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Postby futures_untold » Wed Jul 29, 2009 5:54 pm

Which are the heaviest, most feature laden softsynths out there?

I'm trying to find as many truly amazing synths as possible. The 'Best Of' 'Best Of' sort of thing... :)

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My definaition of a synth with good features; Synths must include lots or all of the following:

Modular or semi modular routing
Multiple synthesis types
PWM and waveshaping on complex waveforms, not just pulsewaves
FM, RM, AM and osc sync between oscillators
Multi stage or custom envelopes
Custom user waveforms
etc etc.

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So far I'd rate the synths listed below for having excellent features.

----Payware Synths With Decent Feature Sets----

Camel Audio Alchemy
Spectrasonics Omnisphere
Tone2 Gladiator
NI Absynth
NI Massive
Cakewalk Rapture
u-he Zebra
Vember Audio Surge
Cakewalk z3ta+
Rob Papen Albino 3
Rob Papen Blue

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The following synths give the majority of payware synths a serious run for their money....! :o ;)

----Free & Donationware Synths With Excellent Feature Sets----

----Sonic-Lion Nitrox----

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----Fuzzpilz Oatmeal----

(Thankfully, lots of alternative skins are available!) :)

lF_Lumina Skin
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GJ-Blueberry Skin
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----Green Oak Crystal----

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Am I missing any? Can you recommend any others?

(I'm not talking about which synths you like the sound of, or like using, only those with excellent feature sets!) ;)

Thanks
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Postby 86. » Wed Jul 29, 2009 5:56 pm

Crystal is pretty ill. havent toyed with it much....but when I go home I might try and incorporate it in the tune i'm dealing with atm.
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Postby futures_untold » Wed Jul 29, 2009 6:03 pm

86 Position wrote:Crystal is pretty ill. havent toyed with it much....but when I go home I might try and incorporate it in the tune i'm dealing with atm.


I don't really like the GUI design and layout, but it is capable of big things! Users can load their own oscillator waveforms, and it has those custom envelopes :U:
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Postby deadly_habit » Wed Jul 29, 2009 6:04 pm

surge and circle
edit missed surge in line up
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Postby 86. » Wed Jul 29, 2009 6:07 pm

futures_untold wrote:
86 Position wrote:Crystal is pretty ill. havent toyed with it much....but when I go home I might try and incorporate it in the tune i'm dealing with atm.


I don't really like the GUI design and layout, but it is capable of big things! Users can load their own oscillator waveforms, and it has those custom envelopes :U:


yeah it is a bit strange.


three weeks ago I came across this site called DSK, all freeware, there were synths there that I'd use on the regular. they're not superspectacular or anything but they are an option.
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Postby 3za » Wed Jul 29, 2009 7:14 pm

Reaktor ftw. not really a synth but it is heavyweight.
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Sure_Fire wrote:By the way does anyone have the stems to make it bun dem? Missed the beatport comp and would very much like the ego booster of saying I remixed Skrillex.
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Postby hurlingdervish » Thu Jul 30, 2009 12:09 am

i love messing with crystal

mutation 100 percent

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stop.
sample atmosphere for later use
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Postby decree » Thu Jul 30, 2009 1:29 am

I agree with Circle that shit is fun

but why isnt PREDATOR there?!
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Postby futures_untold » Thu Jul 30, 2009 1:36 am

Decree wrote:but why isnt PREDATOR there?!


Cuz it ain't that good? (imo)
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Postby deadly_habit » Thu Jul 30, 2009 1:52 am

interface sucks on pred
but def a great synth and more versatile than albino which gets all sorts of dickriding imo
z3ta+ still kills both
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Postby chewie » Thu Jul 30, 2009 1:57 am

yeah futures nailed it with that top 3 although omnisphere's the real daddy over alchemy :wink:
Gladiator sounds very nice, can easily be made too wide though
Followed closely by zebra
No mention of FM8 yet?
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Postby slyman » Thu Jul 30, 2009 2:10 am

just got crystal and all i can say is o my goodness :o
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Postby deadly_habit » Thu Jul 30, 2009 2:12 am

trillian if ya wanna go with omnisphere engine
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Postby Brisance » Thu Jul 30, 2009 2:16 am

you missed the helix from free synths.
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Postby futures_untold » Thu Jul 30, 2009 2:56 am

Brisance wrote:you missed the helix from free synths.


Very true. Although only the beta version of Helix is free, its now under commercial license.

Predator beats Albino you reckon? (Blue still beats both haha)
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Postby futures_untold » Thu Jul 30, 2009 10:10 am

Haha, I'm sure it is! :)

I don't know every synth ever, hence this list ;)
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