixing) of presets.

Cons - The GUI
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Sonik Synth

Reviewed By Wine [all]
May 1st, 2002
Version reviewed: 1.2? on Windows

This is an excellent product developed by an amazing company. The sound quality is simply superb and the number of instruments is constantly expanding as a result of SR's continuing development.

I cannot recommend this product enough. My only complaint is about the Sampletank format and not with the Sonic Reality itself.

Well worth the money and definitely deserving of positive comment.
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Cyber FREE

Reviewed By Wine [all]
April 22nd, 2002
Version reviewed: 005 on Windows

This is really not bad for freeware and as a taster for the pro version, it is very interesting indeed. It is very simple to use, important for those who have never used a Sampler before. However, the ease of use would have been improved if it had a manual of some kind and the GUI was a little more typical of the VST format. The GUI is certainly minimalistic and very clear but perhaps a little perplexing if you haven't used software synths for a while.

The Sound quality was quite good, the filter and ADSR is useful and easy to understand.

There are no presets, however, since it is a sampler this probably isn't a problem for most users. However, a few demonstration samples would make up for the lack of manual.

Previous versions were apparently incompatible with other multisample vsti's such as SR202 etc. However, this seems to have been remedied as I can no use it.

Overall definitely worth the download.
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Triangle II

Reviewed By Wine [all]
April 2nd, 2002
Version reviewed: 1.0 on Windows

This is a brilliant product, everyone should download the thing as it really is excellent. It is very flexible and is definitely worth the download. It is a vast improvement over TraingleI (which was alrady good)

Pro - Quality of sounds, particularly the presets are excellent, the GUI

Cons - There really are none I can think of.

This is the best freeware VSTi I have used since ninja!
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SynC Modular

Reviewed By Wine [all]
April 2nd, 2002
Version reviewed: 2.x on Windows

This is a really good modular synth and deserves continued development. Unfortunately this doesn't seem likely as the principle developer is now associated with NI.
The VSTi is extremely flexible but can be a little confusing if you are not already familiar with modular synth construction/design. Because of this the quality of the GUI is really important but is let down on this level.

The quality of the sounds is excellent and the available ensembles are of a very high quality. For what you get for your money, it is an extremely worthwhile purchase.
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Reviewed By Wine [all]
March 6th, 2002
Version reviewed: 4.2 on Windows

Well, unlike almost everyone else, I don't mind this VSTi. It sounds pretty reasonable to me! While the GUI is very plain, it is certainly functional. While I admit I haven't actually written a tune using it yet (other VSTis always seem to fit better) I can certainly imagine it fitting nicely within a techno style track.

Well worth the download.
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Reviewed By Wine [all]
March 4th, 2002
Version reviewed: 2 on Windows

What a wonderful synth for the money. It is very easy to program and the GUI increases the ease of use. It is a particularly pleasing VSTi to use. While the sounds are excellent, particularly bass and lead sounds, the pads leave a little to be desired (but only a little and can easily be fixed with some creative effect use).

My only real complaint isn't with the synth itself but a problem with installation. The original registration file sent to me crashed. After receiving e-mails from the developer, they informed me it was a compatibility problem with Netscape and proceeded to provide an alternative registration solution for me to use. Full marks for Customer Support!!!!! (This is why I deducted a few points for stability, the VSTi itself is fine!)

Download the demo and be surprised. It is certainly worth the effort to obtain this synth!
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Reviewed By Wine [all]
March 1st, 2002
Version reviewed: 1 on Windows

Well, this vsti really isn't all that bad, it certainly sounds good. However, there are some cons with this synth. Particularly the GUI, it now looks really outdated (which I suppose it is!) Also, again compared with modern VSTi, it doesn't seem as intuitive to use. Perhaps that is just me (I will certainly grant that) but it does seem to show its age.

All said, it really isn't bad, just perhaps not the best value for money. If you want a reasonable replication of the sound, then it does what you want.
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