Reaktor has a unique system where everything is operated with Blocks. Another nice feature is Harmor lets you arrange your effects in a chain. You will then have access to the Cart to add multiple purchases in a single transaction. The interface is a thing of beauty, both visually, as well as being incredibly easy to use. Second, the interface is lovely. There are 1,300 presets that are all easy to find and use with Massive's wonderful ability to search for presets by their specific characteristics and attributes. From the analog modeled filters to the multimode rich and full filters.
It offers a larger sonic range, a more precise analog emulation and a more flexibe synthesis engine than competing products. Nexus 2 contains 2,250 factory presets that are split among 16 categories, including Piano, Arpeggios, Epic Pads, Plucked, Fantasy and Dream, and more. Massive size does come with downsides, unfortunately. What you see is what you get because there are no hidden menus to be found. There are two independent delays, one for the left channel and one for the right. You have four oscillators that can choose from eight different waveforms. The interface and usability of Absynth 5 really summarizes our feelings about the plugin.
With a lack of controls, Bass Engine has to deliver a fantastic sound quality and it is safe to say they do. This will be maddening for some. The presets are even categorized this way, which is a nice little change up from the norm. You have a lot of options to choose from, but it's limited by the lack of envelope shapes in the displays. In addition, the filters can be assigned one per channel to the stereo outputs, or set so that Oscillator 1 feeds Filter 1, with the remaining Oscillators being routed to Filter 2. Well, first there is no doubt that wants to be the go to Sylenth1 replica synth. So any Mac users reading should probably stop before becoming jealous.
Sylenth1 comes with four soundbanks that can each hold up to 512 presets, giving you over 2,500 presets in all. After you've found 1 of the 82 wavetable oscillator shapes you like, you can manipulate the hell out of it with the options of 11 filter modes. Use the revolutionary multimode filters to control the tone color of a part by removing or accenting certain frequencies. One of the first things you see Plugin Boutique claim is that their plugin is easy to learn. Pump is a special type of envelope that simulates studio side-chaining to create the pumping-and-breathing effect.
The innovative resynthesis can rebuild any sound with a mouse-click. The plugin has over 600 presets split into two main categories Factory Library and Artist Presets. Being able to change the order of your applied effects really opens you up to a world of sounds. The additive engine consists up to 320 partials and every sound you hear, and as Native Instruments points out, even the reverbs and delays come from manipulating the sine waves. Zebra synth is actually three plugins that come as a package. It can do both resynthesis and additive synthesis, has over 1000 presets, 50 wavetables, 62 filters and eight distortion modes.
One of the first things you see Plugin Boutique claim is that their plugin is easy to learn. Now, a whole new way to make a living in the music production industry was possible. Personally, we find the interface to be a bit too dark and rather dead compared to Serum and Massive, whose interfaces breath life and really feel alive. It fits nicely between the complex and simple, is easy to use, and can we say we love it just because it looks nice? You have both saw and pulse bandlimited oscillators and both a square and pulse sub-oscillators that can go either one or two octaves down. Serum by Xfer is simply incredible.
Reaktor 6 comes with over 40 Blocks which hold a number of features for each. It seems like a smart idea to go ahead and grab both, so much of the review will include both. Or you can take your hands off it and set the morph square to randomize. You can turn the delays off, but only for the preset at hand. This created a new industry where sound designers with a bit of programming knowledge - or programmers with a bit of sound design knowledge - could create a piece of software and sell it. Then dial in the filter cut-off, velocity, and key tracking. There is something about it.
For all its bells and whistles we never felt overwhelmed because of how Falcon operates. Which gives us our third reason we think the plugin is great for beginners. Personally, we really like the distortion effects as they play up the powerfulness of the sound and are able to keep chords clean, but gritty. Never will you bend a note out of pitch again, unless you want to. The second you change to a new preset the delay will be back. Icarus is scheduled for release in May, 2016. Or you can take your hands off it and set the morph square to randomize.