osiris wrote:It's not strange if you've ever played with one. I also believe the Virus has 3 oscillators plus a sub.
More oscillators doesn't equal better sound.
Filters are a BIG part of this. That's why I said it would be nice to incorporate Rapture's filters into it. For whatever reason Z3ta 1.5 can sound creamy smooth to so rough it hurts.
Z3ta 2.1 has lost that.
True, the more is not equal to the better. But sound quality has 2 important factors:
1. the quality of the single components the sound is created from
2. the available "modules"/components and (routing) possibilities for creating the sound
regarding point 1: did did not do a direct comparison, but from what I hear in demos it does not appear to me that a virus has better quality. I really can't get why everybody is so absessed about the virus sound. just a soft-synth wrapped in hardware.
regarding point 2: here z3ta+ is a clear winner. It might like one or the other possibility of a Virus, but it offer 10 other things the virus does not offer.
And it's very true, a z3ta+ is not a virus clone. Imo it's one of the best soft synths and definitely very feature-rich. A much better candidate for a reference synth than a virus.
ps: you did not have to delete your z3ta+ v1 when you got your V2. you can still use V1 if you prefer the sound. And just a tip: try disabling oversampling for some patches. sometimes a sound with aliasing is much better.