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Entity [read all reviews]
Reviewed By paladium [read all by] on 16th July 2011
Version reviewed: 1.0 on Windows
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Entity ,a 'distant separate existence', Nusoftings newest creation
is just like the meaning of the word , soundwise it combines
extensive subtractive synthesis with added physical modelling of both wind
and pick types.

Gui in v1.0 is pretty basic ,it has a clean layout though with
the signal routing from top (starting with the oscillator bank)
to bottom (fx output) in a racktype format, modules in the rack are
3 oscillators , 3 filters , 3 dedicated envs generators, 3 lfo's
and mod matrixes.

While the signal flow is basically prewired it has
all the routings wich are useful , its in the modulation matrix where
free patching of 13 sources and a multitude of destinations are possible.

Strengths of the plugin are the ability to have both serial and parallel
filtering with fourteen filtertypes , these sound very good indeed
and range from vintage 12db emulations to distorted modern and comb filtering, as each of the 3 filters can have seperate modulators (example lfo1 with a keyboard tracked rate, or looped modulation enveloppe acting as a complex lfo )it is possible to create a lot of movement to the sound and also the great fx output section tops this of nicely.

Special mention also diserve the oscillator section wich have stacked
mode like multisaw with spread function , this makes both smooth trancepads possible and when bandpassed filtered they sound remarkebly vintage stringensemble-like. Every waveform also has a shaper when modulated can
sound very edgy and cutting.

Overall the sound has a rich swirling character , and thanks to the extensive modulation it can take on many different characters, it can
be any entity waiting to be explored.

+ swirling ,flexible sound
+ easy to use
+ great for pads,flutey,rezzy breathy types
Harmless [read all reviews]
Reviewed By paladium [read all by] on 3rd May 2010
Version reviewed: 1.02 on Windows.
Last edited by paladium on 3rd May 2010.
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What first strikes you about harmless is it's user interface wich looks deceptivly simple , the signal path is arranged from top to bottom
starting with the harmonic content and ending with the effects output.
The timbre section (right click) let's you analyze imported single cycle waves wich are then shaped by a frequency mask , then gets filtered by a
handsome arrange of filtertypes.

The unison is complemented with a good balance between cpu power and voice number settings and parameters like detune can be modulated with keyvelocity.

next stage is the phaser section wich doesnt work as a conventional effect but
rather works with the masked harmonics themselves (kind more like a frequency shifter), this gives the effect a lot more detail than you would expect from a normal phaser.

We only have one main lfo wich is a bit sparse although the vibrato
in the pitch section works independent , this is the one section of the instrument that could use a bit more scope.

The effects section at the bottom rack provides all the tools you need to
give the sounds more spaciousness .
All in all harmless is a truly exceptional vsti , the soundquality is really superb and detailed , it oozes warm tones wich are normally not associated with this kind of synthesis , it's range crosses early synclavier /ppg mixed with a striking modern organic quality , top marks all the way
Strings Dream Synthesizer [read all reviews]
Reviewed By paladium [read all by] on 11th November 2009
Version reviewed: 1 on Windows.
Last edited by paladium on 25th November 2009.
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The developper of nusofting knows his classics
his plugins always sound a little bit extra , he puts a lot o love working
these out.
compared to other stringsynths (for instance gmedia virtual stringmachine wich is samplebased , strings dream only takes up 1mb )
strings dreamsynth is a lot more flexible than it first shows, the phaser
fx are a lot better and flexible than that of gmedia .

the octave dividing circuitry is emulated authentically with the lower octaves giving typical buzzy and raspy strings and the higher octaves
smooth and without aliasing .

A selectable splitpoint for the bass part is possible (maybe a seperate fx routing option for the bass and upper part would be nice), in the oscillator 4th foot setting the sawtooth (an analog approximation of it not a perfect digital one)has a phase setting wich gives it a pulsewidth like quality , again very useful. there is no oscillator detune setting but that isnt a problem since slight detune has been added in the octave divider and full control over it is implemented in the ensemble part.
the ensemble fx are built up from two seperate rate settings along with the stereo knob gives movement from gentle to full wide modulated stereo.

Phasing is always difficult to emulate but its really very versatile
how it is implemented here, multiple stages along with the feedback parameter give lots of coloring options, maybe id like some deeper
mod sweeping of the phaser (i like phasing where at the extreme end of the sweep it seems to hang for a moment)


All of the original stringsynths can be emulated with this one , even the
yamaha SS30 that was used with so much effect on the early Magazine and ultravox albums
, a tip is to subscribe to nusoftings newsletter as you often get huge discounts when subscriber.
Developper Luigi is very responsive to user -ideas (i wish there were more
like him), also checkout dk+ virtual drums wich sound really good and wich is still my main drumvsti
Modular V [read all reviews]
Reviewed By paladium [read all by] on 10th October 2009
Version reviewed: 2.5 on Windows.
Last edited by paladium on 10th October 2009.
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arturias finest emulation (closely followed by prophet V)

there is no better vsti if your into subtractive modular synthesis
the gui is clean and sharp , the new updated v2.5 filters sound even more
detailed , its especially suited for elaborate pads , warm and gutsy bass

this synth is not a good beginners starting point , you have to
have at least basic hands on (preferably hardware) modular analog
expirience otherwise you will never get the quality that it can achieve

in v2.5 theres a new generous selection of presets but this is a synth
to program your own. now from this version on its protected by dongle,
transferring of a new license onto an existing Arturia dongle went smooth,
as the filters have been revised there can be differences in cutoff /resonance when importing v2 sounds.

even with a lot of modulations going the sound remains detailed, its also
a good idea placing a limiter behind it when programming because it can get really loud.

the chorus and delay modules give a good spatial feel to the sound and used moderately they enhance the sound well, the phaser is as with all
digital phasers just passable, i have yet to hear a phaseing emulation that has the slurpy rollercoasting movement of a real analog phaser.

needed with editing patches would be an undo/redo function, still missing from v2.5, overall arturia should be applauded to update their vstis
even when they are 5 years down the line, a lesson that especially
native instruments should take notice of since they have a history
of abandoning products very quick.

overall its pretty stable and well worth the asking price if
you specifically look for vintage emulation although it can
do fm sounds also.
Waldorf Edition: PPG Wave 2.V [read all reviews]
Reviewed By paladium [read all by] on 1st September 2006
Version reviewed: 2 on Windows.
Last edited by paladium on 11th November 2009.
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Nope i have to dissapoint the users of the vsti ppg
emulation thinking they have a ppg 2.3 for 20 dollars.
While the waveforms are indeed those found in my real
ppg (2.3 v6 with waveterm and prk fd)it totally misses
the 'character' of the sound, the waves don't alliase
as on a real ppg, it doesn't have the bottomend of a real one ( how can you compare the stale digital filters in the emu with the real analog SSM (prophet5 anyone) of the hardware version is beyond me, enveloppes are much faster and tighter on a real one (only the yamaha dx can rival
the ppg2.3 in this respect), the vsti sounds muffled and dull compared to a real one. If you could hear them side by
side you'll agree.

This doesn't mean the emu is not useable to tap into
PPg esque sounds but it just ain't a PPg, believe me,
the comments saying on ppg usersforum that it's an excact copy are blatently untrue.

A free ppg 2.3 sim vsti is made by this expert on the original hardware
www.hermannseib.com/english/synths/ppg/wave sim.htm