I'm just curious how many softsynth you currently have in you're plugins folder? Not effects, just synths, and it doesn't matter if they are free or commercial. I personnaly have 11 and sometimes find it's too much. I'm just trying to guage where I stand.
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10 or 12.
I probably only use 3 or 4 regularly, though, with the rest only seeing occasional duty. Mostly its about the subtractive instruments and FM8. The Romplers make the occasional appearance.
Now a days, I'm really selective in determining if i need anything new. So far, Absynth seems to be the only synth out there that I know of that I don't own and would bring something new to the table. Maybe Reaktor too.
PPG Wave 2.v
Adventus 1.5 (A cheap synth plug I bought back during my itb trance days never used it again)
and a bunch of freeware plugs (too many to list)
Though I usually sample or sequence/play my hardware synths when I work ITB.
31 a combination of free and commercial stuff and that is counting Reason as 1 big synth the IK bundle stuff as 1 plug since I run it all in SampleTank My Kontakt libraries as 1 plug and the Korg Legacy collection as 1 plug in.
Crap... not sure how to count some of mine like the SampleTank variations.
Sampletank, Sonic Synth, SampleMoog, SampleTron, Philharmonic
Minimoog V Original (that free POS that was given away)
However I recently moved everything into a folder called "VSTPlugins.old" and now I'm slowly moving back those that I actually use. So when a song throws an error message about a missing plug-in, or I actually want a particular plug-in in a song, I'll move that back. Currently I have 16 plug-ins in that folder.
Tremor, Omnisphere, Absynth, Albino , DCAM, Iris, Largo, Minimonsta, Reaktor and XILS 3, so 10.
For me, this is more than enough, the sonic area I can cover with these is enormous. When I get my Virus Polar I'll more than likely be removing more, though Reaktor and Omnisphere will always stay I guess.
Is anyone else having issues with the tal uno-62 in logic 9.1.7 in lion? There seems to be a lag when drawing midi notes with an instance of this synth....weird. It's doing it with Tal elec7ro as well.
Pro One for Kontakt
99.9% of the time I use . . .
Sylenth for Bass/Leads
Omnisphere for Pads
Absynth for random stuff like bells/pads/etc
Then I use samples for drums and stuff like that. I also use samples for strings sometimes but . . . dont use acoustic strings much these days.
So my list isn't very large in the first place but . . .
You really need to find 2-3 synths you REALLY like and just stick with them. There is absolutely no reason I need anymore than the 3 I listed that I use all the time. Sylenth totally cuts through a mix, omni pans out nicely in stereo pads, absynth is like my all rounder and weird effects synth. And thats it . . . thats all I ever use. And people are constantly asking what I use in my music because they like the synth sounds.
It may not be popular here, but I've actually invested in some patch libraries and they really helped a lot for some good sounds to start with, then hone in on what you like.
And just to stir the pot, I think Sylenth sounds so good, that it almost sounds as good as a good Roland Analog synth.
Massive and FM8 are really popular w/ the dubstep crowd