Once VSts were added to Reason 9.5, I knew I'd have to do an Output Exhale review. Plain an simple. The Exhale Modern Vocal Synth by Output is just too much of a beast to ignore. Note: Output provided me with a free review copy for this article, but that did not influence the content of the review.
Exhale can do everything from warm, lush pads to glitched modern pop vocal hooks.
And it makes it all incredibly easy to do with a simple but powerful interface.
In short, you can skip the rest of this Output Exhale review and just go buy the damn thing. It's that good.
But for those of you still reading, this Output Exhale review features 3 videos and is going to cover the following topics: Exhale's sound, how to use Exhale, and then offer a quick demo of making a song with Exhale.
Output Exhale's Sound
Output's sounds are incredibly high quality. The samples it works with are warm, lush, and full of character. Some have been delightfully processed, while others sound nice and warm.
On top of the sample layers, what make Exhale really powerful is that the engine gives you so many options for tweaking things, but in an intuitive, musical way.
It features two main engines, an LFO that can modulate plenty of characteristics, powerful macro knobs for quickly morphing the key presets of your sound, and about a dozen built in effects that can be modulated and shaped to make natural, evolving sounds.
Here is an Output Exhale review I did on Youtube where you can really here the richness of the sounds.
How to Use the Exhale VST
Exhale is instrument made for Native Instruments free Kontakt Player 5. Users who've spent time with the Kontakt Player 5 will instantly feel at home, but most people should have no trouble adapting.
The Exhale VST interface features two pages. Novices can get most everything they need on the first page, which features four macro sliders mapped to the synth's main parameters, the ability to select which mode Exhale is in, and the preset browser.
More experienced gear heads will want to go to the second page, where they can tweak the engines that go into shapping each sound, apply effects, and choose how those effects are modulated by the LFOs.
The second page is also where you can go to change the key of the samples, which is an incredibly helpful feature.
Exhale features 3 main modes: note, loop, and slice. In note mode it works like any other synthesizer, the notes you play can trigger the synth to play notes or chords.
The second mode triggers a loop each time you press a key, and there are all sorts of incredible sounds that come with Exhale.
The third mode, slice mode, features the ability to trigger individual slices in special loops for really far out, processed sounds.
Here's a video overview the main parts of Output's Exhale VST.
So what's the verdict of this Output Exhale review?
I love it.
This is one of those synths that just inspires you to make music the minute you hit it.
Here is literally a video of me making a song on the spot with Exhale in like 10 minutes. It's that inspiring.
So what are you waiting for? You can buy Output here.
Have you tried Output? What did you think? Do you have any links to any songs you made with it that you'd like to share?