Virtual Instruments articles
Introduction - Spectrasonics Omnisphere: Omnipotent & Omnificent ?
After many years of development, Spectrasonics has released their new flagship virtual instrument, Omnisphere, which has been heralded as a completely new ground-breaking hybrid virtual instrument incorporating a myriad of realtime synthesis techniques, an epic library featuring ‘psychoacoustic’ sounds, and many other innovative features. It's als…
Sonic Charge Synplant: The Test - The Secret Sound of Plants
Since the dawn of synthesizers, there have been many types of synthesis to emerge. But the same can not be said about their approaches to work flow or interfaces. With Synplant, Sonic Charge has taken inspiration from the world of plants and their growth patterns in order to come up with a new way of creating sound. Marketing ploy or innovation?
Digidesign Transfuser: The Test - Sample Transfusion
A.I.R., Digidesign’s virtual instrument division, continues to provide creative tools for users of their Pro Tools software. This time, it’s a sequencer within a sequencer, dedicated to loops of all kinds and their unlimited use. Let’s take a look…
Wallander Instruments' WIVI Player: The Test - What's a WIVI?
While certain sound libraries have been waging a gigabyte war, others have taken the synthesis route, such as the Wallander WIVI, who with only its few hundred megabytes takes on the sample library titans.
Digidesign's Velvet: The Test - Tines in Velvet wrapping
Electric Pianos never seem to go out of style; and because they’ve now gone virtual, Digidesign has decided to come out with their own version of these timeless instruments.
Test of MusicLab's RealStrat - Real Fake Strat
MusicLab, the editor of RealGuitar, has released RealStrat, a virtual instrument that uses a combination of samples and in-house technology to emulate the sound and feel of the illustrious Fender model.
Review of FabFour, Gypsy and Voice of Passion - EastWest Play
After 20 years of editing hi-quality sample libraries, EastWest has taken the plunge and released its own sample player, simply named Play. At the Winter NAMM 2008 the editor unveiled several products which will be using this new instrument. Let’s start by reviewing three that are already available, Fab Four (FF), Gypsy and Voices Of Passion (…