Use Audio Inc. Plugiator
Use Audio Inc. Plugiator

Plugiator, Hardware Plug-in Host from Use Audio Inc..

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solo84 09/29/2008

Use Audio Inc. Plugiator : solo84's user review


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EDIT 07/07/09: Here it is, they released the version Vsti plugs, meaning that the driver Vsti plugin Plugiator !!!!!

I have version ASX, which consists of a DSP card scheduled to fit in the CME UF8.

- 1 stereo output (unbalanced)
- A balanced mono input for the vocoder. This entry requires a preamp if you plug a microphone only you will have very little level!
- 1 USB
- One headphone
That's all, as the rest (Power & MIDI) is "given" directly by the UF8

Recall that the support is a Plugiator 8 DSP designed to run certain Creamware synths! These are the same algorithms and the same sound! The plugs are currently existing in number 8.


- Minimax: already a classic, it's the best Minimoog emulation, period! It sounds even better than the Arturia soft, more "natural", more Péchu ... For most, it takes a true!

- B4000: a Hammond organ ... There is an exception, but it sounds not as good as Charlie USB (which is based on the sample) and even the B3 v2.0 Native Instruments (which is based synthesis, as here). It's very convincing, but the two apps mentioned above have more charm! Some real joureurs Hammond are still satisfied!

- Lightwave: not really tried, but big big sound!

- Vocodizer: a vocoder in the tradition of pure analog, old-fashioned! Field of musicality, it is known for trouncing all that is done in soft and even a number of vocoders hardware (Korg). Its very musical, very engaging, very convincing!

- Prodissey: ARP Odyssey! Listen to this! It will be better than me!

- Pro12: the famous Prophet5 modeled better than ever! Pads and other leads they mix naturally, without effort! Success!

- FMagia: FM synthesis, DX7 style, larger than life! The NI FM7 is close to the original, but here, when we play the bells typical of this kind of synthesis, we really seem to hear a DX!

- Drum'n bass: not tried

The first 4 are included with the hardware, the other 4 are the subject of a bundle (approx 80 euros! Is nothing!).

SON: I strongly advise this solution to anyone who wants to approach as close as possible to the big analog synths without being able to pay the x thousand euros that a cost Prophet5 MIDI or a Minimoog.

I'm also not agree with the test appeared recently on Audiofanzine Plugiator, in which it is said that the synths are "pretty good" ... Etc. Plays with monitoring worthy of the name, the sound is really stunning! This is especially in a mix it becomes clear: Wow! This thing sounds like a real one! This is the first time I really found the sensation of hearing a synth! Arturia emulation or Native Instruments, yet high quality, not compete absolutely not!

Note that two additional effects are present: a delay and a chorus. Nothing special, they are correct. However we prefer to deal cut the sound when the mix.

Plugin manager: so it's the name of the software management. It is through this soft that one has the GUI for each plugin. Those of the Minimax and Pro12 are very close to their original models.
It is also here that manages banks and presets. You can load a plug, a preset, organize lists, save all on the PC hard disk or the hardware itself.
To make it work, make sure that the midi in and out the window configuration software are well selected the correct USB port (usually "USB audio driver") and to "refresh".

Use Audio: Use Audio responds to questions the same day (in English). It's rare enough to be mentioned! Otherwise the registration process and downloading plugs, keys and others is OK. No brainer special, and it is not required to have an Internet connection on the PC in question to make it work.
Note that there is a bank of presets enriched by users. Not tested!

- The sound, unparalleled in virtual!
- The ratio Q / Price
- The self-concept hardware

The -
- Integration into MIDI sequencer bridge: boring at first, but it works well
- Failure to freely assign the physical knobs

Overall opinion: very satisfied with this purchase! It's been a while since I had not had the feeling of having a real synth hands! The sound is fabulous and the quality / price ratio up to much!