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Average Score:4.1( 4.1/5 based on 14 reviews )
 7 reviews50 %
 6 reviews43 %
Value For Money : Correct

kondwanikaphaizi's review"Clear, Good Quality Sound"

reFX Nexus 2
Nexus is a rompler which has a lot of clean sounds, most usable within dance and electronic music. It has a variety of patches ranging from pads, pianos, basses, horns and orchestral sounds, arpeggios and various other sounds. The basic edition with no expansion packs included costs $299. The complete package costs a hefty $3,539. The quality of the sound backs is brilliant. All the sounds are clean; if you run it through a spectrum analyzer you'll see that each sound is shaped really well which makes fitting the sound into a mix quite easy.

I first got it when I saw a demo song on YouTube and was impressed with the clarity and fatness of the sounds. My main aim was to use it in my dance music productions but I've ended up using it more in my hip hop beats. There are expansion packs for adding on extra sounds, which cost an extra $40 - $65 per pack.


It runs on both Mac and PC and can be installed as a VST, AU, AAX or RTAS plugin. Installation of the plugin is straight-forward. Once installed it takes up roughly 5GB on your hard drive and it requires a minimum of 2GB RAM to run smoothly. I have 4GB RAM on my current machine so that's not an issue. However, my previous laptop which had 2GB RAM used to take quite a number of seconds for the plugin to load and running several instances of it would slow down my PC, so you need to have a decent amount of RAM to run this smoothly. The full installation with all the expansion packs requires roughly 50GB. The package also comes with a USB eLicense dongle, so you need an extra USB port on your machine.

It should be able to run in most DAWs. I use it mainly in FL Studio and occasionally in other hosts but in 3 years of using Nexus I haven't experienced any crashes caused by it in FL Studio (my main DAW) which is a testimony of the plugin's stability. One of the things I like about the plugin are the onboard effects. The delay, reverb, etc is very good. There is usually no need to add any extra effects to the sounds which saves CPU and editing time (for adding and tweaking effects).


I think its strongest point is the quality of the sounds. There is very little to no editing required for you to make the presets sound good which saves a lot of time, especially in the mixing phase. A discouraging factor is the price of the full package. $3,539 is a big price to pay for a semi-professional/home user like me. For professionals who make a lot of income this may not be an issue. If the price is too high you may consider getting other romplers for less like Wusik station, Alchemy, Sampletank and Yellow Tools Independence; most of which have free versions. Another great alternative is Native Instruments Kontakt. Kontakt Player Free which is also a free alternative which comes with some pretty neat sounds and with enough scouring through the net you can find a tonne of free libraries.

It's best to listen to demo sounds to get a taste of whether it will suit your needs because once you buy it you can't create custom sounds. So if you're a sound designer you should not even consider getting Nexus. But if you are a dance music producer and want to get clean sounds that will allow you to make music instantly without tweaking too many knobs and a lot of clean-up work then Nexus may be the plugin for you. Given a chance to buy it again I would but after quite a bit of consideration, because the price is quite high. However, the quality of the sounds justifies to a great extent the reason for the price.

- Brilliant sound quality. The presets are clean and shaped very well
- Wide variety of sounds and expandable via the expansion packs
- Good on-board effects

- The presets are not customizable
- The price of the full edition is steep. You can get similar, more customizable plugins for much less
- You can't load your own samples or create your own patches easily


jonoftheshred88's review"Great Sound Out of the Box...Not Enough Customization"

reFX Nexus 2
Nexus 2 offers crisp, golden sounds - and a wide variety of them if you buy the expansions! The sounds sound killer right out of the box, particularly for electronic music composition. I particularly enjoyed the Platinum Orchestra Hit setting, the arps and the gates. Nexus has strength in these realms, as well as Sawtooth and Square Wave sounds. Expect chunky electronic basses and crisp dance leads.


Running 8 simultaneous arps proved no issue for my computer. Again, I stress you keep your hardware cleaned (clear the fans of dust) and OS optimized for music production. Otherwise you might experience CPU spikes whilst using simultaneous plugins in your DAW.


The best part of Nexus is it's ease of use. Instead of customizing patches for each layer of your track, this is ready to go and sounds great! The problem is, an educated musical ear can EASILY distinguish Nexus out in a song - example, Lonely Island's "Jack Sparrow" - and the customization of presets is rather abysmal. You're pretty much a slave to existing presets, which some producers my find sacrilegious. But John Carpenter and Vangelis used presets all the time, and they gotta know SOMETHING, right? Nexus, overall, is a useful tool, particularly in dance genres. But don't let it become the staple of your sound or go-to crutch....use it supplementally and it can be a very useful tool.

