Tony of Above & Beyond says the group occasionally uses the Nexus synth to instantly and easily create "classic trance sounds." Jono says "NEXUS sounds and plays like it was made for musicians by musicians. You are going to install this synth and get using these sounds in your tracks straight away, and very little additional processing is necessary. It's also great to find a built in reverb that is so smooth and rivals good quality hardware reverbs. In a digital sample-based synth, the raw currency is good quality samples. Rather than see how many gigs they could fill with average samples, it feels like a proper RD team has put the kind of energy into the plugin that a big hardware synth manufacturer would have in the past. Something I feel that's been missing from the virtual synth world."more
"NEXUS is the only usable sample-based synth on the market! In the beginning of a track, 'We Do Have A Plan' on how it should sound - so Nexus is perfect for those big time moments when you're in the zone and just want to have fun fun fun and not spending ours tweaking sounds. I vote Yes for this one!" - Stefanmore
In this Instagram photo posted by Steve Aoki Feb 2016, he taped his iLok and eLicenser USB keys to his USB ports. He mentions the "nexus key" by name, which is reFX Nexus' eLicenser, implying he uses the software synth. > "Ghetto rigged! Now my ilok & nexus key can't hide away in my bag! #studioproblems #studiohack"more
When talking about what software he used on his Fire & Ice album, Kaskade says "The libraries [for NEXUS2] are full of both familiar and completely crazy sounds, and it's really easy to navigate, so I used it a lot on the album, though I wish you could sculpt the sounds a little bit more."more
"I've been following the work of sound designer Manuel Schleis for quite some time now. I've used many of his sounds as an excellent starting point for creating sounds on my JP 8000 and Virus synths. The great news is, with Nexus2 I now have all these massive patches directly available in one plug in that I can save and recall directly with my DAW project. The interface is straightforward and fast to use and the pristine sound quality equals the best hardware synthesizers. I'm a big fan of the Arts Acoustic reverb, so it’s really cool to see that integrated in Nexus2 as well. To put it simply: Nexus2 is an essential must have, get yours today!"more
It’s really useful and credible without too much effort. I use it when I need a sound that already has everything and who may have come from sources that it can be hard to synthesize.
In his reddit AMA, Doctor P say he uses the following "instruments: massive kontakt battery nexus diva korg legacy collection minimoog processing: fabfilter pro q camel phat waves C1 waves SSL comp SPL tube tech izotope ozone wow i never realised how small the list of my plug ins would be"more
This is a very simple synth with great sound. You hear alot of these patches on so many big tunes.
Sold my Dave Smith Poly Evolver Keyboard for this VST. Im mostly in the box these days, but the Nexus 2 is one of my main soft synths. Great sounds, lots of samples and banks to flip through for quick inspiration. Handy when you want to work fast in the studio. A++
"We think most of the house producers out there use this one. It's great for a quick work flow. Admittedly it is a bit over-used lately, but if one uses it right you can achieve great stuff. We use it mostly for strings/piano and it gets more and more rare that we do, but still, it played a big part in one of our tracks."more
I have been waiting ages for a rompler such as NEXUS. Finally, an extremely flexible rom-player, which is easy to use at the same time, has arrived in the virtual studio world. The highly intuitive GUI and the clear layout, merged with an FX-section of high quality, enables you to work quickly and creatively without disturbing your workflow. And due to the growing number of expansions, you are always up-to-date with new sounds. This is a congenial concept which has been realized brilliantly. NEXUS is a must-have!more
Great Leads for big room sounds. Easy to navigate, but it uses samples, so there is not much control.
This must be the best synth ever made if you're a lazy producer!
