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Reviewed by Alex Holmes

Lemon received 10/10 points in the issue 81 of Music Tech Magazine (UK)

 

Lemon review


 

Reviewed by Keith Gemmell

The Waldorf Microwave, Korg MS-20, Roland Jupiter 4 and Juno-60 were all popular synthesizers back in their day. And along with the Moog Prodigy, Korg Poly800 Mk11and the Korg MonoPoly, they are now collectable instruments the world over. The chances of finding even just a few of these analogue dinosaurs in good condition are slim. But all is not lost because the PinkNoise team have sampled the best sounds from all seven along with two more recent analogue favourites, the Alesis Andromeda A6 and the Studio Electronics SE-1X, and made them available as Reason Refills.

We were very impressed with the original Analogue Monsters collection when we first reviewed it in 2005 but since then Pink Noise have completely rewritten and enlarged the patch banks as well as adding new NN-XT and Combinator banks. They’ve also added samples from another 1980s classic, the Oberheim Matrix, which brings the complete ‘monster’ tally to ten. Noted for its warm sounds this legendary instrument was the last true analogue synthesizer made by Oberheim.

5GBs of content amounts to a significant number of synthesizer patches – apart from the 72 Rex files – but in this case the quantity doesn’t compromise the quality. Our only reservation is that, inevitably, with ten analogue synthesizers in a single collection, many of the patches, although not duplicated, do sound similar. This isn’t a criticism, though, more an observation and for such a reasonable price, true analogue buffs are sure to be delighted with their purchase.

Verdict – An impressive, value-for-money Reason Refill containing samples and patches from 10 legendary analogue synthesisers.


 

 

 

Amazona.de is the biggest magazine for music and computers worldwide in German language. Björn Morgenstern has reviewed our two refills, Cybervox and PROTON3.

The final conclusion is "Sehr Gut" :-)

German readers, you can read the full review here!  You can also listen to some demo sounds, created by Björn.

Björn sent a brief summary in English:

"Similarly to Analogue Monsters these two refills are high quality refills. All sample contents are carefully looped and matched. There are no fillers and the combinator patches are really useful.
Pro.Ton3 is grown up to a big "Oscillator-Library". The new Analog-Chorus Oscillators are very fine and sound excellent warm and alive. The idea, i.e. sampling sounds dry and with the original Roland/Boss vintage chorus effect, and bringing it together in the combinator, is a great concept. There are many possibilities for creating your own sounds too.

Cybervox is somewhat more special, but just as well as Pro.Ton3. Focused on vocalsounds and vocodering based on Yamaha FS1R and Reason vocoder there are many possibilities for playing a lot of sounds or playing around with the special programmed vocoder-combis. Personally I am really excited about the synthetic vocal-pads and the magic-key (B1 key from keyboard) for freeze the vocoder signal.

So, overall we gave without hesitation a "Very good" for both Refills and you can't make anything wrong for that purchase price."

 

 

 

 

    

 

Amazona.de is the biggest magazine for music and computers worldwide in German language. Björn Morgenstern has written a very detailed and deep review about our much-loved Analogue Monsters.

This review is really a meticulous work, and the final conclusion is "Sehr Gut"!;-)

German readers, you can read the full review here!

Björn also e-mailed me a short version in English, so now I publish it here with his kind permission:

"I think it's a really huge library with a good quality. The sound is great analog, nevertheless suitable for any music-style. That's a good point, because libraries often focused on special music-styles, where are only parts usable for the customer. There are no needless breakfillers for me and I think there are many creative potential in this library for future programming. Mostly patches are even for low RAM and CPU, so you can use it on any Computer and loading is mostly fast.

The idea to offer the sampledata out of the refill is fine, because Reason users often have lot of refills and don't use all stuff in it. So you can pick up the sounds you want and make your own personal refills or you can save your songs within all the sampledata, or you can use the sounds in a different sampler.

Price of the Library is very fair and there is no really disadvantage. Only one thing perhaps to do, you had already write it to me, making some more patches / combinators with this huge raw-data. Perhaps with some more Effect-combinator devices in Vintage-Analog-Style (like the nice string-machine Ensemble effect in the refill of Robert Sigmuntowski or some Vintage Sound phasers, delays and so on). However, I wrote in the review that you will bring up some more combinator-patches in future, somewhere this year."

 

 

 

'...Owners of the Reasonbanks Orange, Proton, and Analog Monsters libraries already know the quality that goes into these libraries, and Virology makes the perfect digital companion to these analog sample sets.
Minutes after sorting through patches, the sounds started to inspire me, I really like this library, and see myself using it in a variety of applications....'     read the full review

 

 

About Peff:  Kurt Kurasaki aka 'Peff' is a journalist, he is the author of Power Tools for Reason3 (a must have book to every REASON user!!!).

