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Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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George from USA writes:
I agree with the previous reviewer. Next to Absynth, Reaktor, SC80V, impOSCar (the best, warmest, fattest soft synth out there) Retro is quite an ugly thingy and primitive too as if it was developed by a student in 'The Visual Basic for Beginners' class. It sounds okay for a first software synthesizer. The good folks at Bitheadz have obviously frozen in time.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-17-2004 at 01:14
Parc Treo a part-time user from USA writes:
From the garish design, down to the paranoid authorization process - this synth just doesn't endear itself. I'm guessing that most of the other reviews written here are either old, or from people who have no other experience with a soft synth – because frankly, this thing is crap. Compared next to Native Instruments Reaktor, Vaz Modular or even Reason - this thing is just horrid. It looks horrible and the interface isn't something I want to spend anytime with. This isn't minor stuff, when you're working with your PC you want an attractive, functional design. It's like spending your time in a crappy demo studio that’s been painted purple and orange. The sounds are old - If you're still searching for that synth stab sound used on some van halen record from the 80's then you're home. If you still get pleasure from hearing yet another filter modulated saw wave pretending to be a TB303 then you have many happy hours ahead of you. The 3 oscillator subtractive thing just isn't that exciting any more. Jesus, it's the 21st century... are there any mini moog sounds we haven’t heard?

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-05-2002 at 16:07
Chaz a part-time user from USA writes:
I love(d) it! Great software, great sounds, very easy to use. For what it does it's very inexpensive. But I'm leaving this review for one reason which I think everyone should know about. I bought mine second hand a year ago. For $125 +/- a great deal on a $250+ synth. But I got slammed trying to upgrade without being able to register. Has anyone else had this problem? $99 to upgrade is what I'm told. So I basically bought a second hand for the price of a new. Well I haven't ever upgraded. It got kinda ugly with the CS guys. Anyway it's a good synth.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Jul-30-2001 at 22:25
Saeed from USA writes:
Retro's an amazing machine - though it caused quite a dent on my pocket - but it was every penny's worth !!The Classic keys are great sounding. There is one problem however that I'm having and that is the severe crackle when on polyphony (e.g running 7 channels on CakeWalk 9). My RAM's 128MB with P3/550Mhz backing it up - yet thee seems to be a deficiency of resource. (Defragged and all been perfectly checked - no change).

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-06-2001 at 06:57
shane a part-time user from usa writes:
ok.. i stayed away from software synths as long as i could, but when the guy i bought unity ds-1 offered me retro as well for only 25$ how could i say no. well... it was the best damn 25$ ive ever spent, this thing is amazing.. there is no one on the planet earth that could distinguish the sounds that come out of this from a hard synth.. they are really that good. not to mention it is modular (for the most part) so you will always be able to get new sounds out of it. as for reliability, i run cubase vst 4, unity ds1, sometimes rebirth and retro all at the same time on a g3 350 with 216 megs of ram with no lag, no stuck notes.. not so much as a pop when i change patches (polyphony wise unity can do 32 notes at once and retro the same and mabye more).. the windows version is probably much more buggy though (but anything on a computer with a microsoft os on it will never be as good as the same thing on a mac from my experience). in conclusion... this synth is WELL worth the 200 or so dollars it sells for, and if your computer is fast enough you have no excuse not owning it. p.s.-- throw your ibm out the window and get a mac!!! you will be glad you did!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-22-2000 at 22:17
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