Sonic State Studio / Virtual/Soft synths / NATIVE INSTRUMENTS Pro-Five

Average rating: 8.6/10 out of 10

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Stig a hobbyist user from Norway writes:
So far I've tried the demo, but I can't wait to get my hands on this little beast. Truly, NI have come up with a _brilliant_ idea, and the Pro-5 sounds incredibly. Perhaps we'll see the Minimoog, DX7, D-50 and other classic synths in the future? Thumbs up!

Rating: 10 out of 10 posted Monday, 18-Dec-00 at 10:7
Markus a part-timer user from USA writes:
The sounds are great. Really, if you're doing digital recording you won't get a substantially better end product from a real Prophat-5. Plugged into an amp and just playing, the VI is just a tech less 'warm' or whatever you want to call it, but once you record a synth and play it back through your soundcard that's lost anyway.

I think a lot of people are very confused about the latency issue. Your the delay between pressing a note and hearing sound has essentially nothing to do with a particular VI but rather with your soundcard setup. There are affordable (less than $500) soundcards available these days which give very acceptable latencies (3-5 ms) with VIs.

-m

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Thursday, 08-Jun-00 at 11:56
DJ-Abstract from canada writes:
whats a good soundcard with low latency that will work with this? does the roland ua30 do the job with this and vst?

posted Monday, 01-May-00 at 3:43
Jim B-Reay a part-timer user from USA writes:
Oops - I forgot to rate, and now the average got skewed. Here's a ten to help balance it out.

Rating: 10 out of 10 posted Friday, 28-Apr-00 at 16:59
Jim B-Reay a part-timer user from USA writes:
Valid point - todays CPUs are just a little too weak for the complete virtual studio. This winter's multiple G4 systems might just do the trick, though.

That said, with patience you can do almost anything: A friend just recorded a major-label album using AS-1, DS-1, Cubase, and a PowerBook. That's IT. You just need to be smart about how and when you print parts to audio tracks.

Softsynths are a 80% solution today, but next year... look OUT!

Jim

posted Friday, 28-Apr-00 at 16:58
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