One of the best things of EXT is if someone has a wish for an additional feature, it will be implemented sooner or later because Jorgen is one of most activ developers - his support is fabulous. For me the quintessence for that wonderful and extremely versatile plugin / standalone host is: Excellent value for money. I was rarely so impressed by a plugin / host.
Sorry for the short review, but I´m no mega-poster.
Nearly all is said before, but I´m not as impressed by Sonic Synth as most other people because of the following reasons: The GUI is horrible and SS sometimes crashes the sequencer (I know, IK is not guilty for both because it´s the Sampletank engine).
But the worst for me is the VFM: Compared to the price of the Jeskola XS-1 SF2-Sampler (50 $) and the many many free soundfonts (and some of them are really excellent) the price for Sonic Synth is very high.
Only the second review for such a good FREE instrument?
This thing is really sounding like the 60´s organs (Keith Emmerson and the Nice, Gary Brooker and Procol Harum, Deep Purple, Doors, Steppenwolf, ...) - phantastic and the presets are nice.
Customer support is outstanding because within two days there were three new versions with fixed bugs and some new features.
I´m very impressed of that instrument except for the somewhat high CPU consumption (but it´s a SE synth). The absence of a documentation isn´t a problem, I think, because that organ isn´t really difficult to program.
I own all tape banks for the M-Tron, but I´m surprised that the strings of MelloSound are sounding different than all the strings- and violin-sounds of the M-Tron. They are more soft and dreamy than the M-Tron sounds, what I personally like very much. Also the samples are looped very good, so there is no limitation to a 8 seconds sound.
I own the M-Tron now for a year and also all banks, but haven´t made a review yet, that´s nonexcusable.
I always loved the sounds (mainly the strings and violins) of that instrument since the late 60s, which was the first sampler ever built. And the M-Tron reproduces these sounds perfectly with a great veriety of sounds.
When I had questions, they quickly answered and helped me.
Compared to the prices of original Mellotrons, the VFM is very good.
First of all I have to say that XS-1 seems to be the best of all SF2-players/samplers for the present, but...
It has problems to reproduce exactly the sound of many soundfonds, because it seems to be difficult to program the filter- and many other parameter-settings of the Zone-, Instrument- and Preset-layers of a SF2. So, you often hear differences in the sound between a soundfont-program loaded in XS-1 and the same one loaded in the SBLive or Audigy. Also some presets of some soundfonts aren´t even loaded in XS-1, so they cannot be played.
The GUI is good and clearly constructed.
There can be layered up to 16 different SF-programs simultaneously and there are many parameters to influence the sound and some internal effects.
There are no docs, although not all is easily to understand.
On some bug reports I got a fast answer, on some I didn´t got anyone.
There are no presets, but it isn´t an instrument itself, so how should it be.
The VFM would be good if it really would fully support all features of soundfonts, as stated on their website.