In fact, I’m thankful to Paul Nasca to have created such a huge synth, and make it free. Thanks also to Fundamental, and all the other developers. It is absolute normal and fair that the massive work done for V3 deserves a reward, even if it’s more the GUI that the heart of the synth that is concerned. My most expensive soft synth is Alchemy (Camel Audio): 200 € and twice as much for additional banks. And now, Camel belongs to Apple, and Alchemy is included in Logic.
When samples are not needed, the "old", free, home made Zyn is still my reference. My music in more pop rock than electro. When it comes to choose an acoustic or electric instrument, the choice is always between synth and sample (or sample capable synths like Alchemy or the actual hype Synthmaster). In fact, it’s better to use a good synth sound then a bad sample bank
. If you need classic sounds (guitar, bass, strings, brass, organ, even choir…), Zyn is to me the closest way to get the feeling of the real thing, even if not the exact sound. It’s more the behavior of the sound or of the instrument that is mimicked, that the sound itself. Zyn sounds like a music instrument, an analogue instrument.
Zyn can also be used for pure electro, but the fact that it does not integrate a real arpeggiator can’t make it a favorite instrument for this kind of music. However, there are excellent midi arpeggiators, mostly free.
Beside Alchemy, that I still use for some arp sounds and sample based patches (voices mostly), and Zyn (my main synth), I use Synthmaster player, and may buy the fool synth later. But I know how it works, and of course, how it sounds. Like Zyn, it’s a multi synthesis machine, with an addictive engine, so you should be able to make every kind of sound. But this synth shines mostly with real pure electronic presets. It sounds like a… synthesizer (same for NI Massive or Zebra 2). I never have problems to mix Zyn with natural instruments (or samples)
, especially electric guitar. I can’t say that for others.
Another impressive characteristic of Zyn is that it sounds good in almost every domain
. The synth Diva, from U-he, is considered as sounding as good as a real Minimoog. I compared it (just demo version) with Zyn, for several kind of sounds: Zyn can produce all what Diva can, with the same level of quality, but the reverse is not true.
I must also say a word about the FX section
. I own top rated FX like Echoboy, Valhalla verbs, several Waves products (leader in the pro word). Zyn FX are as usable as this products, and sound really good. It’s by far not the case of every synthesizer!
Ok. Long (new) live for Zyn!
I can’t wait for V3 under Windows).