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impOSCar [read all reviews]
Reviewed By ugo [read all by] on 14th March 2004
Version reviewed: 1 on Windows
3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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this may very well be the single best sounding vsti thats been made so far....its really that good.

the depth, range and quality of the sounds it can create are wonderfull. its virtual analog/digital hybrid perfection.

the tone of the filters is outrageously good. imho, they are second to none in the vsti world and they even blow away the majority of filters i've heard in the hardware world as well. (including on many analog products.)

its easy to program, sits well in a mix, the presets kick ass (and there are a lot of them), its been very stable, and its a hell of a lot of fun to use.

this is a wonderfull synth.
Plugsound Vol. 4: Hip Hop Toolkit [read all reviews]
Reviewed By ugo [read all by] on 27th September 2003
Version reviewed: 1.83 on Windows.
Last edited by ugo on 27th September 2003.
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i suppose i should start this review by saying that i dont write hip hop...so i honestly dont know how well it stands up in that style.

ok, now that i've got that out of the way...

i already had plugsounds excellent drum and percussion vsti and i wanted to augment that collection with some more drums. so for me, this was more of an add-on and, as such, i have found it to be extremely useful.

there are some great kits on here and there is pretty much no overlap between this and the drum vsti. i would have preferred more/better funk kits though.

what i didnt expect is that i would find the drum loops so useful. im normally not a loop user but im finding these to be very handy.

i tend to write at higher bpms than the loops were intended for so i typically only use small chunks of the loops as accents that are layered with tracks i've made with the drum plug.

i never touch the instrument loops though. they are well done...i just have more fun writing the parts myself.

the individual instrument samples are hit or miss. for example, there are some great basses, clavs and ep's but the synth and guitar sounds leave much to be desired.

on the technical side of things, the plug is stable, easy to use, and requires very little cpu power.

overall, i think this plug is worth a look. i have found it to be very useful, but a friend of mine (who does write hip hop) was far less impressed.

download the demo and see what you think.
Plugsound Vol. 3: Drums [read all reviews]
Reviewed By ugo [read all by] on 27th September 2003
Version reviewed: 1.83 on Windows
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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this is an excellent vsti. no two ways about it.

its loaded with tons of drums and percussion. high quality acoustic samples, vintage and modern drum synths, its all here. the kits span so may styles that there is something here for pretty much any track im working on.

also, unlike many other drum vsti's, it works very as sound module for my midi drum kit.

the interface is very easy to use, its stable, uses extremely little cpu, its loaded with variety, it sounds excellent, and it sells for a very reasonable price.

i highly recommend it.
StompBud [read all reviews]
Reviewed By ugo [read all by] on 27th September 2003
Version reviewed: 1.15 on Windows.
Last edited by ugo on 29th September 2003.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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this has become one of my favorite sources for percussion.

although it was built to simulate a crowd, there is so much more you can do with these. try running them through effects...especially distortion.

they are dead easy to use, sound unique, stable, and just generally lots of fun.

the stompbud collection is well worth the money.

by the way...the mid score on presets are only because there are none. but they are just basic sample playback percussion modules so they dont need presets.
S.F.U.M. [read all reviews]
Reviewed By ugo [read all by] on 27th September 2003
Version reviewed: 1.1 on Windows
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this is a very cool, and very weird vsti.

the controls are very straight forward and its very stable. however, since it is such an odd ball synth...tonally, you may not get what you expect...and thats the fun part. :-)

if the idea of experimental sounds moving in rhythms appeals to you at all then download this sucker now. you wont regret it.

btw, the low marks on the docs are only because there are none...do not hold this against the synth.