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

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chk071
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17025 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Post Sat Mar 18, 2017 2:48 pm

wagtunes wrote: Going through my list right now, I guess I'd say Korg MS-20. I guess it's low CPU. It's certainly old as dirt so how high could it be?
It surely is low on CPU. Frankly never quite got why people are so furious about it. I am not a huge fan of the original synth, but, i surely can hear that the original is quite a lot creamier, and the filter is a completely different beast than the plugin's too, from what i can say, judging from sound demos. I mean, it's cool that Korg re-created it's classic synths as plugins, but, the way i see it, they're pretty bland, mediocre, and unspectacular, compared to the real deal. No offense. It's just that i see them regularly being recommended here. That's cool, but, IMO, you can't really compare them to the latest, or even the before the latest analog emulations anymore.

For example:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWI5uxgYeOQ

And, yes, i do know it's the Mini, and that also sounds a bit different, yet, i think you get a good picture where the plugin lacks, in comparison.

twal
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129 posts since 10 Feb, 2017

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

Post Sat Mar 18, 2017 2:53 pm

A lot of Sylenth, and happy to see so many Dunes, been wanting that synth. Hopefully Easter it goes on sale, has it before?

I've been thinking Helix, and Ana. I don't know if Ana has been mentioned but I love it anyways. I know these two for the most part have ceased development. Any arguments for getting these two? BTW I love Ana's sound to no end.

chk071
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Re: What's your favorite low CPU Synths? (not free)

Post Sat Mar 18, 2017 2:57 pm

twal wrote:A lot of Sylenth, and happy to see so many Dunes, been wanting that synth. Hopefully Easter it goes on sale, has it before?
Yeah, it has been on sale last year, in December: http://www.kvraudio.com/news/synapse-au ... -off-35735

Examigan
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4288 posts since 15 Sep, 2005 from East Coast of the USA

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

Post Sat Mar 18, 2017 3:33 pm

wagtunes wrote:
Examigan wrote:
wagtunes wrote: I don't own Sylenth1, which everybody seems to love for whatever reason, so I can't say that.
It is worth checking out, and there is a demo version.
Already demo'd it. Don't like it.
OK, but it seems like you have nearly every other synth plugin except that one.

EnGee
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4780 posts since 7 Oct, 2005 from New Zealand

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

Post Sat Mar 18, 2017 3:42 pm

inkwarp wrote:yes, reaktor has improved greatly performance wise. there are a few things i have that still hog cpu ( polyplex does not behave well at all for me)...
Everytime I decide to buy Polyplex, I end to cancel the idea after demoing it! The CPU is high! It is about 40% average! (Battery 3 is usually about 5%, while Groove Agent SE is about 15% to 20%). I don't think I will buy Polyplex, although it can do very nice sounds and it's very easy to setup (just 8 keys or pads).
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wagtunes
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13347 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

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

Post Sat Mar 18, 2017 3:43 pm

Examigan wrote:
wagtunes wrote:
Examigan wrote:
wagtunes wrote: I don't own Sylenth1, which everybody seems to love for whatever reason, so I can't say that.
It is worth checking out, and there is a demo version.
Already demo'd it. Don't like it.
OK, but it seems like you have nearly every other synth plugin except that one.
Oh my goodness. Tons of stuff I don't own.

Off the top of my head.

Symtohm
Diversion
AIR Loom
Rhino
Oxium
Synplant
Enzyme
Lush 101
Roland SH2
Helix
Surge
Tera 3
Nexus
Hybrid 3

And if I gave it more thought, I'm sure at least another 30 - 50 synths that are regularly or semi regularly mentioned around here.

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digitalboytn
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1199 posts since 8 Dec, 2008 from Global Cowboy

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

Post Sat Mar 18, 2017 3:55 pm

My favourite synth with low CPU drain is DUNE 1....

It's a great little workhorse...

FM8 is another gem that doesn't tax your CPU. :wink:
Sorry - I don't use auto-tune....

twal
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129 posts since 10 Feb, 2017

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

Post Sat Mar 18, 2017 5:17 pm

chk071 wrote:
twal wrote:A lot of Sylenth, and happy to see so many Dunes, been wanting that synth. Hopefully Easter it goes on sale, has it before?
Yeah, it has been on sale last year, in December: http://www.kvraudio.com/news/synapse-au ... -off-35735
Hopefully something sooner, but thanks for pointing it out if I have to wait till then. I guess I can always order the Dune 1/2 package for the discount which is fairly cheap that way and pretty close in price to the Holiday Sale.

I also noticed someone mentioned Hydra, but I never hear much about it. I assume because it is overshadowed by Dune 1/2? Is Hydra have any interesting capabilities that Dune doesn't have?

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W23
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185 posts since 22 Sep, 2016

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Post Sat Mar 18, 2017 8:33 pm

twal wrote:
chk071 wrote:
twal wrote:
Hopefully something sooner, but thanks for pointing it out if I have to wait till then. I guess I can always order the Dune 1/2 package for the discount which is fairly cheap that way and pretty close in price to the Holiday Sale.
I'm pretty sure I just saw a copy of Dune 2 in the For Sale Forum by a KVR member. I picked up my copy around the Holidays last year, and that was after waiting for it to go on sale all summer and fall. Synapse seems to have sales roughly every 6 months or so. The Forum is a good place to check in case you get impatient

egbert101
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Post Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:01 am

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pdxindy
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Post Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:38 am

FM8 is very low on CPU

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Vortifex
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Post Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:30 am

I find Arturia's SEM V2 is pretty easy on the CPU.

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layzer
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5535 posts since 11 Jun, 2006

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

Post Sun Mar 19, 2017 12:12 pm

chk071 wrote:[It's just that i see them regularly being recommended here. That's cool, but, IMO, you can't really compare them to the latest, or even the before the latest analog emulations anymore.
dude, you are always on here blowing hot air about what sounds better than what.
all you know is more bits, more ram more later OS version is best.
you are full of crap. many old plugins can sound just as good as the latest
CPU hog plugins if you know how to process them. so STFU.
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Nielzie
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8974 posts since 28 May, 2005 from Netherlands

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Post Sun Mar 19, 2017 12:23 pm

mcbpete wrote:Love TAL's stuff particulaly TAL-U-NO-LX ( https://tal-software.com/products/tal-u-no-lx ) and they don't ever seem to push my CPU.
:o It seems to strangle mine though..
None are so hopeless enslaved as KVRians with GAS.

chk071
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17025 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

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

Post Sun Mar 19, 2017 12:24 pm

layzer wrote:
chk071 wrote:[It's just that i see them regularly being recommended here. That's cool, but, IMO, you can't really compare them to the latest, or even the before the latest analog emulations anymore.
dude, you are always on here blowing hot air about what sounds better than what.
all you know is more bits, more ram more later OS version is best.
you are full of crap. many old plugins can sound just as good as the latest
CPU hog plugins if you know how to process them. so STFU.
:lol:

That made my evening, thx dude. :tu:

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