reFX - Slayer 2
Slayer 2 is a virtual electric guitar with amp and cab simulations and a large rack of effects. Built-in and ready to rock, it's every stomp-box you might ever need to turn a clean guitar sound into a gnarling, twisting, thrashing, throbbing delight. Or not, since Slayer 2 can do clean just as effortlessly as it can do dirty. The choice is yours.
In addition, the effects and amp/cab emulation are available as a separate VST effect that can be used with any audio track in your sequencer. Based on the original Slayer VSTi, which introduced its own original physical-modeling technology to simulate guitar strings, Slayer 2 provides a wide variety of realistic guitar tones; whether for solos, strums or power-chords, simple or complex.
But there’s lots more. For example, Slayer 2 emulates single and twin pick-up set-ups. Furthermore, the position of the pick-ups can be adjusted, offering a wide variety of additional tonal options compared with static pick-ups. You can even bypass the coil emulations for a clean sound. By adjusting the guitar body size and material options you can tweak the tone to closer emulate, say, an acoustic guitar. In addition to freely adjustable pick-ups and plectrum, Slayer 2 gives you nine different string choices.
Slayer 2 would not be a true guitar simulator without amp and cab simulations. At your fingertips lay five of each to choose from, as well as options to leave the signal dry. So whether you want to funk it up, get down, or thrash the living daylights out of it, there will be something to do the job. The amp also provides a bank of familiar guitar amp-type knobs to tweak your sound just the way you need it.
If there is one universal truth, it is that guitarists like effects. So, it’s no surprise to find that Slayer 2 has masses of them; 16 in all. All the essentials are here, of course: wah, trem, phaser, chorus, etc. But, best of all, you can rack ‘em up, feeding one into the other, with eight effect slots before the amp stage and eight after. And, when you want to rearrange the order, just drag and drop. There are no cables to fiddle with.
Playing guitar-style chords and solos on a keyboard is not always easy. To help the creative process, Slayer 2 provides a number of modes that help take the strain. Power-chords? Easy. Smoke on the water is only four key-strokes away. However, with a little more work, you can strum-away in a variety of different styles.
- Advanced physical-modelling guitar synthesizer that simulates electric guitar, e-bass and clean guitar
- Playing-aids for instant gratification (e.g. arepeggiator, strum, pitchbend)
- Built-in amp/cab simulation
- 16 built-in pre/post amp effects (eight pre-amp, eight post-amp)
- All 16 effects can be used at the same time
- Temporal effect parameters are tempo-sync’d to the VSTi host
- Effects can be moved around to change the signal-processing order
- Effects and amp/cab modelling available for use in a separate VST effect
- Guitars material and size can be changed (great for acoustic sounds)
- Nine string-types
- Seven pluck model simulations
- Five amplifier emulations (with separate negative feedback control)
- Five cabinet emulations
- Up and down strumming is supported (up, down, alternate, random and order) with speed control
- Five mode arpeggiator (up, down, alternate, random, order) with speed control and tempo-syncing
- 64 ready-to-go presets included
reFX - Claw
Claw is a monophonic VST single oscillator with PWM synthesizer, with massive possibilities. If you are looking for old school ripping synth lines, pulsating basses or cutting leads, make Claw your first choice.
- One oscillator with PWM
- Basis-feature for ping-pong effects
- Built in distortion and delay
- 32 ready to go presets included
- Very easy to use
- Pitch Control
- PSPD – Portamento Speed
- Controls how fast the note slides from previous to next.
- OCT – Octave Detune
- Detunes the signal from –2 octaves to +2 octaves.
- TUNE – Fine Detune
- Finer adjustment of the detuning from –1 octave to +1 octave provided to make it easier to do slight bends with automation tools.
Waveform Generation Controls
- WAVE – Generated Waveform
- Chooses what of the three waveforms (or what kind of morph) is generated.
- PWM – Pulse Width Modulation Depth
- Chooses the pulse width modulation depth applied to the generated signal.
- PWM Synchronization Control
- CUTOFF – Filter Cut-off Frequency
RESO – Resonance Level
Defines how much the frequencies near the cut-off frequency are emphasised. When this is set high enough you will get acid-like sounds.
ENVMOD – Envelope Modulation
Sets the amount of envelope-modulation the filter receives.
DECAY – Decay Control
Controls the decay speed of the ramp envelope.
Provides an additional velocity sensitive volume control. Ranges from 20% to 100%.
The drive knob determines how much the sound gets distorted. Use this to remove the cleanness which most people don't like. The drive-level can also be controlled by velocity in the same manner as the cut-off.
Controls the volume of the generated sound.
Defines where in the stereo-field the sound will be positioned. When you enable the small button below this knob you switch the panning into basis-mode. This will move each other note to the other side of the stereo-field. The knob then controls the width of the stereo-field.