I don't want to duplicate what has been said already, so - you can get Rhino for 50 $ now. What you get reminds me strongly of the Yamaha SY Series (77/99) with 1000+ Patches of very skilled Programmers. Just download the Demo and have a Look. I promise you'll not regret it. Complicated - yes. But more than impressing, full of Love and the perfect Place to learn FM (if you don't just want to use the 1000+ Presets). Strongly recommended.
Zebra, DUNE, MSF, Harmor, Razor and some others in my Barn - but I really couldn't resist Rhino. This is no Mainstream Toybox. Real / "Oldschool FM" and passionate Programming. Exotic Spectra. Endless Playground and Source of Inspiration.
- VINTAGE inclusive. Rhino can load Samples and use them as Oscillators and quiet many Sample OSC are already included that are nothing but pure Vintage FM Vibe and probably Hardware Samples.
- Rhino sounds great and unique. 90s Vibe.
- The Flexibility is oustanding and the spectral Possibilities are endless.
- FM is complicated, but it's really simple to generate interesting and inspiring Results within Minutes.
Got it free from PB with a Purchase. Sounds "interesting" with Shape 5 and Punish max. 30%. Unfortunately too few Options to finish what you have started. Freeware frequently delivers much more and I can't hear any Difference in Comparison.
Complementary to what has already been said before: I would suggest to call this Plugin "Saturating Filterbank". It is what I have been looking for some Time already: an analog Filterbank with "Warming-Capabilities". Nothing I have tested yet matched my Requirements - Devastor convinced me within Minutes. Endless Analog Depth, Warmth, Character. This Beast is an endless Playground and oscillates from soft Excitment to total Destruction.
Thumbs up for this one ... The Depth is really breathtaking (for a VST). It'll be a Joy to revise some GiGaB's of Sample Content with it!°.
Currently free (by 04.04.) - I quickly checked it out. Focus: Air (Top End) and Low End.
Compared with Acustica Audio PINK, bx_Console N and Halion Studio EQ: sounds really briliant up there and in the Bottom either. Very transparent and smooth. Saturation = very soft. Filters = interesting.
Didn't really Consider Hornet yet (GUIs...), but this one really convinced me.
MSF is not a normal VST. It is a Workstation and a Platform. It is senseless to describe its Possibilities here. Forget what you know about OSC, Wavetables, FM and what ever. MSF exceeds what has been before. It is a big Step forwards in the History of Synthesizers. You should better rethink your Sound Design and Business Concepts as soon as possible.
Annotation: The delivered Presets i. m. O. don't even scratch the Surface of MSF's Possibilities and MSF can not be recommended for People who are looking for another Toybox.
I really wonder why "Buy a good Channel Strip" is not the first Advice for People who are looking for a deep analog Sound. It's maybe because not all are like this One - I don't really know - but the Console N really fulfills all Promises.
The Sound excels my Expectations by far. Especially the EQs - and at all Frequency Bands.
There are many Tools out there that promise a "Hardware Sound". For me it's in the End this Channel Strip that ends my Search.
Furthermore you should not underestimate the Effects of the Construction itself. Gate / Expander - Compressor - EQ - implemented in this certain Way - will let you work differently.
I don't want to say much about it than "try the Demo".
Blue Cat themselves say that you can Split Audio into several Bands and mix + process them as you want. OK. That sounds quiet harmless to me. But this Tool is - i. m. O. - a little bit more than that. Splitting the Audio is fine and MB-7 is the "Missing Link" anyway. It may improve your Sound like you would maybe not have expected and help you find Problems you did not hear before. But - to make it short - this aweseome Tool really multiplies the Abilities of you Environment.
By the Way: is has built in FX, loads VST FX, you can group Bands, it can be automated, it has a Spectrogram, can process the Stereo width, it has a very comfortable GUI, many Settings, ... It is a unique (!) Plugin and a big Improvement for my Workflow.