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The best VST Synth?

Postby Alperian » Sat May 01, 2021 8:39 pm

I have read your sister magazine website MusicRadar and love it. I especially find endearing the top 25 VST plugin Synth list that it runs. You obviously know the one since it was last updated in 2019.

So please before I put my personal all in, can you tell me which are your favourite VST plugins for 2021? No I am not Ben Rogerson. He works very hard, but doesn't have time for this.
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Re: The best VST Synth?

Postby RichardT » Sat May 01, 2021 8:44 pm

Omnisphere, massive x, pigments, synthmaster 1 and 2, serum, absynth, fm8 are my favourites.
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Re: The best VST Synth?

Postby The Elf » Sat May 01, 2021 9:09 pm

Omnisphere
Kontakt (not a 'synth' , as such, but it becomes many things the way I use it)
Padshop (bundled with Cubase)
Fabfilter Twin
Synapse Legend
Roli Equator
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Re: The best VST Synth?

Postby Wonks » Sat May 01, 2021 10:02 pm

Alperian wrote:I have read your sister magazine website MusicRadar and love it.

''Sister" only in the sense that they/it deals with musical instruments, musicians and music technology. Otherwise there is no relation between SOS and the various Future Publishing magazines.
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Re: The best VST Synth?

Postby BobTheDog » Sun May 02, 2021 7:41 am

The ones I find myself using a lot:

Pigments
Omnisphere/Keyscape
Strobe 2
Cypher 2
Bazille
Hive
Reaktor 6
Absynth
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Re: The best VST Synth?

Postby Dave B » Sun May 02, 2021 12:18 pm

(+1 wot Wonks said - at first I thought this was a trolling thread)

Anyway, if I look at the plugin instruments that I go to regularly, they are :

1. Korg Wavestation as it does a lot of stuff and I've known how to use it for decades
2. Korg / Arp Odyssey as it is a really brilliant Oddy recreation and was only 39quid
3. Korg M1 see (1)
4. AAS Chromophone for any 'hits' which aren't the usual ones - very handy
5. Arturia Sem / Brainworks Oberhausen / discoDsp OB-Xd for any synthy stuff
6. Addictive Drums 2 for drum hits

I happily use the stock samples and drummer in Logic a lot of the time. Modartt Pianoteq sometimes does pianos. And I've had fun with Klevgrand's Ting for some alternative percussion.

I've just double checked the above as it was done from memory. I do have a load of other plugin instruments, but these are the ones I turn to regularly. I'm lucky enough to have a good selection of hardware to be able to use. I suspect that a couple of newer ones might show up if you ask again in a years time.
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Re: The best VST Synth?

Postby TheLegit » Sun May 02, 2021 4:04 pm

Omnisphere is epic, Sylenth is really good as well
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Re: The best VST Synth?

Postby Alperian » Sun May 02, 2021 10:08 pm

So Omnisphere is very popular in here. Is it what you would call a Rompler? So is the Korg legacy VST Triton a competitor in this regard?

Is the Omnisphere an hybrid and not comparable with the Korgs? Does it have to go up against other opposition?

Thanks for the info Wonky!

Have you ever wondered about how the astrophysicists and best maths minds are turned towards the Theory of Everything? Essentially the unified theory that joins big scale physics to the tiny quantum world and can essentially explain the universe?

So what if there was a synth that could 'unify' subtractive, additive, wavetable, granular, fm etc?

What is the nearest to that?
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Re: The best VST Synth?

Postby Folderol » Sun May 02, 2021 10:12 pm

Alperian wrote:So what if there was a synth that could 'unify' subtractive, additive, wavetable, granular, fm etc?

What is the nearest to that?
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Re: The best VST Synth?

Postby Alperian » Sun May 02, 2021 10:29 pm

Folderol wrote:Must... Not...Bite... :lol:

It's genuinely been on my mind for forty years Folderol. I think Image line have started the solution with Harmor though.

If you search on this whole website there is barely a mention of it. A synth that you can drag samples into and it converts them to 512 partials. then it uses 'Alien' technology to interpret the additive into what we think we are doing in an analogue world.

This is a subject for a different thread though. I find it baffling that the only thing that ppl want to find useful about Harmor is EDM bass.
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Re: The best VST Synth?

Postby James Perrett » Sun May 02, 2021 10:47 pm

Will is referring to

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoshimi_(synthesizer)

but unfortunately it isn't available as a VST.
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Re: The best VST Synth?

Postby Alperian » Sun May 02, 2021 11:00 pm

James Perrett wrote:Will is referring to
Yoshimi
but unfortunately it isn't available as a VST.

Thanks for that. I am running an Ubuntu server in my day job. I might have a go at it. Wikipedia does say that it has 3 separate synth engines so they are not unified.

Hi Will :wave:
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Re: The best VST Synth?

Postby Folderol » Mon May 03, 2021 8:15 am

Alperian wrote:
James Perrett wrote:Will is referring to
Yoshimi
but unfortunately it isn't available as a VST.

Thanks for that. I am running an Ubuntu server in my day job. I might have a go at it. Wikipedia does say that it has 3 separate synth engines so they are not unified.

Hi Will :wave:
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However...
Yes, the engines are not entirely unified, but they do have common features and connections, and in any case each engine has a huge number of parameters you can play with - especially AddSynth.
More details here.

We don't have a VST or cross platforms version (nobody to do the coding for other platforms) but we do have an LV2 version.

Unfortunately debian derivatives don't have the latest bells and whistles, but most of it is there.
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Re: The best VST Synth?

Postby RobustAmerican » Tue May 04, 2021 12:55 am

My favorites at the moment are...

Repro Bundle - u-he
Zebra 2 - u-he
Obsession - Synapse Audio (Really enjoying the voice editing implementation here)
Padshop Pro - Steinberg
Retrologue II - Steinberg
MS-20 - Korg
Monopoly - Korg
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Re: The best VST Synth?

Postby IAA » Tue May 04, 2021 6:33 am

So what if there was a synth that could 'unify' subtractive, additive, wavetable, granular, fm etc?
Well logic’s Alchemy can do most of that (although obviously it’s an AU not a VST), as others have said Pigments can get close and is very pretty :smirk:

Software synths are now v v good and the issue for me is their UIs (which is why I like the vintage reproductions - I know my way around without reading the manual). No good having all that technology if it gets in the way of making music. :headbang:
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