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Average rating: 5.0 out of 5
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squidpop a professional user from landodubya writes:
when strapped with a leader as dense as Dubya, it is like an escape to Tahiti to have the Metasynth to play with. Metatrack is what you use to arrange songs. This unit is one of the weaknesses of U&Isoftwares, because next to Acidpro it is a toy (and I wuz thinking Acidpro was a toy!). So if you want better control of your song, you must change platforms from Mac to PC. I have not yet tried this. probably not easy. but I figure once I get it down I will have a killer system. Also, I would not want to use Metasynth live, but I have been thinking that hooked into a little mixer with headphones might do the job.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-24-2001 at 20:07
SQUIDPOP from USOFA writes:
Now I have had the metasynth long enough to learn that the preset pictures are analagous to controllers and play sampled instruments, waveforms, etc. THe density that this creates for compositional possibilities is remarkable. Of course you can import your own samples or use some of the Metasynth library--altho not extensive, it provides a nice start. The number ot operations you can do to the presets allows you endless sounds.

I have not used other software synths very much, but my guess is that nothing rivals this for creation of sound patterns. It is a lot of fun. Buy y'self one. You will concur with Squid: its a 50 on the 5 point scale.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-25-2001 at 19:42
squid pop a professional user from usa writes:
The Metasynth is metamagic! I have had it for only one night and only played with tweaking presets. The fact that you use a picture of the preset to work from is an amaziing way to program. Music to light is not a gimmick. It is part of our ongoing evolutionary experience. In the Metasynth, it provides infinite ways to program. Take filters. In the amazing reservoir of tools to tweak with, you have 49 filters, and each of them begs to be tweaked. There are over sixty tools for manipulating presets, or building sounds from scratch. Oh, and these do not include the effects and wave table palettes, nor several other app- lications, such as reverse symmetry tool.

Going back to music to light: here is where the real impor- tance of this synth takes hold. Because it is a powerful and wondrous synth, all reviews I have seen focus on the synth per se and sometimes even say that the music to light aspect is just a cute gimmick. Not so. Famous classical composers have for years attempted to score their dreams of a music to light symphony. Until recently, the technology to manifest these dream was not available. Now, some old music to light compositions are being staged. Why has the relationship of music to light been important historically?

Eric Wenger has put together a beautiful product with other related products such as Artmatic, Videologic, Xx and Bryce, all of which become more than their constituent parts, when considered as a whole. He has, however made a serious mistake in one of his basic algorhythms. Not too worry, you might never notice, because the problem is more intuitive and recursive than that which would directly interfere with programming music.

Consider that both music and light are from the frequency domain, then look at how his algorhythms are set-up and you will be able to understand this mis- take. In brief, music is harmonic to light and visible light is the basic grande octave.

Metasynth is a powerful, magical tool. It provides us with a new way of sound design and composition. When such a tool becomes available which also takes specific advantage of the harmonic relation between music and light (the Grande Octave), then, I believe, it will explode into our lives, helping to heal, introducing us to the next dimension and allowing us to playfully explore the mysteries of gravitation.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-21-2001 at 23:31
Eric Oehler a part time user from USA writes:
It's a nice program, I love it dearly, although sometimes I find the interface to be a bit quirky (undo is cmd-z in only one of the multiple windows). The filters are fantastic. Slow, but fantastic. Take a drum loop and run it through some amazingly complex formant filter, and you can get just the weirdest noises. The "pulse" filter and "shuffle" effects are great for making your own odd loops as well. Great stuff for ambient music, and can make some killer percussion sounds if you know how to draw them (the deepest bass drum I've ever heard...). Also good for making Kraftwerk-esque twinkly bits. Can't say I've had much luck trying to actually write a song entirely in it, I'm sure Xx will help that (I get frustrated trying to figure out just how many pixels to a half note and such), but for just making sounds for the sampler, it's truly stellar.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:17
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