VST Synths....what to get.

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Re: VST Synths....what to get.

Post by Larry Mal » Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:50 pm

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OOOO...I saw the Carbon Electra.....that sounds perfect....will look into that.

The best thing Arturia has on the Synth Lab is the Blade Runner presets....But all in all disappointed with the Matrix 12 and Synth Lab.


Did you buy any presets for the Synthmaster
I didn't buy any extra, I bought the whole package, though, which comes with a lot.

Buying plug in synths is fun and can be inspiring, still, there's something to be said for knowing the instruments you have very well rather than buying new ones.

I'm not badmouthing you or anything, it's kind of a caution to myself, because if all you do is keep buying synths and using the presets then you end up not really knowing how to make the most out of your instruments or even synthesis itself.

Which really should not preclude you from buying a good package or anything, but what I've told myself is that I need to stop for a good long while, make music with the excellent stuff I have at my disposal, and only later think about anything else.

I mean, I have Komplete, the Rob Papen package, Ultra-Analog, all the stuff that comes with Live and Logic, Synthmaster, Carbon Electra, and those are just the synths. If I'm not covered then I'm an idiot- oh, and I have all the Waves synths. Probably more.

The fact is, there are types of synthesizers, but as long as you get a very good one of any particular type, and know it well, then you should be able to get all the sounds that type of synthesizer can offer. This is obviously a big subject, and one that I'm not particularly qualified to go much further with, but it's something to keep in mind.
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Re: VST Synths....what to get.

Post by budda12ax7 » Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:48 pm

Ah well.....my goal was to get several classic synths like a moog, Juno, Jupiter. I found enough free stuff to satisfy myself already.
I like the Go2 synth....easy to use. I bought the Go2 and the TAL-Juno, I've deleted the Arturia matrix and Synth lab both completely useless. I just want a variety of synths to cover different styles of music. I like the presets because it gets me close to something then I tweek the rest. But, you are right that it is a rabbit hole to keep buying when I have enough at this point.

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Re: VST Synths....what to get.

Post by mackerelmint » Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:40 pm

That matrix 12 is totally a programmer's synth and just a total bitch to get on with. I hate it too.

I do like the CS-80. It gets plenty deep but it's not completely overwhelming from the start. Really nice sounds in it.

I think the fact that it's so easy to bury oneself in vst synths and not get to know them is part of why I'm moving away from them. My little roland box covers so much and goes so deep, and I really don't know how to program it. Part of that is that there's no way to do so from the hardware and there's only recently been free software to allow you to edit with it. But that and an OBX type covers an awful lot.

A 3 oscillator poly is kind of the only real step beyond an OBX in my mind, and that's what that new moog is all about... they sure are neat.
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Re: VST Synths....what to get.

Post by budda12ax7 » Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:18 am

I liked a bunch of the Matrix sounds, but disliked most of them. Not to bad to tweeze out some of my own sounds, but I had high expectations for it.

The Synth Lab really sucked.....6,000 presets and not very tweekable. I guess if you were using that in performance mode it would be cool.

On the other hand,,,the TAl-Juno is great....but will look for a SEM vst....

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Re: VST Synths....what to get.

Post by Larry Mal » Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:42 am

The Waves synths are excellent, by the way.
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Re: VST Synths....what to get.

Post by budda12ax7 » Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:00 pm

Haha....more vst synth searching. I used the Go2 on 4 tracks of my synth EP thingy...need to use other stuff. Will check it out. Thanks.

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Re: VST Synths....what to get.

Post by Larry Mal » Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:27 pm

Actually, I haven't bought their brand new one yet, so I shouldn't say that, but I will. Flow Motion? I forget the name of it.
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Post by Maggieo » Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:55 pm

What are you guys using for controllers?
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Re: VST Synths....what to get.

Post by mackerelmint » Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:20 pm

I got an Akai MPK. The first generation of them. I like it.
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Re: VST Synths....what to get.

Post by budda12ax7 » Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:12 am

I'm using an M Pro Audio 2 octave...has about 9 knobs plus two wheels. Works great, has almost full size keys.

I just looked at the Memory Moon stuff. Yikes.

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Re: VST Synths....what to get.

Post by budda12ax7 » Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:25 pm

Just got the Arturia Jupiter.....I put it in stand alone mode and ran it through my bass amp....oh yea.....

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Re: VST Synths....what to get.

Post by Larry Mal » Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:15 am

Maggieo wrote:
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What are you guys using for controllers?
I have Maschine, I rarely use that, I have a Casio CDP 100 (which I use as a full 88 key MIDI controller), and I have a little Alesis V25 as well.
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