Yep, on 21th February 2009 Vst Cafe started so it looks like we have a 1 Year Anniversary 🙂 Honestly, I wasn’t a fan of blogging. It seemed weird – I mean, who would want to read some crap produced by one person ? 😉 But somehow I realised that blogging can be funny, even for non native english speaking guy.
Vst Cafe “database” contains 68 Vst Instruments. Now I know that while it’s quite easy to pick 10-20 best, free soft synths, it’s much harder to introduce more plugins without turning the site into some kind of “best 10000 plugins” list 😉 Selecting vst effects is even bigger challenge because, well during this year, I learnt a lot just by reviewing plugins but I’m not a professional. Effects require much more knowledge (at least that’s my opinion :p) because there are so many of them – reverbs, delays, distortions, compressors, limiters etc. My goal is not to “overload” each category. That’s why there are only three limiters, five reverbs and so on.
Sorry, that if I write about DAWs, it’s 99 % about Ableton Live – it’s just I use it all the time, I know it pretty well. I have quite good comparison with Computer Music / Future Music included tutorials and also I subscribe Sonicacademy.com tutorials so I can judge Ableton Live tutorials properly. Introducing tutorials for other DAWs would be too random…
I think about moving to wordpress but I’m not sure if I can handle it. Converting posts into wordpress seems boring and requires tons of work ;). Maybe someone has some experience with it ? But it’s my fault – since the beginning I’ve planned to pick wordpress but was too lazy to setup it and buy hosting 😀 Blogger was quicker to setup hehe. On the other hand I wasn’t expecting that I’ll become addicted blogger 😉
Overall, I hope that you like the blog. If you feel that some plugins are missing, just comment or mail me. Also if you’re “commercial” developer and you think that your product fits “Value for money” category – contact me. When I review instruments I usually look for two things: sound quality, something unique, unusual. Of course, it’s all subjective. There are many subtractive synths so the selection is naturally pretty strict here. If some category (ie. Synthesized Drum Synths) lacks plugins then my selection is less strict.
About something unique, unusual. Hmmm. Sometimes it’s about features (ie. MassTurboTar’s ability to morph between presets, or FM modulation knob merged into “oscillator knob”), sometimes it’s about presets (ie. latest addition – VOPM VSTi; I mean ~ 10000 sounds from old 16-bit Sega Genesis/Megadrive games requires some attention) and sometimes it’s about fun factor (ie. Elektrostudio plugins) 🙂
Anyway, I’ll drink for Vst Cafe today. One beer but still… 😀