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stvrsz
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88 posts since 23 May, 2011
I love synths. I am fifty years old. I have a theory I like to call the “SH#T factor.” Please allow me to explain. The first synth that I had the opportunity to use was when I was 18. It was gray. It had beautiful colored buttons. It had a simple red led display. It was called a Juno 106. I was hooked. It took me until I was 22 to get my first “synth.” It was called a Moog Satellite.
It was horrible. I then had the opportunity to get a Juno 60 from a friend for $200. On and on it went and the collection grew and grew. By the end, I had managed to collect and use many of the “Big Ones” and the opportunity to play the ones(friends had them) I couldn’t find. Analog prices were pretty cheap in the early 90’s. I got my Minimoog for $125 bucks. Sadly, I fell on hard times in the late 90’s and had to sell my analog gear to make ends meet. In the early 2000’s, I scoured the internet and discovered things called VST instruments. They were my hope for reclaiming my lost synths since there is no way that I could have afforded to buy them back (let’s please kindly leave the fake vs. real argument out of this forum since it has been beaten to death many times).
I first discovered the “Sh#t factor” when I loaded my first VSTI called MINIMOGUE. I couldn’t believe how amazing software could sound. I also felt the same when I loaded up Arppe 2600. It was as if I was hearing “pretty close” to the real deal. Since I couldn’t afford the real deal, I began collecting VST instruments and effects. Over the years, I have only had a few “SH#T factor” moments with virtual synths, defined as: a moment when you press the keys and you are absolutely astounded at what is coming out of your computer.
These are the plugs that meet this extremely subjective and personal criteria: the aforementioned Minimogue and Arppe 2600(still are pretty good), Superwave P8(still sounds OK), DuneBE(very powerful and crisp), Sylenth1(punchy and warm, very reminiscent of hardware),Genesis CM(pounder), Spire(this one really did it…I bought it immediately after I heard it), Dune 2(crisp and punchy), Parawave RAPID(unbelievable to my ears, but not well loved on the internet for some reason). I own and have collected many other synths and really want to like many of them more than I do.
What are some synths that blew YOU away the first time you pressed the keys? Thanks in advance for your astute comments.
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Zexila
KVRAF
 
3025 posts since 17 Mar, 2008
Spire!
This entire forum is wading through predictions, opinions, barely formed thoughts, drama, and whining. If you don't enjoy that, why are you here? :D ShawnG
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ATS
KVRAF
 
5676 posts since 20 Dec, 2002, from MD USA
wall of text...not gonna read all that lol but Rapid synth blew me away first time and every time
Halonmusic
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1538 posts since 13 Nov, 2015, from Norway
All of Full Bucket's synths
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Vospi
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207 posts since 31 May, 2011
Aalto with random from FL.
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stvrsz
KVRist
 
88 posts since 23 May, 2011
Halonmusic wrote:All of Full Bucket's synths

Yes! I did a bank for Ragnarok for OSC and all of their stuff is fantastic!
stvrsz
KVRist
 
88 posts since 23 May, 2011
Vospi wrote:Aalto with random from FL.

Indeed! Madrona is awesome! Did you try Kaivo? Unreal!
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hivkorn
KVRAF
 
2709 posts since 6 Sep, 2007, from France
Fabfilter one / minimonsta / zebra 2 / avenger /modular
With these 5 synhs you can t go wrong !

Today i load knagalis instead an other plugs....
When you don t find the sound with the one you have ,try a stuff like knagalis (nusofting) ....there a "living " sound into these gems !
elassi
KVRAF
 
1891 posts since 8 Sep, 2009
Thx God the headline said everything, so I didn't need to read the whole 'bible'. ;)

To me it was Rubberduck, Hammerhead and Generator, accompanied by a early Tracker found on a Shareware-disk (don't ask what it is, younger generation folks).

Eventually the fire got me and it never stopped burning.
stvrsz
KVRist
 
88 posts since 23 May, 2011
elassi wrote:Thx God the headline said everything, so I didn't need to read the whole 'bible'. ;)

To me it was Rubberduck, Hammerhead and Generator, accompanied by a early Tracker found on a Shareware-disk (don't ask what it is, younger generation folks).

Eventually the fire got me and it never stopped burning.


Yes. The older ones know what Amiga, Atari ST, and Trackers are. Stuff like Hammerhead paved the way for FL.
stvrsz
KVRist
 
88 posts since 23 May, 2011
hivkorn wrote:Fabfilter one / minimonsta / zebra 2 / avenger /modular
With these 5 synhs you can t go wrong !

Today i load knagalis instead an other plugs....
When you don t find the sound with the one you have ,try a stuff like knagalis (nusofting) ....there a "living " sound into these gems !

Played with Minimonsta and it is GREAT. Too expensive. I am love-hate on U-He(flame me now). All U-he plugs just have a "sound" to me. I love the free Beatzille and have used Zebra CM and Zebralette extensively. If I had to pick one, Zebra2 would be it, but a bit pricey.
Halonmusic
KVRAF
 
1538 posts since 13 Nov, 2015, from Norway
stvrsz wrote:
Halonmusic wrote:All of Full Bucket's synths

Yes! I did a bank for Ragnarok for OSC and all of their stuff is fantastic!


Indeed. He is my favorite developer :tu:
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Teksonik
KVRAF
 
11427 posts since 15 Sep, 2001, from Las Vegas,USA
stvrsz wrote: (let’s please kindly leave the fake vs. real argument out of this forum since it has been beaten to death many times).


So have "what are your favorite synth" threads.......... :hihi:
None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
stvrsz
KVRist
 
88 posts since 23 May, 2011
Teksonik wrote:
stvrsz wrote: (let’s please kindly leave the fake vs. real argument out of this forum since it has been beaten to death many times).


So have "what are your favorite synth" threads.......... :hihi:

I never asked "what your favorite synth was." The question AGAIN was what synth BLEW YOU AWAY the first time that you loaded it.
DubLifeSD
KVRist
 
393 posts since 29 Jul, 2009, from San Diego, CA
ImpOSCar! that was the first one to make me say woooahhh in the digital realm.
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