revo11 wrote:Absynth is not terrible, my issue is the quality of the oscillators and effects isn't particularly inspiring. I'm not sure if it's an aliasing issue or what, but my reaction to most absynth patches is, "that's kindof a cool processing/modulation concept, but the sound itself isn't that great". With zebra, even the pure oscillators sound damn good.
You do know that each (non-sample) oscillator in Absynth has an oversampling toggle? It's a little staircase button in top left corner of each oscillator.
dalor wrote:Not in my books. Machfive3 is superior and much more user friendly. Kontakt is rated high because it's one of the first VST samplers and has alot of library developers. My 2C.Saukar30 wrote:Kontakt. [...] It's a great sampler & I can see why it's number one....
It is superior only in SOME aspects, but certainly not all of them. Kontakt is still the king with its DFD performance since it allows you to set MUCH smaller DFD buffers than MF3 (down to 6 KB, which is awesome if you have your libraries on an SSD), and it also supports multicore processing, whereas MF3 doesn't. Also, Kontakt simply works better and more optimized w.r.t CPU and RAM usage, especially for very big instruments (I think the maximum limit of groups you could have per MF3 instance is around 1800, this is nothing for some Kontakt libraries which use this in a SINGLE PATCH).
Then again, MF3 has better effects, slicker interface, synth engine, so it's really apples and oranges in the end. MF3 does not replace Kontakt, or vice versa. It's a good addition, but some things are still done much better by Kontakt, and this will very likely continue to be the trend.
My regret of 2012: Magix Independence. I still don't have it registered because their activation scheme purely blows!