I´m totally new to them, I´m taking the Protools plunge on a mac intel. Been dreaming on a motif since I played one 4 years ago, but can´t afford it.
What´s the way to go with soft synths ? I just need usable sounds for rock/pop. Not into electronic music so nothing really weird for me. Nice piano´s, pad´s, I don´t need a million programs, few but really good useable sounds. Oh and if you can add a cheap controller to your choice would be great to.
what to get ? remember this is for mac intel. thank you all!! : )
I've been having a lot of fun with Reason, which is not technically a plug-in (you run it alongside Pro Tools in something called Rewire mode), but it's got an incredible sound library to start with, plus there are TONS of free refills you can get from the Propellerheads website.
My fav is Omnisphere from Spectrasonics.
Its so versatile! You get tons of playable patches like pads, leads, basses, all sorts of organs, some otherwordly pianos and rhodes, strings, bells, great choirs and nice guitars.
It also comes with a lot of ambience stuff that you might consider to be weird and too electronic but thats just a part of the big package and definetly comes in handy for intros, breakdowns and transitions
More than 2000 sounds already and more free ones are in the works-so you should be able to find something you can use.
If you want to hear what it sounds like check my vimeo link in my signature.
I made a whole bunch of videoclips that use Omnisphere for the soundtracks.
Maybe it floats your boat!
I'd check out the included synths w/ PT8 before I bought 3rd party stuff. They spec pretty cool for basic tools.
Dimension Pro with the Proteus 2000 sound bank is cheap and has a lot of familiar rock/pop sounds.
I had a hardware P2K and the soundbank sounded so close I sold the thing. Proteus Sound Modules
note that the DimensionLE 1.2 plug that comes with it isn't OS 10.5 compatible But Dimension Pro 1.3 is.
EMU proteus VS is IMO the best software rompler out there. FREE and EMU.com. This thing has some seriously nice sounds in it mostly in the strings/keys/pianos/bass basic stuff. Well everything a proteus has...