Review: Power Move by VST Buzz

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Though most of us are well stocked on orchestral and more typical sounds in our sample libraries, some of us may find that we are surprisingly unprepared when it comes to recreating that very specific 80’s retro sound. Power Move by VSTBuzz has your back here and will get you sounding 80’s in no time!

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Review: Power Move by VST Buzz

The exciting thing about the job of a media composer is that you often have no idea what style of music your next client will be asking for. This may have us writing anything from large epic orchestral music to small intimate drama or quirky children’s music. Once in a blue moon, a client may even request the nostalgic and synthy sound of the 80’s. Though most of us are well stocked on orchestral and more typical sounds in our sample libraries, some of us may find that we are surprisingly unprepared when it comes to recreating that very specific 80’s retro sound. Power Move by VSTBuzz has your back here and will get you sounding 80’s in no time!

Power Move sells for $56 from VST Buzz

Thoughts

I will start by saying that when I first opened up Power Move, I was immediately a little off put by the sheer number of NKI instruments the library included. Loading up one revealed that each one contains only one sound. This felt like a rather antiquated way to present a sample library being released in this day and age. Most companies would instead opt to have a small number of patches with a patch browser built into the UI for swapping between patches. This would have made searching for an auditioning sounds a whole lot faster and easier. Having said that, as I dug more into the library, this seemed to be the only con of I could find, as the sounds were wonderful!

Power Move by VST Buzz is a huge collection of retro futuristic 80’s synth sounds. It includes everything you need to create an authentic sounding 80’s track including bells, pads, arps, drums, leads, and more. Each of these sounds has clearly been crafted with care and each one is sure to put a nostalgia induced smile on your face. Though all the presets are essentially good to go out of the box, the instrument provides the user with the ability to change the sounds to a certain degree.

Within the interface, the user is given control of settings such as attack, release, sustain, decay, to shape the character of the sound. Additionally, they have given effects such a reverb, a tempo synced delay, and LFO, a chorus, as well as other goodies and filters. A wonderful addition that is sure to add some fun to your experimenting is their included arpeggiator. Many of the patches include the arpeggiator and come with a pattern already created and were clearly designed with arps in mind, but all patches have access to it. Experimenting with it is sure to yield some interesting results.

A composer’s job is to be chameleon-like in the sense that a client may ask for any number of compositional or production styles and it’s our job to deliver music that sounds authentic to that style. Though we all may have spent years improving our orchestral writing and mock-up chops, some of us may find we are lacking in more pop production styles. The sound of 80’s synth, in particular, is a style many of us are not intimately familiar with. If we were to buy a powerful synth capable of any sound in the universe and set off trying to create 80’s sounds, we may end up with something that fell squarely in the uncanny valley. By that I mean in our track, the notes and rhythms may be correct to the style of the 80s and the synth sounds may be in the ballpark, but it would be missing some key aspect that made the sound truly authentic and faithful to the sound of the era. A director or a client would hear that and be underwhelmed with your music. This is precisely why tools like Power Move can be so valuable to composers. With these curated sound sets, we can cut out the time we need to search around for the correct sound and instead we can just focus on what we do best, which is writing music. Power Move gives you the tools you need to create authentic-sounding 80’s music quickly and reliably. At a price point of only 56 USD, it’s really a no-brainer. Though it may not be used every single day, it’s the kind of tool that when it’s needed, you will be glad it’s there in your collection ready to save the day.

Facts

Power Move by VSTBuzz is a collection of retro synths for Kontakt made with the sound of the 80’s in mind. It includes 2 GB of bells, leads, organs, arps, plucks, strings, drums and more. The library includes over 200 curated sounds across 187 preset patches and 37 multis. It also features a series of effects such as reverb, delay, LFO, chorus, filters, etc for controlling and shaping your sounds.

Power Move sells for $56 from VST Buzz

 

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Contributor Shaun Chasin reviews Power Move by VST Buzz
“Though most of us are well stocked on orchestral and more typical sounds in our sample libraries some of us may find that we are surprisingly unprepared when it comes to recreating that very specific 80’s retro sound. Power Move by VSTBuzz has your back here and will get you sounding 80’s in no time!”