Ummet Ozcan has announced Genesis Pro, a new powerful Synthesizer plugin that will cost just 1€, must-have or new synth with a lot of marketing bleeps?
Update: According to the latest information, Genesis Pro, the “software that will change the plugin industry” will be limited to 32-bit and Windows only. It’s a shame if you see how much the advertising drum is being rotated here. Ummet may be making so much money with the 1€ priced synth that he can hire a professional plugin developer which can transform it in a PC and Mac plugin with 64-bit support. Let’s see!
In the near future, we will see a new powerful VST Synthesizer on the market. This is no longer a groundbreaking news in 2020. It is probably also due to the fact that we live in an age where new Synthesizer plugins come onto the market almost every day. How do you want to convince people for your new virtual instrument in such a time? Either with a great range of features and sound quality (Omnisphere 2…), a unique concept, an extremely low price or with a lot of marketing buzz.
I think Genesis Pro is one of the latter. This should not be taken up negatively, but I want to explain briefly why I have my concerns. Genesis Pro is based on Synth Edit, a relatively old Synthesizer system with which you can assemble synth plugins relatively quickly without any knowledge of coding. There are certainly thousands of free and commercial Synthesizer plugins on the internet that are based on this engine. But they all have something in common: they sound the same and none of the synths has its very own character. Nothing like Omnisphere 2, Massive 2 or Pigments 2.
Synth Edit Rules?
Ummet Ozcan makes no secret of the fact that it is based on the “Lego” synthesizer system Synth Edit, which I think is good. However, selling it as the next-gen, must-have … is very daring or should I say: Genesis Pro is more or less another bread & butter synth plugin that was put to much into a marketing soup. So my expectations for the release are dampened even if it is sold as the new must-have synth. Yes, you can make music with it, it will also sound good, but it will be nothing ground-breaking new.
If the software had been a big success in the industry, companies like Spectrasonics, Arturia, Native Instruments, U-he etc. would also use Synth Edit. But they don’t do that though, because they know the limits of these instruments.
We know the background facts: 1€, made with Synth Edit but what offers Genesis Pro: It features three oscillators that offer four different synthesis types: subtractive (VA), phase distortion, FM and ROM synthesis. These can be used all independently or simultaneously. They offer a morphing function and each oscillator can have a filter applied to it. There are in total 8 filter types, and 5 saturation modes to choose from. That’s quite an impressive setup for an 1€.
Plus, Genesis Pro also features a 32-step sequencer, an arpeggiator, and can load external custom MIDI sequences. The plugin allows you to split these sequences between the upper and lower keys of your keyboard. You can also split the keyboard so you can play one instrument with one hand and another with your second hand.
Further, it comes with 14 high-quality effects processors that help you to refine your sounds. With an additional intelligent chord mode, you can program every easy chord. On the modulation side, it has 2 LFOs and 4 envelopes build in. Each one is assignable to more than 100 destinations via the modulation matrix or by the ADSR routing menu.
On top, it comes with 8 selectable combinations (CTRL+1 up to CTRL+8) that operate as hotkeys, with the possibility to assign 22 actions to each key.
Even if I am skeptical about the big screams: synth plugin for 1 € etc. as well as the fact that it is based on Synth Edit, you can be curious how the final product will sound. If you want to try it, 1 € is nothing and maybe an additional good VST for your arsenal. Nonetheless, I’m looking forward to the final product.