Explanation of used terms

To avoid misunderstandings, I will explain the meaning of some terms I will use frequently.

 

“FREE”

This doesn’t mean, you are not supposed to buy it. It actually means the developer(!) offers you FREE access to the VSTs. It still might be donationware, a demo (more or less functional),… It is your moral decision if you buy / donate,…

This gets a bit tricky in case the original developer stopped hosting him/herself. I’ll try to avoid linking on rehosts as long it is possible (there are / will be some exceptions). In some cases a formerly free plugin gets commercial. If I know this, I won’t link on the rehosts. (Mistakes are not impossible, if I get one wrong, please correct me).

 

“Subjective/Objective”

This is tricky. Due to the artistic part of audio a review will always be subjective. So I will try to seperate different categories.

GUI: Of course the part “Do I like it?” is subjective but I’ll take into account the overall clearness (is it to loaded, are the knobs understandable, is everything (important) labeled…).

Function: A function/use is promoted. Will the plugin do this? Will it give you good results easily (via good controls, good presets,….). Is it something of general use or a one-trick-pony? In the latter case, is it a good trick or will it be of no use in 99% of the all projects?

Efficiency: This is straight forward: CPU load. Of course it is not 100% objective due to different CPUs (or overall systems) and possible special cases. Why do I do this? You might want to know, if you can easily run multiple instances of a plugin. If it has a high load, this will be impossible.

 

— Please note, that this is often only a “snapshot”. Before I write a review I play around with the plugin in question testing some sounds and aspects to make the evaluation as accurate as I can – and not only by memory. The CPU load is taken from these tests. And it might vary!
I’ve noticed some significant fluctuations when used in different situations so the xx% CPU load can only be a point of reference.
My standard CPU is the AMD FX6300 – if a different CPU is used for the test, this will be noted.

 

Personal opinion: This one is clearly subjective. I’ll state my point of view, if I like and/or use it. (regulary, sometimes, never…).

 

I mostly work with recorded tracks, sometimes with midi but focused more on realistic instruments. This will be disclaimed if needed (example: Twin Delay).