What's your favorite low CPU Synths? (not free)

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Post Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:21 am

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nIGhT-SoN
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Re: What's your favorite low CPU Synths? (not free)

Post Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:49 am

Sylenth1 for being so low on the cpu and having a good sound at the same time.

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thecontrolcentre
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Re: What's your favorite low CPU Synths? (not free)

Post Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:53 am

Operator
ImpOSCar
Surge
Curve2 CM
Poly-Ana

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KVRAF
2660 posts since 13 Feb, 2012 from Amsterdam

Re: What's your favorite low CPU Synths? (not free)

Post Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:12 pm

Hive, FM8 and Massive (I consider it CPU efficient these days).

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billcarroll
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Re: What's your favorite low CPU Synths? (not free)

Post Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:24 pm

FabFilter Twin 2

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liv
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Re: What's your favorite low CPU Synths? (not free)

Post Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:47 pm

Absynth and Massive.

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fluffy_little_something
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Re: What's your favorite low CPU Synths? (not free)

Post Fri Mar 17, 2017 1:00 pm

Retrologue

andrewbrewer
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Re: What's your favorite low CPU Synths? (not free)

Post Fri Mar 17, 2017 3:15 pm

Rhino 2
(a little bit crashy, internal waveshaper sometimes has nasty glitches, but ... closest i've gotten to sy77-like sound out of computer)

Synclavier V

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Re: What's your favorite low CPU Synths? (not free)

Post Fri Mar 17, 2017 4:45 pm

andrewbrewer wrote:Rhino 2
(a little bit crashy, internal waveshaper sometimes has nasty glitches, but ... closest i've gotten to sy77-like sound out of computer)

Synclavier V
http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic ... 1#p6731257
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V0RT3X
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Re: What's your favorite low CPU Synths? (not free)

Post Fri Mar 17, 2017 4:48 pm

I used to own a Macbook Pro i7 2.4ghz quad core system, and this is what I recall offhand.

- Massive (I could easily get 10-tracks of varying complexity in Ableton with Massive)
- FM8 (You can use TONS of FM8 and it barely does anything to my CPU, I could get 30+ tracks of varying complexity easily)
- Absynth (Some patches can get intensive, but most of them are quite decent)
- Reaktor (Many .ens files are low CPU in the factory library and user library)

- PPG Wave 2.v and 3.v are both extremely CPU efficient
- Largo is also very CPU efficient

- Tone2 Products are all very efficient too

I could go on and on..
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EnGee
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Re: What's your favorite low CPU Synths? (not free)

Post Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:15 pm

The award goes to the hardware synths! My blofeld uses 0% (almost always) :D Anyway, soft synths that use pretty low cpu in my machine (it means I don't look at the CPU measure when I load them :hihi: ) are:
Sylenth1, FM8, Absynth, Massive, Largo, Harmor, Retrologue, Padshop Pro, Virtual CZ, Synclavier V and some Reaktor ensembles (Mostly old, like Green Matrix, Blue Matrix ...etc). I love those synths because they made me feel I have a 'Super Computer' :D

edit: I forgot Dune 2. Its CPU usage can be low but sometimes average, so it is here in the middle ;)

Most other synths I have rated average cpu usage (means not more than 30%) like RePro~1, Monark, the Legend, LuSH 101, Razor, Prism, ACE.

I don't have a synth that loads 50% of CPU. I won't buy such a synth (like Kievo when I demoed it). Avenger was also bad for my GPU! I don't have it so I don't know if they fixed it or not.
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Re: What's your favorite low CPU Synths? (not free)

Post Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:20 pm

thecontrolcentre wrote:Operator
ImpOSCar
Surge
Curve2 CM
Poly-Ana
Really?

I have impOSCar and it barely uses my cpu if i don't use unison, and even if unison turned on, below 5~6% cpu usage. So I agree.

But.. Poly-ana..? It uses my cpu almost 20~30% or about 50% sometimes.

I ask you this because if this synth has reasonable cpu hit, I would buy it. I like its sound.

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inkwarp
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Re: What's your favorite low CPU Synths? (not free)

Post Fri Mar 17, 2017 6:34 pm

Surge
Sylenth
Synth1
Helix
twin2

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Re: What's your favorite low CPU Synths? (not free)

Post Fri Mar 17, 2017 6:45 pm

Well, key here is YOUR lowest, not what is lowest on the market, so if someone owns mainly CPU hogs, ones that uses less wins here, so take that into consideration, guess it's obvious, but I see some folks confused.
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Re: What's your favorite low CPU Synths? (not free)

Post Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:07 pm

V0RT3X wrote:I used to own a Macbook Pro i7 2.4ghz quad core system, and this is what I recall offhand.

- Massive (I could easily get 10-tracks of varying complexity in Ableton with Massive)
- FM8 (You can use TONS of FM8 and it barely does anything to my CPU, I could get 30+ tracks of varying complexity easily)
- Absynth (Some patches can get intensive, but most of them are quite decent)
- Reaktor (Many .ens files are low CPU in the factory library and user library)
Yeah, the NI synths are pretty low these days. I was going to suggest Reaktor as well, at the risk of getting severe disagreement. It depends a lot on what you're trying to do with it.

Some ensembles sound better when you globally oversample them so you can have some control over the quality and CPU usage. You can also undersample as well for lower CPU usage and lofi effects.

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