Originally Posted by supercool482
I'm at a point where I can't get any interesting patches coming out of my soft synths. I can't afford analog, and I guess I'm just not inspired with mouse and keyboard. Any advice??
Thread Title: Yes,I do have fun programming my softsynths. Just recently I started building my own stuff in Reaktor again. Definitely fun.
Some obvious questions:
- What kind of sound would you like from your patch?
- What kind of softsynths are you using?
If you want "phat analog" probably using Absynth is the wrong choice, if you want airy modulation madness Diva is all wrong, etc.
There is quite interesting free stuff, but it tends not to be good for everything
The same thing (well except for the free stuff part) also applies to hardware synths.
Like some guy already mentioned: find a synth you kind of like and stick with it (at least for a while), than try something else, after doing that a couple of times revisit your earlier synths and see what you can do with the stuff you learned from other synths.
There is some quite interesting free stuff out there. Random examples:
- Bazille should be free for some more time
- I like Ilblit for basic subtractive stuff. Not on the same level as DIVA/Monarch, but rather nice.
- Zebralette can do some fun stuff
- Hexter VST if you like FM (ugly and a bit hard to find, but rather nice)
There sould be a thread with tons of more great VSTs somewhere around here...
About inspiration: Building good presets is mostly like every other skill: It takes some practice. I´m still not always able to come up with sounds I like and sometimes I get stuck programming similar sounds over and over again, but the more sounds I program the more I understand stuff, so just keep going.