Hi guys, I know at times it may seem like I’m a bot or something because of how generally speaking I come to the forum when I’m asking for product advice. Actually I’ve been using Renoise for about 6-7 years even though I’m sure many of my questions reveal how much of a noob I am in many of its technical aspects. Before Renoise I used Impulse Tracker for about a decade and I mainly stick to choose instrument -> edit notes --> mix and don’t know much of the really technical stuff such as beat splicing but I want to learn! Point: I am human and not affiliated with the products I’m about to give a quick and dirty review on. I just thought while I have a minute at my computer I’d give anyone else who may be looking for a little product advice a few of my impressions. You also need to know these are my first commercial VSTs I’ve ever had so maybe a couple of you have also been using free VSTs and instrument samples up until now. Anyway here we go!
OrangeTree Samples Products I Bought:
Evolution Electric Guitar
Jaco Iconic Bass
TinyBox (music box)
Hulusi (free with newsletter)
I love all of OrangeTree instruments! But not only that the service with these guys was faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar and away the best service I’ve ever gotten from any online vendor EVER. Right now, the head of the company is keeping contact with me and just asking me generally for my thoughts and he’s willing to personally help me understand how to use these instruments. OrangeTree quality and service are beyond and away the best I’ve ever experienced. And in one week of being their customer I am now a 100% loyal fan boy. For example, if one company comes out with an instrument that Orange tree plans on making I will not buy from the other company I will wait on OrangeTree to release theirs instead. So be warned. From here on out I have OrangeTree fanboy stamped across my forehead. They are THAT good! Highly Recommended. 12/10
Native Instruments Komplete 8:
I was forced to buy Komplete 8 because OrangeTree Samples requires the scripting feature that isn’t available in the free player versions of NI’s product line. This cost me $400 but I got it becuase I really wanted the OrangeTree instruments. After a few days trying out some of the effects and instruments I’m beginning to warm up to Komplete 8 in its own right. The service from Native Instruments is blatantly subpar when you do a direct comparison to OrangeTree however it isn’t so bad as to bother me too much.Just expect to wait anywhere from 1-7 days for responses from their support staff. I’ve spent most of my time with Komplete 8 inside of Kontakt and Reaktor and what I noticed pretty soon is how many of the effects and VSTs that work with these products are VERY CPU HUNGRY which makes me wonder why don’t they make an option to offload some of these processing to the GPU? Perhaps NI doesn’t have the resources or perhaps just not enough competition. But the CPU requirements are so high that you will sometimes find yourself having to alter the sound you want to go with so it doesn’t kill your CPU. Which is bad. But still, even with that in consideration, the instruments and effects that I’ve tried sound great. I give Komplete 8 a 8.5/10 - a great value with decent customer support but your CPU will be challenged greatly by Komplete 8 at times.
Speaking of CPU intensive. I LOVE everything about Razor. Except it destroys my CPU. That’s the only downside to it. But I love Razor so much and I would be able to give it an 11/10 if they could somehow offload the processing to my GPU instead of the CPU. But for now I give it a 9.5/10 The visual feedback that you get allows you to view the sound waves from the oscillators and effects. I find this very useful because it helps you understand what you are doing. For example there is an option to apply a Waterbed modifier to your sound and guess what, it’s aptly named because it can cause your sound wave to look like a waterbed! It’s sort of tricky to explain it. But I love it and if you already have the full version of Reaktor I would recommend Razor if you were sitting on the bench. Just don’t buy it with the free version because then they won’t let you save your custom presets!
Scarbee’s Funk Guitarist
I love this VST! It does exactly what the advertisments and youtube videos claim. So if any of you were interested in it before but sitting on the fence I’d recommend it. Not only is it incredibly powerful, it’s also very fun! Some people complain that it only gives you a rthymic guitar which is a valid critique I suppose. But it’s not a concern for me as I have OrangeTree’s Evolution Electric Guitar - Strawberry also. I’ll give it a 9.5/10
Hope that helps!