awesome-force wrote:I'm a rock guy so I don't know much about sound design in softsynths, I normally just scroll through presets until something grabs me. I use heaps of spacey trance pads, At the moment I only own Albino 3, but sometimes the sound I'm looking for just isn't there, what softsynth is best for ambient pads? I'm talking about quaility of sound and number of presets.
For Rock pads I'll suggest Vsti that were actually overused in Rock music for ages. (but maybe its a bit restrictive vision) Albino 3 is awsome but might be a little too smooth for rock in some situations.
Anyway I'll suggest Korg Lc Analog Edition
( tons of analog pads) and NI Fm7/8
for FM Pads/KeyPads. Layering these two ones will of course unchain your creativity
Of course some other competitors are perfectly able to be successfull in creating rock pads.
Btw you might want to listen to tons of pads demos on our site (see my sig). Instruments in isolation wich might at least give you some ideas of how some synths sound. (Audio demos are located at the bottom of each synth's page, and there's always a Pad demo)
Hope this helps,