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Pads: your first choice?

VST, AU, etc. plug-in Virtual Instruments discussion

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recursive one
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Postby recursive one; Fri Feb 07, 2014 11:41 am Re: Pads: your first choice?

Nope, I for one didn't get it at all. Read your post several times and still have no idea how my first choice of a pad synth is related to my behavioral patterns. May have something to do with my behavioral patterns though.

Privet s mixgalaxy, kstaty ;-)
Lotuzia
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7460 posts since 19 Feb, 2004, from Paris

Postby Lotuzia; Fri Feb 07, 2014 1:10 pm Re:

Vospi wrote:You need a pad to play a sequence of beautiful emotional chords, and the first VSTi you usually load is..?


Well it depends of what kind of pad I'm after. So in the end, for me, it down to synthesis types/

If I want an FM pad, I'll go straight to FM8. If I want a warm analog pad, it is usually the PolyKB, Oxium or the Xils 3. If i'm more after DCOs analog with multiple modulations and animation the Synthix. If I'm after WaveTables it could be Massive, but usually it will be an Ensoniq hw thing, and if I'm after sample based material, it will often be the Hw road, like a Kurzweil, or even a Roland rompler. MachV, Kontakt or Omnisphere could do the job as well, its just that I know better my good old hw synths.

Tbh my favorite is still some nice combinations, like my eternal fav one : analog + fm ( Oxium + Fm8 ) : Warmth, details, organic life, expressivness, its all there. But sample based + FM or Analog works very well as well, you can get really huge pads with that. More difficult is the blending of wavetables synths with other types, because there's often so much happening in the WT pads I like that usually adding something may be risky.

Also, digital synths like Diversion or Dune are Ok too. Or additive. I tend to fire them less often, its true, but when I do, there are allways some good surprises.

Lots of other synths can do nice pads tbh. Also you can find on my site many *pads only* demos for various synths. This is just what we did with these synths, but it might be worth a listen for those who wonder how this or that synth handles pads.

fwiw,

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SODDI
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2680 posts since 2 Jul, 2007, from Oxycontin Acres, Georgia, USA

Postby SODDI; Fri Feb 07, 2014 2:44 pm Re: Pads: your first choice?

Vospi wrote:I very much appreciate every advice and pad thought posted here, this thread is being very inspirational to me.

Saw a couple of funny guys here, so I want to say something. Please note to yourself that this thread is VERY specific. I'm not interested in "best pads out there" or something.

I'm interested in behavioral patterns.
And your thoughts on them.

You got it, right? Good, let's hear more opininons in peace.
I already have a full list of things to check out thanks to everyone who contributed.

:love:


Who cares what YOU wanted? This is what WE have turned the thread into.

Take it or leave it. :evil:
jeffb01
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599 posts since 17 Apr, 2006

Postby jeffb01; Fri Feb 07, 2014 3:52 pm Re:

Aroused by JarJar wrote:I'd like to hear a modulated PWM pad from Omnisphere that does not use any of the sample library, only the built-in oscillators.


Give me 2 hours. I have to go to dinner with my wife, then I will post a bunch...
PatchAdamz
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1753 posts since 12 Nov, 2012

Postby PatchAdamz; Fri Feb 07, 2014 4:11 pm Re: Pads: your first choice?

Wow, that's a difficult one.
In no particular order.

Diversion
Razor
Massive
Zebra
Lush
Virus
Omnisphere
Albino 3
Dune
Alchemy
Sytrus
Harmor
Morph
Absynth
Largo
Other Reaktor synths

I like Pads.
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SODDI
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2680 posts since 2 Jul, 2007, from Oxycontin Acres, Georgia, USA

Postby SODDI; Fri Feb 07, 2014 4:19 pm Re: Pads: your first choice?

PatchAdamz wrote:Wow, that's a difficult one.
In no particular order.

Diversion
Razor
Massive
Zebra
Lush
Virus
Omnisphere
Albino 3
Dune
Alchemy
Sytrus
Harmor
Morph
Absynth
Largo
Other Reaktor synths

I like Pads.


But what about your behaviour? I like Absynth and I've just spent a lot of time just programming in it. Does that make me a bad person?

And I'm so old, I might have to make use of Pads soon if I want to stay dry. :lol:
PatchAdamz
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1753 posts since 12 Nov, 2012

Postby PatchAdamz; Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:01 pm Re: Pads: your first choice?

SODDI wrote:
PatchAdamz wrote:Wow, that's a difficult one.
In no particular order.

Diversion
Razor
Massive
Zebra
Lush
Virus
Omnisphere
Albino 3
Dune
Alchemy
Sytrus
Harmor
Morph
Absynth
Largo
Other Reaktor synths

I like Pads.


