Running sound through a computer is a neat way of processing it thanks to the abundance of both hardware and software components specialized in the matter. Equipping your PC with a VST host enables you to load various plugins to play with sound. Creating such a plugin is no easy task and can be done with SynthEdit.
The application sports a clean interface, with a large workspace where you can place and arrange all components, as well as a small toolbar fitted with playback controls and more editing options. Some degree of knowledge is required, but there's a rich help manual to get you out of sticky situations.
Pressing the right mouse button brings up a context menu, which is the quickest way to insert components. A staggering amount of controls, effects, filters, flow control, math, waveform and more are at your fingertips and each category holding even more elements.
Once you add all objects you want to work with, they need to connect them. This is easily done by specifying start and end points, but these need to be compatible for proper results. You can also dive deeper and access a debugger for each object.
However, design leaves a little more to be desired because it can get difficult to spot what can be edited, let alone modify values. Also, you need to have an idea of what impact your changes have, because there's no way of getting a preview.
Furthermore, there's an option to switch to a layout view, so you can get a glimpse of the polished result. You can tweak a few settings and even add more components, while dragging them around offers your project a personal feel.
Since the application is dedicated to handling sound, it's a good idea to take your time and configure corresponding options. Depending on connected devices, you can pick audio and MIDI in and out drivers, sample rate, as well as default location for modules, VST plugins and other files.
As a result, there's the possibility to obtain a VST with your configurations. A few dedicated options prompt you before the project is built, with fields to specify product, character ID, related info, as well as embedded files.
To sum it up, SynthEdit is not the best of its kind, but manages to provide a proper result. You need to spend some time getting acquainted with all features put at your disposal because of the rough design. Content library is impressive and with the right knowledge you can create VST or plugins for unique effects you can then enhance sound with.