Originally Posted by HomeProducer
Both synths just eat mu CPU.
And I find that Poly KB behaves quite weird for the beginner.
The Stereo Button
a weird thing
Is it actually bug free?
In ace I get sometimes little clicks in the beginning of the sound for no apparent reason (when using Portamento), and not always.
For Bass ACE wins hands down. But ok, PolyKB is really a polysynth.
Yes it can be Cpu intensive with big polyphony/big release and unisson, but all the factory patches can be played on an antique PIV 3Ghz single core machine. A few times you have less polyphony on this ref machine though.
Bug free ..... hmmmmm I would not say that but ... here are the fixes for the 2.0.1 update wich was released recently :
* Mac Version Only : Very Rare Logic crash, depending on several parameters combination ( Logic Version, OS Version, aso )
* All Versions : Some rare Phaser issues
* All Versions : Some cosmetic issues like certain mouse over info handling.
* All Versions : Clearer choice for GUI size : Maximum size is now presented as an item in size menu
* Mac Version Only : Following Apple requirements, users presets are now located in user/username/library/preferences. This move is handled automatically.
* All Versions : Arpeggiator : some occasional issues with arpeggio memory related to entered notes schedule
So, of all the bugs, the Logic crash under "certain circumstances" was the one showstopper. It was fixed in one week. The Arpeggio thing could be worked around with freezing. But well was quite annoying. Phaser had an erratic denormal issue but you could manage to do with it.
Then with hundreds of passionate users we did not heard of more bugs. At the moment .....
There are certainly some little ones left here and there though, but its pretty stable/rock solid.
I have seen a lot of betas and first releases now. Ime I'd say that the PolyKB II was in the upper part of the "bugs free" units. It required a lot of work to reach this results though.
The stereo button : First I'd say that if you dont want it, then just switch it off. Its the basis of the very innovative stereo tool. With this tool you can elaborate some really complex AND dynamic stereo scenes. And afaik this has never been seen on any other synth, whether in the vintage niche, or with other synthesis mode on board.
For basses, if you dont switch it off, you'll probably have to understand the basics of this tool. The 1rst one beeing probably that the distance between the virtual mikes and the source should probably be reduced for more impact, which might, or not be required for bass sounds, depending on your needs/taste.
However, together with the unisson, and for modern musical genre where the bass is very proeminent, or sometimes the only instrument, it can be usefull and interesting to build wild large basses, so its really up to what people want in the end result.
Then in the end, though the P-Myx tool is powerfull for polyphonic patches, as you noticed, I usually dont consider that an instrument is good for a category of patches ( say basses, oe leads) or even a given genre (like Tarnce, or House, or Vintage funk) only , I merely think that good instruments are good and versatile enough to fit a lot of needs/genres/category of instruments, while less good instruments are well ..... more or less usefull ( Oooops I said it )
Then, as music rely on diversity, I can perfectly understand that you prefer the overall character of Ace for a certain category of instruments. For some typical bass sounds, I would choose Ace myself.
Like i said they're imho very different. Which I see as a good thing ( If not we would only need one instrument for all -it could be relaxing though- )