Virtual Synths reviews

  • A review of Cakewalk Rapture Session
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    A review of Cakewalk Rapture Session - A Rapture on a Budget

    03/09/16

    Recently, Cakewalk announced Rapture Session, a new member of its Rapture software-instrument family. It offers less sounds and no programmability, but it has the same synth engine as the flagship Rapture Pro and comes with almost 4GB of content. What makes it most notable, however, is its super-low price tag: $29.95. So is Rapture Session a great…

  • A review of the U-He Hive virtual synth
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    A review of the U-He Hive virtual synth - Hive: Be Careful, It Stings!

    09/14/15

    Hive, the latest instrument from u-he, does not claim the precision of Diva the richness of Zebra 2, or the modularity of Bazille or Ace. No. Hive looks and feels simple, is easy to use, and provides a fat sound. Mission accomplished?

  • Applied Acoustics Systems Ultra Analog VA-2 Review
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    Applied Acoustics Systems Ultra Analog VA-2 Review - Ultra Ultra?

    12/14/13

    AAS renews its virtual analog synth by adding VA-2 to its name. But that is obviously not the only change. Here's a detailed overview.

  • UVI Vintage Legends Review
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    UVI Vintage Legends Review - Modern Classics...

    07/30/13

    UVI seems to have decided to bring back to life the myths of synthesis in the form of sample libraries for its own UVI platform and compatible programs. Let's have a detailed look at one of them: Vintage Legends.

  • Native Instruments Monark Pro Review
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    Native Instruments Monark Pro Review - The King Talks

    03/27/13

    In the domain of analogue synthesizer emulation, the race for fidelity continues. The biggest breakthroughs have not necessarily originated from the top editors. One of them, Monark, is reacting with a promise of the most faithful recreation of an old analogue hero, the Minimoog.

  • iZotope Iris Review
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    iZotope Iris Review - At Your Beck and Call

    07/02/12

    iZotope is famous for its effects, audio processing and restoration tools. Now, the manufacturer enters the world of virtual instruments with the launch of Iris, its first synth. Knowing iZotope, we expect nothing but a very original approach. Are we wrong?

  • Arturia Oberheim SEM V Review
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    Arturia Oberheim SEM V Review - SEM Old Synth

    03/28/12

    Arturia has been launching a myriad of products since early 2012. Among the new products you'll find an Oberheim SEM emulation with new custom features. Let's have a look at the beast...

  • Native Instruments Reaktor Prism Mini-Review
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    Native Instruments Reaktor Prism Mini-Review - From Every Facet

    12/01/10

    Prism is a polyphonic synthesizer included with the new products launched by Native Instruments in the Komplete 7 pack. Based on modeling technology... Let's find out what that means.

  • Introduction
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    Introduction - Spectrasonics Omnisphere: Omnipotent & Omnificent ?

    06/26/09

    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
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    Sonic Charge Synplant: The Test - The Secret Sound of Plants

    03/07/09

    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?