You are here

Good virtual Synths

For everything after the recording stage: hardware/software and how you use it.

Good virtual Synths

Postby Bwoodwardmusic » Mon Feb 29, 2016 11:14 pm

Hey guys,

I've started getting involved in recording more electronic music, with a sort of Owl City type vibe.

I was wondering if anyone would be able to recommend any good plugins for this type of music? Virtual instrument synths etc

If anyone can point me in the right direction that would be much appreciated! I've been using Xpand in Protools but I think there are probably much better, more versatile plugins out there!

Cheers
Bwoodwardmusic
Regular
Posts: 172
Joined: Sun Jun 23, 2013 11:00 pm

Re: Good virtual Synths

Postby Dave B » Tue Mar 01, 2016 8:17 am

The Elf swears by FabFilter Twin 2 - and it's quite a powerful synth under the hood.

Almost anything by Rob Papen will suit any kind of music (Blue is still popular). Rob is a good sound designer so his synths have some great stuff in there for when you want to dig deeper.
User avatar
Dave B
Jedi Poster
Posts: 4180
Joined: Wed Apr 02, 2003 11:00 pm
Location: Maidenhead
Veni, Vidi, Aesculi
(I came, I saw, I conkered)

Re: Good virtual Synths

Postby The Elf » Tue Mar 01, 2016 8:59 am

Dave B wrote:The Elf swears by FabFilter Twin 2 - and it's quite a powerful synth under the hood.

Bang on. It's still my favourite laptop synth by far. Everything from Jupiter pads to Moog leads. It's finding its way to the final mix very often these days.

I really wish it had a friendlier interface, but I've mostly got used to it.

Definitely worth trying out. There's a 30-day free trial.
User avatar
The Elf
Jedi Poster
Posts: 10885
Joined: Mon Aug 13, 2001 11:00 pm
Location: Sheffield, UK
An Eagle for an Emperor, A Kestrel for a Knave.

Re: Good virtual Synths

Postby Zukan » Tue Mar 01, 2016 9:03 am

Rob's products and Massive.

If you feel manly then look no further than Falcon.
User avatar
Zukan
Moderator
Posts: 6759
Joined: Thu Sep 11, 2003 11:00 pm

Re: Good virtual Synths

Postby Bwoodwardmusic » Tue Mar 01, 2016 11:23 am

Sweet thanks guys! I'll check some of these out :)

Ben
Bwoodwardmusic
Regular
Posts: 172
Joined: Sun Jun 23, 2013 11:00 pm

Re: Good virtual Synths

Postby Richie Royale » Tue Mar 01, 2016 11:25 am

https://tal-software.com/Products The free Tal Elek7ro is a great synth and I frequently use it on tracks.
User avatar
Richie Royale
Jedi Poster
Posts: 4517
Joined: Mon Sep 11, 2006 11:00 pm
Location: Bristol, England.
http://soundcloud.com/richie-royale http://www.mixcrate.com/richieroyale

Re: Good virtual Synths

Postby fatbenelton » Tue Mar 01, 2016 11:38 am

Rob Papen Blue 2 is awesome.....in my opinion!
User avatar
fatbenelton
Regular
Posts: 464
Joined: Wed Aug 21, 2002 11:00 pm
Location: Liverpool, UK
Jonny

Re: Good virtual Synths

Postby Alba » Tue Mar 01, 2016 11:56 am

I don't use synth sounds very often in our music, but i sometimes need to odd woosh or bleep or something and use Crystal

Just thought i'd pop that in.
Alba
Frequent Poster
Posts: 958
Joined: Sat Jul 25, 2015 11:00 pm
Location: Airstrip 1, Eurasia
 

Re: Good virtual Synths

Postby AndyClarke » Tue Mar 01, 2016 12:06 pm

Richie Royale wrote:https://tal-software.com/Products The free Tal Elek7ro is a great synth and I frequently use it on tracks.

I second this, I'm also a big fan of Stillwell's Schwa Olga you can download for free and you have nag screen each time you load it up but I would always say pay for it because it's a great product and Stillwell deserve your cash. My entire recording setup seems to be based around Stillwell plugins these days.
AndyClarke
Regular
Posts: 213
Joined: Sat Mar 08, 2008 12:00 am
Location: Sheffield, UK

Re: Good virtual Synths

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Mar 01, 2016 1:14 pm

My vote would be for u-he's Diva, which sounds closer to a whole clutch of diverse hardware synths than almost anything else I've tried to date:

www.u-he.com/cms/diva


Martin
User avatar
Martin Walker
Moderator
Posts: 11653
Joined: Wed Jan 13, 2010 8:44 am
Location: Cornwall, UK

