yessongs wrote:no one synth can do it for me, its sort of like lays potato chips you can't just have one.
free wise you should check out the following prodigious, tube ohm's antitranspirant and m phasewave, charlatan, TAL uno and noizemaker, Uhe tyrell n 6, podolski and zebralette, minimoque luxus, synth 1, voyager, OBXD, oatmeal, firebird, dune be, fullbucket's nabla, monofury and the deputy, M theory and string theory by Ugo, pg8x 1,02a version until he gets the 64 bit out of beta and presets ported, sampletank free, NI komplete players, synthmaster player, AAS swatches, Proteus vx, wusikstation 4000 demo, scanned synth lite version, sonigen modular, soha sonata, poly 2106, must have mag ware Alchemy cm, polykb cm, xils 3 be, aalto be or cm.
also organized trio and mr ray by gsi, cv piano, agml, sonatina symphonic orchestra, abstractor, enzyme demo, mausynth, zynaddsubfx,
I would recommend then you snag blue cat audios patchwork to create your chains in and then that can load in a daw with up to 8 chains of synths and you can use multiple instances of that.
Then as far as commercial synths. Synthmaster, korg legacy collection, wusikstation 4000, see paragraph on cakewalk below, sampletank synths when on sale are nice to snag I have all 5, Native instruments komplete could be all you need, AAS modeling collection is only $300 now for sonar producer owners it is almost up there with komplete in total value, Uhe Diva and Zebra, Gforce minimonsta, arturia v collection, OPX player, VB3, Alchemy, Omnisphere, East West complete composers collection, MOTU mach 5, Halion.
depending on what daw you have and I am partial to sonar it comes with z3ta, dimension pro, rapture, true amber, addictive drums 2, aas lounge lizard lite, aas strum acoustic lite, th2 producer lite version, breverb lite, nomad factories blue tube series of fx, and most importantly melodyne plus upgrades to the full versions of the lite versions are discounted to sonar producer users. Sonar also has more FX and synths but these are the main ones plus the pro channel FX which are on par with anyones modeled FX for compressors eq's and tape / tube sims. When you factor in the must have synths and fx they offer they really have the best bang for your buck deal out there and if you're just starting out there is no way you can get another daw that comes with as much valuable software that you will one day need and want. Be prepared to have $150 extra to upgrade your melodyne to editor when you get producer. If sonar adds to this plethora of software in the future which is highly likely no telling what new goodies they find for us from other software developers. Plus they have a forum that supports newbies very important. all in all when you factor in the software it comes with it is like your getting the daw free because if you bought all the software it comes with you would be spending that money anyway especially on melodyne and possibly others that are included and sonar owners get enough of a discount on those to pay for the cost of the daw free.
always check out the demos on software
These are what I use or want since I included my wish list. for fx discussion there is the fx forum here.
I assume you make synth music in a more or less professional way, then I suppose your attitude makes sense. But really, for me one decent general-purpose synth is enough. To give you an idea, currently I use basically only two Superwave synths for everything (Performer and Trance-Pro), which I know inside out by now (except for the FM part, I never knew how to use it constructively). I am not unhappy with the sound, I can get pretty much any sound I need. But they are not complete, the reverb is crap or missing, no compressor, no EQ. My preferred synth is the Trance-Pro, it is at the level I like and need. Unfortunately it doesn't have a 24db filter, the Performer has, but it doesn't sound as good for some reason. So, there is always something else to complain about
Not to mention that I have to use racks with external effects.
If I knew I would stay with my current DAW, I would keep using those two synths and the racks I have made. But there is a problem which makes me think of switching to another DAW, no idea which one.
(It is another topic, but the problem is that those two synths use up to 7 waves per oscillator. It sounds fine with very slight detuning, but the oscillators need some time to get out of sync in terms of phase. Now, when I record something and want to mix it down, my DAW automatically resets all plugins. So there is no time for the oscillators to get out of sync, i.e. it sounds like crap for 10 or 15 seconds whenever one of those synths sets in for the first time in the song. I have contacted the DAW makers, they don't have a solution, either. I noticed that some other DAW's do the same, others don't, though. I suppose people might encounter a similar issue when using unison, which I never do.)