Originally Posted by RobJB06
I like the IMPOSCar vst its one of the few soft synths that sounds good, but it doesnt sound much like a real hardware OSCar, which is a dirty nasty little ****er.
I have no experience with the hardware counterpart so I am not exactly qualified to comment, but imp2 can sound pretty darn evil. If the OSCar is even nastier then...wow.
Regarding the size, you are absolutely right. It is a good question. The thing weighs as much as (or more than) many "real" synths and is big as a full-size keyboard.
Before ordering I exchanged quite a few emails with Richard at Touch and with Dave at GForce. The origin of the controller is basically GForce noticing that some high profile customers use their synths on the road, sounding good but looking quite boring with laptops and generic controllers.
So, the imposcar controller is more or less built with a priority on looks and feel rather than practicality. It is designed to gig with and to look cool in a studio, and of course to have the feel of an expensive musical instrument. It achieves all this and for me it is a very refreshing and worthwile tradeoff in a time when most things are cheap, plastic and low quality.
I am starting to sound like a sales brochure. Sorry. So, to balance:
- It will take some commitment in terms of creating space for it in your setup . Big and heavy.
- It is a bit of an experiment. It remains to be seen how GForce will support it in the coming years. I definitely hope it will not turn into a door stop in 5-10 years. It is built to last 50 or more.
- While you can use it as a generic controller, it's not designed to be used like that. The layout of the imposcar has its quirks which means you can't just map it to another synth without some creativity. So expect other models from Touch if this is succesful. It could become an expensive habit.
Still, all said it is a fantastic initiative. Something like this was sorely needed. It introduces that old-school feeling to software synths and I couldn't care less if someone thinks "it's still only software". I know it is, but when I use the controller I forget it in a second and my ears never care.