Sonic State Studio / Virtual/Soft synths / AUDIO SIMULATION Dream Station

Average rating: 8.2/10 out of 10

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Scarab a part-timer user from USA writes:
DS has a good sound for what it does - it's not an "end-all be-all" soft synth but it does produce some very nice analog sounds. I drive DS from my sequencer, and feed the output through a BBE 462 and an Aphex Exciter.. it sounds fine to me and sits well in the mix. And it's a darn sight cheaper than the least expensive hardware synth I've seen! No CPU problems on my DAW, but then it's a PIII running at 784MHz (yeah it's overclocked). I only wish it were available as a VSTi..

Rating: 8 out of 10 posted Monday, 20-Aug-01 at 12:14
Nifflas writes:
Mark: It is velocity sensetive. Turn the GAIN knob all the way down.

posted Monday, 20-Aug-01 at 10:2
Nifflas from Sweden writes:
I once was a "tracker", so buyng Dream Station was very natural for me, and that's where I first learned about analogue synth stuff. After a while I decided to start sequencing and switch off the internal tracker in DS (this is also an amazing feature, you can use DS as an sound module if you don't like the tracker interface). Now I don't use it anymore (I never use software, don't even own a computer since all the bugs). Dream Station is nothing compared to real hardware synthesizers such as the Waldorf Microwave XTk which I own, or the Virus, Q or whatever...

Yet it's a great starting point for learning analogue synths, and it sounds very good... Yet this is not for you real professionals, because this program is a bit limited, and if you want to make your own sound, get a synth (if you can afford: Hardware synth) with a modulation matrix, more advanced LFO's, and such stuff. Just check out Proteus with 50 filter types etc. etc. =)

Rating: 6 out of 10 posted Monday, 20-Aug-01 at 10:1
Mark a hobbyist user from Detroit writes:
It really does sound awesome, very similar to my Oberheim Matrix 1000 and that is very high praise indeed. The 3 osc layout is very similar to the matrix, as well as the signal path and modualtion routings, plus it is much more programmable.

One big problem, though -- this thing is not velocity sensitive in any manner that I have found. I have to knock off a couple points for that, but the sound itself is very nearly a 10.

Rating: 8 out of 10 posted Thursday, 31-May-01 at 17:50
jonf a Professional user writes:
Yeah, it does sound like a Nord. Very useful sounds for techno/electro/trance/ambient - very well made

PS The 0 couldn't have been a typo

posted Friday, 28-Jan-00 at 23:48
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