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PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 11:47 pm
by an-electric-heart
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.

Cheers team!

PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 12:47 am
by EvilDragon
Absynth 4.

PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 12:49 am
by cwig
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.

Cheers team!

Wusikstation.

PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 1:25 am
by Waker
omishphere

PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 1:31 am
by musikmachine

PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 1:32 am
by bmanic
Probably Omnisphere but it's expensive to buy if you are just looking for trancey pads. Perhaps check out Sylenth1 as well? Alchemy might be worth a look but it has more "weird" pads and sound scapes than the typical fat analogue ones, oh and there is no demo out yet.

There's got to be freeware stuff as well that can do that. Try finding the latest beta release of Helix. It's free and can do excellent pads, otherwise look at the commercial release. There is a demo that contains a lot of good trance pads and such.

Cheers!
bManic

PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 1:58 am
by Kraku
Also check out commercial and user generated patches for your Albino.

PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 2:07 am
by yellowfever

PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 2:11 am
by living sounds
ZynaddsubFX. And it's free. :-)

PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 2:15 am
by AdeVanEx
I'm a pad man and if you're after loads of presets and quality of sound it doesn't get much better than ReFx Nexus2.
I have had a ton of hardware over the years and I was very surprised how good it is in comparison.
It doesn't float everyones boat on here for various reasons but I have yet to hear anything that comes close in terms of pad presets IMO.
Omnisphere I expect does, but I don't own it yet.
Ade

PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 2:33 am
by K-Slash
AdeVanEx wrote:I'm a pad man and if you're after loads of presets and quality of sound it doesn't get much better than ReFx Nexus2.
I have had a ton of hardware over the years and I was very surprised how good it is in comparison.
It doesn't float everyones boat on here for various reasons but I have yet to hear anything that comes close in terms of pad presets IMO.
Omnisphere I expect does, but I don't own it yet.
Ade

+1 on that.

Especially coupled with the Stratosphere expansion.

PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 4:43 am
by Lotuzia
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.

Cheers team!


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,

LtZ

PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 5:16 am
by Nokenoku
- Korg Wavestation VSTi
- Korg Legacy Cell
- Minimonsta and ImpOSCar

PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 5:16 am
by Igro
Gladiator2. Yeah. FM synths do this job as well. G2 also have fm. Don't have Zebra2, but demo shows it does.

PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 5:18 am
by Baz_Masterplan
Eh Zebra 2 of corz!