Originally Posted by Dirty Halo
Look at Ken MacBeth and the synths HE builds, I'd put those up against ANY vintage analog synth.
Its all about taste, but even the macbeth stuff sounds super clean, which is great for many types of patches, especially modulation rich ones, but for just a pure meat and potatoes osc-> filter sounds, modern synths are bland in my opinion, other than some discrete and clone designs. In other words, Macbeth and other modern analogs are like SSL, while vintage moog/arps are the neve and api of the synth world. SSL is great for the complexity and routing, while the neve and api are pure warm and raw sonics.
In fact Neve and Moog paralleled each other very closely in their respective fields. The model D and the 1073 are almost mirrored each other. Both were made simply with the intention of a goal that most manufacturers achieve easily today with chip based designs, yet in the limitations of the available technology led to the creations that transcended their design quite by accident, and both became the classics that they are and always will be. I only wish Rupert made synths, but Bob did make preamps and EQ's. If they had collaborated, who knows what would have transpired, a moog with a neve filterbank and carnhill trannies, or a console with moog filters on each channel? And Rupert Neve's RND brand is a lot like the new Moog company. Both creating new products with new tech and the old designs in mind, but never quite reaching the status of their masterpieces.