Peff's ever growing on-line home now has tutorials, mod archives, useful tools for download and much more - even a nice journal by the man himself. Don't miss this site if you want to learn more about ReBirth or Reason. Peff.com

 

 

    

    

'...The sampling is impeccable and the programming top-notch throughout, with velocity splitting, alternate and release triggering (for randomly varied sounds), mod wheel and aftertouch all put to good use. Detailed, tempo-synched LFOs make the arp and pad multisamples come to life and sound burblingly PPG-authentic. Basses are tight and right on the money while pads and atmospheres are pure, silky Waldorf heaven. I had pleasure finding room for Orange2 in everything from dry German-style techno and minimalist electro to fuller ambient and pop material. In short, this is an exquisite collection of signature sounds...'     read the full review

 

    

'Orange2 is the flagship sound collection of Reasonbanks (PinkNoise). It contains multi-sampled synth sounds patched up for the NN-XT and NN-19 samplers. This ReFill combines traditional multi-sampling with the concept of their Proton ReFill's. You will find complex multi-samples as well as basic waveforms like saw, square, sine, etc. This makes for a very varied and great sounding set of patches. The sound quality is what we are used of Reasonbanks, very good! ...

...Orange2 is a comprehensive collection of sounds. It utilizes the NN-XT to it's fullest capability's. The sample material sounds great and the included musical patches are varied and very usable. The price is very reasonable if you look at what's on offer here. And the option to use the sound material in other applications is a thing which a lot of ReFill users want. A great ReFill which will definately add much to your Reason experience!'     read the full review    

    

"Waveforms:
The sound quality of the waveforms is perfect. You'll find waveforms coming from various sources under which a Moog Prodigy, Roland Juno 106, Yamaha DX7 and other synths. With this wide selection of different waveforms it's a breeze to start kicking out great sounds using the NN-XT's sound programming options. In the ReFill you'll find a folder which holds the basic waveforms patched up for the NN-XT. This makes layering them very easy.
Patches:
The musical patches included in the ReFill are great. There is much variety and clever programming to get the best out of each sound. The sound of these patches is however dry because of the nature of this ReFill (containing basic waveforms). Adding some delay and/or reverb will really make them come alive. In Proton 1 the sounds were alreadt very good, the new Moog oscillators really add another dimension to the patches you can make with Proton.
Conclusion:
Proton 2 is a great product. It uses a concept which is fresh and very flexible. The included musical patches are varied and sound great. And as Proton 2 can be seen as a synthesizer add-on for Reason then 32 Euro's isn't a big amount of money. "  
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"Content:
A new refill has been released by ReasonBanks (PinkNoise). This refill isn't your everyday sample bank. It's a unique way to get to new sounds using the NN-XT. The thing with this refill is that it doesn't use complete sampled sounds but just waveforms. You will find saw, square, pulse, sine and other waveforms, all sampled from analog synthesizers. Andras of ReasonBanks has been making multi-layered patches for the NN-XT with this collection of 24 bit waveforms. The outcome is a great set of very analog sounding patches ready to be used (and mis-used) in your music. Some realy interesting sounds are included and this is truly a worthy addition to the Reasonbanks collection after the QuickSilver refill, which was also very impressive.
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Conclusion:
As you can see, i'm pretty positive about this refill. Not only because it's analog, but because the patches in it are original. The refill has been made with absolute care and precision to make sure you have the right kind of sound for the job. The combination of analog waveform and NN-XT filters and processing is a great one. The result is a great collection of very usable patches which are timeless. It also doesn't matter what type of music you make, these patches will always fit in. A great refill which you can't afford not to have. And you don't have to stick with the delivered patches. You basically have a new analog synth at your disposal! It is available online so you are just a few minutes away from this cool set of sounds. Essential stuff!! "

by Dave N

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"Quicksilver isn't your ordinary collection of multisampled GM sounds. The refill contains some very cool NN-XT wizzardry. The creator has been sampling sounds which exsist out of layers. Each layer has been sampled to form the original patch from the synth in the NN-XT. Using the controls of the NN-XT. This results in a very good sounding collection of sounds.

