What are the TOP VSTi or Soft Synths?
Old 19th January 2009
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What are the TOP VSTi or Soft Synths?

OK I'm just getting into the software synth game, coming from the soundmodule/keyboard/MPC era. I want to save myself a lil time.

Yeah it's great to have an original sound, BUT there are waaayyyyyy too many soft synths out there to try all of them. I want to know which software synths are the best! By the best I mean, FATTEST, high quality sounds. Maybe something that could compete with a Fantom, Motif, Nord, dare I say SE-1... So no casio sounds! lol

So far every soft synth I hear about just has a bunch of trance sounds. (nothing wrong with that, but this is the hip hop/rap/R&B section)

What's your choice for basses, piano, guitars, synths, strings, drums, etc Let's hear (read) it!
Old 19th January 2009
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anything from arturia and a.i.r. is great.
Old 19th January 2009
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Any opinions about spectrasonics or reFX?
Old 19th January 2009
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My faves are:
Xpand 2
Sample Tank
AAS Analog
Massive
Omnisphere

"Fat" is what you make it. Most sounds can be fat with the right processing applied.
Old 19th January 2009
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hey my favs are

sampletank
Sylenth
Genesis CM (Computer Music Magazine Subscription)

But lately I'm so addicted to my Roland SH-201 which is a analog synth. First analog synth I ever bought.
Old 19th January 2009
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hey my favs are

sampletank
Sylenth
Genesis CM (Computer Music Magazine Subscription)

But lately I'm so addicted to my Roland SH-201 which is a analog synth. First analog synth I ever bought.

As far as i know the Roland SH-201 is a hardware synth but no analog synth.

@MicB:

Check out:

Native Instruments
Arturia
IK Multimedia

They offer nice software.
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Any opinions about spectrasonics or reFX?
spectrasonics stuff is great. i've been using omnisphere a lot lately.

the only refx i have is vanguard which is not bad. not my fav but not bad.
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What's the bestSampler? I've seen Kontakt, SampleTank, Structure...
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spectrasonics stuff is great. i've been using omnisphere a lot lately.

the only refx i have is vanguard which is not bad. not my fav but not bad.
thumbsup I would also add massive as a pretty good soft synth
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What's the bestSampler? I've seen Kontakt, SampleTank, Structure...
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thumbsup I would also add massive as a pretty good soft synth
yeah massive is great, i'm not big on NI these days but i do like massive a lot.
Old 20th January 2009
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The new Fxpansion synth is going to kick a tremendous amount of hiny.
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Gforce Minimonstah

Rop Papen Albino, Predator

ES2, ES1, EsM

Just a couple that get some use over here.


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Old 20th January 2009
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As far as i know the Roland SH-201 is a hardware synth but no analog synth.

@MicB:

Check out:

Native Instruments
Arturia
IK Multimedia

They offer nice software.
whut do u mean not analog. lol, thats liek saying the virus isnt analog lol. The SH-201 has knobs with no screen, i make patches in it without the vsti editor sometimes how and it sounds fatter than the normal soft synths. When i run it thru the Avalon, so yeah
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whut do u mean not analog. lol, thats liek saying the virus isnt analog lol.
Just like i said.

It's a piece of hardware. But it is not an analog synth, as an anlog synth has analog oscillators. As far as i know the Roland SH-201 has no analog oscillators. So it's not an analog synth.

But i won't doubt that it's a nice piece of hardware. So...
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Just like i said.

It's a piece of hardware. But it is not an analog synth, as an anlog synth has analog oscillators. As far as i know the Roland SH-201 has no analog oscillators. So it's not an analog synth.

But i won't doubt that it's a nice piece of hardware. So...
yeah its nice, may not have the analog oscillators but it does have the classic super saw, I have lots of fun with it. Super light wieght also.
Old 20th January 2009
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Top according to whom? I'm not sure there's any consensus out there regarding what is or isn't the "best" VSTi. It certainly depends upon what you want to do with your sound.

