chk071 wrote:recursive one wrote:I think it's just a general change of producers' mindset. 10 years ago it was like "you need Virus to get these hypersaws and plucks, you need Nordlead to get these ripping FM sounds, you need JP8000 to get these huge pads, otherwise it won't sound right", now it's more about sound design and production techniques where the basic character of the synth is not that important as it is going to be layered, processed, resampled and whatnot.
Good point. Even though i'd still say that, the least you need to process the hell out of your plugins, the more beneficial it is, and the more it says about the base quality of the plugin itself. At least i have a lot of more fun with synths which have a big sweet spot, and sound good for more or less everything, than plugins you need to force to sound good for certain sounds. Or, having to have a load of them in your plugin folder, for all the small little things they really do well.
Well, I'm still learning production, mixing and all that stuff but I believe there is no right and wrong way here. I do prefer synths which have strong and pleasant character without any extra processing (well, like Access Virus, you know I'm a diehard fan of this machine) but eventually any sound, no matter how awesome it is on its own, is just a part of a mix and it is still going to be processed to fit its role in your track. Sometimes a bland, weak sound just fits the bill, while huge and fat patches often need heavy equalization to sit well together with the other sounds. Basically in my case it all starts with the inspiration which I get from playing these huge sounds from Virus, Viper or Spire, but then it all comes down to purely technical things, and sometimes the synths which I don't like on their own, perfectly fit the mix. Like Dune2, I find its clean and neutral sound is not very inspiring but when I need a "secondary" synth line or something Dune does the job, and then there are all kinds of saturators, character compressors etc which can add a little extra here and there.