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UVI Vintage Legends Review

Modern Classics... 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. read more…

iZotope Iris Review

At Your Beck and Call 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? read more…

Native Instruments Reaktor Prism Mini-Review

From Every Facet 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. read more…

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Awesome sound value in sample libraries (UVI - Digital Synsations 2)

By jamie.smartypants, 30/08/2019
I use the UVI libraries on two of my PC’s. My main touch screen pC desktop, and also on my pc laptop. Since my laptop doesn’t have the largest hard drive, I keep all of my UVI sample libraries on a dedicated msata drive with 500gb capacity. Uvi has recently updated their download and installation process, which used to be really confusing and used to involve moving files into subdirectories, but they now are quite streamlined with a download and install manager that works great. I use it with iLok, but is also setup to use elicenser if needed. I hate elicenser and only use it for cubase. ILok is much better, more secure, and in programs that don’t offer multiple licenses, it’s easier to deactivate from one to move to another.

Most of the UvI synth libraries share a common set of parameters,customized graphics that suit the theme of the line of synths being emulated. There are exceptions to this, and unfortunately, not all UVI libraries share a common foundation where sounds are loaded in from a root directory. Fortunately, all three synths in the Digital Sensations V2 all share this feature. Apart from having a common way of loading sounds, this convenient method allows easy favoriting of your more used patches. With a library this large, it’s important to have this feature. Other uvi libraries, the sounds must be loaded in via the application, not the uvi player. A feature which I’d like to see normalized across all libraries moving forward, and preferably backward in an update.
Parameters are somewhat basic. You have some control over the basic sound with envelopes, lfo’s, and Multimode filters. Some rudimentary control over the sound source is available, but as it is a sample library, is limited.
Sound quality is pretty superb. I got addicted to these libraries for a reason. For one, I really enjoy vst clones of synths, such as arturia’s V collection. While th4 uvi libraries are not “clones” per se, they do offer an accurate flavor of the original synths at hand, and offer modern interpretations on what might otherwise be somewhat of a dated sound.
For those who may be unfamiliar with the UVI workstation (or Falcon), it is a stand-alone, vst, RTAS, or AAX platform where you may install individual sample libraries. While I am only ever concerned with UVI’s synthesizer libraries, they are not limited to such, offering string, brass, piano, EM, and even libraries of toys.
For my interests, I stick with the synth libraries. I presently use the Digital Synsations V2, Synth Anthology 2, Vintage Vault 2, UXV80, and UVPX80 libraries, with a few more I’m interested in but do not yet own. I find I buy one every month or two whether I need them or not. I’ve kind of become addicted.
The UVI player is your platform for your sound libraries, and while each individual library may contain their own unique set of subfeatures, the player itself will allow you to arrange any 4 sounds from any 4 libraries at any given time, and has sophisticated arpeggio features and additional built-in effects. Individual libraries may supplement these features as well.
The digital sensations 2 library is a bundle of three libraries sampled from the Kawai K5000/s/w/r, the Roland JD-800/990, and the Ensoniq
Now again, these libraries are not clones, but use sounds from each of these synths as the foundation sound source for each patch. The sample set is then manipulated with its own set of filter, envelopes, lfo’s, etc. I presently own a JD800 and have owned a K5000, and the essence of these synths is certainly there, but many sounds have been brought back to relevance with some wonderful programming straight from the factory. It’s kind of making my aging jd800 irrelevant.
Similarly to the IK Syntronik, each library features a unique GUI that resembles the respective synth, but in reality, these libraries share the same parameters. I haven’t deeply explored the effects or arp sections, but based on the presets, they are certainly powerful and flexible.
Now, so,e advise on purchasing the UvI libraries. Wait for sales. Each library I own I paid no more than half it’s normal retail price. Also, but bundles and not individual libraries. For the DS V2, I paid $149. Single libraries seems to run $49-79.
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!!!??? (Xoxos - Bomb)

By Dark Boubou, 29/02/2016
What configuration, software and musical style or context do you use with this virtual instrument?
I use it on a Windows 10 system with Mixcraft Pro Studio 7.
Unlike Wind, it's not to be used with a particular music style.

Is its anti-piracy protection excessive or burdening?
There's none...

Is it CPU intensive?
Not at all, 0 %.

Is it easy to use? Are its parameters straightforward?
Well, not really: it's not really a synth, and it takes some time getting used to it.

Is its MIDI programming simple?
Yes.

How would you judge the overall sound quality? How do the presets sound?
I use presets and they're well enough. Yet, there are clicks in the sound attack, like a very short handclap.

Is the virtual instrument realistic?
Fine... It does sound like a shock sound, but not that much to a bomb.

Is it versatile?
If you're to use it as an FX for sound-to-image, it's not: there would only be bomb pictures and it's not to be used with any music style...
So, no.

What are the pros and cons of this virtual instrument?
+: Sound, concept
-: Some clicks, Strange to program.

I made preset demos that are available here:
https://en.audiofanzine.com/other-virtual-synth/xoxos/bomb/medias/
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A must (Samplephonics - Nevo Analogue Machines)

By chester play, 26/11/2014
Installation could not be more simple, you open the presets directly on our hard drive via KONTAKT, knowing that there are also packages for ESX and Reason, the module interface is not very aesthetically successful but very effective modulations and effects.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

Installing on an aluminum macbook, 2 GB of ram and it runs well has a few nimble a little long to load but it's still reasonable.

OVERALL OPINION

I bought it there's a week and I must say that for me it is quite unusual to work like that, my first time working with software Sampeur before it only with analog synth or analog modeling ( moog, viruses, dave smith, waldorf ...) and for reasons of space, financial results for the recordings I went back fully involved and fully reviewed the way I work.
First observation: it is fine to have synth 1000 see 2000 euros behind Let's follow otherwise it is useless (sound card, compressors, effects ...) in the studio of course!
Second observation: the sound of a digital VST makes me allergic, I tried for years and it's not happening, it's not like me at all! especially in the low end!
So third solution: using a software Sampeur including (true) sounds of my favorite synth ... but with editing capabilities approaching a maximum of one hardware unit !!! and similar nevo appeared like magic! Favorite machines registered to perfection, and so that we can believe behind a real synth accompanying KONTAKT module include envelopes, LFOs, filters, sequencer, arp, notochord, delay, chorus, reverb and all of amazing quality! I said that the samples are sounds from synth them directly and not an emulation same as I have read in the forum. Minimoog, SH101, Obx, Juno, Neve, MS10, JX and FAT in this pack, clearly hoping for a result in the same spirit with another set of synth korg monopoly of gender, prophet 5 ...
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