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Software synths in the middle!

Postby ex_action_figure » Thu Dec 07, 2006 10:30 pm

What are some mid-ground soft synths?

what I mean by this is not synths that are the end all be all with tons of functions and not synths that emulate analog, just synths that are like basic hardware subtractives.

For instance the Discovery and synth1 are like a nord lead 2
I'm looking for more stuff like that, it seems like people get into the software realm and they think 2 things, either wow, now I have the capability to make the biggest best synth ever or I'm going to try to make the most accurate emulation of those old analogs

Personally I need something else, something that has lots of features but not every feature ever, like a Virus, Q, Supernova, Nord, or An1x

Just something I can invest alot of time and energy into and get great sounds but with out having to drown in a manual first.

any ideas?
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Postby Artemio » Thu Dec 07, 2006 10:43 pm

Check out MASSIVE from NI. It's an amazing synth with a lot of character, and it doesn't follow any paradigms and in fact has a simply unique concept in the interface.
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Postby mwbassguy » Fri Dec 08, 2006 4:31 am

automat is a 3 osc analog/dwgs-style synthwith very flexible envelopes and mod routings, but its all very cleanly laid out; its not like crystal. the color scheme and general look fits in very much with ableton live. theres even a patch randomizer.

also, its free, so no loss if you dont like it. stab frenzy uses it quite a bit too; he can tell you more about it.

EDIT: now that i think about it, its probably mac only, so not of any use to you.
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Postby cfernn » Fri Dec 08, 2006 5:38 am

download the demo of TWIN

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Postby krushing » Tue Dec 12, 2006 2:33 pm

Oatmeal + Grymmjack's new skin = <3

It's nothing special, just a well-designed, and now very nice looking subtractive synth.

CableGuys Curve - nice, basic wavetable thingy.
polyIblit - nice, basic subtractive.
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Postby valdiorn » Tue Dec 12, 2006 7:12 pm

Zebra 2 is very flexible, can be a simple subtractive, you can extend it to FM synthesis by adding some extra modules to your patch, and it can grow up to the "end-all-be-all" Wavetable-FrequencyModulation-additive-modular-waveshaping synthesizer :D
Albino is hot as well, one of my favorites

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Minimonsta (very basic but has a unique way of handling modulation, very flexible)

Polyiblit is probably the best versatile freeware around. Second place for free synths is Hahaha CS33 (name is silly but the synth is great, the filters have a very special sound... very bright)
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