The reFX Vanguard was a virtual synth that I have been hearing a lot of people talk about and say it was great. So I decided to get it, I am glad that I did. I think it could still use some tweaks and the developers could have created some better presets. But with all of the options you can definitely tweak anything the way that you want it to sound without a problem. ReFX Vanguard is pretty easy to understand, I am not a big fan of the silver and lime great colors though, I am not too sure if there is a different dashboard/ color scheme for it . But if there is I would love to have some, I hate the lime green color its dull and doesn’t pop out to me.
Installing it was easy as cake, no issues or problems and works great every time you open it up. Some of the arps that are in reFX Vanguard are really good, especially if you start to play around with them and some effects you will be surprise by what it can really do. Don’t just settle on the presets for the reFX Vanguard. Get your hands dirty and start using some of the knobs. If you have no idea what they are or what they do because you are a beginner just start moving some of them and listen to how it changes the sound. You can get any sound that you want pretty easy.
One of the best things about Vanguard is the interface (outside of the color). You have everything right in front of you. Anything that Vanguard has to offer is on the main interface every time you load it up. You can even save the sounds that you have created yourself (which you can do on almost any plug in now). Vanguard is worth the money spent.
Does the software work correctly with your setup? Perfectly.
How is the performance? Good, it doesn't consume too many resources.
How long have you been using it? 3 months
To get to the point, this synth is really good and it sounds fine.
The presets are plentiful (with additional patches) and the variation possibilities are very comprehensive. They will allow you to easily find "the sound" that you want. Unlike other reviewers, I don't think this synth was conceived for trance music, even if it's obvious that it's one of its main uses. I think it's pretty good for electronic sounds in general (basses, leads, pad, etc.)
I don't recommend you to use the effects, which are rather mediocre (Reverb & delay) and have a tendency to "spoil" the sound. I use them to get a "glimpse" of the final result, but then I use good plug-ins that do their job much better; and to be honest, doing it this way it sounds really good!
To sum it up, as far as I'm concerned, you can do whole productions with this synth, except for drums (as long as you don't use the effects cited above).
For less than $100, it's a really good deal!
To me every VST is pretty simple excluding a few. This is no different. Every feature is easily accesible. Most softsynths are this way but this one is even easier than ones such as Sylenth1. Only one screan with all the features in different boxes. Everything including the Gate, Reverb, Delay, and Arpegiator are easy to operate. Installing the plugin is a breeze and the manual helps out a lot. Installing this synth is very qucik synth the CD doesn't actually have any sample material. The GUI is very clear once started as well.
All softsynths that are basic such as this one are not very CPU intensive and this is no different. I only have a Gateway 2.0GHz dual core 2GB RAM computer not even made for music and Vanguard is not a strain at all. Not integration problems with my midi controllers in FL Studio. Vanguard never really crashes either. It's definatly a stable plugin. I've been using this plugin for over a year. Always got good perfomance out of this Vst.
Now to the sounds, to be honest the presets are not very good. I do enjoy the gates and some arpegiators, but the leads are pretty generic. This doesn't mean the plugin isn't good. You can, of course, create your own sounds very easily.
Creating sounds in Vanguard is actually a very easy experience. Since all the filters, oscilator controls, gates, arpegiators, etc are already there right on the main interface. There is even a "Fatness" control. Usually it detunes the sound too much if it's used to drastically but if it's et right it can really help out the sound. I personally love Vanguard for the gates. It's so easy to program them. The LFO, Reverb, Delay, envelopes, and all the types of filters are easy to mess with.
One thing I like about Vanguard is the fact that there are so many wave shapes. Some that I don't have in more expensive plugins. One to check out is called "Digital".
Overall this plugin comes in handy if you are into creating your own sounds. If your a preset guy I don't think you will last very long with this just because the quality and quantity aren't really there. Not a bad product. Easy to create and tweak sounds. Surprisingly simple to use, yet powerful. I'd recommend this if your into creating sounds. If your not, don't buy it.
Vanguard installed on my computer with no problems at all, as with all the other reFX VST's that I have used. This VST has worked fine in every DAW I have ever used, including FL Studio, Ableton Live and Cubase 5. The GUI of the effect is very simple too as the presets come in categories that are tagged in front of the actual name of the preset sound. This VST is similar to PoiZone in a way that the GUI is pretty confusing with all the knobs and dials and can be pretty intimidating for the new user.
This VST works flawlessly on both of my systems. It is very stable and hasn't ever crashed my system, or programs. The load time of the presets is speedy and near instant. I don't really like the menu to pick the presets as it often overflows the entire screen, making it a nightmare to find the actual sound you want. There are arrow buttons to flick through but selective picking of sounds is hard and complicated to do on this VST. I prefer the traditional browser selection method in VST's such as Sampletank. I have used this VST for quite a while now and it's been a part of quite a few of my tracks.
This VST is brilliant for dance and club synths, and is jam packed with nice leads and thick pads. Lots of the synths do however sound nearly the same. They sound brilliant in any RNB or Hip Hop song. The VST also has a nice range of pads and atmosphere sounds for the backdrop. There is quite a few filler sounds in this VST that are just there for the sake of it and do not really contribute to the Vanguard experience. I do not like the way presets are selected though and the actual GUI. That is the only problem I actually have with Vanguard. Knowing what I know now, I would still get this VST if it didn't come with FL. This VST is an essential for anybody making club or dance music.