reFX Vanguard
reFX Vanguard

Vanguard, Other Virtual Synth from reFX.

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Average Score:4.2( 4.2/5 based on 16 reviews )
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Value For Money : Excellent

AlanForPresident's review"worth the money"

reFX Vanguard
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.

stars-hound's review"At this price, why deprive yourself?"

reFX Vanguard
Did you have any problems during the installation? No, it's a plug-in so it only takes 30 seconds.

Did you have any problems during the installation? It's a virtual instrument with presets and editing possibilities.


What's your computer setup? Imac Core Duo / 4gb ram / Pro tools

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!

Wedges2's review

reFX Vanguard
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.
DJ Henny01/29/2011

DJ Henny's review"Great Dance or club music lead sound VST."

reFX Vanguard
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.

mooseherman's review

reFX Vanguard
This "virtual analog synth" operates great and performs well, but it doesn't have the sounds that I traditionally associate with analog synths. It actually sounds exactly like what I imagine digital synths do, which is bad. I think that for any newer computer, compatibility won't be an option. I have a new MacBook Pro with 4 gigs of ram and a lot of memory and there weren't any compatibility issues for me. The manual definitely helped me with setting this guy up, though I still found the process tedious and my patience was tested. Setting up software of any kind is complicated for me though, so I can't say I'm too surprised. The setup wasn't too hard, as long as your VST host is in good shape you should be good to go. The regular functions of the synth are great if your controllers are all ready to go.


The software works fine for what it does. I have had issues where I've had to stop using this program because of the amount of RAM it requires, but this is only when also running PRO Tools and having the internet going. People with 2 gigs of RAM or less might run into trouble when it comes time to use it in Pro Tools or whatever DAW they use. I feel as though I'm getting the performance I expected out of it, which is a great collection of synth sounds for dance/techno music. However, as I didn't foresee my foray into these genres being as short-lived as it was, I got really bored of this quickly.


Here's the thing; I was always a huge fan of analog synths over their digital counterparts. I always maintained that they were warmer and could potentially be "dirtier" than digital. I still think this is true now, as these synth presets I find cheesy, overly glossy and generic. I find that these things could be used to make good music in someone else's hands, but since my uses for synths tend to be minimal at best, and I'm not a large fan of techno in general, I think that it wasn't for me. I also think that's its way overpriced, but I tend to think that about just about anything these days, especially with software. I can't say I've tried many other models, but there aren't any real other ones that caught my interest, either. It ended up being a large waste of money for me. I'm hoping I can make enough generic techno hits to make enough money to recoup. Keep in mind though, that many people are looking for exactly this kind of sound, and if that's the case, it performs well enough.

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

reFX Vanguard
Easy installation.
Consumes very little CPU resources.
Manuel very well with all assignable controllers from the console.


I use the Vanguard "multi" mode from the keyboard of my Korg R3. I mean by "multi" multiple instances of Vanguard loaded simultaneously and played the keyboard. The knobs of R3 to control the cutoff, resonance, ... Vanguard's no problem.
It gets very complex sounds with multiple instances. Each instance has its own arpeggiator that can have its own effects (eg a small compressor does not hurt). Thus we come to get something that approximates a real hardware synthesizer with an extremely rich.
On a quadricore is relatively stable and the CPU consumption remains low.


I use it for 1 month. I almost abandoned before trying to load multiple instances simultaneously. I recommend you try ...

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

reFX Vanguard
The installation thus easily


VST This is not CPU intensive
N've never buggy very stable


I used the last year or
C. is a very good synth easily programmed with superb sound
Good arpeggiator.
Cheap frankly bought

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

reFX Vanguard
Installation without problem, no incompatibilitconfiguration very simple.


I possde a PC equipped with an AMD Athlon 64 3400+ 2.2 GHz, 3 MB RAM, a sound card m-audio revolution 5.1.
I never experienced any problem with this configuration, even with 1024 RAM.
the software consumes very little resources compared its performance.


I use it for a few months.
what I like most is the first sound: perfect for trance and very good quality.
I also love the beauty and simplicity of its interface.
what I like least is the fact of not always being able to change the sound in real time during the game, if not because of dcalages.mais RAS.
I tried other virtual synth before this one, but I never found a good report qulit price, of course if you like the musical style!
I would do this choice without problem.
Congratulations ReFX for this app.

florent.palisson's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

reFX Vanguard
Installation very simple.
t was recognized by all my software compatible VST
The program is intuitive and most important:
that is what it sounds!


Laptop 4 G
Timekeeping nickel
you can add this plugin and stack carefree
The configuration is extremely stable.


5 days
The most important is the sound
very good value qualitprix
I am Extremely happy with this purchase

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

reFX Vanguard
No instalation problem (recall of sonar, choose the VST folder of the installation folder sonar sinan OK)
Compatible with all my gear OK
Intuitive configuration and facilitated by the ability to use and make preseeding am well (it goes without saying!)


Very lite, eats almost nothing in CPU (intel dual must say core 2 duo 2.5 ghz + 4 GB of RAM!)


Reserved for the fan of the genre sinan dropped, this synth will be exceeded in a few years, does it find its kitche sounds as early as 80! Sinan if you like the genre, it's OK!