I recently got Wusik 4000 and wanted to let you know what I think about it.
Wusik 4000 is a very hands on synth with a certain rack feeling to it like in Reason,so anyone who ever worked on a real hardware will feel instantly at home here. If you are looking for a synth who can help you creating punchy bass sounds to soundscapes have a look at this monster. The system works with multiple layers which can send their sound into a master sfx layer each filled with modules which each have subsets of functions selectable in a drop down menu. You have a wide variety of Osc to select from which is a huge sonic arsenal analog single, dual and tripple and a unison combo Osc's Digital Sample Osc, Wavetable Osc plus a white noise Osc plenty of sonic weapons here. You can wire outputs into certain input module to create modulation chains to create extremely complex sounds. You got several audio manipulating weapons to choose from AR, ADSR, Multi Envelope(for all three amplitude, filter and pitch target choose able), LFO's and sequencer plus and XY pad with those you can create complex audio effects and triggering elements for different parts of the sounds. Thankfully it is pretty easy to handle as the interface is pretty straightforward and not overloaded with visual eye candy, you can get different visual styles for the interface to fit your mood and needs. Creating sounds is pretty straight forward and then you can delve into complex landscapes, you want to create morphing soundscapes go ahead and layer them creating pulsing sweeps and choirs drifting into the sounds no problems. The sample library delivered along offer plenty to start with but as it is Wusik it is not restricted to it, Wusik's creators offer to import more than those and this expands it endlessly. Regarding the power needed to fuel the beast, yes it can be hefty but you can set the real-time setting low and increase it for the render down so it should be inside most peoples budget. The bang for the buck you get is awesome as the sound-sources are analog and digital Osc's you can get the best of both world into one sound. I for my part am looking forward to the extension W8000 will bring to this great concept and can just say that you should consider trying out this beast, it is not expensive but it gives a hell of ride and is somewhere between Reason, Absynth and Reaktor in its capacities and a very valuable tool for me.
Aside from all that the developer is very responsive and fixes problems very quickly not a given with some of the other players sadly.
So all in all a fantastic tool with lots to explore and experiment while it's very usable thumbs up for the Wusik team.
Where to start......, best with starting the plug from then on you will have one hell of a time to close it again, this VA-Modular-VST is hell addictive. The ACE concept of plug any cable anywhere enables you to do some really impressive sounds and cabling, which can be a bit daunting at the beginning especially for newbies in creating sounds from scratch. You can use any tutorial about Modular synthesis and learn it in ACE and master it there and thanks to the clear GUI you always know where to put things. The best of ACE: plain simple it is one of the most impressive analogue sounding VST's out there and pretty powerful in what it can do to! The worst of ACE: The only real downside of ACE... it's processing hunger, but sound quality doesn't come from thin air, you will learn to love the freeze/bounce function of your host, you need it a lot... This synth captured me since I got it christmas 2009 and didn't let me go for a long while, hence the late review ;) I am struck with love for this baby, lush pads, booming basses, soaring leads and experimental sounds with ACE you can produce most of the sounds you need. I just can say thanks Urs make the Bazille a bigger monster!
I got PolyAna before it was officially release and I am glad to have bought it, the sound is rich and crisp like you would expect from a good analog synth. I haven't seen a manual so far, but it is pretty straight forward to use, sometimes a slight bit fiddly to spot on high resolution screens, but it works fine and the controls are straight forward like you would have on a analog synth(moog as example). I just can recommend this synth if you look for an analog synth addition for your virtual rack, you won't be disappointed. The constantly growing library of sounds adds just onto the tip as well as the skin ablity of PolyAna just a sweet extra to suit polyana to you personal preference. Working on a sound is a sweet dream, I mapped the Knobs to a setup on my BFC 2000 and can edit the sound in realtime over it, this is espacially useful in a liveperformance or with sweeping sounds which change the settings over time. The automation of every feature of the Polyana works very well within Cubase SX 3.2 and it never crashed on me or left me with a hanging sound or noise like I had with some other comercial vst's.