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Old 10-10-2012, 12:43 AM   #1
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Thoughts on nexus?

soo... what are your thoughts on nexus? is it worth the money?

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Old 11-10-2012, 06:19 PM   #2
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Re: Thoughts on nexus?

yup, not the best value but it is a great product
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Old 11-10-2012, 07:05 PM   #3
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Re: Thoughts on nexus?

If you're looking to get something else to add to your library, I'd say yes. If you're hoping to make basses, leads, and instruments from the ground up, no. It's a ROMpler-like VST, so you're basically editing sounds and not ever building them. That isn't to say you couldn't layer multiple instances together and make a larger instrument. For me, I like using it for some plucks, the arpeggiator on it can also be fun, and the classical/piano instruments are also pretty nice(what I've been using it most for lately).

If you're new to synthesis and/or don't have a sample library Nexus can help with that. But you can also get so many different samples and start to use your native sampler for a lot less, hell samples in most cases are free. Also, you can easily overuse it, which I know I used to do a lot and it's also a lazy man's vst. There isn't a lot of effort needed to get something from it. Probably more time spent searching the sounds out than anything else.

The initial purchase is $299 and they insanely want $2500 for all the expansions...In all honesty, that seems nuts. If you're looking at building up software, for $50 more you can get Zeta+2.1 and Izotope Iris. These are actually going to be my next purchases. =)

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EDIT - Would I buy it again, not as one of my first purchases.

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Old 11-10-2012, 07:36 PM   #4
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Re: Thoughts on nexus?

In my opinion i only see the pads as any good and like bx3 said the piano/plucks also, everything else is over drenched with verb and delay to make them sound good but most of (almost all) the sounds sound like cheap cheesy leads and basslines you would here in a Rihanna song. i say definitely not worth the money.
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Old 11-10-2012, 09:53 PM   #5
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so yeah mom got this as a gift for me... some of the presets sounds great buuuuuut.. is it really this limited in sound design?! kinda blows my mind that something this expensive is built like this... is it something i'm not clicking on or....
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Re: Thoughts on nexus?

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so yeah mom got this as a gift for me... some of the presets sounds great buuuuuut.. is it really this limited in sound design?! kinda blows my mind that something this expensive is built like this... is it something i'm not clicking on or....
It's not a synthesizer with which you can create your own sounds. You're only able to take the sounds that come with Nexus (or that you buy as expansion packs) and apply effects / change those sounds to a degree. Personally, I don't see the appeal at all - especially when you're essentially paying for the audio samples that comprise the Nexus library, & the core functionality of the software is pretty basic as far as I've seen. For sound design there are much better and cheaper software synths available...Uhe Zebra for example.

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Old 11-10-2012, 11:37 PM   #7
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Re: Thoughts on nexus?

In a nutshell, it feels like nothing more than just a preset bank. Even the editing is rather cheesy. There's not even much you have to work with. I used to use Nexus in earlier days. Nowadays I prefer to build sounds and work with more flexibile engines, so I hardly use Nexus a whole lot. Even then, I don't think the sounds are even all that high in quality. While there is quite a variety of them, most seem awfully standard to me.

Bx3 pretty much summed up Nexus. Don't use it for synthesis. I recommend Sylenth1 above anything. I don't use it as much as I did before, but I still use it, and it's pretty darn good. In addition, it's cheaper then Nexus, a lot. Nexus does not open that door for creativity; you're stuck with what they give you, and that's it. That's why I don't really prefer ROMplers. They're good for finding stuff on the fly, but they just don't expand your mind.

I don't recommend Nexus, really. The price itself is just... not right, especially considering it's not even a proper synthesizer. Get Sylenth1, or something else. I really don't care what.

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Old 12-10-2012, 02:15 AM   #8
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also, everything else is over drenched with verb and delay to make them sound good but most of (almost all) the sounds sound like cheap cheesy leads and basslines you would here in a Rihanna song. i say definitely not worth the money.
You can turn off the reverbs and delay you know.

Most of the presets are layered and you can change the volume for each layer. I end up picking apart presets and mixing them up into something new to keep it from sounding obviously like nexus.

However, one big complaint of mine is that many parameters (such as the gate floor) can't be automated.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:28 AM   #9
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You can turn off the reverbs and delay you know.

Most of the presets are layered and you can change the volume for each layer. I end up picking apart presets and mixing them up into something new to keep it from sounding obviously like nexus.

However, one big complaint of mine is that many parameters (such as the gate floor) can't be automated.
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Re: Thoughts on nexus?

Ugh, people that use things to make things are the worst! Using a VST to make music? Sheesh...


In other news, I've only ever seen it used by a friend. He enjoys it, it went alright while he was using it. If you can afford it, go for it.

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Re: Thoughts on nexus?

i like it.you can play around with the presets a bit but it is limited. i like it for basic pads,keys,etc.some of the leads are really strong and cut thru mixes well.i would recommend it.plus there tons of libraries out there.

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Old 12-10-2012, 01:42 PM   #12
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, on the surface essentially the same thing, underneath by far much more controllable and customizable
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Re: Thoughts on nexus?

Thanks for the replies guys, it was very informative. I was originally asking because I didn't know too much about it other than when I went on vengeance sound and it was one of the products listed. I've been producing for a couple years now and I actually own sylenth1, massive, and many others, but lately I've been thinking about venturing into the long dead handsup genre and I heard nexus was great for that. Now that I see its just a bunch of presets that you essentially can't do much with, I probably won't be getting it and I'll continue to do almost everything with sylenth.

If nexus was $50, that would be a different story.... but $300 is just too insane for something that isn't very versatile in the first place.
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I actually own sylenth1, massive, and many others
You've got a world of sound at your fingertips right there . I take it you know all those synths back to front?

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Old 12-10-2012, 08:43 PM   #15
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Re: Thoughts on nexus?

for the most part, yes. I know sylenth alot better than I know massive, but even then I'm much more familiar with making electro basses and trance arps than all of those cheesy leads and celestial/piano sounds that you hear in most handsup music. I knew it was possible to make those sounds with what I have, but I didn't originally know that nexus was a ROM synthesizer in which all you have are presets to work with.
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Old 13-10-2012, 01:14 PM   #16
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Re: Thoughts on nexus?

Nexus has some nice sounds, loads there if you put in the time to check it all out.

Just got Dune CM today which is FREE with a recent Computer Music Mag, looks like a powerful synth at first glance, might be worth checking out.
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I honestly for that kind of money would go for omnisphere, on the surface essentially the same thing, underneath by far much more controllable and customizable
I know this isn't the right thread for it, but I can't find an existing one

Why exactly is omnisphere good? I've heard about it from all over the place but havn't hear anything about why it's so special.
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Old 18-07-2013, 05:52 PM   #18
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just check it out and find out for yourself
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Re: Thoughts on nexus?

Yeah, i've heard about their modulation possibilities... It does sound really tempting, but not enough to where i'll drop $500 easy and not like it. Honestly though, i'm looking for a good vst that can produce great lead sounds for progressive house. Omnisphere looks and sounds soooo good! But idk if it's what i need!
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I consider the Nexus-6 one of the greatest achievements of mankind. I doubt Tyrrell will do better than this.

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