Synths you regret buying

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Ridan
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945 posts since 11 Dec, 2014 from one rocky mountain to another

Post Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:13 pm

mutantdog wrote:No doubt it's been mentioned already but I'd say TheMangle. Bought in good faith during its beta-phase only for it to become abandonware and the dev to go AWOL. I've never actually used it beyond tinkering around for the odd 10 minutes.
but what's wrong with it though? I bought it during the same time period and still use it for certain atmospheres and fx, haven't had any problems or glitches with its features. At least not as of yet. Thought it to be a pretty amazing tool for it being so dirt cheap.

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wagtunes
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13253 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

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Post Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:27 pm

Ridan wrote:
mutantdog wrote:No doubt it's been mentioned already but I'd say TheMangle. Bought in good faith during its beta-phase only for it to become abandonware and the dev to go AWOL. I've never actually used it beyond tinkering around for the odd 10 minutes.
but what's wrong with it though? I bought it during the same time period and still use it for certain atmospheres and fx, haven't had any problems or glitches with its features. At least not as of yet. Thought it to be a pretty amazing tool for it being so dirt cheap.
Yeah, while there's no support and it's basically been abandoned, I still use it and love it and have no problems with it. It's still one of the best granular synths out there. In fact, it has a more powerful engine than Padshop Pro by miles.

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mutantdog
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1642 posts since 21 Sep, 2007 from The Infinite Void

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Post Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:35 pm

Nothing wrong with it as such, for £20 (or whatever it cost) i can't really complain about the quality. It's more about the way it went from beta to abandoned that annoys me.

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Bodhisan
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467 posts since 7 Aug, 2015 from H2O

Re: Synths you regret buying

Post Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:38 pm

wagtunes wrote:
Ridan wrote:
mutantdog wrote:No doubt it's been mentioned already but I'd say TheMangle. Bought in good faith during its beta-phase only for it to become abandonware and the dev to go AWOL. I've never actually used it beyond tinkering around for the odd 10 minutes.
but what's wrong with it though? I bought it during the same time period and still use it for certain atmospheres and fx, haven't had any problems or glitches with its features. At least not as of yet. Thought it to be a pretty amazing tool for it being so dirt cheap.
Yeah, while there's no support and it's basically been abandoned, I still use it and love it and have no problems with it. It's still one of the best granular synths out there. In fact, it has a more powerful engine than Padshop Pro by miles.
+1

HcDoom
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824 posts since 18 Feb, 2012

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Post Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:16 am

Steinberg PadShop Pro...I never clicked with it! There are better alternatives out there sound and possibility wise. And considering its extremely complicated to sell the license, better avoid it overall.

Distorted Horizon
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1085 posts since 17 Jan, 2017

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Post Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:46 am

Zexila wrote:As title suggest. :tu:
With a little thinking, all of them actually. I've spent thousands on vst synths and you can add more if FX are counted too.

Though they've taught me ALOT, I've used some of them ALOT and they can do alot.. Sorry, ALOT.

Still, if I had the knowledge I have now, I wouldn't buy a single vsti (okay maybe synthmaster but nothing else).

I'd buy few carefully selected FX, analog polysynth and -monosynth and something digital, maybe Blofeld or Virus.

That'd be all I needed. If I could (i.e. if some weren't NFR), I'd sell all my vst synths and buy those hardware thingys I just mentioned.

chk071
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17016 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

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Post Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:16 am

HcDoom wrote:Steinberg PadShop Pro...I never clicked with it! There are better alternatives out there sound and possibility wise. And considering its extremely complicated to sell the license, better avoid it overall.
On the other hand, granular synths are pretty rare, and Padshop Pro really seems like the most intuitive option for me... i got the "normal" Padshop free in Cubase Artist, and upgrade to Pro for 10 €. I think i really can't complain about that. Haven't really used it much, but, seemed straight forward, and good sounding enough to me.

Romantique Tp
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266 posts since 2 Nov, 2015

Re: Synths you regret buying

Post Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:36 am

Padshop is excellent.

_al_
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305 posts since 28 Oct, 2014

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Post Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:15 pm

Wusik workstation thingy.
never seen such a hunk of junk

vata44
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1521 posts since 30 Jul, 2007

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Post Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:54 pm

Sampletank 3
Dimension Pro
Rapture Pro

Every synth app for my iPad.

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DrGonzo
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1987 posts since 24 Oct, 2000 from A Swede Living in Budapest

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Post Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:43 am

werp wrote:elektron stuff. the analog drive which is a huge, noisy heap of crap plus the octatrack and rytm. The last two work in ways that my brain just can’t deal with. as for the pedal, the reviewers failed to mention how noisy the damn thing is with the gain turned up a bit. I still have all three... :-(
Didn't know the Analog Drive was that noisy.

Re the Elektron stuff. I'm having this really weird bipolar relationship with them. Sometimes I love them to bits and sometimes I'm just annoyed by them, so they never get traded out of my studio. Right now I am back in love with the Octatrack and started eyeing buying a second one :dog: :lol:

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CrystalWizard
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606 posts since 10 Jul, 2008 from Orbiti sw usa

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Post Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:49 am

All of them, every single vsti. They all have So many problem (just watch KVR) i can't make anything (music or sound designs) with them. :hihi:
Kidding, i like them all, i only dumped one softsynth since 2002. Some have come and gone but not puposely.
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voidhead23
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75 posts since 5 Jan, 2018 from Beijing, PRC

Re: Synths you regret buying

Post Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:59 am

Distorted Horizon wrote:
Zexila wrote:As title suggest. :tu:
With a little thinking, all of them actually. I've spent thousands on vst synths and you can add more if FX are counted too.

Though they've taught me ALOT, I've used some of them ALOT and they can do alot.. Sorry, ALOT.

Still, if I had the knowledge I have now, I wouldn't buy a single vsti (okay maybe synthmaster but nothing else).

I'd buy few carefully selected FX, analog polysynth and -monosynth and something digital, maybe Blofeld or Virus.

That'd be all I needed. If I could (i.e. if some weren't NFR), I'd sell all my vst synths and buy those hardware thingys I just mentioned.
This. Except i'd replace Synthmaster with Zebra and Dagger (and no hardware...at least for a while).

i've gotten plenty of use out of many of these, and, as far as i'm concerned, they're fantastic instruments (except the CS-80v), but seriously...don't need them and never really did. They are:

TAL Bassline
Arturia CS-80v
u-he Bazille
Madrona Labs Aalto
Gforce Oddity
XILS 3

i'm still on the fence about Hive, Repro and Massive...
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martinjuenke
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2178 posts since 28 Dec, 2015 from Germany

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Post Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:05 am

HIVE is far more versatile and multidimensional than recognized by most users. To play with it was really a positive surprise for me...

Music was my first love...
Flowing atmospheric music
http://www.sonoryth.bandcamp.com/music

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dandezebra
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661 posts since 21 Dec, 2013 from USA

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Post Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:07 am

martinjuenke wrote:HIVE is far more versatile and multidimensional than recognized by most users. To play with it was really a positive surprise for me...
Yup!

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