reFX introduces Nexus4, a sample player with synthesis functions – that’s a rompler to you and me. This one has basically all the sounds with some 159 extensions to choose from (currently). The complete package (with extensions) devours nearly 200GB GB of hard disk space, which is actually reasonable considering the sheer wealth of material. The sounds are mostly what modern EDM, pop and hip-hop are about. For many producers, it’s all the sampled instrument fodder they’ll need.
Nexus is a rompler, so it works with samples, presets and a bit of editing options to give those sounds a bit of your personality and swish. Several layers of sample sources or oscillators can be stacked and combined to form larger sounds. Individual settings and split layers are also possible. Macro controls and up to 20 slots for modulation destinations offer plenty of options for bending and twisting the sounds.
There are also freely assignable insert effects, such as EQs, filters, reverb, delay, a glitch effect, and the new OTT compressor. There is also a loader for impulse responses. 16 arpeggiators are waiting for use in addition to a main arpeggiator to conjure melodies and rhythmic patterns out of thin air. A single pattern can contain up to 256 steps. The sequencer mode provides more in-depth settings, such as several notes per step and individual velocity.
With so many sounds, of course, a robust browsing system is required. To that, the librarian section organizes presets, sounds, folders, categories and color-coded tags in three columns. The history function should help make the workflow more fluid as well.
If you change computers or have to or want to do a new installation, you will be happy about the cloud sync feature. You can save favorites, bookmarks, user presets and settings in the cloud for these (and other) purposes.
The performance has also been improved. Presets load faster and the CPU load is lower. The plug-in already supports the new processors from Apple, too. Additionally, Nexus 4 is backwards-compatible with libraries for Nexus2 and Nexus3. Meanwhile, the factory content now offers over 260 new presets.
Nexus4: Price and availability
reFX Nexus4 is available in VST, VST3, AU and AAX formats for macOS (10.11 or later) and Windows (8 through 11). The installation requires 14 GB, and each extension takes up about 1 GB.
There are three editions of Nexus 4. For EUR 249, you’ll get 2750+ presets in 18 GB of sample material. For EUR 399 (introductory price, down from EUR 499), you can have over 4000 presets and over 25 GB of sample material. For EUR 2199 (instead of EUR 4429), you can get all 159 expansions currently available, over 20 000 presets and 150 GB of sample material.