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Old 25th December 2010
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Fattest Soft Synth

If you were to rate ONE soft synth as the fattest of them all (overall, meaning stabs/basses/pads/sweeps etc) and to be fair, when the effects are 'turned off', what would that be? (and why?)
Old 25th December 2010
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If you were to rate ONE soft synth as the fattest of them all (overall, meaning stabs/basses/pads/sweeps etc) and to be fair, when the effects are 'turned off', what would that be? (and why?)
Either Omnisphere or Sylenth1... different beasts, but both really fat. Sorry, I named two
Old 25th December 2010
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Either Omnisphere or Sylenth1... different beasts, but both really fat. Sorry, I named two
Omnisphere sounds as fat as sylenth? Is this with no effects/dry?
Old 26th December 2010
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omnisphere uses both regular synthesis and samples of synths as sound source.
also trillian might be of consideration.

you also might wanna look into the WOW filter from suger bytes. it really phattens any synth very nicely
Old 26th December 2010
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For what it's worth, I saw a video of Redone using only onboard Logic synths for major Hit releases. This was a real eye opener and it shows that if you're willing and determined enough to work hard on re-tweaking presets you could come up with some things that are quite fat.

I recently purchased the virus powercore, it's really nice too.

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Old 26th December 2010
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Zebra 2. Also, DCAM is pretty damn awesome. I got both.
Old 26th December 2010
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[QUOTE=fantomen;6148154]Either Omnisphere /QUOTE]

Omnisphere is awesome, and there are lots of honorable mentions...

Massive is cool, Virus TDM
Old 26th December 2010
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Omnisphere sounds as fat as sylenth? Is this with no effects/dry?
They are totally different. For some uses, omnisphere sounds even fatter, even without FX. for pads, for example, it is unbeatable!
Old 26th December 2010
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Zebra 2. Also, DCAM is pretty damn awesome. I got both.
Forgot to mention the FXPansion, Rob Papen stuff, there's so many out there now, it's GREAT!

Love your quote operaman!
Old 26th December 2010
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+1 for NI massive !
I do so much with this one
very simple to program , lots of fun doing so
Old 26th December 2010
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Arturia Minimoog V2 and Rob Papen's SubBoomBass (very nice synth Bass). I like Trillian too, but more for acoustic and electric Bass. Omnisphere is a great all rounder synth.
Old 26th December 2010
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Hands down trillian
Old 26th December 2010
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For what it's worth, I saw a video of Redone using only onboard Logic synths for major Hit releases. This was a real eye opener and it shows that if you're willing and determined enough to work hard on re-tweaking presets you could come up with some things that are quite fat.

I recently purchased the virus powercore, it's really nice too.

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Exactly, great point. People get too enamored with "names" sometimes. While I dig a good Rob Papen or FM8, I have no problem tweaking a native Logic synth to my liking. It's all about putting in the work to find the right sounds.

For anyone looking for a good synth that you can tweak yourself, look in to NI's Massive. You can edit that synth to sound like anything you can imagine.
Old 26th December 2010
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Right now Sylenth,Trillians and the ploy labs synth. Man that Poly Labs synth is better than sylenth in some ways and honestly it would be hard to pick it out as a itb synth in a a/b test. Great sounds for indie rock like mgmt sound as well as many others.
Old 26th December 2010
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Fattest Soft Synth

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Right now Sylenth,Trillians and the ploy labs synth. Man that Poly Labs synth is better than sylenth in some ways and honestly it would be hard to pick it out as a itb synth in a a/b test. Great sounds for indie rock like mgmt sound as well as many others.
Are you referring to xils poly? Or something else?
Old 26th December 2010
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For synths that don't use samples it doesn't get any phatter than:
  • Korg Legacy
  • Synth Squad
  • PolyKB
Old 26th December 2010
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U-He ACE
Old 26th December 2010
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You should be able to make any synth sound on any decent synth, the subtleties depend on the particular model, I love logic ES2 but the filters alias like crazy so for more radical (eg high resonance) settings it doesn't sound as good as something like sylenth which has oversampling.

IMHO it's best just to pick one 'decent' synth & learn the hell out of it.
Old 26th December 2010
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My vote goes for Access Virus for Powercore. Darker and chrunchier then Sylent1
Old 26th December 2010
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NI Massive
Old 26th December 2010
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Spectrasonics

Either Omnisphere or Trillian.

For me, nothing touches the depth of sound in those two.

Second would be my Arturia synths.
Old 26th December 2010
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Xils PolyKBII , the new soundsdevine presets sound amazing.
Old 26th December 2010
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Anybody use Sonic Projects OP-X Oberheim soft synth?
Old 26th December 2010
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Not forgetting waldorfs largo !
Old 26th December 2010
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Zero-G PHAEDRA.
Im pretty sure its a ton of actual analogs recorded into Kontakt format.
Old 27th December 2010
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Old 27th December 2010
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Omnisphere seems to be getting a lot of love- I've never used it personally but based on sounds ive heard online i'd have to agree


If you're looking for something a little less CPU heavy and about half the price Native Instruments Massive is capable of some pretty gnarly results! I've really enjoyed it
Old 27th December 2010
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Omnisphere and Trillian are both great... but they are among the absolute worst offenders as system killers.

... so much so I rarely even try to use them. Depends on your system and other draws, of course... but I've got an octomac that's being choked out. If you're running 64 bit and can access more ram, this may not be an issue for you... not sure.


Sylenth generally gets the job done, and doesn't bog the system down. It's got great filters.
Old 27th December 2010
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Anybody use Sonic Projects OP-X Oberheim soft synth?
Yep. In my opinion, when it comes down to sound over features, OPX Pro II is better than pretty much every VA mentioned in this thread, especially with the FX turned off. But I guess it depends on what you're looking for..

I can only assume more people don't recommended it because they're either Mac users or they don't like Oberheim synths heh
But it's best to let their mp3 demos speak for themselves.
OP-X PRO-II - Virtual Oberheim Clone - Audioclips
Old 4th January 2011
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+1 on both Omnishpere and Trillian. Yes they are memory hogs, but sound amazing and that's what good CPUs and lots of memory are for in the first place.
Arturia Moog Modular can be huge if patched well, but it also uses a lot of CPU.
NI Massive is also quite good when patched well and is much less demanding on computer resources.
A great older VSTi is RGC Audio (now Cakewalk) Pentagon which I still use now and again.
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