But what about your behaviour? I like Absynth and I've just spent a lot of time just programming in it. Does that make me a bad person?

And I'm so old, I might have to make use of Pads soon if I want to stay dry. :lol:



"But what about your behaviour? I like Absynth and I've just spent a lot of time just programming in it. Does that make me a bad person?..."

Depends on what kind of sounds you made.
If you had to ask then..... :o
jeffb01
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599 posts since 17 Apr, 2006

Postby jeffb01; Fri Feb 07, 2014 6:37 pm Re: Re:

jeffb01 wrote:
Aroused by JarJar wrote:I'd like to hear a modulated PWM pad from Omnisphere that does not use any of the sample library, only the built-in oscillators.


Give me 2 hours. I have to go to dinner with my wife, then I will post a bunch...



okay, here are lot of va only pads from omnisphere. I just went thru a bunch of presets so sometimes the tail would get cut off a bit. I didn't make these patches:

https://soundcloud.com/suicidemission/o ... s-using-va

Here's a patch using samples that I made. I made it myself so it's kind of a big deal. It reminds me of my bloody valentine or something...

https://soundcloud.com/suicidemission/p ... omnisphere
spacecult
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242 posts since 9 Apr, 2013, from Memphis, Ark.

Postby spacecult; Fri Feb 07, 2014 9:22 pm Re: Pads: your first choice?

Favorite, lots of resampling and time stretching and so on. Most used is just z3ta and kontakt libraries. Usually effects are half the pad 'patch' for me, anyway.
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EnGee
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869 posts since 7 Oct, 2005, from Auckland

Postby EnGee; Sat Feb 08, 2014 1:22 am Re: Pads: your first choice?

I'm going to sell some synths and this made it easier for me to choose!

@OP : For soundscapes and evolving long pads, my first choice is Absynth


SODDI wrote:
Who cares what YOU wanted? This is what WE have turned the thread into.

Take it or leave it. :evil:

:lol:

@ The rest of us:

M1 for first ideas and fast bread and butter pads.

Absynth/Wavestation for long evolving or morphing pads.

Massive/Z3ta+1\+2 for strong pads with presence.

Polysix/ Legacy Cell/ Mono/poly and khs One for classic pads.

The above are not rules, they are just in general what I think. In the end I just use something that I feel nice and fit. I tweak some knobs or draw some automation if I want to control the Pad behaviour!
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Ingonator
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8029 posts since 21 Mar, 2008, from Hannover, Germany

Postby Ingonator; Sat Feb 08, 2014 2:16 am Re: Pads: your first choice?

For doing pads there are too many to mention (especially analog pads) but here are some more on the digital side which belong to my favorites:

- Wavestation (both hardware eand plugin) : still the king of pad sounds... :)
- Blofeld (hardware)
- Waldorf PPG wave 3.V
- Tone2 Rayblaster
- Tone2 Nemesis
- PPG WaveGenerator (for PC)
- Linplug Spectral
- NI FM8
- Diva (Digital Osc, especially Supersaw and Feedback Osc + Uhbie filter)

Like already mentioned for pure analog style pads there are to many choices including the paraphonic sounds in my Pulse 2.


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Kriminal
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18482 posts since 1 Oct, 2001, from England

Postby Kriminal; Sat Feb 08, 2014 2:30 am Re: Pads: your first choice?

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Sparky77
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319 posts since 29 Sep, 2006

Postby Sparky77; Sat Feb 08, 2014 4:39 am Re: Pads: your first choice?

Diversion does some very nice pads.

Omnisphere isn't bad but these days I prefer non-sampled pads.
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Vectorman
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1027 posts since 6 May, 2005, from Michigan, USA

Postby Vectorman; Sat Feb 08, 2014 6:18 am Re: Pads: your first choice?

Various synths, of course, but lately the Wavestation has become a favorite again. Particularly when I want a more transparent-sounding string pad that fills out the sound without being obtrusive - WS is good at that by default without much additional fuss needed.
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Blue-eyed Blonde Ape
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Postby Blue-eyed Blonde Ape; Sat Feb 08, 2014 7:31 am Re: Pads: your first choice?

Massive, since I've made a soundbank for it, I'll have to drag it to hell with me, because some sounds are worth it, haha
It's modulation allows interesting things and it has great effects which you can modulate too, multiple filters, waveforms, negligible cpu load about which I don't care.
Of course ominsphere is the king, but... haha

at 18:04 and 27:55 are some Massive examples
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVFFQ5Qs0yM?t=18m4s
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