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whats your favorite software?

Post by diezdiazgiant » Sat Sep 02, 2006 3:56 am

im bored as h**l, hopefully this will result in some interesting responses;
so whats your...
- favorite synth?
- sequencer?
- sampler?
- audio effects?
- mastering plugins?
- filters?
- plugins/audio software that might not fit perfectly into the above categorys?

mine are:
- favorite synth? abl bassline pro, im a sucker for a good mono synth lead line and this thing sounds golden when run thru my nomad factory amp simulater.
- sequencer? ableton live, gets the job done and is fun. the way the clip system works ableton just reminds me of an mpc.
- sampler? reasons NNXT. kontakt is too complex for me, just has more s**t then i will ever use. plus its nice using the matrix sequencer as an arpeggiator with the mod wheel controlling the pattern selection
- audio effects? i dont use too many effects, i love my amp sim plugin though.
- mastering plugins? i just got nomad factory's blue tubes bundle. good plugins.
- filters? all ive got in this department are the filter plug ins that came with ableton
- plugins/audio software that might not fit perfectly into the above categorys?
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Re: whats your favorite software?

Post by pinkclouds » Sat Sep 02, 2006 4:06 am

I use Reaktor for my synths and rhythms... I like simple instruments like the Bi-Machine, two sine synths and effects. I also use Logic's ES-1 and the FM synth. Most of my patches are very simple but effected heavily with filters, bit reduction, delays, and reverbs.

I usually sample with my VSS-30 and chop it in Logic.

Mastering is limited (har har) to Logic's compressors and limiters.

I used to use Pluggo but didn't like the sound after a while. It was hard to use subtly and I'm not into glitchy stuff so much.

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Post by cbjlietuva » Sat Sep 02, 2006 4:11 am

Arturia CS80v - my fav pad software.

AlphaKanal's Automat - great for almost everything, and it's free.
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Re: whats your favorite software?

Post by Thefumigator » Sat Sep 02, 2006 4:56 am

so whats your...
- favorite synth? Probably impOSCar. The perrier lead preset makes me jump from my chair everytime I play it...
- sequencer? FL studio, got 3 points out of 10 in Future music testing of "ease of use", but I just can connect my brain perfectly with it. Hard to use the first times, but you can do much more you can imagine (version 5 and up).
- sampler? FL studio's directwave. Because it comes with the bunch and its simple. Compatible with many formats out there.
- audio effects? Kjaerjus audio. The free version are very good. The FL studio reverb is quite nice also, I use it all the time.
- mastering plugins? Kjaerjus audio...
- filters? Kjaerjus audio... :D
- plugins/audio software that might not fit perfectly into the above categorys? Probably Adobe audition. You can edit audio and do multitracks. Perfect for exporting each FL studio channel to wave files and mixing them seriously in Adobe audition. I also use it for restoring old tapes audio when converting from VHS to DVD.
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Re: whats your favorite software?

Post by Wiglaf » Sat Sep 02, 2006 5:16 am

diezdiazgiant wrote:- favorite synth?
- sequencer?
- sampler?
- audio effects?
- mastering plugins?
- filters?
- plugins/audio software that might not fit perfectly into the above categorys?
Synth: impOSCar

Sequencer: I guess ABL, but I never use it to drive other soft-synths, I always use it as the best 303 emulation ever that it is.

Sampler: Reason NN-XT

Audio effects/mastering plugins: Waves

Filters: Don't have any

Misc.: ...also none that I can think of...
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Re: whats your favorite software?

Post by Big Gnome » Sat Sep 02, 2006 9:43 am

Not a huge software guy (partly on account of my excruciatingly slow computer), but here goes...

- favorite synth? - Albino
- sequencer? - Logic
- sampler? - EXS24
- audio effects? - Altiverb, KTGranulator, etc.
- mastering plugins? - I get by with ones in Logic/Waveburner
- filters? - Eh. I rarely use dedicated "filter" plugins.
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Post by ambientlive » Sat Sep 02, 2006 11:04 am

- favorite synth? - Moog Modular V
- sequencer? - sorry I don't use one
- sampler? - sorry I use h/ware here
- audio effects? - Waves e.g. Enigma, Doppler, Multitap, etc
- mastering plugins? - not a plug-in, I use T-Racks, but only where necessary
- filters? - don't use anything separate
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Post by redchapterjubilee » Sat Sep 02, 2006 1:53 pm

fav synth: right now it's FM7 but I'm also digging Reaon's Maelstrom. It can make so many crazy sounds.
sequencer: I only have one. Reason 2.5
sampler: NN-XT

I don't have any plug-ins. All effects are either from Reason, what's built into Adobe Audition or from my outboard gear.

