recursive one wrote:I also don't quite understand the importance of samplers today, I mean in the context of recreating the sound the OP is after. I guess they were essential to obviate the limitations of a hardware setup back in the days but now a DAW is a sampler in itself and has unlimited synth instances and mixer channels.
The issue of what to use today wasn't the question I was answering.
This was: "Does anyone know any emulations of synths that were used often in progressive house/trance in the early 2000s (or just plugins that'd be suitable in general)?"
Samplers were getting used wholesale in those days - with the subtext that there was no specific synth that was important. Things like planed chords (organ, piano stabs etc), sampled percussion breaks, and bass or pad one-shots that would then get warped in the sampler were more pertinent to the sound – though not as much as with DnB was at the time. No, of course you don't need an Akai emulation today. But for someone who wants to replicate that sound, the process used did have an impact on it.