Thanks for the heads up on these. I couldn’t resist — for $19 I had to grab one, so I choose Rapture.
There’s more going on at Cakewalk, too. You get these low prices buying through DON’TCRACK.com, but if you are looking for a rather good drum machine VSTi, Cakewalk is offering its SessionDrummer2 directly at its own site’s store for $19 also. It’s a fine commercial drums, formerly $99.
The reason for this markdown is that their SessionDrummer3 is now out (for $99, I think). Also, at the Cakewalk store all the expansion packs for the two VSTi synths you first mentioned are significantly marked down. Most are $19 each, with the larger ones more. Just for example, there are 2 or 3 Rapture expansions that are $19 and said to be very good. Same deals on some of the Dimension Pro as well.
Don’t you love it? Practically everywhere you look now the top-dollar synths and some of the most expensive plugin FX are tumbling way low in price. It’s clearly become a buyer’s market! Cheers!
Ah, Slomo! You said the magic words: PatchArena! I know the website well, but I haven’t been there in very long, so I had no idea that there were hundreds of Rapture presets and waveforms waiting to be downloaded for free. So many good ones there that I decided to only buy the Film Score Pack at Cakewalk and no more.
It also gave me a chance to compare and see if I had all the Z3TA soundbanks on offer there, too (I had all but one for that synth).
Dimension Pro is excellent for what it does, also, but I already have Z3TA and now Rapture, and that Rapture is about the most complicated of any synth I think I’ve ever played. This is enough to keep me busy for two lifetimes, so I have to pass on Dimension — but all of them are such stable, good-sounding instruments. Thanks for bringing PatchArena to my attention . . . ENJOY!