Quicksilver is a fresh and complete collection of sounds which can be used in multiple music genre's. This collection is like a fresh breeze after all the sampled synths that have been so popular lately. On this disc you will find some very interesting sound design craftsmanship. All patches have been made with absolute care and precision..."

by Dave N

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"Considering the kinds of cutting-edge dance music styles that are usually associated with Reason, the idea of a General MIDI Refill might appear to be a bit of a strange one. However, Propellerhead have already demonstrated that Reason is much more than a one-trick pony with the Orkester Refill. If Reason is your main music-making environment and your studio is not overly stocked with top-notch soundcards or hardware synths, then some facility for playing back basic MIDI files (commercial ones or those acquired via the Internet), might also be quite useful.

The CD is split into three parts. The central feature is the main set of General MIDI sounds for the NNXT sampler. The rest of the Refill contains some 200 multisampled, multi-layered NNXT instruments that are variations on the core GM sounds. These are also supplied in less memory-intensive NN19 forms (370 patches). A collection of 26 Redrum kits rounds off the Refill. Finally, some 2900 samples, upon which the Refill is based, are supplied in WAV format. All the original samples were recorded at 24-bit resolution and the synths used include the Korg 01W, Waldorf Microwave, Yamaha DX7, Roland TR808 and Linn 9000, amongst others.

The NNXT GM sound set offers 128 patches named and numbered according to the GM convention. These stick fairly faithfully to the sorts of GM sounds found on many sound modules — so you can expect that the NNXT Soundtrack patch to be very much like that in other GM sets. This is important for those who might use this Refill as a means of playing commercial MIDI files written with GM in mind. In the main, this works well enough in practice, and AMG include a few template Song files to help this process. However, it is still something of a pain that, having opened a GM Standard MIDI File, you then have to manually assign the appropriate patches to each channel.

The quality of the GM sounds themselves is pretty good. Most feature multisamples and some also multi-layers. The quality is certainly better than you would find on most soundcards and, for example, I preferred many of them to the equivalent XG sounds on my own Yamaha SW1000XG — perhaps just a little less polite?
In particular, the pianos, brass, synth bass and pads all worked well. For the latter, adding in the sound-shaping capabilities of the NNXT offered some very functional sounds.

One or two things were less satisfactory. For example, a couple of the guitars were a little lumpy (but then really good GM guitar patches are rarer than rocking horse manure) and the solo violin is a little heavy on the vibrato for my taste (although the fiddle is useable enough). Melo Drum is straight out of Eastenders!

The additional NNXT patches (and their NN19 equivalents) are all in GM territory, but add to the variety on offer. For example, the Arp/Sequencer section contains a small number of really nice patches that sync to tempo. The usual GM-type sound effects are also present, but are far more convincing here than on your average soundcard. The Redrum kits cover the usual TR808, TR909, funk, acid and 'straight' collections, plus one or two that are more adventurous (the Daisy Kit is quite interesting), and the quality is good.

In conclusion, Sonic-O-Tool 2 is perhaps not going to set the Refill world alight, but those needing access to a very useable GM-style sound set via Reason need look no further. What the sounds might lack in originality, the CD makes up for in value for money — £30 is a steal. Now where did I put that 'Baby One More Time' MIDI file?

by John Walden [SOS]

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AMG O.Range Microwave XTension REASON REFILL
Like a religious cult, certain synthesizers can amass a devoted band of followers. One of the more swami-like synths, the German-made Waldorf Microwave, has been pushing analog-subtractive synthesis to a bold new level.

In an effort to preserve this neoclassic — and possibly profit — AMG has handpicked the best Waldorf Microwave characteristics, patches and banks to spawn yet another brilliant ReFill for Propellerhead's Reason. The O.Range Microwave XTension ($59) single CD contains 216 Reason NN-19 sampler presets, 12 ReDrum drum kits and 65 REX2 synth loops, which range from the infamous to the eclectic. For maximum wow factor, check out the 31MB Tibet bank or the mountain of analog Everlast (both in the Atmosphere folder). Other standouts, such as the granular Oxygen or the classic CS-80 pads, are beautifully edited.

These offspring capture the analog flavor that can define a recording, as well as a crisp bite that can carve out a mix. Keep in mind that although a few loops are present, this is an instrument CD with playable sounds, tweakable presets and pure-blooded analog hype. After all, ReFills are not merely old sample CDs reincarnated, but a whole new viable platform that is big on content and minimal on disc space and price.

by Dave Hill Jr.

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"Orange is AMG's latest Refill for Reason v1.01 and later, and is named after Waldorf's Microwave synth of the same colour. Consisting of 216 NN19 presets, 12 Redrum kits and 65 REX2 loops, it's fair to say there's a fair amount of sample data (approximately 822MB) crammed onto this single CD-ROM.