Personally, I love and use the following synths all the time (as in every time I open up Live):

Albino 3, Blue, and Predator from Rob Papen

Guru from FXPansion - best drum module out there IMHO, mainly because Battery lacks a sequencer

I like the next group of synths quite a lot, but don't use them nonstop:

Analog Warfare (free - check KVR)

Rez 2.0 by UGO (also free)

FM8, B4 and Absynth from Native Instruments (FM8 is more useful for club-friendly mainstream stuff IMHO, I use B4 as a Hammond substitute when I want old school dirty funk, and Absynth to just get strange)

String Studio

Arturia Minimoog


There's plenty of others, I'm sure.
Old 20th January 2009
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Spectrasonics rules and so does G-media.
The new FXpansion synth look very promising too!
Not a big fan of Arturia.
Old 20th January 2009
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Kon-muthafukkin-takt 3!!!!
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These threads are a dime a dozen, so here is my ten cents :

Cubase as DAW
Idrum for drums
Kontakt and ShortCircuit for sampling
Pro 53/OBX/Massive for synths (i have many more though..a lot are free)
Paulstretch for making Pads
Studio Devil bass plugin for my bass ampsim.
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Kon-muthafukkin-takt 3!!!!
+1... gotta have kontakt 3 for your sample libraries
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The best things in life are free.

UVISoundSource.com
YES, this is an awesome tool!!! but where can I download the preset-sounds, or libraries? there are just ~5 sounds in the free version..
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YES, this is an awesome tool!!! but where can I download the preset-sounds, or libraries? there are just ~5 sounds in the free version..
Therein lies the catch. U want the sounds, u buy them. U want the sampler. It's free. Heheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! With that said, it seems like a better looking sampletank to me. Nice workstation if you don't have one.
Old 21st January 2009
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SH-201 > Not analog
Virus > Not analog

I once own a Virus and used to own an SH201. You want analog, get an Andromeda, SE1X, Omega 8, Moog...


VSTIs:

CS80-V(Best vsti EVER!!!)
Hybrid
You can get some nice layered sounds out of reason as well.
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SH-201 > Not analog
Virus > Not analog

I once own a Virus and used to own an SH201. You want analog, get an Andromeda, SE1X, Omega 8, Moog...


VSTIs:

CS80-V(Best vsti EVER!!!)
Hybrid
You can get some nice layered sounds out of reason as well.
funny I thought SH-201 was analog... guess not
Old 21st January 2009
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Last year, british mag computer music's readers voted these synths the top 10:

1. Zebra 2
2. Absynth 4
3. Z3TA+
4. Albino 3
5. FM8
6. Oddity
7. Rapture
8. Massive
9. Sylenth1
10. Surge

Imo, check out gmedia and scwha olga (verrrry fat synth!)
Old 21st January 2009
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YES, this is an awesome tool!!! but where can I download the preset-sounds, or libraries? there are just ~5 sounds in the free version..

There's plenty of soundpacks on that site and UVI compatible soundpacks. I've not checked them out myself, just used it for samples and REX files. I'm a Kontakt 3 and Sampletank 2.5 user, but recently discovered this.
The sound of this thing is very impressive and so are the effects. Sampletanks great, but can have a thin 16 bit smallness about it sometimes. This sounds bigger. And FREE!!!!!!!!

Apart from that I like:
EAST WEST Stuff. Zero-G's Phaedra, Zero-G's Nostaligia, Superior Drummer 2.0, Sylenth, Battery 3 & Trilogy.
Old 21st January 2009
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Therein lies the catch. U want the sounds, u buy them. U want the sampler. It's free. Heheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! With that said, it seems like a better looking sampletank to me. Nice workstation if you don't have one.
DAMN!!!!! thats sad.. the surface is really awesome!
Old 21st January 2009
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Ok let me see.............

My fav's right now are;

1.Guru- drums
2.Sylenth
3.Predator
4.Sample Moog
5.Minimonsta
6.Nexus
7.Trilogy
8.Pro-53

That's my 8 cents worth hoped it helpedthumbsup
Old 21st January 2009
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anything from gforce, but especially minimonsta. it's fantastic, and the presets seem tailor made for the rave-influenced hip hop tracks that are flooding the charts these days.

it's very reasonably priced too, and always seems to sit well in the mix.
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