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Sugar Bytes Egoist review by MusicRadar

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Loop slicing synth.

Every now and then, a virtual instrument comes along that straddles categories and carves a new niche, and Sugar Bytes' Egoist is certainly one of them.

A loop slicer with benefits, if you like, it combines sample chopping (the Slicer module) with a bass synth (Bass), a drum machine (Beat) and an effects section. It can be used standalone or as a plugin (AU/VST/RTAS/AAX) and is, primarily, a system for generating inspirational loops on which to build broader tracks.

Every section of Egoist is controlled by its own 16-step sequencer, each of which can be independently set to play in one of four modes (forwards, backwards, forwards-then-backwards or random). Like almost everything else in Egoist, these can be controlled using host automation. Let's look at those sections in more detail.


  • Good library
  • Easy to use and inspirational
  • Excellent sound
  • Good effects


  • Limited audio export
  • Auto-slicing could be better

Our Verdict
A brilliant music sketchpad and a fun and intuitive groove builder, Egoist is a unique instrument, but it's a little selfish in its dealings with host DAWs and other apps.

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