Your favorite software synths

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Post by Keith Phillips » Thu Aug 16, 2007 12:52 am

I'm surprised nobody mentioned Zebra yet. I heard that one was really popular (no pun intended, lol.) I'd like to look into that one a bit. Same with the new Jupiter 8V from Arturia...

From what I've used: I like Absynth because it has some massive sound mangling possibilities. Korg Legacy is really great too...they did a good Wavestation and Polysix clone. MS20 a tad off, but not bad. Pro53 is always a classic, no need to mention that, and FM7/FM8, better than the DX7. :)

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Post by machvingtsun » Thu Aug 16, 2007 2:13 am


its original, cheap and got so many features but not so easy to program. Twas the inspiration for a massive synth I believe. It puts most others to shame and made me sell my XT.
Best advanced Wavetable synths:


2. Massive
3. Waldorf XT
4. Surge

Also like Cronox and Reaktor. At the simpler end of the scale I like Albino 3, Alpha 3 and Komplexor for the beuatifull filter sound which sounds better than any of the Analog and VA hardware that Ive had the pleasure of owning. Zebra looks very promising.
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Post by VanSonik » Sun Aug 19, 2007 8:58 pm

I've paired back to these five.
1. Kontakt 2
2. Reaktor 5
3. Rhino 2 (kept trying it against Absynth and I like Rhino better)!
4. Kubik 2 (rumours of an update late this year).
5. Jamstix (soon to be 2 next week)!
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Post by aba81102 » Fri Sep 14, 2007 4:34 pm

You have to appreciate the abilities of Reaktor

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Post by Absence » Fri Sep 14, 2007 5:28 pm

pangmaster wrote:I use hardware almost exclusively and I haven't bought any soft synths separately, but I do have Logic Pro and must say that Sculpture is very cool.
I love Sculpture! It's one of the most versatile, original, and useful softsynths I've ever played with.

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Post by kylejun06 » Sat Nov 10, 2007 4:50 am

My favorite VSTs have to probably be..

1. Imposcar
2. Oatmeal
3. Arturia Minimoog V
4. Hypersonic 2 (TONS of presets, and editing capabilities)
5. The Tweakbench VSTs

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Post by Dr. Sound » Sun Nov 11, 2007 7:16 am

Reaktor & Kontakt

cannot live without them.. as many have pointed out you can create anything you need

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Post by xpander » Sun Nov 11, 2007 8:38 am

1. MaxMSP
2. Kontakt
3. Wavestation

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Post by thestreets » Tue Nov 20, 2007 11:15 pm

I only own absynth

and love it

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Post by iProg » Wed Nov 21, 2007 10:20 am

impOSCar. the perfect software emulation!

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Post by Mpresev » Tue Nov 27, 2007 2:03 am

Cakewalk - Z3TA
KOrg Legacy - I like the LEgacy Cell.


Ableton Live, because it's a sampler really.. I like the SAMPLER .

any of ROb Pappens softsynths are good like Blue

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Post by Lemonpop » Fri Nov 30, 2007 8:06 am

My favorite software synths have to be;
1. Fabfilter One
2. MS-20, Poly six, Mono/Poly in Korg Legacy Cell with Analog editon 2007
3. Sonic charge MicroTonic
4. Audirealism Drum Machine

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Post by MitchK1989 » Fri Nov 30, 2007 2:10 pm

Carbon, have you tried vember audio's surge yet? I've compared it extensively to massive and it wins hands down in every category IMO... If you like massive you'll love surge I think.

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Post by seamonkey » Sun Dec 23, 2007 2:37 pm

Atmosphere and Albino.
After I sold my beloved JD800 I picked up Albino and was able to mimic some of my old patches by using LFO and resonance with the mod wheel, nice sweeps.
I think it has a lot of Roland character and I love Rob Papen's sound designs.
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