druzz wrote:software synths needs hardware to run on !!(a computer).
Which most people already have..
if you have a dedicated and powerfull machine,"software" can be reliable and usefull i guess. but you have to buy expensive HARDWARE
No, the only thing I'd advice is a decent soundcard, 4GB mem and two fast harddisks + RAID for double speed (if you want streaming samples). These certainly won't break the bank. In summer 2006 my music PC (no mon/key/mouse)cost me less than 1000 euros ex VAT, and that was a dual i3.4Ghz, 64bit, 4GB, 2x 320GB + yadayadayada. I still use it, hasn't really aged since then. And no, it doesn't have to be a bare music-only PC, I do email, programming, some gaming, movies etc. with it as well. We're in 2009, computers can really do all this
and go trough tedious optimisation of your system (in windows at least) to get something serious going on.
Uhm, like what? I did nothing. It just works. Didn't even have to install asio4all, my Terratek comes with perfect asio drivers, no audible latency whatsoever.
then if you want good software you have to pay for it.
Which is cheaper than a typical synth, and depending on your style/preferences, you don't need tons o' softsynths anyway. Besides, more and more decent freeware enters this world.
. save your patchs in a folder and dont loose it . all this takes some organisation
..which is as trivial as setting up a folder for your email, a folder for your mp3 files, a folder for your pr0n, etc.
then you need to wire up midi controllers and configure them.
My Studiologic keyboard was just "plug it in , install midi drivers, and go".
and then oops that old pluggin doesnt work with vista or wathever. you can even spend the whole night trying to download free usable pluggins and then bust your pc with its unreliable codings
No one forces you to install Vista. I've never seen plugins that were really
or you could buy a synth power it up and play music.
but thats a matter of taste i guess
a hardware synth is a dedicated machine. it does nothing else than what it is made for and that is its strength . it will never lack cpu and is pretty straigth forward to use.
It's a strength and a weakness. It will never lack CPU .. instead it's just limited in what it can do
Note that I'm not trying to attack hardware here, I'm merely defending software against a freak wave of outdated nonsense.