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All User Reviews

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Isn't it supposed to um... work?"

    November 19, 2013  |   By rschiwal

    Version: DarkWave Studio 4.0.1

    Pros

    All the ad-ware that slunk onto my computer was a fun, challenging puzzle to remove.

    Cons

    Malware...Lots and lots of malware. Setting up Darkwave reset my homepage, added browser bars and loaded programs on my computer that I didn't agree to load. On top of that, the damn thing doesn't work.
    It just shows a blank gray window. All the positive reviews gave me high hopes for some productive software only to have them dashed on the rocks of ad-ware hell.

    Summary

    Not free. Will load crap that will be costly to remove. Didn't work. No answers as to how to get it to work.

    Updated on Nov 19, 2013

    I used the web installer directly from the Experimental Scene site. Malware was still a huge problem.

    Updated on Nov 19, 2013

    Well, I got it to work. Now I'm eating crow. I wish I could add a few stars to my review. I was a bit too hot an bothered by the adware to give the actual program a fair shake.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Virus embedded, Win32:Somoto-J [PUP]!"

    October 29, 2013  |   By MarkKlingon

    Version: DarkWave Studio 4.2.0

    Pros

    NONE. There is a dangerous virus currently embedded in this program embedded in this version of Dark Wave 4.2.0. I don't know if this is CNET's fault, or the makers of Dark Wave.

    Cons

    If it comes with a dangerous virus (Win32:Somoto-J), and my virus software won't even let it download, there is something incredibly wrong.

    Summary

    CNET should be more wary of the programs they offer for download, to assure we CNET fans aren't burned by a program downloaded directly from CNET!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Download Issues"

    June 13, 2013  |   By Havocman99

    Version: DarkWave Studio 4.1.7

    Pros

    None as the software would not download.

    Cons

    Software refused to download. A whole host of items were downloaded without my permission - and no, I'm not click happy. It's taken me over an hour with internet help to uninstall the crap that I didn't want.

    Summary

    Avoid downloading from here like the plague.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Adware adware adware"

    April 11, 2013  |   By Mikkel_M

    Version: DarkWave Studio 4.1.6

    Pros

    None. Program crashed on first run.

    Cons

    The highly suspicious downloader/installer piggybacks some nasty adware.

    Summary

    Do not download. Shame on CNet for linking to this.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesome as ever! It's open source and not spyware."

    July 26, 2012  |   By extirpator

    Version: DarkWave Studio 4.0.1

    Pros

    Node base VST module linking makes this an incredibly powerful music creation tool. (This is the main reason I'm giving it so many stars. Truly awesome once you understand it.)

    Intelligently laid out pattern and sequence editor that can be intimidating if you don't understand how the studio section works. See my summery for a basic tutorial.

    Cons

    No native support for the .mid file format, but can save and load it's own midi sequences. Also there are work arounds to get .mid format data into Darkwave. (which is why it's not more than half a star deduction to me)

    The documentation is a little on the sparse side. Not much more than what my mini tutorial below is.

    Summary

    The spyware people seem to think is associated with this program is actually the Cnet down-loader which Cnet only seem to add to some free/open source software as "protection." I've been annoyed by this since they implemented it, to get around the Cnet down-loader (spyware?) click the direct download link below the big green download button, or download it from the experimental science web site. As this app installs it does offer to install real-player as an option, but so long as you are not click happy, you can skip installing that. Lastly, on the spywaqre front, this is Open source... Why would an open source developer include spyware when some one could easily download the source and deliver a version with out it??? Anyhow, the source code can be found at the experimental science website by doing a web search for Darkwave studio.

    Now for my actual summery/ tutorial. I've been using this software for about three to four years now, and at first I underestimated it's capabilities. This program is a virtual music studio that uses Steinberg VST (Virtual Studio Technology) Modules. It includes several VST's by default, but literally hundreds of thousands of VST can be found for free, and used to expand Darkwaves capabilities. This application treats each VST module as a node that you ultimately link to the master output node in the studio tab. You add new nodes in the studio tab by right clicking. To link a module you click and hold it's "out" and then drag the "line" over an "in" on another module .

