What synthesizer?

A forum for discussing the pros & cons of buying a particular synth and for advice on buying synthesizers.
the_noodlemeister
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 32
Joined: Sat Jan 02, 2010 7:02 pm
Gear: Digidesign 002 rack, JP8000, jx3p, novation ks rack, protools le8, predator

Re: What synthesizer?

Post by the_noodlemeister » Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:07 pm

So many recommendations! Arghhh! But again, many thanks. I think my mind is made up though to go the sotfsynth route for starters. I'll check out the X-Station in comparison to the XioSynth. Will either (or both) take the Reason software package? Do i even need it? And lastly typically how much are the VSTi's? Cheers again for all your help.

User avatar
stephen
Active Member
Active Member
Posts: 698
Joined: Wed Mar 28, 2007 9:04 pm
Gear: Laptop
House Brick
Renoise
Loomer Aspect
FM8
Location: UK

Re: What synthesizer?

Post by stephen » Wed Jan 06, 2010 12:01 am

:) welcome to our world!

There are tons of freebies out there, which doesn't help! Then there's all the effects too (delays, reverb, etc etc etc)

Commercial softsynths can cost anything from a few $ up to a couple of hundred. Definitely worth checking Computer Music magazine (http://www.computermusic.co.uk)

Some nice synths can be downloaded from http://elektrostudio.ovh.org/index2.php

Another good freebie is synth1, try this link: http://sonictransfer.com/synth1-free-vs ... izer.shtml

Finally check out http://www.vstcafe.comfor lots of reviews/articles and demos.

Propellerhead Reason is a standalone software studio that doesn't support VST plugins. It doesn't do external recording, but they have a product called Record which integrates with Reason which does this.

If you're on a tight budget I suggest sticking with Reaper for now. Most DAW software vendors do demo versions anyway so you can try out different packages. (Please don't be tempted to use rip-off pirated software though).
Stephen(2)

the_noodlemeister
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 32
Joined: Sat Jan 02, 2010 7:02 pm
Gear: Digidesign 002 rack, JP8000, jx3p, novation ks rack, protools le8, predator

Re: What synthesizer?

Post by the_noodlemeister » Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:29 pm

Hey Stephen! Cheers for giving me all those sites to check out. When i decided to start making music as a hobby i thought all i needed to do was buy a synth! How wrong i was!!

Post Reply