As someone who's known for a painstaking level of detail in their compositions, I'm the last person you'd expect to hear an endorsement from about something that doesn't require coding or patch cables. I must say that NEXUS is one of the most powerful and dynamic softsynths I've ever had the pleasure of using. Check it out, you will not be disappointed.more
"What the hell is it?" Something beautiful..start with that. good quality sounds and easy to use. My reference synths. I usually build a project using default sound presets to build the basis of a track, then go on to sound design once my structure is complete. The presets act great as underlying sounds as well, with the right tweaking.more
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During an interview with SeamlessR, at 01:05:00 Xilent answers a fan's question about how he achieved awesome, full sounding chord combos. Xilent goes on to explain that while he was remixing Ellie Goulding's "Figure 8", he's "...got about 5 maybe 4 Nexus 2 patches loaded up, each one of them playing just one note."more
The NEXUS is an extremely powerful and useful tool that gives you exactly what you need, straight away. Equal to the quality of many hardware synths, but often more useful and easy to use, giving instant access to the sounds you need. Great built-in effects and presets complete a class-leading expandable synth for all your needs.more
NEXUS has proven itself to be very valuable in our setup! Especially during the pre-production process. You simply have all the important basic and standard sounds from the whole electronic dance music scene, so you can start to work in no time... With some tweaks, many sounds find their way into our tracks!more
Ian Carey Trying hard to find a patch I don’t like with NEXUS is an impossible task. To say this is my "Go To" plugin would be an understatement. reFX and Vengeance just seem to have a knack of getting it right. Period! Brad Holland I've been working closely with Ian on productions now for 3 years, and I can't recall one project that we haven’t used something by reFX and Vengeance on. These guys ARE DANCE MUSIC. NEXUS is the orchestra!more
Rompler is an electronic music instrument that plays audio samples stored in ROM chips to generate sound. In contrast to samplers, romplers do not record audio and have limited or no capability for generating original waveforms. The term rompler is a portmanteau of the terms ROM and sampler.more
With its ease of use, NEXUS integrated perfectly in my existing setup. You got all essential sounds together (like in the good old rompler days) and you can edit and access the sounds quickly. Especially for creative brainstorming and melody finding, it's a genius tool! You can integrate many sounds into your productions "as they are", since they already fit in the mix very well. The outstanding and flexible arpeggiator is the cherry on the top...more
What I really appreciate with NEXUS is the simplicity of its use. You can find the sound that fits you within few minutes, and then you can modify it as much as you want, until you find your personal touch. The other big advantage of NEXUS is that you can add expansions to improve it, it's one of the plug-ins you must have on your computer.more
As a great user of analog instruments, it is probably one of the first time, with a virtual synth such as the NEXUS, that I can really compare the texture, the transients, the impact of the low range and the diversity of the sounds with what I find in an analog machine. The interface is easy to use, the arpeggiator is really cool, and the sounds always find their place in a mix. NEXUS is already one of my favorite synths of all time!more
On a reddit AMA, someone asked him what vst he uses. He responded. "they all have their individual perks but I find that the sounds and morphing functions on Massive are pretty awesome. But I usually use it for hard synths and basses layers. If I wanted something a little more trancey I would go for Nexus."more
Synths or samples? In our day and age, this question presents itself to nearly any producer looking to push their sound out of the bedroom and into the bigroom. Sound-selection is, no matter the genre, by and large one of the most crucial aspects of any project. With hard drives full of sample folders and our DAWs packed full of every synth plug-in under the sun, producers spend hours of their lives searching, digging, frantically combing their files for that perfect kick or snare…that perfect bass hit or noise fill.
That’s where Nexus comes in. Described by reFX as a "next generation ROM synthesizer-plug in" (ie ROMpler), this beast of a plug in can be found in the project files of the vast majority of Beatport top 100s tracks... and for good reason. There is something undeniably alluring about a central hub to command those hundreds of samples, with familiar controls that any synth programmer can easily maneuver. It’s difficult to pinpoint what it is about Nexus that makes it so usable: the sleek interface with quick controls and organized library, the nearly endless samples that both come with the base synth or the dozens of expansions that can be added, or the CPU friendly user interface that blends right into your projects.
But what about the sounds? Purchasing Nexus is much more about the samples that come with it than simply just a shiny plug-in. The factory banks are designed for most modern dance and electronic genres, providing bread and butter sounds for all your drums, synths and fx needs. The samples are engineered to fit easily into a mix, with the UI providing quick ADSR, filter and arpeggio controls to tweak. The built in delay and reverb modules are of a surprisingly good quality, allowing you to polish your sounds without needing a massive fx chain on your channel, saving those precious CPU cycles for your other demanding synths. If you’re looking for infinite parameter controls and fine-tuning then you may find that Nexus does not exactly cater to your needs. Where Nexus really shines is giving you a pallet of quality sounds that can be layered or blended with your go-to synths to create bigger and fuller patches. Piano leads, supersaws and bass hits are in no short supply yet the expansions are there to offer add-ons that may fit better for particular styles.
For such a usable product, the downfalls are stark and hard to ignore. The plug-in and factory banks come with a hefty price tag of $249 and each expansion costing an additional $55, there is no two-ways about it, this is not a purchase most aspiring producers would make lightly. The need for a dongle may turn some off as well, yet the reality is that despite the difficult to swallow price, producers can rest assured that with little effort and some minor tweaks, they are certain to get their money’s worth.
reFX’s Nexus2 synthesizer is one of the most notable and widely used pieces of software in the production world. The user interface is slick, the sounds are sublime, and the possibilities are so large in number, you would be hard pressed to ever actually use them all in a hundred projects. reFX has clearly done an amazing job with Nexus and has garnered a large amount of success and support from high profile users. I myself use Nexus on a fairly frequent basis. Unfortunately, Nexus has some glaring design flaws that, for me, knock it out of the upper echelon of software synthesizers.