    Once you have something like a polyphonic bass-head linked to the master output node, you switch to the pattern editor tab. In the first drop-down you pick the instrument VST module you want a pattern for and you hit the "+" button to add a new sequence pattern. It'll be 16 quarter beats by default. Now you can just add blocks for the notes you want pressed. to hear ti press the play pattern button. Once you are happy with your pattern, you can either add more patterns, or switch to the sequence editor.

    The sequence editor shows all the instrument VST's in a list. Click a module that you've made patterns for, and the drop-down shows a list of the patterns. Pick a pattern, and place it on the time line. The patterns can be placed as many times as your sequence length allows. Once you are happy with your mix you can output it as a song by adding an HD recorder module in the studio tab.

    The HD recorder modules need to be linked to the outputs of the VST's that are currently linked to the master out. You can reroute the modules linked to the master out through the HD Recorder if you want to hear what is going to be recorded. Anyhow, I'm sure you get the idea at this point.

    My only gripe at this point is that you have to either make your midi sequences using Darkwave or pipe midi data from another midi sequencer into/out of Darkwave studio. There is no built in system for using standard midi files made with the .mid format. It's a tad cumbersome, but at least it does have can be done. The main advantage to Darkwave over other free VST midi solutions is that Darkwaves node system allows near infinite combinations of VST modules so long as your system has the memory and Darkwave can load them.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't Bother"

    May 2, 2012  |   By revmarkmignery

    Version: DarkWave Studio 3.9

    Pros

    Their are none to speak of....

    Cons

    This thing didn't work....it's a way for others to give you adds and many other programs that have nothing to do with music and everything to do with spying on your buying habits

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Installs Additional Program"

    October 15, 2011  |   By Forwardista

    Version: DarkWave Studio 3.7.1

    Pros

    I couldn't get the program to work.

    Cons

    Installs an additional program that I didn't want. As far as I could remember, I didn't see any option where I agreed specifically to install it. I'm usually very careful during a program install because I know that programs will try to get you to install toolbars and the like.

    The program that it installed was ARO 2011 which immediately began advertising itself.

    I would like to say that installing the program was worth the annoyance, but I couldn't get it to work. I'm using Windows 64 bit. Supposedly it is compatible with this version.

    Summary

    CNET should remove this program. I usually trust CNET's ratings on programs, but they are way off base to rate this program so highly.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "It sure is repetitious as the reviewer says..."

    May 18, 2011  |   By Lightfuel

    Version: DarkWave Studio 3.5.2

    Pros

    The only pro that I can see is that it's free. Not much of a pro is it? I mean air is free.

    Cons

    There seem to be a lot of glitches in the program, for example when you have a few instruments going, something weird happens and you're not able to make music. It's very hard to understand, and yes the music you're able to make is quite repetitious.

    Summary

    I wouldn't recommend this download at all. What, so you can waste time? I can do that any old day on the internet. There's not really anything viable that you can produce with this download. I mean at the most you can create something more or less inspired. But it repeats the rhythm or "beat" after about 60 seconds. I mean imagine if you gave someone a demo tape like that, what they'd do with it after your gone. Let's put it this way; I don't want to know. I think I'd rather not be discovered. I just think about how depressing it is, and what it says about this world that a program like this is free. What does that say about society? And an editor gave it five stars? They really must be taking in the whole picture. Maybe they figure this is the best thing you can get for free, if that's the case I'm jumpin' out the window tonight. I'll here my free Pandora on the way down.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Didn't even have a chance to try its potential"

    February 26, 2011  |   By ojrvg8

    Version: DarkWave Studio 3.2.8

    Pros

    My Avira Antivirus detected malware. Make sure your antivirus is up to date as this Adware was Released: Feb 17, 2011

    Cons

    Adware:Win32/OpenCandy

    Summary

    Looked very cool. what a shame.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Adware alert"

    February 13, 2011  |   By justinkorff

    Version: DarkWave Studio 3.2.7

    Pros

    don't know didn't get that far

    Cons

    Antivirus picked up Win32/OpenCandy on this download
    Alert level was low but don't like the idea of unwanted advertising just popping up on my desktop.

    Summary

    Depends on if you like adware or not.

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