Applied Acoustics Systems Lounge Lizard EP-3
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Applied Acoustics Systems Lounge Lizard EP-3

Lounge Lizard EP-3, Piano Eléctrico Virtual from Applied Acoustics Systems.

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songboy 11/11/2009

Applied Acoustics Systems Lounge Lizard EP-3 : la opinión de songboy (content in English)

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So far, no compatibility issues.  I run a Macbook with Logic 9 and Ableton 7. 
The manual is clear and sufficient enough.  I haven't really needed it to much for my purposes.  I run it mainly in Logic, so midi mapping is easy.  I don't use it as a standalone, but if I did, the manual explains very well how to midi map directly to the program. 
The setup/configuration is very simple.  All the main parameters are right in front of you, including a drop down menu featuring all the effects offered. 
Yes, all the typical functions are accessible.  They are all right in the main window.


SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

Yes, the plugin works great in both Logic and Ableton as well as standalone. 
So far it has never crashed on me, or lost any preset/saved data. 
As for performance, no latency (at least none that I can hear) and all midi mapped features work great.  I am pleased with the technical side of things.
I have been using this plugin for about 5 months.


OVERALL OPINION

What I like most about this unit is the Wurlitzer patches.  The Lounge Lizard is my go to plugin for the Whurly.  It is very warm and realistic enough for a plugin (totally kicks the but of both Logic and Ableton's built in Whurly sounds).  I also enjoy the "Classic Tracks" presets.  I am a fan of Jamiroquai and it was cool (and audibly pleasing) to see/hear the Distorted Whurly sound from the song "Black Capricorn day."  Very very close representation. 
What I don't like about this plugin is most of the Rhodes Patches.  Most sound pretty weak and when you really mash down on a key, you can really hear the "digital" side of things.   In all fairness, I do own a Real Mark 1 Rhodes, so I may be biased.  For a Rhodes plugin, I go with GSi's MrRay73mk2.  In a fight, GSi's kicks Lounge's But.  However, some of the Rhodes patches are Ok (like the Mellow Rhodes) and I use them for the sake of a different sound sometimes. 
I believe my studio partner paid a little over $200 for it.  Thats a pretty standard price for a decent plugin, and I would say, because of the Quality of the Wurlitzer patches, its a fair price. 
As mentioned before, the whurlys are High quality for me, the Rhodes, not so much. 
Yes, I have used the GSi mentioned earlier, Logic and Ableton's built in ones, and also a few found in big sample libraries like IK Multi's Sample Tank.  I would say out of all of those, it ranks in second, behind the GSi. 
Well, I would not buy this product again if I found a better Wurlitzer plugin for the same price (or cheaper) since that is the only function I consistently use in this plugin.