February 21, 2006

Hope Springs Eternal...

by Chris Randall

So, I'm looking at this INetSynth from Key2sound.com that was announced yesterday, and I think I might be missing something. It looks like they're not just selling a soft synth, but an actual lifestyle choice, a la Apple. Aside from the ubiquitous "i" tagged moniker, which immediately sets off "hub of my digital lifestyle" warning bells, this thing has a built-in online sound browser/sharer, so you can scoop through the Repository and score sequences and patches from like-minded individuals. Sort of like the MySpace of synths.

I can't bring myself to download the demo, just on principle, so one of you needs to go and get this thing and report back. It seems to be a bog-standard take on the "32 OSC types, 16 filters, 85 LFOs" polysynth that seems so prevalent these days, but I have to admit I'm a bit curious. Or at least, I will be until I get the inevitable letter from the maker that reads something along the lines of "thanks for the mention, now would you mind correcting your post so that it reflects less poorly on us?"

Oh, did I mention it's 278.75 Euro?



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Feb.21.2006 @ 9:54 PM
Ah, good stuff... just yesterday I was showing their press release to one of my (non-softsynth-obsessed) friends and explaining to him why I was snorting with laughter at phrases like "traditional classic subtractive FM synthesizer" "stack of Saw Tooth Oscillators that are slightly detuned [...] giving you the power to create unlimited sonic possibilities." Glad to see I'm not the only one who finds this hype utterly laughable. Even if their GUI designer had been awake when god was handing out eyeballs, I still can't imagine myself being excited over a synth whose most revolutionary feature is that I can buy more patches for it.

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