UI: basic, but it works! A baby could use it! Its just a knob! However, I would've wished it had a more compact UI, something tiny so you could just put it in a corner and tweak sometimes. That would be cool. But this definitely works!
Sound: Great! Especially for a free instrument, this has a nice sound, thickens up the track a lot, and doesn't cause distortion! Its very nice!
Features: It does what it was designed for: Master Limiting... AND MORE! Run it through a drum track or dynamic instrument, and it DOES help with volume levels, by smoothing out peaks and adding some warmth! That's where the "Classic" in "Classic Master Limiter" comes in!
Documentation: Its a knob. The info on this site is fine. However, inside the zip is a PDF with more info! Lots of info, tips, release notes, and contact info are all there, making it easy to figure out!
Presets: Considering its a single knob, you'd think it wouldn't have presets? But it actually DOES come with 3 presets to pick from! I mean, that's not even needed! But its nice, to see what the designers recommend level-wise!
Customer Support: I've never had problems with it, but I see contact info all over, so I bet it is good.
VFM: Its free! What more could you want?
Stability: No problems here! Ran fine in FL7, and FL8, no issues whatsoever!
Overall: Just like the other effects in the series, its a quality plugin! A joy to use, and free to top it off! I might have even paid a small amount for a single download of the whole pack. All of them are good, but this one stands out.
There are lots of free filters, phasers, flangers, etc. out there, but this is the first, and ONLY (as far as I know) free master limiter! Check it out!
User Interface: It was nice! Small, and functional, but it packs a lot of power! I like it! It manages to fit in all of the necessary features, and a cool little image on the right side. I just wish there was a way to see numbers when I tweak knobs, so I know what I'm doing!
Sound: Sexy! It's nice and growly if you tweak it right! I was getting some sick reese sounds with only a bit of experimentation! They are very thick and bassy, and the parallel filters only add to the growl. It sounds sick as hell! I noticed a huge problem, though - there is DC offset produced. I fixed that with Fruity Center, but it is still a problem, and should be corrected within the VST itself. Aside from that, the sounds rule!
Features: It was made for one purpose, and it does that well: Making reeses. It can, with correct processing, make killer reeses, and many very different kinds of reeses. However, it doesn't do much beside that. It's ok, though, as it was meant to make reeses. It IS lacking a few convenient features, such as octave, fine and coarse pitch control, but the features that it does have are unique!
Documentation: No useful documentation at all, and I still don't know what "F1" and "F2" on distortion do! The readme was no help.
Presets: There were a few presets, and they were ok, but really they don't showcase the full potential of this VST. I can't take off too much, because you can only do so much with it, but it would have been better if there were more.
Customer Support: I was looking for it. It said that there was customer support in the readme, but there wasn't, so I had to look around. I finally found it in the "contact" windows of a different site of his, and it took a while. I need to take off here!
VFM: Great, its free! How much better could it get?!
Stability: Fine, it hasn't crashed for me, but the DC offset is somewhat annoying!
Overall, its a nice VST! I love its sound, but I wish there could have been a bit more documentation, or simply a small explanation of each knob!
I'm going to start by saying that I really like this synth.
First off, the GUI. Its the default, which can be nice sometimes, because you don't need to browse the parameters to automate, but with larger synths like this, is gets a bit complicated. I did find my way around, with a bit of difficulty.
The sound is where this little VST excels. It does a great DX piano, and it just seems to worm itself into my mixes. Generally, whatever I do with it seems to work! Whether it is raising a few octaves to create a bell/chime effect, or making some percussive hit, this tiny synth does it, and does it well.
It doesn't have the most features for a synth, simple ASDR envelopes, and FM, but it does its job, and does it well! I don't see a need for other options, except maybe a way to pick a different base waveform to modulate.
I did not look for documentation, but it is pretty basic, and easy to pick up. You don't need to know what you're doing to get nice sounds out of this synth, so I'll give it points for this anyways.
The presets are so-so, they aren't anything groundshaking, but they give a good basis for your own experimentation. In other words, they work.
Since I've never tried MDA customer support, I will base this off of what this synth has become, IL DX10. Image-Line has great support, and I've never had a problem with them. All questions I've asked have been handled quickly and professionally in their support forum. Full marks there.
VFM is quite possibly one of the best out there, considering its a free plugin, that with a custom UI, would normally cost 30 dollars. Can't deduct here!
The stability seems fine. I've had some issues with its sister, the JX10, but never with the DX10. It also is very cpu efficient, making it a nice synth to compose basic melodies and progressions on!
Overall, this is an excellent synth! Definitely worth the bandwidth! It seems to fit just right into my mixes, either as a main or a supporting element! I'd recommend this synth to anyone looking to explore the power of FM Synthesis!