declassified wrote:Thank you all for the opinions so far!
It seems to be consistent with the feeling I had when working with Sylenth1...I could get the basic sounds quickly, but they didn't have more than the basic sound, no pleasant surprises.
The more I'm playing with Diva now the more I like it...it's not like Sylenth1 where most presets make me turn the volume down because it's too loud. I especially like the voice modulation (like on polyKB II), where every note sounds slightly different. I love this kind of variation that you would also have in an acoustic instrument.
I've been using the free synths quite a lot, Synth1 and FreeAlpha mainly, but also FXpansion Orca (great sound, but hard to program "with a destination"). I tried impOSCar but found it a little aggressive. So yeah, I hear differences in sound, but I can't really pin them down exactly. Presets play a big role too I guess. The point is, for now I want to focus on one synth and learn it inside out, as opposed to 5 different freeware synths that each fill a special gap.
To be more concrete about my "deep/jazzy/soulful" description, here are some examples of what sounds I want to do:
Lead synth from 2:47
The pad at 1:30
http://soundcloud.com/losing-suki/last- ... stories-ep
Chords at 3:06
Am I on the right track with Diva?
PolyKB II, while still simple to programm, has a lot more modulations and posibilities. Try the PmyX and Dmyx engine, or one of the three matrix modulations combined with the play modes, or the sequencer output modulating parameters. With the PolyKB you can program a patch very quickly, then go if you want in endless very subtle or drastic modulations. Then it also have a huge dynamics. This alone can make a difference if you're used to control your sound "with the fingers".