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What is the best currently produced physical analog or physical VA synth (no itb) for

What would be the best synth for producing a variety of great pad sounds?
..and I do not mean software or rompler, but nowadays analog or VA synth.
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This thread will turn into everyone naming every synth they've owned, played, or read about on the internets. But I guess that's part of the fun.

Among synths I own, I like MKS-70 for analog pads (warm and soft), and Blofeld for digital pads (complex, evolving, shimmery).

If money were no object, I'd probably look to OB-X, Prophet 5 rev 2, Matrix 12, and Andromeda for analog pads, and Solaris for digital...
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This question is so generic, it's not even funny...
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Check out the Dave Smith Poly Evolver.
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This question is so generic, it's not even funny...
how is it generic? he wants one synth for a variety of pads, which would presumably include analog-sounding and digital-sounding ones as well.
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Nord Lead 3 sounds fantastic. I'd call it a HiFi version of Prophet 5. Maybe not as bold but more elegant.
And its definitely the ultimate synth to tweak!!!
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To me it's the Hartmann Neuron.
The pad sounds are just amazing and it's easy to come up with nice results.
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Pads are something most polysynths can do well

From the maligned sh201 to the magnificent polyevolver

I would say go for the knobbiest one your pocketbook will buy you!


Would not turn nose up at itb pads though, Digital precision is very cheaply had and you can make crazy pad sounds in minutes that would take an army of synths, fx, and time otb. Thought not as fun...
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Most synths I've had do some form of pads.. but the jd800 is known as a pad machine for a reason.
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Most synths I've had do some form of pads.. but the jd800 is known as a pad machine for a reason.
Yeah, I was going to say JD-990, but he says no romplers.

I guess I'll say Andromeda and JX-8p (MKS-70).


edited to add:

I would also add the Kawai K5000 but it's completely digital.
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Ultranova does great pads and has a bunch, too.
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Yeah, I was going to say JD-990, but he says no romplers.

I guess I'll say Andromeda and JX-8p (MKS-70).
oops didn't see that.
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oops didn't see that.
You're right though, some of the best pads come from romplers and samplers. Assuming you have some good source material, you can go literally anywhere using a good sampler with layering capabilities, the sky's the limit! I prefer my Yamaha cs-30 and autosampler/EXS24 for pads over pretty much any of the poly's I own.
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Pads? Classic: Oberheim Xpander for Analog, and JD-800 for Digital. Is a JD-800 technically a Rompler? Perhaps. If so, then the Waldorfs do a great PPG digital pad too, if that's your thing.
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What would be the best synth for producing a variety of great pad sounds?
..and I do not mean software or rompler, but nowadays analog or VA synth.
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I said NOWADAYS. I meant the ones are still in production PLEASE!!
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vsynth has awesome paddage
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It is a shame you dont want to include software or Romplers, because the most incredible pads these days come from synths like Omnisphere, Absynth, Reaktor, Alchemy and so on. being able to call on unlimited reserves gives computers the edge on huge exapnsive soundscapes.

still, the Virus is a great pad machine, as is the Nord lead 3; both because of their long envelopes and modulation options. Drones, however are a different beast and for that I would suggest either an Evolver/ PEK or a modular. Two E350's should just about do it...
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Virus does great pads.




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Xils-Lab PolyKB II can make great analog pads.

It also have a special voice repartition mode and an unique dynamic stereo positionning module wich enables it to create some really impressive and evolving stereo scenes, wich I have not seen/heard with other synths.
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Yes, lots of synths will get you something useful, and a lot will depend on your idea of what a 'good' pad sounds like. My personal favourites are:

Roland MKS-70 (essentially JX-8P/JX-10 too). The ultimate 'warm' pad for me, like a thick fur coat.
Oberheim Xpander. I almost I always use this through a Roland Dimension D for widening. Nice if I want a bit more 'edge' in the pad.
Roland JD-800. Adds movement and twinkly/breathy high-frequency interest, but rarely do I use this alone.
Roland JP-8080. Can get close to the JX-type pad and also does a decent Jupiter emulation.

In the right context I also like a Super Jupiter for pads, but I'm usually looking for a 'harder' sound here and will frequently track two parts to add width.

Cubase's Embracer VSTi is very good and often makes it to a final mix too.

But layering is where it's at for me and any/all of the above are candidates.
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FYI...nowadays does not necessarily mean "currently in production" to everyone. Nowadays just means the 'these days' and a lot of the older synths that have been mentioned are still some of the best synths for pads in the 'these days'.

If you are gonna yell at us then can you please change thread title to "best" CURRENTLY IN PRODUCTION synth for pads.

And to be even more accurate, why not just make it say:

What is the best currently produced physical analog or physical VA synth (no itb) for making pads?

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FYI...nowadays does not necessarily mean "currently in production" to everyone. Nowadays just means the 'these days' and a lot of the older synths that have been mentioned are still some of the best synths for pads in the 'these days'.

If you are gonna yell at us then can you please change thread title to "best" CURRENTLY IN PRODUCTION synth for pads.

And to be even more accurate, why not just make it say:

What is the best currently produced physical analog or physical VA synth (no itb) for making pads?

U gonna help with some ideas or just talking around?...
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MK70/Super JX
currently produced..
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currently produced..

Perhaps the Korg Mini Pops?
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I said NOWADAYS. I meant the ones are still in production PLEASE!!
Roland CR78 maybe?
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