Re: Good virtual Synths

Postby desmond » Tue Mar 01, 2016 1:56 pm

Is this the thread where everyone just lists the synths they like..? ;)
User avatar
desmond
Jedi Poster
Posts: 7544
Joined: Tue Jan 10, 2006 12:00 am

Re: Good virtual Synths

Postby Andy McBain » Tue Mar 01, 2016 2:10 pm

Martin Walker wrote:My vote would be for u-he's Diva, which sounds closer to a whole clutch of diverse hardware synths than almost anything else I've tried to date:

www.u-he.com/cms/diva


Martin

+1 ... this will definitely give you the Owl City vibe you're looking for. Inspiring, and feels like a real instrument.
Andy McBain
Regular
Posts: 308
Joined: Sun Mar 06, 2005 12:00 am

Re: Good virtual Synths

Postby Dave B » Tue Mar 01, 2016 3:49 pm

I've noticed that whilst many people praise u-He Diva (and it looks like a great product), there is usually a caveat about resources. Apparently it is quite cpu-hungry - which may be a factor when deciding. It's still on my list of things to check out, but not quite as high as it was...
User avatar
Dave B
Jedi Poster
Posts: 4180
Joined: Wed Apr 02, 2003 11:00 pm
Location: Maidenhead
Veni, Vidi, Aesculi
(I came, I saw, I conkered)

Re: Good virtual Synths

Postby desmond » Tue Mar 01, 2016 5:12 pm

Dave B wrote:Apparently it is quite cpu-hungry - which may be a factor when deciding. It's still on my list of things to check out, but not quite as high as it was...

Intentionally - but you don't have to run it in the high quality modes, just use it in lower quality modes, and then you can always switch to "sexy" mode when you bounce or render...

I'm holding out for Zebra3...
User avatar
desmond
Jedi Poster
Posts: 7544
Joined: Tue Jan 10, 2006 12:00 am

Re: Good virtual Synths

Postby DC-Choppah » Wed Mar 02, 2016 2:26 am

Why not just ask Adam (Owl City) himself. He's a very nice guy.

http://equipboard.com/pros/owl-city/#so ... s-and-vsts
User avatar
DC-Choppah
Frequent Poster
Posts: 889
Joined: Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:00 pm
Location: MD, USA

Re: Good virtual Synths

Postby JSantos » Wed Mar 02, 2016 1:10 pm

DC-Choppah wrote:Why not just ask Adam (Owl City) himself. He's a very nice guy.

http://equipboard.com/pros/owl-city/#software-plugins-and-vsts

+1

That Omnisphere though. It sure is the sweetest thing I've used for synth-based music!
JSantos
Poster
Posts: 12
Joined: Mon Feb 29, 2016 12:00 am

Re: Good virtual Synths

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Mar 02, 2016 7:28 pm

desmond wrote:
Dave B wrote:Apparently it is quite cpu-hungry - which may be a factor when deciding. It's still on my list of things to check out, but not quite as high as it was...


Intentionally - but you don't have to run it in the high quality modes, just use it in lower quality modes, and then you can always switch to "sexy" mode when you bounce or render...

I'm holding out for Zebra3...


Spot on Desmond!

What I admire about Diva is the diversity of its components, and in particular its selection of:

Ladder (Minimoog)
Cascade (Jupiter 8 and Juno 60)
Multimode (Alpha Juno 2)
BITE (Korg MS-20 Mk1)
Uhbie (Oberheim 12dB state variable)

filter options.


Martin
User avatar
Martin Walker
Moderator
Posts: 11653
Joined: Wed Jan 13, 2010 8:44 am
Location: Cornwall, UK

Re: Good virtual Synths

Postby Zukan » Thu Mar 03, 2016 8:51 am

Yesterday, Chevvers and I were mixing and he introduced me to Diva. Lets just say, apart from Falcon for my more evolving and complex sounds Diva has taken over all my synth duties for all mix projects. Truly well designed and thought out and I don't care about the cpu hog: I believe they have updated the code threading for better offline processing.

It comes down to Rop's synths (which really are damn good) and Diva.
User avatar
Zukan
Moderator
Posts: 6759
Joined: Thu Sep 11, 2003 11:00 pm

Re: Good virtual Synths

Postby Stoney » Thu Mar 03, 2016 10:06 am

Zuke have you tried Bazille and Zebra yet? :)
Stoney
Regular
Posts: 305
Joined: Tue Aug 31, 2004 11:00 pm
Location: London

Re: Good virtual Synths

Postby Zukan » Thu Mar 03, 2016 11:35 am

No Stoney, but Chevvers 'introduced' me to them. They look very interesting.
User avatar
Zukan
Moderator
Posts: 6759
Joined: Thu Sep 11, 2003 11:00 pm

Next

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users