Now that there are a number of Solaris units in the field, I thought I would share some of the things being said about it:
"This is easily the best VA I have ever played! Patching things is a dream. The layout is so intuitive and quick to use. The build quality is fantastic. I have a white one and it looks like a work of art when you see it in person. This synth is a dream come true!
Truly one of the most powerful sounding things I have ever had the pleasure of playing. I cannot recommend it enough.
Big thanks to John. What a masterpiece. "
"The Solaris has such a rich full sound all across the spectrum. It makes some of the most physical feeling bass I have ever heard/felt. Rich lush mids and insanely detailed highs that go from silky to electric. If you are into creating patches that rely on subtle complexity this is the one.
The continuous controllers with such high resolutions enable dialing in things with a level of precision that is unparalleled in my experience. The harmonic modulation is off the hook. Magnificent oscillators.
With other VA's you put in say a saw wave and well, it sounds like a saw wave. Then you add another osc and it will get a bit more complex sounding, but that is about it.
With Solaris, you add a saw wave and it sounds big, very big. Then you add another and it gets twice as big! Just like on a Moog etc. When you start stacking voices it just keeps getting fatter. Its nuts. Really powerful stuff."
"My Solaris arrived safe today. This thing sounds incredible! Great job!" - Brandon M.
"Hi John. I unpacked the Solaris tonight, booted it up and played through the presets for about two hours. It looks great and sounds even better! I 'heard' the best sounds out of some of my favorite keyboards I've owned: minimoog sounds; oberheim matrix; arp odyssey, string ensemble and 2600; even some fm type dx7 sounds. And of course the Waldorf sounds which I recognized but never had played. So I'm very pleased. I'm looking forward to being registered and studying the tutorials mentioned in the user's guide. Thank you" - Andy M.
"It was well worth the wait, John, and is the BEST SOUND I've ever heard!
At the end of it all, Solaris is my #1 synth. Otherwise, I kept Andromeda, Accelerator, and Virus Ti2...that's it! 100s of others have come and gone.
Kept one ROMPLER (the big KURZ) and some rack stuff...and Minibrute (and couple of hundred soft synths on my MAC). I wish you the best with it!!
Oh...one last comment: the build quality and physical design....THE BEST I OWN!! Very TOP SHELF, CLASSY PIECE! In that regard, the price should have been TWICE!
I believe I’m yet only at the tip of the Solaris’ ‘sound iceberg’ but I’m already blown away by the sound, quality, usability and depth of this tremendous synth. You can be very proud of this fine product, but I think, you are anyway ;),
Yes, I’ve waited a bit for the Solaris (I had myself put on the list for the 2nd production run by August 2012) but it was absolutely worth it.,
"What a terrific sonic synth you have put into life, amazing, my expectations were high and so far I've only scratched its surface trying to create my own patches as well, what a sound!" - Isham
I received the Solaris in good shape and I would like to thank you for this.
I discovered the machine a little bit this weekend and I must admit I am very impressed. The sound is fantastic, and ergonomy is very well designed and the manufacture quality is extraordinary. You did a far better job than the big makers employing dozens of people with huge financial means.
The only thing which has to be developed for the moment are the shipping delays and the long waiting terms during the breaking-in period but this should be sorted out afterwards. Anyway, your synth is for me best value for money among all at actual standards.
Kind regards et Merci" - Jean-Marc L.
I doubled the polyphony without needing any optimization of source code!....
As a matter of fact, I took advantage of the stocks they offer at Thomann to purchase another one...!