Best software synths right now?

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Best software synths right now?

Post by martinbaker2727 » Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:30 pm

What do you consider to be the best software synths of our time right now?

I use regularly:

-Alchemy
-Omnisphere 2
-NI Komplete 10 synths incl. Reaktor
-Reason's synths

I also quite like the demo of Parsec (as Reason Rack extension).

Just these already offer a huge palette. I have some extra stuff around like a Kyma system and stuff, but use them less often (maybe I should steer my focus).

But I cannot pinpoint a single synth that's "best", because they all offer different workflows and are better suited for different sound categories.

From what I have I would probably say Absynth 5 to be the best synth I currently own. Obviously it doesn't do all the things like e.g. the Kyma, but it gets more use than the Kyma right now, so that's why I think it's the best synth out of what I have

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Re: Best software synths right now?

Post by Music Bird » Thu Nov 22, 2018 5:50 pm

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Re: Best software synths right now?

Post by martinbaker2727 » Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:05 am

I also quite like the demo of Parsec

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Re: Best software synths right now?

Post by Hardbass_44 » Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:57 pm

I was going to say that I liked Parsec's demo but that I found the thing expensive, but I went to check online and it's on sale for $60! I was using Dexed so far, but I might jump the gun and get Parsec with that discount.

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Post by Kentronix » Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:44 am

I have been getting into TALs free elek7ro VST synth recently, its deceptively powerful and routable and of course free.

https://tal-software.com/products/tal-elek7ro
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Post by vladimotor » Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:38 am

U-he Zebra, Repro5, Bazille, Reaktor, FM8, Z3ta+, Serum.

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Re: Best software synths right now?

Post by vijhoni62 » Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:44 pm

What's the best Orchestral software synthesizer to date?
I'm searching for a software orchestral synthesizer. I want it to be as realistic as possible. I have Edirol Orchestral, but i want it better. Can you suggest some software? Thanks!

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Re: Best software synths right now?

Post by meatballfulton » Sat Apr 13, 2019 2:43 pm

What's your budget for an orchestral synth? There are ones that cost thousands of dollars, marketed to composers who are doing movie soundtracks and such. Then there's stuff like IK's Miroslav Philharmonik and Garritan down at the low end.
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Re: Best software synths right now?

Post by madtheory » Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:36 am

The Edirol is remarkably good, for certain things. But it is limited.

I really don't like Garritan. The attacks sound very weak, to me.

For the best value and flexibility, Kontakt with the bundled VSL library is superb. Great sound quality. You get to control the very natural sounding reverb. Try out the free version.

Versillian VSO2 is very useable as well. It's free. I like using it alongside the other libraries I have, it has a nice flavour.

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Re: Best software synths right now?

Post by meatballfulton » Fri Apr 26, 2019 2:22 pm

madtheory wrote:
Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:36 am
Kontakt with the bundled VSL library is superb. Try out the free version.
What free version?
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Re: Best software synths right now?

Post by madtheory » Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:02 pm

meatballfulton wrote:
Fri Apr 26, 2019 2:22 pm
madtheory wrote:
Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:36 am
Kontakt with the bundled VSL library is superb. Try out the free version.
What free version?
Komplete Start:
https://www.native-instruments.com/en/p ... -6-player/

Sorry I thought it included basic VSL for free but it doesn't. But there's this:
https://www.samplescience.ca/2019/02/th ... estra.html

And this:
https://alpineproject.wixsite.com/main/libraries

Gonna try these out myself!

Anyway, NI Komplete is amazing, and it includes VSL, which is amazing too.

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Re: Best software synths right now?

Post by Broadwave » Wed May 01, 2019 4:50 pm

meatballfulton wrote:
Sat Apr 13, 2019 2:43 pm
What's your budget for an orchestral synth? There are ones that cost thousands of dollars, marketed to composers who are doing movie soundtracks and such. Then there's stuff like IK's Miroslav Philharmonik and Garritan down at the low end.
I can't fault Kirk Hunter's Diamond Orchestra. Occasionally, he'll give a huge discount so it's worth keeping your eyes open.

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