Old 12-15-2015, 03:27 PM   #1
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What sorts of sounds you CAN'T make in sylenth1?
I'm not talking in terms of quality
I just want to see which type sounds are only possible with other synths

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Old 12-16-2015, 01:27 PM   #2
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It's an analog modelling synth, it's oscillators only produce the types of waveforms analog oscillators do, and has no deeper frequency modulation possibilities between them- it does only subtractive synthesis which is the basis of electronic music, sounds we love, and is fairly easy to program.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subtractive_synthesis

It does it really well, tho and sounds pretty epic.

Other synthesis types (especially on synths with analog-style filters) can often mimic some of the sounds subtractive synths produce, but expand the sonic possibilities to metallic, brighter timbres due to the more complex waveforms they can output by modulating waveforms with each other in various mathematical ways. Check out some FM synths (frequency/phase modulation like FM8 or the free Dexed) for sound examples probably furthest from basic filtered analog waves. Or maybe a more modern take on FM/complex oscillators like Madrona Labs Aalto or U-He Bazille https://www.u-he.com/cms/bazille.

Then there's additive and wavetable synthesis which use different methods to combine or scan waveforms to produce some unique sounds, but all of these and FM have an overlapping zone of sounds that are really quite similar. Physical modelling could be seen as a synthesis type as well, and that one does really unique timbres which closely resemble real instruments.
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Old 12-17-2015, 02:41 AM   #3
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Here's some more sounds that reach beyond subtractive synthesis' realm:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYPbqXOxi6k

Aalto by Madrona Labs, a fantastic soft synth in pretty much every way.
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Old 12-18-2015, 02:34 AM   #4
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What sorts of sounds you CAN'T make in sylenth1?
I'm not talking in terms of quality
I just want to see which type sounds are only possible with other synths

thank you
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