I absolutely hate the GUI and the Preset browser. The sound is okay, but I find that Izotopes Trash 2 is easy to navigate and understand. It's nice that Rob Papen made a distortion unit and I think if they reimagined the GUI it could be was easier to work with. My $.02.
I absolutely love this synth. I am always drawn to it when looking for a sound or to design a sound. I love the layout, sound, and flexibility. It is quite deep. It allows .WAV file imports, but the only thing is it missing imo is a rompler library with a real Piano and Strings. I know this isn't the aim of the product so I am not disappointed, but if they added this in the future it might be the only thing I ever used.
I think the effects section is great as well, the only thing I would hope for is a ValhallaShimmer-esque reverb.
I like that you can use the Synth as an FX unit as well, but it would be helpful if they had a different GUI for the FX only version. I understand that would probably be a tremendous amount of work, but it would really set it apart and make the FX version less cluttered and more usable.
If you want to buy a virtual synth, I would put this HIGH on my list. I own Diva, Zebra, Lush 101, Korg, and the whole NI suite, but I always come back to Synthmaster and Synthmaster One.
Hi there, thank you very much for encouraging words! Don't forget to download our latest v2.9.10 update, it has a serious usability improvements, critical bug fixes, and new content (factory presets and skins), and it is the most stable version to date.
I bought this after liking the demo audio and I must say I am pretty disappointed. The sounds all just sound like crappy samples ran through a bit crusher. I could have done a VERY similar thing with any number of plugins, such as a piano running through a bit crusher, or whatever.
Limited sounds and not much as far as sound design capabilities.
Well I must say that I am quite biased cause this is the kind of compression I have always dreamed of. It is smooth, can pump nicely and it is SIMPLE.
I find it works well on all sorts of material, but i like the pump it gave to my drums.
The only negative thing I can say about this is it seems to turn down the high end as you crank it up. In comparison to the IK 670 it sounds good, but lacks in this high end/mid frequency at high compression levels.
This is still a free Comp that i think most would be foolish to pass up. It is just so smooth and simple. :)
I actually feel honored to be writing the first review for this synth.
I will start with the positives.
1. the sound... it is clean, pure with such a classy reverb that just makes it ring to life, short or long it sits will in the mix.
2. the simplicity is great. life does not need to be complicated, it makes Pike type sounds and it does it perfectly well with enough small and well thought out modulations that can change the tone.
3. its a beautiful and inspiring GUI... simple, colorful and inspiring.
4. it is stable as far as I can tell, no problems running multiple instances or for hours on end.
Well the thing that makes it such a good thing is the fact that it is SIMPLE, but sometimes the simplicity just does not quite fit well enough... wish you had more control or LFO's to modulate... so it is not really a negative.
If you like Ambient type music you should check this out for sure.
1. GUI if you can easily understand and make the thing create the sounds you desire in a logical and straight forward way that is easy to replicate or explore, then you have a winner and it's easier to go onto number 2.
2. The sound! It is easy to dial just the right amounts of everything with this drum synth. A little noise? A little more umph or pop? You got it... It is full, deep, thin and crisp. Whatever you need.
3. Stability... it's no good if your inspiration is interrupted every few minutes or randomly in the middle of your groove. This thing is solid as a rock as far as I can tell.
To be fair I have not tested many other commercial drum synths, but if I compare it to the drum synth in LinPlug's RMV, this little freebie puts it to shame in my book.
Compared to Sonicharge's uTonic I find it hard to make the tone/musical type drum notes like in uTonic, but for straight 909, 808 and others Drumatic 3 is always my top choice. :)
Only weak point is the lack of presets... but it's FREE.
I am shocked beyond belief this plugin does not have a review yet. This has to be one of the most dynamic and capable delay plugins out there. However, because of it's depth and modulation capabilities I find it a bit overwhelming myself at times and often reach for simpler, straight forward bread and butter delays.
Like I have already mentioned, my only qualm with this plugin is the fact that it is so deep, I feel like because of it's depth I am often lured off into new directions, rarely ending up with something as basic as I desired.
Presets: Okay, I am a preset lover cause I love saving time and getting a quick, close approximation of what I am looking for, however I feel the presets in this Delay are good if not great, but I am ANNOYED how the presets upon initially opening this thing are so wildly out of this world and complicated. I wish they would have started with the basic stuff first and then build the complexity up over time/while searching through them.
All in all, I really think this could nearly be your be all, end all delay unit if you take the time to really understand it.
I believe that all FabFilter plugins are an amazing value... this is no exception.
My last and major gripe is CPU usage. At about 5%-7% CPU use on a Core 2 Duo 2ghz machine, it really takes a bite out of creativity as the song/project progresses. I imagine the new i7 wouldn't notice it, but currently I consider that quite high.
Simply put... it is an unmatchable distortion unit. I am one that believes in the subtleness of sounds... the slight variations that add a little ear/brain candy to the mix and this lets me dial in just the right amounts. While for me its still an experiment until i find success plugin... i truly appreciate it.
It seems to have a problem with saving its control state upon loading, so that is annoy cause I have to reprogram it often.
However, I think it is usually worth it. :)
I do not know what this thing does to the sound, but it seems to add distortion in a multiband fashion... however, it never get THICK or CrUnChY... at high doses it tends to become weak.
I don't really think my ears are good enough to know exactly what Aliasing is, but if I had to guess, this probably does a lot of it, because the sounds become "sharp" and almost "square" like at high settings. I never drive things that hard, but unless it is SUPER extreme, it still seems to maintain a musical quality i enjoy.
As with most people it takes a seriously good/bad plugin to push me to even consider taking the time to right a review and this HAHAHA CS33 synth falls into the seriously great category.
Now I am skeptical of all synthmaker/synthedit VST's, because I think we have all experienced some horribly shotty ones that are dull, unpredictable and lifeless... but we have also seen some great work come out of it. This happens to be IMO one of the greats from synthedit.
First and foremost the sound is great, it is a bit thin and dirty, but it is completely musical. However with some decent programming (even in the presets) you can hear some sounds that truly breathe fat life. They are fat, edgy and musical. I compare this synth to the Triangle II, some might find that unfair, but IMO. It is also two oscillator synth that is capable of holding a similar tone/vibe.
The thing I love most about this synth is because the sound is slightly thin, it really cuts through the mix. The other thing I love about it is the GUI. It is beautifully laid out in a very orderly and sexy fashion that makes editing the sounds a breeze.
IF your looking for a good lead/bass/melody synth you should really give this synth a small test ride.
A big warm thank you goes out to the developer of this synth!