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Single most crucial part of a synth

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 7:12 am
by 23
This is going to be a two part thread (reason will be obvious when the second part comes up).

In any regard, was just wondering, what single aspect on a synth do you think is the most crucial?

Now, there is no need to keep yourself limited to the world of subtractive synthesis here, but just be sure that if what you are listing is something not common to most synths, that you point out what type of synthesis method it applies to (and what exactly it's function is).

To get things kick started though it's hard to pin down a single bit, but if I had to pin down a single thing, I'd say it was the synths Tonal Source (Oscillator) system/implementation.

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 7:19 am
by Wiglaf
The power button/switch.

No, better yet, the power cord! Or maybe the PSU.

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 7:49 am
by audible
For me, the most crucial parameter is the Filter EG intensity.

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 7:49 am
by sheepmusic
VCF hipass or lowpass, its where most of the great synth sounds are made

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 7:52 am
by Entropy Farmer
The designer.

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 8:14 am
by Stab Frenzy
Audio output. ;)

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 8:28 am
by Zamise
windshield wipers... oh wait a most crucial synth part. I'll say the front panel, because I don't care if it even makes a sound, its got to look cool first, then I'll see if it sounds good.

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 9:30 am
by presets
for me its not a parameter but the interface of a synth.

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 9:34 am
by Peake
It's partly the design and partly the user.

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 1:26 pm
by Synthaholic
The sound. Nothing else matters if a synth sounds like garbage (and it can't be programmed to sound great).

2nd, the interface. It's hard to pull me away from any synth with a full complement of analog knobs!

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 1:52 pm
by MitchK1989
I could easily use synths with no filter as long as there are enough options in the oscillator section and good mod routings.

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 2:06 pm
by psiapir
Wiglaf wrote:The power button/switch.
haha.. ooooh Man.. You stole my role! :D

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 3:26 pm
by JJQ
The wood-panels. :D

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 3:41 pm
by clueless
Big fat knobs..... like Grace Jone's nipples!!

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 3:51 pm
by 23
In looking over things so far, I'm seeing (in no particular order):
1. Tonal Source/Oscillator workings
2. EGs (granted it was Filter EGs mentioned in specific)
3. User interface
4. Filter (boiled down from LPF or HPF)
5. Mod Matrix (boiled down from Depth/Flexibility of Modulation Routings)
6. Cosmetic Look

I'm sure there are some other nominees out there, so by all means, those who haven't offered anything so far, rack your brains and try to single out the one most important aspect of a synth (in your opinion). And again, there is absolutely nothing to say you have to name something that is crucial to subtractive synthesis; just be kind enough to describe what exactly the parameter is/does if it's something more obscure.