Originally Posted by Stallone
I agree. I would never spend another dime on any digital synth. Zebra can do so much more than the Virus (and you can have as many instances open as your CPU can manage). I definitely understand the advantages of having physical controls to tweak, but not for over 2 grand, or even $200 honestly.
I agree with this to an extent.
whether a synth is analog or digital, when it comes to buying hardware if there is something exceptional about its user interface and it has something which isn't necessarily done better in software, then I feel it is worth owning. otherwise I'd much rather save my money and space.
my V-Synth is a good example of this. it has one of the most brilliantly designed UI's I've ever used and although Alchemy is a bit like it, the V-Synth is yet a very unique synth. the same goes for my Z1 as there is really nothing else like it. when it comes to my JP-8080 things get a bit more difficult to justify and really all it has going for it is its very enjoyable hands-on control, otherwise there are apps and plug-ins that can effectively replace it.
but yes, in general one could say that most digital hardware is overrated. whether running on a computer or in a dedicated box, it is still little more than an arrangement of zeroes and ones.