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Psychoacoustic Virtual Synth with STEAM Engine Technology Powerful and expansive software synthesizer with extreme tweakability


Need synth suggestions with $2000 budget (need pad/ambient suggestions)

...very hard to achieve in analog, at least not without a lot of processing. The king of ambience/pad softsynths-wise is Spectrasonics Omnisphere in my opinion. There's also been some good ambience sample cd's over the years. You can load those into soft-samplers and add extra processing.

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Rocky Training Montage

...acoustic and electric pianos I've heard in a keyboard in a long time, and the synth section is pretty powerful) SPECTRASONICS Omnisphere synth (computer) EAST WEST Symphonic Orchestra sound library (computer) The synth sounds won't be as huge and 'punchy' as we were able to get with the gear we used, but you should be able to...

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Try Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2 though a Thermionic Phoenix Bus Compressor and it will sound so thick you'll have trouble getting it out your studio door never mind fitting it into an arrangement! That said, it's always handy to have a hardware analog synth kicking about as they do have a unique sound - though I'd...

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