Of course, there are exceptions.
I like those moments: you download a free synth without knowing anything about it, but the snapshot looks interesting. You drop it in your host and you go: "What the ???". You play a few notes you wonder what is going on, then you tweak a few parameter and you're convinced: this IS different.
Chysalis Ni is not revolutionary, but that's not the point. First of all, the presets are just plain fun. They don't try to reproduce the "cliché" sounds we just can't stand anymore. Some presets bends the thing and in doing so they show you where you can take this instruments. It's far from the bread and butter category, but also it doesn't go in the glitch/FSU/weird useless FX category. Refreshing.
For me this is a good discovery. You know how it is with freeware, because they are free we don't expect too much. And then there are those like Saltline that don't seems to know about this and gives you the quality you expect from good shareware synths ... for free.
I won't use this in every composition, but I like having this kind of instruments available to trigger ideas. I think the interface could be a bit clearer and easier to use, and if the sequencer could sent MIDI notes at the output it would be even better, but it's still very useful as it is. And original! A rare thing. Oh, and did I said it sounds beautiful? Well it does. Go download it and give it try. It will be time well spent. Thanks to Saltline for this offering:
Chysalis Ni is a saltline VST instrument in VST format for the PC platform. The technical specifications are irrelevant as they give no clue about the sound.