JoeW1's review

reFX Nexus 2
Nexus by reFX is compatible with Windows xp , 7 , Vista and MAC.

The manual is great , provides great valuable information to give the user a direction to take and use the features that come with the software.

The general configuration is fairly simple , no additional tasks required , it should take just a couple of minutes.

The typical functions are well managed , the design is very simple and you get a preset browser where you can choose your sounds and effects.


The software works smoothly and great.

The stability of the software isn't questionable , very powerful tool by reFX.

I'm getting high performances while using Nexus in a lot of compositions , based on electronic elements and on real instruments , like piano , strings , guitars , etc.

Also in the newer version you get different eq effects like lowpass, highpass, bandpass, bandpass2, notch, peak, lowShelf, highShelf,Q factor for each band which make the music editing process faster.


What I like most about it , is how quick the program responds , very useful rompler that delivers different sounds , some more complex combined with strings and pianos, guitar and strings , etc.

I also like the design , which doesn't have a lot of it going on , very easy to follow , a browser preset that guides your trough the process.

Nexus has a 32-step arpeggiator with note-transposition, a 32-step trance gate, reverb that comes from Arts Acoustic , the library consists from 880 sounds , sample based.

My opinion about value for the price is great , pretty cheap product that competes with top software out there and in some aspects , is better.

Precision and quality of the sound is amazing , brilliant pianos , broken pianos , guitar strums , strings , a lot of amazing sounds.

Azuma's review

reFX Nexus 2
There weren't any kind of compatibility issues , the program works very good on any platform available.
The book provided with the program was quite good, well detailed , all the information that was relevant to the product itself was well explained there.

General configuration and setup is straight forward , fast and easy to follow along.


The software works very good and its stability is pro and quality of the sounds is beyond decent.

The functions and the performances are very nice , its great having a great rampler that consists from a lot of sounds , tweaks , options , effects and other great options.

I've been using this product for about 3 months , but I've used quite a lot in many songs.


What I like most about it is the multitude of the sounds provided with it , you can easily combine a couple of layers and work only with this rampler and your song would sound fully , pro and complete.
I really like the new expansions which sound more current , the brass selection , the choir is also a very powerful tool from nexus , there are certain bells which also sound very good in a mix.
I like also the build-in arp which can change the way a certain sound is heard.

There is also a great mix of concert pianos , broken piano and slow strings , which in combination sound very very pro.

My opinion about the value of price is good , this product embraces a lot of sounds , options , tweaking and options , which take this product to a whole new level , so its worth the money.

Precision and quality of the sound is very good , however the old expansions sound a little out of "tune" , meaning that they are old and the sound library evolved so keep that in mind.

BeyondR's review

reFX Nexus 2
Nexus 2 is of the new ROMpler on the market that is a completely revolution regarding sounds and quality.
It has plenty of hq sounds provided with the nexus itself.
You can really jamm into something professional by tweaking the menu, the general setup is relatively easy and fast,a ll the typical functions are easily accessible and the best thing about nexus that you can find something really nice very fast without going crazy like you do with a typical synth.


The software works great, it's made by a great company named ReFx, it has a nice stability, so you don't have to be afraid that it will crush and you will loose your settings that you tweaked.
The performances are pretty good, it has 762 build-in factory presets and they are well organized in the menu to find exactly what you are searching for. I've been using this ROMpler for a while now,and I can say it's one of the greatest concerning it's price.


What I like most about the ReFx Nexus2 are the build-in sounds that you can incorporate in you own tracks, usually you will use nexus2 in a more electronic dance music.
I think it's worth the money, nexus2 costs around 200$ but if you really want to get all the expansion provided by ReFx it will cost around 2000$(ouch).
The quality and precision of the sound is powerful, you can't make a sound from scratch but you can tweak the build in sounds to get something more unusual,you can tweak the vibrato,you can use some portamento(or glide function in other synths) but one of the greatest things in nexus2 are the modulation features.
This is one of the most popular and hq rompler on the market,a nd even if I had some others in the past I stuck with nexus2.

By analyzing the market pretty well, I'm confident that i would make the same choice and I would use nexus2 as an add-on to my library to create something catchy and original.

nicko97's review" the best virtual instrument"

reFX Nexus 2
installation without problems, general configuration was easy, no incompatibilities, user manual a bit thin....


imac osx snow leopard,i5, 4 gb ram, digi 003 sound card, works perfectly fine with this configuration, stable hardware/software configuration.


