Future Music Test Conclusie:
Altiverb 7 sounds every bit as beautiful as Altiverb 6 often more so, thanks to the algorithmic reverb layer, gate and tempo sync. The new interface isnt dramatically easier to navigate and use than before, but it is cleaner. The pop-out browser, however, is great, although 1440x900 laptop users will find themselves opening and closing it constantly. So, with version 7, Altiverb steals the convolution crown from
Altiverb 6! Its quick, unfussy and always sounds incredible, and that remit of providing stunning real-world ambiences and simulations of classic gear remains as solidly upheld as ever. Its still not really aimed at Electronic producers, but if youre looking to put a guitar, piano, drum kit or singer in a totally convincing hall, church, studio, stadium, club or, er, bucket, theres simply no finer solution I cant recommend it enough. Upgraders from any Altiverb versions that are pre-2010, however, are being asked to drop a pretty serious 159 euro on what I wouldnt describe as an essential upgrade and one that in no way renders its predecessor anywhere near obsolete. Thatll be a tough call for some.
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Computer Music Test Conclusie:
The new interface design manages to convey an air of quality before you even hear the thing in action, but how a plug-in looks is ultimately secondary to how it sounds. In this respect, Altiverb 7 definitely delivers. The included impulse responses have an undeniable air of authenticity, and the quality is of the level youd expect from such a premium product. It could be argued that Altiverb is expensive when compared to some of its peers. Aside from the quality of its effects, though, what youre paying for is the time and effort that has gone into producing the extensive library of impulse responses, which are sampled from some of the most desirable recording locations the planet has to offer. A reverb of this calibre is something that youll turn to time and again for years to come, so wed say that its an investment worth making for anyone serious about their ambience.
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