Marbury wrote:I think any good vst, ie Omnisphere can cover any of those sounds. To me it doesn't sound that special.
I think that rather misses the point. VSTs can of course cover most, if not all, sounds that a hardware synth can although I can say hand on heart that I've got a large collection of VSTs, Omnisphere included, and I've not found anything in software that I'd use over the MatrixBrute for mono duties.
As I said before, the PolyBrute is as much the manner in which the feaures it offers are assembled and presented as it is about the sound (and in the case of the 'Brutes I think the sound is fantastic).
As a player's instrument it's going to be tough to match, and however good a VST is you still need something to control it. The PolyBrute provides that. The modulation capabilities are endless and, more to the point, can be manipulated and assigned in realtime as part of a performance with little practice.
Anyone who has a MatrixBrute will understand what I mean - it's not something that you can do in software without a corresponding hardware control surface that lets you get that deep that easily!
For live performances/improvs/jams it's going to be epic, especially in conjunction with other devices and whereas I'll happily use VSTs in a DAW session, for me there is nothing that comes close to good hardware synths for live/composing work and I don't like using a DAW when I'm in that mode; that comes later for recording once I've got the performances worked out.