Your favorite software synths

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Post by D-Collector » Sat Mar 01, 2008 7:11 pm

FM7 is a clear favourite of mine. Nice and clean sound.

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Post by Xabiton » Mon Mar 10, 2008 5:47 pm

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Post by jimi_t » Sat Mar 15, 2008 7:20 pm

1. CS-80v
This is just....superb. The warmness and richness of the tone, the clarity of the oscillators - with no other synth is it so easy to tear your speaker cones apart!

2. Pro-53
Completely underwhelming interface, but sounds nice and tight and cuts through a mix like nothing else - plays well with the CS-80.

3. Phosycon
By far the best TB-303 clone. Looks and sounds like a TB-303. Apparently the filter isn't quite perfect but imo it sounds like what one expects a tb-303 to sound like, rather than what a real one does sound like (if you get my rambling :) ).

Keep it simple and learn your softsynths well :) The rest of my stuff is freebies, though I do like the HAHAHA CS-33 clone.
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Post by Doc Tonewheel » Sun Mar 16, 2008 9:22 pm

ImpOSCAR
Absynth 4
Reaktor 5
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Post by Ry-Fi » Mon Mar 17, 2008 9:00 am

Whoa, no shouts for Digi/AIR Hybrid yet? One helluva great sounding and powerful all-rounder softsynth, IME.

I'm also totally floored by Sculpture in combination with Guitar Amp Pro. The possibility for SICK guitar tones is stunning!

And a quick props to Synthmaster too, which a quick trial has revealed to be really excellent. I definitely need to spend more time with it.

Of course, I still haven't tried a lot of the ones in this list (kind of backwards of me, I know), so consider these opinions slightly ignorant....

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Post by Ry-Fi » Mon Mar 17, 2008 11:14 am

BTW, howdy all!

I've been a lurker here for quite a while, and now that my schedule has lightened up enough I've decided finally to get involved. Hopefully I can be a little less antisocial this way...

Well, synth-rock on!

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Post by thestreets » Mon Apr 07, 2008 5:39 am

D-Collector wrote:FM7 is a clear favourite of mine. Nice and clean sound.
FM8 is cool but it has way too many useless arpeggiators and patterns for me. I mean when i compare my "favorites" categories in FM8 to that of massive and absynth, the scroll bar is much bigger in FM.

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Post by stml » Mon Apr 07, 2008 10:00 pm

Long time lurker myself, just joined.

My favorite soft synths:

1) impOSCar
2) Reaktor
3) Absynth
4) Predator
5) A wonderful little drum synth called Microtonic.

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Post by mattio » Mon Apr 14, 2008 5:09 pm

Not really that much of a softsynth user, but the Oddity sounds good.

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Post by downgrade » Sat May 31, 2008 5:45 pm

Reaktor 5
Absynth 4
Massive

Refx Vangard
Cakewalk Rapture
OhmForce Symptohm
Gmedia Oddity
AudioRealism ABL2
UltraAnalog vst
Logic's ES2
Rob Papen Predator

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Post by gcoudert » Sat May 31, 2008 5:58 pm

In preferential order:

1. Waldorf PPG Wave 2.V (great banks on KVR)
Joint 1. Jupiter 8V (I only have the demo)
2. Arppe 2600V (I'll enjoy it more when I understand its architecture!)
3. MiniMogue VA
4. Absynth

I gave up on FM7 when I got the TX7 & DX7 :oops:
Liked but sold: NI Pro-53 and B4

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Post by Orion » Thu Jun 26, 2008 3:04 pm

Spectrasonics - Atmosphere
- Trilogy
- Stylus RMX

Rob Papen - Blue
FM7-8
Korg Legacy (digital-analog)

and many more!!

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Post by stephen » Thu Jun 26, 2008 11:34 pm

I'm just trying out Audjoo Helix (found it on the Computer Music mag freebie special). Sounds fab!
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Re: Your favorite software synths

Post by Isthmus » Fri Aug 15, 2008 1:07 am

Since I got it the PPG Wave 2.V it has pretty much been monopolizing my softsynth usage. It has basically everything I want in a synth, with that very electronic digital character from the wavetables but with the very nice filters to bring things more into the analog realm when needed. Used for pads, basslines, chords, leads, everything really.

I bought the Prophet V from Arturia a little while back and I feel a bit guilty for not using it so much, but it definitely has a unique character that I would like to explore more. One problem is that I desperately need a computer upgrade as my poor little stock three-year-old Powerbook is really starting to show its limitations here when I run something CPU-intensive like the Prophet V, so that's also been keeping me from fully exploring it.

FM8 is another one that I need to dig into more, as I'm getting much more into FM synthesis recently.

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