Novation V-Station is written very well, code is highly optimized . With current computers, you can run a lot of instances and you won't kill your CPU. Also, all users of Novation Automap controllers should be very happy. V-Station fits there very well, mainly because of the natural values that each knob has. For example that values for Oscillator waves are: Sine, Square, Saw, Triangle... not like in most plugins just 1, 2, 3, 4 (or even 1.345, 2.534, 3.654 - some SynthEdit made plugins). Well, if you don't use Novation Controllers it won't matter, but if do (for example I use Remote Zero SL with nice leds), you'll really benefit from such natural values.
Novation states that you can load sysex preset files from Novation K-Station and A-Station but to be honest there are some problems. For example, Oscillators are always set to sine wave. Another thing is just 8-voice polyphone. While it's enough for Leads, Basses, FXs, Arps, it can be not enough for Pads. But still you can ie. sample your pad and then you'll have more polyphony. Don't forget that this synth was released at the beginning of 2003. Six years ago, 8-voice polyphony was enough.
I know that there are many dealers selling V-Station. But the problem is that in some countries prices hasn't changed for years (and remember that at the beginning, the V-Station price was set to 150 pounds !). But thanks to ebay, you can find some better deals :). For example, I bought V-Station (for a friend) from Inta Audio (registered UK company) just for 25 pounds (+ shipping). With RoyalMail, it took about hmm 5 days to deliver it to Poland. But remember, it's an Ebay - use your brain to calculate risk :)
It's worth noting that after six years there are tons of presets - free (the second example) and commercials too (first example created by vengeance-sound quite a loong time ago ;) - it's 128 kBit mp3 quality so not the best one).
|Some would laugh :) but Novation V-Station reminds me ... LennarDigital Sylenth (or vice versa :) ). Why ? There's the same simplicity, GUI is not overcrowded. Some would even call those synths simple, especially compared to for example U-he Zebra2. But there's one thing - amazing sound quality. Yes, still after 6 years, V-Station has an amazing sound quality. When I bought Novation Remote Zero SL controller (5 months ago) and mapped all V-Station knobs I had a feeling like I use a hardware synth.|
More info: www.novationmusic.com
PRICE: 25 pounds + shipping (via Ebay or via www.dv247.com)