|This is a VST Synth I discovered just recently, but some people say that
ancient Sumerian musicians allready used it. Jokes aside: It is said to
be very old. How could that Synth not get my attention earlier? Well, I
think the reason is in the title of this posting. The Oatmeal VST
Synthesizer seems to be the most underrated VST Synthesizer of the
world. So not many people are talking about it and thus it didn't cross
my path earlier.|
|Oatmeal Default Large Skin|
|Ahh, this looks better! Oatmeal with the Blueberry Skin|
|In my opinion the most clean Skin for Oatmeal: SteelCut|
So, that was a lot of negativity. But it is just to describe, why Oatmeal maybe doesn't get the attention it deserves. I would not say in the title that it is underrated, if I would not think that this is a great, if not to say, marvellous, VST Synthesizer, which has features that make it stand out from the crowd. The presets alone, which come with Oatmeal, tell a story, that this is a superb Synthesizer with loads of capabilities. Once one has understood just a bit about the user interface, a completely new world of Digital Sound Synthesis opens up. I spent whole evenings just turning knobs and tweaking gadgets. I am a sound designer from the heart and I love complex Synthesizers which give the possiblity to explore new worlds of sound. Oatmeal is exactly the tool for that job. And while we are at that topic, let's get to the feature I love most at the Oatmeal VST Synthesizer: The randomize function. Ok, many VST Plugins have a function to randomize certain or all parameters. The FL Studio DAW has it built in for all Plugins. But, let's be honest: Most of the time the results are unusable. You have to click the randomize function a lot of times to get usefull results... if at all. Most of the time you get ugly results or even no sound at all. Oatmeal is different here. I don't know how the developer of Oatmeal did that magic, but many times you get a usefull sound by clicking the randomize button just one time. I found out that most of the time 3 or 4 clicks on the randomize button give a usefull result. I created whole preset banks just by using the randomize function. Sometimes the sounds need a bit of tweaking, but if you want to create really new and interesting, sometimes baffling sounds, Oatmeal and it's fantastic randomizer are the way to go. Ahh, while we are at the randomizer: Oatmeal has a very funny autonaming feature for the sounds created by the randomizer. Just watch the status field in the lower left corner and you'll get more than just one good laugh.
Quality: The sound and capabilities are overwhelming. Since Oatmeal seems to be ancient, it runs on ancient computers also and eats up very little RAM and CPU. Multiple instances in a DAW are absolutely no problem. I have a track in production where 24 Oatmeal instances are active at the same time. I think that tells a story. The Plugin is VERY stable. It didn't crash or freeze and caused no other difficulties. The preset bank management is straightforward and works great. I think this is why so many preset banks created by users are out there.
Conclusion: Oatmeal may seem ugly and irritating if an average user sees it for the first time, but the uglyness is quickly fixed by using one of the many custom skins. And the complexity is only a problem at the start. You will get used to it. If you are a preset user, there is nearly no reason why you should learn about all the knobs and gadgets. There are LOADS of user created preset banks for Oatmeal all over the web. You can spend ages to explore them. If you are a knob-fiddler or sound designer from the heart like me, you will simply love that Synthesizer. The Oatmeal is a great new weapon in my sound arsenal and I cannot believe that there was a time I didn't have it. A must have!