The NN19 presets are grouped into helpfully named categories: Arp&Sequencer, Atmospheric, Bass, Bells, Brass, Choirs, Experimental, Keyboards, Leads, Organs, Pads, Percussion; and most of these give you exactly what you'd expect. The final category, Synthesizer, is somewhat confusingly named, since you wonder what all the other categories are supposed to be, but turns out to be some rather 'old school' synth sounds, like the rather indulgent 'Lemon Waveshaper', which is pure Waldorf and should cut through just about anything! Most of the sounds are pretty dry, and while this is exactly what you'd want, it's probably worth auditioning them with some delay, since this is when they start to come alive.

Overall, I felt I could do something with most of the sounds, the quality is great, and there were only a handful in the whole collection that made me reach for Reason's Select Next Patch button, including the aptly named 'Deserted' in the Atmospheric section — not hard to understand why everyone's left if they had to listen to that sound! It's also a fairly safe collection, providing most of the sounds people would want, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

The REX2 loops are, again, a very 'yes, I've heard that before' collection of sounds, logically grouped into arpeggio, bass, drum, and combined loop categories; however, the fact everything's quite vanilla means the loops are likely to lend themselves to a range of different situations. I noticed one set of loops named 'JarreC2', 'JarreC3' and 'JarreC4' were all in the key of F, which was slightly confusing, and so the lack of any documentation, printed or PDF, becomes marginally frustrating. Rounding off the collection are some cool Redrum kits, and I'm sure people will get stuck straight into these, as they cover a broad range of neatly programmed percussive synth sounds.

If you want some instant Waldorf synth fodder for Reason, Orange is unlikely to disappoint, and at only £30, it's great value for money.

by Mark Wherry [SOS]

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Like:
I really like the quality of the sounds very much. They are recorded very clearly. And ofcourse the usability. Wich is very high. For a low price a very complete sound collection. Great!!
Dislike: Naahhh No complains from me!

Content: Analog Night makes me think of a hot and sunny summer night with nothing else on your mind but music. And that's precisely what this cd does. The sounds it contains are in a very wide variety. Ranging from absolute beautiful sounds with great dynamics to sounds wich seem to come straight out of the creative mind of Eric :)

When i heard the first big refill from him (Quadrasynth) i knew it for sure. This guy can make very good samples. Wich are also very inspiring. I just hooked up my keyboard and went thru the refill. But some sounds really kept me playing with them for minutes. The bass section really sounds great. I always love to make bass patches. And these are really good food for my brain :) When you've heard the Quadrasynth refill you will know what i'm talking about. Very high quality patches with a very clean and powerful sound. "

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"Like: Super clear and perfectly looped collection of NN-19 patches. A must have for every Reason user out there.

Dislike: Nahhhh!!

Content:
-In fact, i noticed that Reason was missing some big pads sounds. I had some on my QS8 but i wanted to have them directly in Reason so i started the sampling of these sounds.- Eric/Reason Fan.

And what a great job he has done. Man are these samples clear. Each and every one of them is clearly sampled and the patches made out of these samples are programmed just perfect. Copy the refill to your Reason folder and you will have the best sounds from the Alesis Quadrasynth.

There are really a lot of samples in the refill. 546 Mb of compressed samples. That's more then 1 Gb before a refill was made out of 'm. Looping points are done very good. You won't hear any :) ..."

by Dave N                         Read the full review

 

   contents
 
  November 2009
Lemon review by
Music Tech Magazine
  October 2008
Analogue Monsters 3 review by Music Tech
  June 2008
Cybervox & PROTON3 review by Amazona.de
  June 2008
PROTON3 review by Music Tech Magazine
  June 2007
Analogue Monsters review by Amazona.de
  June 2006
VIROLOGY review by PEFF
  February 2006
Analogue Monsters in the Music Tech Mag
  September 2005
Combi Manifesto1 in SOS magazine

  January 2005
Review of ORANGE2 refill from REMIX MAGAZINE
   

  November 2004
Nine points review of ORANGE2 refill from ReasonFreaks
  
  November 2004
Nine points review of PROTON2 refill from ReasonFreaks
   

  September 2003
Nine points review of PROTON refill from ReasonFreaks
 

  August 2003
Nine points review of QuickSilver refill from ReasonFreaks
 

  June 2003
FIVE STAR Review of SONIC-O-TOOL2 from Sound On Sound
 

  Februar 2003
Review of O.Range refill from REMIX MAGAZINE
  
  Februar 2003
FOUR STAR Review of O.Range refill from Sound On Sound
  
June 2002
Nine points review of Analog Night refill from ReasonFreaks
 
March 2002
10 points review of Quadrasynth Story from ReasonFreaks