Old 10-14-2011, 07:41 AM   #1
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Default What's your main (go to) synth?

All the great music makers usually have one music making tool that they use and stick with (limitations and all), Dr. Dre uses the MPC, Diane Warren (one of the best songwriters of our time) still uses the DX7 for songwriting, some still use the ASR-10, ect.
They say learn your tool inside and out and that's when you'll become the most productive. Well with so many great synths out there (omnisphere, Z3ta+, Minimonsta, Massive, ect.) which synth do you use as your all purpose go to synth? For me I would have to say Omnisphere does it all for me, and it's so easy to program and make your own sounds.
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Old 10-14-2011, 07:50 AM   #2
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+1 for Omnisphere - it used to be Reaktor.
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Old 10-14-2011, 08:25 AM   #3
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Absynth. People say it's only good for pads but I'd say those people really haven't pushed it to its limits yet.
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Old 10-14-2011, 10:21 AM   #4
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Old 10-14-2011, 10:32 AM   #5
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U-he ACE, no doubt.
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Old 10-14-2011, 10:39 AM   #6
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I'd have to say Atlantis. Pretty straightforward and the custom envelope generators have helped me get most sounds.

While it's great if I want to sculpt / program the sound lately I've been seeking for more of a sample/preset based approach. Like play around with presets, hear a killer sound that almost immediately inspires a song - love it when that happens.

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Old 10-14-2011, 10:50 AM   #7
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Hard to say. In no special order:

Elektrostudio Pack
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Korg Legacy Collections


I use these more than any other, I guess.
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Old 10-14-2011, 11:28 AM   #8
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First is AAS Ultra Analog, which I got for an insane price during a no brainer deal. I just like the sound of it.

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Old 10-14-2011, 11:36 AM   #9
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Although I have Ace and UltraAnalog, at the moment it's Tassman.
Just love the sound and versatility of it.
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Old 10-14-2011, 11:56 AM   #10
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Kore Player w/extra libraries is on everything I make...
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Old 10-14-2011, 12:43 PM   #11
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In this order:

1. Predator (Rob Papen)

2. Z3TA (Cakewalk)

3. Surge (Vemberaudio)
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Old 10-14-2011, 12:52 PM   #12
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I use PianoTeq Pro.
Dirty style gets Wurly, Sustained gets Rhodes, Percussive get the Piano.
Then when I have organized the notes, the sounds from Solaris and Kontakt take over from there.
I like Solaris for many reasons but 96k audiorate modulations are uncomprimised. Even the effects modulate in realtime artifact free.
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Old 10-14-2011, 12:57 PM   #13
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Zeta2 is a monster for about anything you can imagine. The recent fix to the botched rollout pretty much cured what ailed it. Seems to be getting great aftermarket support with several patch libraries out already, plus it handles all the original Zeta presets perfectly.

The Arturia Jupiter 8V is also pretty impressive. It's not a 100% spot-on copy but if you want the 80s in a box, there ya go. I love it.
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Old 10-14-2011, 01:03 PM   #14
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Omnisphere I guess, if you want to count it as a synth. Otherwise, I suppose, Sylenth1.
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Old 10-14-2011, 01:20 PM   #15
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+1 Omnisphere (married with StylusRMX makes it >++1)

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Old 10-14-2011, 01:21 PM   #16
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Thor (Propellerhead Reason)
Alchemy (Camel)
Superwave P8 (Superwave)
Proteus (EMU)
Dominator (Computer Music)
Delay Lama (Audio Nerds) :0)

And, while not synths, Addictive Drums and Drumatic 3 are my go-to's for drums



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Old 10-14-2011, 02:43 PM   #17
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It would be razor if it/reaktor wasn't such a steaming pile

For now the "go to" would most likely be Dune because it pretty much always sounds good and it' pretty easy to use/stable.
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Old 10-14-2011, 05:03 PM   #18
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[wistful rave/rant=on] back in th' day, I used the hell out of my Ensoniq VFX. I would probably still use it if it wasn't built, structurally, like a piece of crap and it didn't keep rebooting.

Ah, if only all you (hw) synth engineers would build something with those quick-change patch buttons on the side and more importantly, poly-key pressure. In fact it is ridiculous that no synths today have it. Ridiculous. It's like we've gone backwards turning knobs in realtime, instead, wasting a hand. And cartridge storage! (Ok maybe I'm a giant dork for thinking that was cool).

But I digress. [wistful rave/rant=off]

I would use my Micron to that extent if the guy had usb in it. I can't believe they didn't make some kind of 'super-micron' when they released the silly $100 extra 'blue' version withOUT USB. Gah.

But that's not what you asked, either.

I would say my go-to synth at the moment is Synplant - $100 of sw goodness from the guy who designed Reason's kickass Malstrom synth.