When first looking at Nexus, it’s quite appealing. It has a sleek design and focuses your attention clearly on the main window straight in the middle. This window has several tab selections that allow you to flip through the possible parameters and what you’re able to modify within each sound. On either side you can find the ‘Filter Modifier’ and ‘Amp Modifier’ panels that are fairly straightforward and have well labeled knobs. Below all of this is the effects section of Nexus, where you will find the reverb, delay, and filter controls along with the master output knob. Nexus is well organized and easy to grasp, even if it’s your first time using it; all you do is load a preset and go to work. Its ease of use has led to its huge success in the music industry and, coupled with its high quality library, you’d be hard pressed to find a dance music producer that doesn’t have Nexus as part of their arsenal.??
Nexus is more of a comprehensive database of sounds than it is a synthesizer. Nexus comes with a comprehensive native library and a constantly expanding set of preset packs that can be easily loaded into the program. The best part is that all of the sounds are created using the legendary Virus TI2 hardware synthesizer. With that said, Nexus is not the most versatile product when it comes to uniqueness. While it has thousands of handpicked and meticulously created sounds, it gives close to no leeway for creative experimentation. Instead, it seems Nexus was intentionally curated to be a work flow tool for producers. Personally, I use it for the high quality orchestral sounds it provides and other various sounds that are of such high quality there’s no reason to remake them with a different synth. If you spend time exploring Nexus and all of its sample packs it can become a great asset, just don’t be surprised if you end up hearing many of the sounds in other songs.??
As an artist myself, I like to have more control over the sounds I use in my productions. Nexus’ strongest aspect is the real instrument presets that reFX provides and some of the vocal presets are amazing as well. However, Nexus seems to be more of a taste maker than a synth. You basically have to choose from sounds that somebody else has put together and leaves producers little room for adding their own personality. I still think Nexus is a valuable tool to have, especially if you have the money to get all of the preset packs, and I would encourage both experienced and new producers to include it in their studio.
It's a ROMpler, so if you're into programming it might not satisfy; however, if you just love playing a great sounding synth, you will get lost in the jungle of options and inspirational sounding patches that this synth has to offer... I absolutely love playing with it; still haven't found the end of the tunnel with this one (but I do MORE than just EDM, and I think that's where a lot of the magic resides in this synth because even though it's great for EDM, you can find an application for it in so many other genre's...)
My reference synths. I usually build a project using default sound presets to build the basis of a track, then go on to sound design once my structure is complete. The presets act great as underlying sounds as well, with the right tweaking.
Since I don't have Kontakt, I normally use Nexus for pianos, and some string instruments. But, this little baby is GREAT for layering synths for a big progressive track. Normally, Supersaw x4 is used in every track we make! After some editing, of course.
While its a bit pricey, there are tons of great expansions (Hollywood I and II, Dance Orchestra in particular), and it is really inspirational to dial up a sound and get started on a track. Fantastic for trance, and the pianos are quite good.
Great Plugin! I highly recommend it for producers just starting to get into Digital production. The library of presets is amazing. The only downside is that all the presets are built off of recorded sounds. the "Oscillator" knob is basically a gain knob. So sounds can't really be manipulated past effects. No modulation that i know how to use (or that is easily learned). Great for all genres.
Though the synth is mainly sample banks and presets, and is usually drenched with reverb and delay, the synth sounds (and the trance gates and arps especially) sounds fantastic and are easy to use.
This VST has a massive amount of sounds which are ready to use and just great. The FX sound incredible as well. However, it has very little ability to tweak sounds, which means it's harder to get something unique. The fact that it's sample based also means you're relying on presets completely although great sounding expansions keep on coming out. Basically I feel that it's great for getting into the feel for a track but then switching to something a little more versatile for some parts of a track.
This is an over-used piece of software, but it has its place... Cheesy happy hardcore leads are no problem! simple off-basses? easy! Quick pads or leads for ideas? sure! Just be sure to do -something- to it... or these sounds will be picked up easily by anyone who uses it :P~
Absolutely in love with this VST. Its easy to setup, and is extremely intuitive. They also give you a great tutorial on their youtube channel. The additional sample packs you can purchase are nearly endless in scope, and can get you that desired sound in no-time. This is a great way to get that professional sound when still learning the ins and outs of sound design. Would recommend this as our #1 software synth in a heartbeat. Get this synth and you will have a lot of fun making the music you have always dreamed of! Pair this with Ableton Live and the Push and you will be soaring soon enough : )
As an EDM artist working with creativity is vital for my flow. I love this synth because not only can you modify the sound - but because of the high quality presets already packed in, the "ease" of creating something new becomes so fresh and fun. I would recommend this product to anyone looking for some Hot top leads - such a great pack different and versatile sounds to be expanded and used!
I love using Nexus for many reasons. First of all, most of presets are usable out of the box immediately. The GUI is so beautiful and the rom is not hard on the CPU. When it's not about the workflow, i really like to use nexus for piano sounds along with a 3rd party Reverb.