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Oliviercool Oliviercool
Published on 12/31/08 at 21:38
This is a host software for VST and ReWire synths, and plug-ins VST and DirectX specifically designed for live performances.

Very easy to install, as is often the case on PC. In addition, it is very light, it is only 10 MB

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

First, it is very easy to use, there is (almost) no need for instructions. Adding the virtual instrument presets with ad-hoc, we add the plug-ins and buses we need, we made some small adjustments, and before the music ^ ^ No need to break the head, you focus solely on your music.

Since it is possible Do not insert one end by "way" and bus, it is a shame it has no integrated virtual mixer, one can set on each "track" (ie on each synth) the volume. I found nothing else like setting mix: no NAPs, no treble, no mids, no bass, no departure and return for effects in DirectX or VST (or processors of external effects via another pair of input - output of the sound card) they can not be plugged in insert.

The software may well be very greedy, but it crashes as soon as it is overloaded with synths (over 15zaine anyway). I just have a PC Intel DualCore 3 GHz with 4 GB of RAM (in fact, the Windows XP 32-bit only uses 3.25 GB), the plant quickly rack as soon as he has a lot of synths loaded on it.

Well, I have never tried on stage but it must be able to pass giant of a synth to another or even one preset to another with a mouse click or even when it receives via MIDI program change from a master keyboard.

You can even appears to play with many musicians: you can assign MIDI channels for each ad-hoc synth channels corresponding to those of the masters of the keyboard or musician wanted.

It seems that it is even possible to record WAV files separately on each bus (not tried).

If you also want to manage external hardware sound modules via MIDI from Fort Ensamble, just install a plug-in from the same publisher: ECHO.

There is even a function of "stress" that can test the stability of the machine ^ ^

OVERALL OPINION

I tried other hosts for synth VSTi: Console, AudioMulch, VSTHost I never managed to make them work, and the hatched VSTHost me sound, and more. But hey, I'm not sure I'm in the same Cathegory of hosts VSTi ^ ^ They are designed for the studio, apparently, handed the Forte set up has been simplified in order to simplify the lives of more than musicians on stage .

The big +: Simplified maximum ^^^^^
The big -: No virtual mixer includes, argl!
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