felis wrote:Pretty sure that everything mentioned in the last 2 posts was introduced before 2000.
Can't really think of any noteworthy new technique or feature that was introduced since 2000.
Aye, most of the features in that list were already introduced before 2000. Just thinking about my Fusion, though, what synths had these particular features pre-2000? I'm truly curious if any of the features listed below were implemented before 2000:
-- formant filters
-- 8 merge-able ENVs with variable slopes, routable to AMP/filter/any other mod source, each w/ custom tracking generator tables
-- 6 operator open-routable FM with filters (no pre-defined algorithms)
The FS1r had formant sequencing pre-2000, but that's not the same as simple formant filters. I don't know all the other FM-capable synths there were pre-2000, but which had open algorithms? Perhaps some of the Yamaha series?
As far as all the open possibilites that having an internal HD that can communicate with a computer presents, I'm wondering what other pre-2000 even had a hard drive, much less USB also.
-- multitrack audio/MIDI sequencing to internal HD
-- 200+ polyphony of multiple synth engine types
-- GB of patch (synth and rompler), and SONG storage (including audio tracks)
-- USB loading/storing of said patches and SONGs
The Fusion may be a poor man's Oasys, but I'm sure there are more post-2000 features implemented on other synths as well. New physical models, open DSP processing (Nord series?), hardware VST players, USB-MIDI surface controllers with templates and MIDI learn, etc.
Of course, none of this qualifies a synth as "the best", but just thought I'd give an honorable mention. I'm with Balma on the Alesis "Holy Trinity" on a budget -- Andromeda + Ion-Micron + Fusion. But I don't think the Fusion deserves the best synth of the 2000's when the Oasys has it beat in the same category.
The Oasys: an 88key piano action w/aftertouch controlling a layerable, multiple synth engine workstation with an extensive Mod Matrix, that has a HD for audio sequencing and virtually unlimited ROMpler expandability.
The Fusion: the same as above, but costing around $800.