49 posts since 6 Dec, 2016
These are are really great replies and suggestions. I think (as many have mentioned), with an array of good VSTs out there what makes Serum still stand out is how intuitive and visual Steve and Xfer made the UI. You can see exactly what the envelopes, velocity, and LFOs are doing and how they're modulating parameters. You can drop a wavetable on the osccillator and see how it was imported and where on the WT you are. It lacks some of the warmth and presence of other synths out of the box, but I'll try different WT, filters, and effects to see how things evolve.
I do think other synths sound great (Zebra2, Dune2, Spire, Icarus, and others), but they're much harder for me to program. Diva is wonderful, but I already have Repro-1 (and soon Repro-5!) for retro analogue vibe, and oy that CPU hit. I'm also working with Sylenth1, but it's more limited in the scope of sounds I can reach with its synthesis model (though the sounds it does make within its range are very nice, I think, and it's super light on the CPU).
I'll keep experimenting with Serum (and the others mentioned here) and work towards the tones that sound good to me. I think the idea of adding efffects outside the VST is a good one (though having everything included in the patch is super convenient). I'd love to hear any other suggestions or experience you all might have.