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ePiano [read all reviews]
Reviewed By drk_sum [read all by] on 29th May 2003
Version reviewed: 1.0 on Windows
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drk_sum / just conspiracy songs upon which the ePiano has been used: deep inside / dilligence / fold / hope for the day / make it happen / vicous / stay by your side. The user interface leaves much to be desired, but the epiano holds its own as a rich sounding, low-CPU way to get really pensive electric tinklebox sounds from your VSTi host. The controls are adequate, and easy to operate. The price and CPU-usage will guarantee a place in my work for the epiano, barring a replacement CPU and a new free epiano.
LoopAZoid [read all reviews]
Reviewed By drk_sum [read all by] on 6th August 2002
Version reviewed: 1.22 on Windows
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The gating feature on this thing makes it a dream. By setting all your loops on a single mute group, you can make crazy drum beat reorders, similar to programming your own breaks using ReCycled one-shots. If you have no idea what I'm talking about then you are missing out on the best part of Loopazoid: to all Hammerhead users - the things you can do with loops in Hammerhead, you can also do with Loopazoid's mute group feature. The ability to pan each sample individually and then send to 1 of 4 outputs gives it an advantage over RMF's single stereo output - you can highpass filter your panned stereo cymbals on one output and have the main drums come out another...My only qualms are with stability issues. When saving in Cubase VST3.7, Loopazoid scans through all slots in all banks, and ties up enough CPU to crash if the song is playing. This makes it IMPOSSIBLE to use the automated backup system that Cubase provides so that we don't lose our work. As well, LoopaZoid gets quite testy when you delete a sample from your hard drive and then open a song with that sample in the Loopazoid bank. "Be cool, honeybun" you might say, but to no avail.
GalactiX [read all reviews]
Reviewed By drk_sum [read all by] on 6th August 2002
Version reviewed: 1.4 on Windows
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Galactix is a treasure that I have been searching for since my inauguration into electronic music. I think that if you are looking for a lead synth, you have missed the point. Pads is where it's at. The chords that this thing spits out are so fat, especially with an automated cutoff sweep... Set 5 oscillators to Saw and one to 8 Sin, set the envelopes to Flat, and you have yourself the pads from the epic "Airwave" by Rank 1. It took me a week before I went to the website and found out that the Cutoff could be controlled by the Mod Wheel. Documentation would have been nice. As well, in Cubase VST3.7 (which I just so happen to be using), the song stop message does not turn off notes. This is a problem, and has resulted in a ridiculous number of crashes. Performance meter starts redlining, I hit stop, Galactix keeps going....the only way to turn off notes is with note off messages: either by playing the notes from the keyboard, or by letting the track play through the entire chord progression.
Rainbow [read all reviews]
Reviewed By drk_sum [read all by] on 6th August 2002
Version reviewed: 2 on Windows
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I am a PIII 550 user, so this is a bit power hungry for me, and I have crashed it SO many times it's not even funny anymore. I use the Rainbow for electric piano and massive pad progressions. I have a hard time programming the 4 oscillators, but 2 years later I'm getting better. The lowpass filter is so fat, especially set to x2, and i never have to push the resonance past about 8 oclock before my pads start screaming. Big up the Big Tick.
Tau [read all reviews]
Reviewed By drk_sum [read all by] on 6th August 2002
Version reviewed: 11.7 on Windows
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Tau + distortion + Stereo delay = monophonic heaven.
Glide is a very useful feature that I use a lot. I recommend the Tau as a substitute for any monphonic string lead, although use a chopper effect with it, or convert to staccato 16th notes...
VB-1 [read all reviews]
Reviewed By drk_sum [read all by] on 6th August 2002
Version reviewed: 1.1 on Windows
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There are certain features with this synth that make this synth thoroughly useful, although very unpredictable. The bridge features an adjustable dampener, thus allowing you to vary the decay of the notes. As well, by moving the pickup and pick positions, you can reduce the pick noise to the point where it can be filtered out by any resonant lowpass filter. By properly exploiting these features, the VB-1 can be used a tidy bass synth with a low-CPU requirement and a thick bass sound. I use this synth in almost all my songs, regardless of genre.
JX220 [read all reviews]
Reviewed By drk_sum [read all by] on 2nd June 2002
Version reviewed: 1.x on Windows
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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The core presets for this instrument are handy for lead and arpeggios, and a little distortion can throw it into a huge Trent Reznor bass sound. The filters are weak, but this may be because they sound like they operate early in the signal chain. Cutoff sweeps don't have the effect they would if occuring at the very end of the signal chain (like on Rainbow). Kepp this synth in regular roation and you will never be disappointed. I use it often.
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