I've been using it for three months and its the best virtual instrument that I've had up to now. The sounds are incredible!!!

Value for money? It's expensive for a virtual instrument, but you really get your money's worth.

I would buy it again with my eyes closed.

Ghislain2b's review"Weighty, very weighty... like the price tag!"

reFX Nexus 2
Easy installation (requires a USB-eLicenser dongle).
The sound settings are simple


Very stable, not too resources hungry and the sound is excellent.


NEXUS 2 is ideal for those looking for a synth with fat sounds.
The sound libraries are simply excellent http://refx.com/products/nexus/expansions/
I use it mainly for the pads.

The software has a lot of good features, but it also has two flaws:
- Its price tag (as big as its sound).
- The impossibility to make your own patches selecting the samples included in the extensions (maybe in V3...)

Colyder's review" Simple and effective"

reFX Nexus 2
No problems during the installation, but be sure to have a USB port available for the copy protection key.


My PC is a performance beast for 2010 standards (the configurations have changed, so there's no point in me detailing them), but I've seen the Nexus run perfectly well on more modest setups and even on laptops. It may be a bit resource-intensive, depending on the presets (it's a sampler).

In terms of sound, it is a real heavyweight, but very overused in a lot of current productions. The sounds are easily identifiable, but they nevertheless remain useful. VENGEANCE sees to it that the software is regularly supplied with diverse and varied libraries.
Don't expect a synthesizer but rather a sampler with a few knobs. It truly pushes the ready-to-play concept to the pinnacle. Browsing menus is not tedious and it would've been nice to have a supplementary edit menu, but don't forget that it's a sampler.


It is now almost a year since I've had it and I use it primarily to sketch ideas with powerful sounds right out of the plug. For more personality you will need to resort to a synth.
Nexus fulfills splendidly its role as a quality sampler that can be easily used within a song.
I use it primarily for electronic/techno music, but its sounds can also perfectly suit trance or drum 'n' bass.

+: sound quality, energy, easy to understand, ideal for electro house
- : the price might be a hindrance (especially considering that you need to add sound libraries to it), used on many current productions.
DJ Henny01/28/2011

DJ Henny's review"Brilliant all purpose VST."

reFX Nexus 2
The VST worked pretty much perfectly with the two computers that I have used it on. I have used it on a low end computer (1.8GHZ pentium and 1gb ram) as well as my current (2.5GHZ Core2Quad & 4GB ram) and it runs equally as brilliant on both. The install is painless and extremely simple and the layout of the VST is typically emphatic. There are many skins that you can use to improve the layout erganomically. The browser is very easy to use.


Nexus 2 is a very very stable VST from my experience. I have had no crashes at all coming from it and it has worked with almost all of the expansions that I have used (I will talk about them in next section). I have used this plugin for most of my music for the last year and I would literally be nowhere without it. I have used this plugin in both FL Studio 9 and Ableton Live, and encountered 0 problems with it.


The sounds that come with Nexus as presets are beyond any other plugin I've ever used. The quality that comes out of nearly all of them is industry ready. I love the expansions that can come with Nexus too allowing even MORE sounds than the already comfy 8 or so GB that come stock with the plugin. The only problem is some third party expansions have not worked as well as the original presets, and don't come categorised. The arpeggiator on the plugin is very simple to use too, with a click in method. The sounds can be effect heavy but they are easy to disable from the interface. The only downside to the actual sounds are the lack of modelling oppurtunitys, so people who want to tweak sounds heavily would probably not have much joy from Nexus. Knowing what I do after purchasing, I would not hesitate again as it is an integral part of my production.

iansorcerer's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

reFX Nexus 2
Trouble-free installation.

The general configuration is simple, works with eLicenser dongle provided by REFX (that's pretty good).

No incompatibility; very stable.

The manual, I do not remember having put his nose in it, and REFX has a fairly responsive customer service.


Runs on windows 7 with a quad I5, Focusrite sound card, no problem.


I have 2 years.

I had before Vangard, and plug in the Native instrument.

Very nice interface (which charms us I think), arpeggiator, many banks of sounds, the knobs in surface appearance were reduced to a minimum, is not necessarily a good thing because other settings deserve better accessibility , as the LFO which suddenly are less accessible and inefficient. Certainly it has very good sound bank (although some are still sounds like), but this app is not to create or make changes to existing high sounds. that being said, given the sound quality and the number of sounds available, it will be largely satisfied.

Value for money correct, especially the eLicenser is provided (unlike East West). The Sound Banks are not necessarily gifts.

Definitely yes I would reiterate, with some minor flaws, this app is a must.