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Re: The best VST Synth?

Postby Guido3 » Tue May 04, 2021 8:12 am

I try to keep my VSTs to a minimum so as not to get lost when looking for a particular sound. Apart from a few of the Logic bundled synths I use......

1. Pianoteq
2. Arturia Pigments
3. AAS Ultra Analogue VA-3
4. Arturia JP8V
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Re: The best VST Synth?

Postby TheLegit » Tue May 04, 2021 9:09 pm

What's great about Arturia Pigments in the minds of users here
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Re: The best VST Synth?

Postby Fleer » Wed May 05, 2021 2:54 am

Pianoteq
Omnisphere
Arturia Analog Lab
AAS Chromaphone
Kilohearts Phase Plant

(in no specific order)
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Re: The best VST Synth?

Postby BobTheDog » Wed May 05, 2021 9:06 pm

TheLegit wrote:What's great about Arturia Pigments in the minds of users here

Well for me: it sounds good, the modulation system is great, the general user interface is fantastic and it supports MPE very well.

I just find it really easy to get the sound that I have in my head, it’s just a very easy to program synth.
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Re: The best VST Synth?

Postby RichardT » Wed May 05, 2021 10:46 pm

TheLegit wrote:What's great about Arturia Pigments in the minds of users here

Great sounds, for me.
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Re: The best VST Synth?

Postby Alperian » Wed May 05, 2021 11:34 pm

I've just been throwing myself around Omnisphere again and it is a magnificent product. It's so American like a huge Cadillac with everything electric that turns up to 12.

I mean the Mongolian Tuvan throat singing is a group of samples that if any other manufacturer added to their instrument, would be a why-bother, trifling afterthought, but these sound wonderful and when you granulate them and pass them through the harmonia and give them more voices with Unison it's errr...epic? Just one example. Didn't even use the effects.

Ok although it is a ROMPLER of sorts it is amazing. Do we put it at number one then so many of you had it in their list?

The Korg Legacy series is close though, but it is a series in the same price bracket. If Korg brought out a Kronos VST would that be a valid competitor?
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Re: The best VST Synth?

Postby Martin Walker » Wed May 05, 2021 11:58 pm

I also love Omnishpere, although I'm finding myself using it less nowadays.

Eric Persing has an uncanny skill of being able to make sounds 'larger than life', and they can dominate a mix, which is great if this is a featured sound, but if not I find myself having to thin it out with EQ and so on.


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Re: The best VST Synth?

Postby RichardT » Thu May 06, 2021 8:50 am

Martin Walker wrote:I also love Omnishpere, although I'm finding myself using it less nowadays.

Eric Persing has an uncanny skill of being able to make sounds 'larger than life', and they can dominate a mix, which is great if this is a featured sound, but if not I find myself having to thin it out with EQ and so on.


Martin

I agree. What I usually end up doing is taking off almost all the Omnisphere effects to get a clearer sound, and EQing away the lower end.

Omnishpere is a great typo by the way, occifer.
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Re: The best VST Synth?

Postby Dave B » Thu May 06, 2021 11:26 am

Alperian wrote: .. Korg brought out a Kronos VST ..

I doubt that that would happen - the Kronos is a collection of vsts anyway. I'm not sure what benefit it would give Korg to do that.

Personally, I'd prefer it if they released the Trinity as a vsti - much better than the Triton. I'd snap that one up and probably never open the M1 again!
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Re: The best VST Synth?

Postby DarthPaul » Thu May 06, 2021 12:35 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?
Maybe Pigments 3? It includes several different types of synth engine.

Sorry if I'm late to the debate!!

Whats great about it? The sounds, the GUI, the sounds, the programmability, the sounds!!!
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Re: The best VST Synth?

Postby Alperian » Sun May 09, 2021 10:52 pm

Thank you for that. It's always the usual suspects for good reason.

Well, apart from Omnisphere, the heavy hitters (probably better from a sound design point of view) are:

UVI Falcon 2
Vengeance Software's VPS Avenger
Kilohearts PhasePlant

These are so big and fulsome that they each come with their own mixers/miniDAWs, - grouped these three together. I don't know which one I would pick out of these. Probably the Avenger.

Wavetable Synths:
Xfer Serum
Massive X (you know that NI will keep working on it until it headlines).
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Re: The best VST Synth?

Postby TheLegit » Thu May 13, 2021 4:07 pm

Martin Walker wrote:I also love Omnishpere, although I'm finding myself using it less nowadays.

Eric Persing has an uncanny skill of being able to make sounds 'larger than life', and they can dominate a mix, which is great if this is a featured sound, but if not I find myself having to thin it out with EQ and so on.


Martin

Very true and this goes for Stylus Loops as well at times !
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Re: The best VST Synth?

Postby jazzpick » Fri May 14, 2021 2:34 pm

Hi, my first post in SOS.

Great thread!
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Re: The best VST Synth?

Postby forumuser918214 » Fri May 14, 2021 2:54 pm

Pigments 3 has granular, additive, subtractive, sampling, fm, wavetables and multiples of all with super effects and filters and clear modulation routing, sequencing and arpeggiation - and over 1000 presets that show all that off.
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Re: The best VST Synth?

Postby Alperian » Sun May 16, 2021 9:49 pm

Image Line Harmor

Harmor is the only synth, (hardware or Software) that I have seen that totally runs with a *useable*additive vibe using 516 partials controlled with intuitive knobs that make it appear as though it is some mysterious subtractive machine. Did aliens give it to us?

SeamlessR is probably the greatest true believer of Harmor and his enthusiasm can be seen here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0ds8Jo1RZc

Not available for Macs though which might be why it doesn't get the adoration that it should.

I nominate this as the greatest synth that most ignored.
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