If Magnus made a hw synth I'd buy that doodad yesterday.
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Old 10-15-2011, 03:01 AM   #19
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Rob Papen's Blue sees a lot of use here and then probably Minimonsta.
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Old 10-15-2011, 03:53 AM   #20
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Same here. Additionally I use an old D50 if I don't want to fire up the computer - limitations can be very inspiring at times.
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Old 10-15-2011, 06:07 AM   #22
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First is AAS Ultra Analog, which I got for an insane price during a no brainer deal. I just like the sound of it.

Peter
Same here up to a point. I go to Alpha or ZebraCM/Zebralette for digital-sounding stuff.

Just noticed Big Tick Rhino is a $20 no-brainer at audioMIDI right now. Think it will compliment Ultra Analog nicely, so what the hey... I just bought it.
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Old 10-15-2011, 08:51 AM   #23
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Sample Tank w/ all the added VI's.
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Old 10-15-2011, 01:43 PM   #24
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Omnisphere I guess, if you want to count it as a synth.
I use to think like you, that Omnisphere was not a synth but just a sample playback vsti only, but after messing around with it for a while I realize that it is a full fledge synth. Even if you didn't use any samples at all then it still would be a powerhouse synth, it just sound so nice. Personally I like using the sampled waveforms along with the synthesized waveforms to create new patches, it's quick and easy. Although for me UltraAnalog and Junatik are 2 of the easiest synths to program.
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Old 10-15-2011, 02:14 PM   #25
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Admiral Quality - PolyAna
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Old 10-15-2011, 03:27 PM   #26
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Just noticed Big Tick Rhino is a $20 no-brainer at audioMIDI right now. Think it will compliment Ultra Analog nicely, so what the hey... I just bought it.
Nice, thanks for the heads up. Tried it for ten minutes and bought it
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So basically everyone like completely different things. Surprise, surprise!
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Old 10-15-2011, 08:46 PM   #28
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I'm using Synthmaster these days. Version 2.5 came out recently, I like it a lot.

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Predator. Rob Papen
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So basically everyone like completely different things. Surprise, surprise!
wat?????!!!!!!
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Nice, thanks for the heads up. Tried it for ten minutes and bought it

Same here. Interesting sound to this synth.
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Old 10-16-2011, 11:21 AM   #34
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Hard to say. In no special order:

Elektrostudio Pack
Synth1
OLGA
Kontakt
Zebra
SQ8L
Minimonsta
Korg Legacy Collections


I use these more than any other, I guess.
Do you know if Korg has demos available for the legacy stuff? I've read that they do, but I'm not seeing them on their site.
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Do you know if Korg has demos available for the legacy stuff? I've read that they do, but I'm not seeing them on their site.
They did have demos requiring an ilok back in the day, but since they dropped that POS dongle they haven't had demos out, as far as I know. I got the Special bundle (all their sw-synths) for $99 as an upgrade from the M1 LE synth I got along with my nanopad, that's $100 off - pretty good deal since I got my nanopad for $34.

Ironically M1 is the last synth I'd consider using...
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They did have demos requiring an ilok back in the day, but since they dropped that POS dongle they haven't had demos out, as far as I know. I got the Special bundle (all their sw-synths) for $99 as an upgrade from the M1 LE synth I got along with my nanopad, that's $100 off - pretty good deal since I got my nanopad for $34.

Ironically M1 is the last synth I'd consider using...
Thanks, I was looking everywhere on their site for a demo. I'm mostly interested in the ms20 emulation. I guess I can either buy or not. Any opinion on it?

The main synths that I've been using are:

Oatmeal
Malstrom

I'm not a typical synth user, I suppose. I don't really make electronic types of music.
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First is AAS Ultra Analog, which I got for an insane price during a no brainer deal. I just like the sound of it.

Peter
I got that same no brainer deal on the AAS Ultra Analog. I like it.

That and Kontakt are pretty much the only ones I currently use. (Plus Addictive Drums.)
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CS-80V and the ARP-2600. both are super powerful. Also a big fan of Predator.
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Do you know if Korg has demos available for the legacy stuff? I've read that they do, but I'm not seeing them on their site.
In my humble opinion you should get them without any demo whatsoever. They are all superb!
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Thanks, I was looking everywhere on their site for a demo. I'm mostly interested in the ms20 emulation. I guess I can either buy or not. Any opinion on it?

The main synths that I've been using are:

Oatmeal
Malstrom

I'm not a typical synth user, I suppose. I don't really make electronic types of music.
Not really, haven't used it much. I mainly got the package for nostalgic reasons - we had a polysix at hi school and I used to own a wavestation ex. It sounds nice enough, but I'm usually kicking up ultra analog as mentioned above.
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