Put on your starscaped glasses and your neon coloured suit Its time to rattle roll and funk the night away with SATYR This beauty is the cream of the crop when it comes to simulation of crackling transistors in a old lo fi raw synth I managed to squeeze out some of the funkiest sounds, and don't ask me how I did it because this beast is over packed with features. Let me sum them up for you audiofreakz out here
each section comes with its own features, for the oscillators o.c. all features to control these two great oscillators. you can widen or narrow the field you can fine detune or rough detune the sound add depth / ring modulation / FM soften set an internal clock bpm and use pitch / portamento
for the envelopes all the settings you possibly need to make the sound you have in mind ... attack / decay / release / velocity sensibility / etcetera. first for volume / amplitude and 2 other envelope sections with the same features as the first with the difference they are freely assignable for the purpose you have in mind for them.
In the modulation section we find the filters with lfo and resonance as most important (to me ) and further on freq cut off band filters and some features I haven't mastered yet because I lack time ;)
However .. this is one of the most flexible monophonic (4 voices polyphonic) synths that is very usefull for lead synth sounds
Howdy ... It's been a while since I did a review but on this one I simply am under an obligation since they gave this (worth many dollars) one for free to me ! pro`s :
* easy programmable interface * the possibility to draw envelopes ! (yep like adaptive synth but better) * Its modular * drawable frequency modulation * tempo sync for delay and filters and modulators * band splitter * an astonishing row of effects
must I go on ? I could name a hundred uses for this beast and it would still be a thin review for this multi-purpose mega cool work of art. boundless possibilities for the use of this ... ranging from rhythmic effects to spread out pads any self appreciating / respecting computer artist / vsti musician should have this !
After a couple of good reviews from my hand a critical one. Many have tried to simulate the sound of guitar strings, and I have heard some nice sounds ... I have a beautiful nylon string on my kurzweil k2500s for instance. So one can make a guitar sound.
I normally hail everything Toby bear makes As for this thing ... sorry Toby ... but its def. not a guitar strings sound. I tried it before when it was in a very early stadium ( the gui wasn’t there and I had clicks in the attack) I must say it developed very well from there on ..Maybe one day it will be a fantastic guitar simulation. You get my blessings :-)
I do give you credit for always being very creative in your interfaces and stuff! Therefore the simple and intuitive (as always in Toby bear plugins) interface gets a 10 from me.
Anyway ... it’s not a good guitar sound ... but it’s a sound! And maybe one can use it for something else ..It is a stable plugin and I hear no clipping in the sound or other strange side effects. It is a free plugin and all I can say is try it out! Read more
Ok not a very good rating ...but that could change if they make a second version Is sounds a bit digital and clean It surely looks very kewl
The early Rhodes had no output It was recorded over microphone and was often distorted through a microphone ... therefor the hard sounds sounded grainy and the soft sounds misty ... when you listen to the old recordings the sound sings (you now in a way a detuned string would do) ... that is because they used tape for recordings... the distortion combined with the singing gave it a mistical sound.
They did the distortion part very well on the B4 but it seems they forgot about it in the evp73. They probably did the distortion for the b4 because they new it had a lesley speaker that wasn`t connected to an output so the mic overdrive was always there on old records.
I once downloaded a sampled 30 MB rhodes for my kurzweil that one sounds a 100 times better. Via vast i manipulated it to get the same sound as the rhodes on old stevie wonder records and some of the jazz stuf of herbie hancock and the legendary la woman record from the doors.
anyway ... not bad ... but you better buy a good sampled rhodes for giga sampler or battery or whatever sampler you use if that will cost you 99$ as well
** User Interface, easy to use? Can it be confusing?
life itself is confusing ... this thing lightens up my burdons
** What does it sound like?
It sounds like a drawbar organ :-)
** does it offer more than you'd expect?
I expected a drawbar organ
** does it even have a manual?
Dunno ... didn`t need one
** Does it come with presets? How many? Any good?
Yup ... all good
if you are a poor basterd like me use this one ... if you have enough money ..use the NI B4 poor basterds will make better music anyway (with any sound) because they are not spoiled and they know making good music is doing hard work.
ALL Hail the affordable and free plugins makers !!! Read more
Ok i am being a bit generous in my reviews the last days But this one deserves all the credits In one one word wow ...
The tuned noice generator can realy do good jobs in making atmospheric by-sounds The Hard drive / bass / and chorus knob can do great jobs ... however i use a different tool voor chorus on bass ... a toby bear plugin but forgot the name. This chorus makes the sound a bit blobby (dunno another word for it :-)) anyway ...adjustable freq. could do miracles but didn`t play with it yet. The hard drive was only clicked on once ...after that i never clicked it out :-)
This synth is very good for making bass sounds ... brasses and other low noises .... I managed very easy and fast to make absolutely super grazy sounds ... i don`t know who made the presets ... but this thing can do 1000 more then what you hear in the middle of the road presets.
therefore all the features in it get a 10 from me besides the presets :-) Download it ...its free ..after that knock yourself out and never sleep before 2 o clock midnight anymore.