Synth Site: Soft/Virtual/Cards: Revolve 100M: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.0 out of 5
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Vincent van der Leun a hobbyist user from Hardinxveld-Giessendam, The Netherlands writes:
Hey, I wanted to give it a 3 marks of 5, instead of 2.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-05-2001 at 16:44
Vincent van der Leun from Hardinxveld-Giessendam, The Netherlands writes:
First of all, I really think Revolve should be in the "Sequencers" part of the "Studio" tab of SonicState and not in the Soft/Virtual/Cards department, as Revolve is not a softsynth, but a sequencer.

After reading the review in Future Music, I immediately downloaded the demo version of Dimension Arc's website.

Revolve 100m is basically ReBirth without any built-in sounds. It outputs MIDI signals for your synths, soundmodules, soundcard, etc. The user-interface is similair to ReBirth, but my opinion is that Revolve is a bit easier to use, once configured. It was shipped with a lot of presets for older synths, so if you were lucky you did not have to configure each knob, button and other features manually for your specific MIDI synths, etc.

It could import Rebirth 1.5 (I think that was the version) songs, but I never tried that feature. In fact, I only tried the demo version. I thought it was a lot nicer to use than TechnoToy's Seq303, mainly due to the fact that you input notes in Revolve with a on-screen keyboard. You could also record live realtime knob-movements. I loved the two modules for creating bass sounds and weird melodies. The drum-module was not very exciting, but very simple to use. I loved to create simple tunes with the demoversion of Revolve. Of course, the save function was disabled in this version.

The big drawback? It was definitely the price. It costed $99. That's quite much for a simple only 3-track MIDI sequencer. My main sequencer I used back when I tried the demo was cheaper (Evolution Audio) and offered many more editing features. I always thought it should have been released as a shareware program, for max. half its price.

Unfortunately DimensionArc seems to be out of bussiness, so no new versions were ever released. And I was never able to find remaining copies of Revolve in bargains bins (in fact I have never seen it on sale in Europe). If you do, please let me know, I would love to own the full version.

Revolve is only compatible with Windows 95/98 (I guess also WinME, I have not tried it), it's not compatible with WinNT and probably also uncompatible with Win2000.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-05-2001 at 16:36
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