Review: MaxSynths Cryologic

MaxSynths Cryologic

MaxSynths recently released Cryologic, a soundfont library and a soundfont player.

From the manual:

Based on the same logical structure of Cryogenic, Cryologic is a soundfont library and a soundfont player very simple and easy to understand. The Soundfont Oscillators allows to layer up to three sounds with separate control for level, pan, and octave for each osc. The filter is a classic state variable filter tweakable also via the X-Y controller. The two arpeggiators are a powerful feature which allows to create interesting patches, complex automatic bass lines, chord accompaniment and complex textures. The onboard reverb, delay and an internal ring modulator effect provides the final touch to this little yet powerful music production tool.

Cryologic comes with a 456 MB soundfont library featuring 74 soundfont files. It is available for purchase for 30 EUR (includes worldwide shipping).

Note: The Cryologic soundfont player was done in SynthEdit, so it is available as a VST instrument for Windows PC.

So what do I think?

Who needs another soundfont player? There are lots of freeware players available for Windows PC (Fretted Synth SaFron, Terry West Take1, etc.), so the Cryologic soundfont player needs to add something to be of value… and it does. The 3 soundfont slots allowing you to mix soundfonts, the arps, effect units… I haven’t found any free players that combine all these things. That said, it is not likely you’re looking to spend 30 EUR on a soundfont player, so the main thing here are the actual soundfonts.

Cryologic includes a number of traditional instruments like brass, keys, flute and bass, and some electronic sounds of synths, leads, pads and such. I don’t know what sound sources were used to create these soundfonts, but to me they sound a bit dated. Depending on what type of music you like, that could be a good thing or not. Trance addicts probably don’t need to bother, but if you think the best music in the world is 80’s pop you might want to check Cryologic.

There are some 60 demo clips available on the Cryologic product page, so go have a listen to these sound previews to see what you think.

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  • Francisco C

    That’s pretty cool, but I visited Maxsynths’ website a few days ago when the special offer was still active. Over there it says the product is NOT offered as direct download.

    Also, Ronnie, you know why else I can’t get this…if I were interested. :)

  • Thank you Ronnie for your review ;)

    Francisco: now Cryologic is available also for download.

  • Francisco C

    I’d love to be your customer, Maxsynths, but unless I could get PayPal to do anything for me, that’s a no-go.

    Pretty interesting. What’s that??! 74 SoundFonts? Far out, man!

  • tERMoBLUe

    good work :D …nice offer…thx


  • MaxSynths

    A little gift ;)

    MaxSynths Cryologic VSTi (30€), Get It Free with TrialPay:

  • It looks ok, & probably sounds quite good, some top producer once quoted he had more synths than God? cant remember his name ! may have been Bk or someOne ! it was on a Computer music mag ‘ about 2 years ago. anyways i aint dloading it, cos i myself have too many already? my VSTi Folder is a Bulging 4 & a half gig :) geeez somtimes i pull out a synth, n brush the cobbwebs of it , & try to remember when i dloaded it? or why i dloaded it ,,, oppp :) lol

  • MaxSynths

    If you change your mind you are welcome Jamie ;)


  • This is a very good synth for pads. For the rest I agree with Ronnie, the sounds are good but very ’80 sounding. It sounds like a sound module from that era. The filter, arp, xy pad & delay modules are all sounding very good. I like the xy pad a lot, reminds me of my good old M42 Nebula & it’s always fun to play with!

    For the kind of music I’m doing I’m already finding a good use of the pads included, some of the Harps & Synths sounds too that cut well through the mix are usefull. I’m not sure about the flute… didn’t found a way to use it so far but it’s more my problem than the instrument problem!

    So basically, if you’re doing New Age, retro ’80 new wave & ambient it’s well worth the 30$ asking price (or TrialPay). If you’re into House, Techno, Trance, drum & bass or any other Dance genres it will not served you well as a preset/sound module.

  • MaxSynths

    Thank you SampleScience for the review! ;)

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