The UI is not so overwhelming. I like the idea that you can see applied modulation. Waiting for wavetable feature if that's an option in future. Would be practical to switch fx racks and loading separate fx presets and seeing or adding modulator sources from a map view and generally accessing them faster than adding from the right plus button and everytime a simple lfo is loading. You can build pretty fast your own presets and the randomizer button is a great resource for sound designers. I have created already my own little preset pack: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1buyqLR4VkZCWHfsyq1jv2nxhZHmtJAzu You can get for sure some cinematic, ambient and key sounds with that toy. Wishing more usability in future and some options accessing the modulators from a diffrent viewpoint, like a matrix view as example. The sound can be extended even further by adding triad as multiband or specops to mangle things up.
Lots of potential...but...
I have to agree with doctorjaz on the initial set of presets. As of the initial release, the stock presets do not adequately reflect what this synth is capable of. A disappointment The potential is there to be sure. Unfortunately a few things need to be addressed right now. In no particular order...1) dragging connection wires across long lists of modules is, no pun intended, a drag. 2) I might be missing something, but it seems midi is not fully implemented. 3) And oh my, the presets are just bad. Thankfully Mr. Lehmkuhl's presets have provided a few decent starting points.
LIONize it? Hopefully!
LION is definitely an original and highly versatile VSTi in some respects. As a proud owner of a LinnStrument 200, I'm delighted that LION fully supports MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression) and that all five control dimensions [strike velocity, X (note pressure/aftertouch), Y (note timbre), Z (note bend), and release velocity] can be used to modulate numerous parameters. See http://www.rogerlinndesign.com/linnstrument.html Unfortunately, as others have commented, many of the factory presets lack warmth and musicality: they tend to focus on fizzy and crackly noise in the upper reaches of the auditory spectrum that are quite harsh on the ears. I'll LIONize this new player on the VSTi scene when capable sound designers latch on and start releasing warmer and more musical presets to delight rather than zap the listener's "lug holes". ;-) The potential is definitely there, and the oscillator, shaping, moulding, modulation and FX options are well conceived, impressive and extensive. The UI looks fine, too, and is easy enough to navigate. VERDICT: 4 stars instead of 5 because of the underwhelming presets and general fizzyness.
Lion has a real identity, offers an infinite range of soundscapes to explore, and can produce incredible unique and evolving rich and wide textures. This needs a little learning curve because you can easily fall into crazy unpredictable and unusable sounds. I agree that the presets do not show all the palette of the synth and fall mostly in a lot woobled distorted and detuned elements difficult to use in a melodic track context. It is annoying because Lion excels in producing very subtile modulated sounds which give life and profoundness to a simple sine or saw waveform. I found some presets from 'vintage synth pads' which go a lot better with my expectations. Only 4 stars because I have not enough experimented, but this synth totally captivates me and is a game changer i think...
I'm very impressed with this synth's ability to produce unique timbres and textures. I'll be using this one a lot.
Well , you read a lot of reviews from the professionals about Lion , so here from a hobbyist ( only ) . From the side of the presets I must say I am quite dissapointed , just the same as with the Oberhausen synth . For me Lion is not the apex of synths and cannot compete with synths like Massive X , Omnisphere , Serum , Reaktor as a synth etc.. Just because they have way better presets as a starting point . There might be many possibilities by incorporating BYOME , but already having BYOME and Triad , this is nor really the point . I am sorry , but I can give Lion only 3 of 5 stars .
by Nice Robots
Wow. This thing is ridiculously potent. I can quickly dial in some beautiful pads and plucks, and they sound amazing, but then I can mangle them and modulate them beyond all recognition. The way the modulation works is very intuitive and crazy powerful. I have not had time to try everything yet, but the stand outs for me so far are the stereo oscillators and blend modes between the two. Very very interesting and above all, great fun. The developers have clearly put a lot of thought into this and it shows.
Great sounding synth! I got lost right away! I just wanted to tweak a couple of presets and suddenly 4 hours was gone... A welcome addition to the synth family.
Very sick synth
by D Lawrence
I don't know what it is about this thing but it is highly inspiring. Not at all a synth you already have. I highly recommend trying it. Wish I could show you what I made thus far with it. Seriously incredible sounding patches.
Lion a beast !!!
I will be the first to do this review. I can only say that this Synth is incredible. The possibilities of modulation are exceptional. The sound brings out textures that make it unique. More than 40 FX !!! Congratulations Unfiltered Audio, all your plugins deserve to be the kings of sound design...