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Post by JSRockit » Sat Sep 02, 2006 2:06 pm

favorite synth? 8bit synth from Effector 13...even though I don't use it.
- sequencer? Live
- sampler? Don't use one...but I use Peak like one.
- audio effects? Logic plugins
- mastering plugins? Ozone...that I'm buying this week.
- filters? no software filters
- plugins/audio software that might not fit perfectly into the above categorys? Pluggo.
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Post by Bitexion » Sat Sep 02, 2006 3:56 pm

Fave soft synths right now are G-Medias Minimonsta (amazing minimoog clone) and the Arturia Prophet-V.
I never got too intimate with the CS-80V softsynth, too many knobs and little buttons on there. Presets sound nice though.
I did buy it so I guess I should sit down with the manual and try and get more out of it.
On the Prophet I've created a whole bank of my own sounds soon. It's so lovely to use filter FM to create ringmod-like timbres.
And I've only started scratching at the Prophet VS surface.

I used to be a bigtime downloader of pirated VSTi's, but realised it made absolutely no sense to have millions of presets available when I spent 2 hours finding one sound I liked, and bothering with copy protections and cracked patches at all times.
Now I only use a couple that I paid for, and learn them really well instead.

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Post by deb76 » Mon Sep 04, 2006 1:03 pm

Favorite Synth : EMS AVS (emulation EMS synthi AKS)/Moog Modular V2
Sequencer : Live 5.
But I use Reaktor, Prophet VS d'Arturia.
I like it to work with Energy XT for its arpeggiator that I can create my patterns with EMS-AVS, Moog Modular V2 & Minimonsta/Prophet VS.
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Post by kk994 » Mon Sep 04, 2006 1:51 pm

- favorite synth? - Synthedit or FM7 or Korg Legacy or Operator (like 'em all, synthedit is great craic for just f**k' around with modules and seeing what happens)

- sequencer? - Live

- sampler? - Impulse/Kontakt though I don't really use samplers much anymore...

- audio effects? - all the Waves and Voxengo stuff and the some of the Ableton ones

- mastering plugins? - Izotope 3 and PSP Vintage Warmer

- filters? - The Legacy Collection... i just like the filters think they can sound real dirty...

- plugins/audio software that might not fit perfectly into the above categorys? - Soundforge

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Post by Eddie » Mon Sep 04, 2006 3:21 pm

Favorite Synth : Korg legacy collection and impOscar
Mastering software : Blue tubes

Dont use soft sequencer :)

I use all my softsynths as stand alone in my second pc.... and record into cubase SX on the main pc.. :wink:
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Post by konvert » Mon Sep 04, 2006 3:37 pm

Sequencer: Logic Audio
Sampler/Softsynth: hmm.. I've just started to use EXS24 and it seems like very capable machine, especially with the modulation-options.
Effects: Most used are logic's own effects which are good IMO
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Re: whats your favorite software?

Post by krushing » Tue Sep 05, 2006 8:24 am

- favorite synth?

Zebra 2, even though it's not been even released yet. It's completely and utterly amazing in both design and sound. Close second - Tassman. Filterscape VA (from the Filterscape bundle) gets a lot of use for "simple" synth sounds, as does CableGuys Curve.

- sequencer?

Ableton Live. EnergyXT seems very promising but I haven't had the time to delve into it properly. I've been contemplating getting into trackers as well again (haven't really done it since the Amiga days)...

- sampler?

If saying "Ableton Live" is out of question, I'd probably say ShortCircuit.

- audio effects?

Broad subject...BuzzRoom compressors, SimulAnalog GuitarSuite, Live's built-in effects.

- mastering plugins?


- filters?


- plugins/audio software that might not fit perfectly into the above categorys?

I had a lot of random weird plugins...until I reinstalled Windows last night. Cutting down = good good good for actually writing music and not just wanking around with sounds.

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