"Dirty" Synth like Sub 37

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M4lte
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29 posts since 6 Jun, 2013 from Germany

Post Thu Mar 29, 2018 4:56 pm

Hey guys,

so I'm searching for a quite "dirty" analog sounding Synth.
What I mean with dirty is a serving of nice "randomness" in the overall behaviour of the synth.

Three good examples:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17dGVC13mFw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdStf7tc-KY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6siiUPL5lY4 - That tuning at 1:37! :hyper:

Obviously, I'm searching for that "raw and dirty" sound of the Sub 37.
I just love how open and simultaneusly tight the filters can feel, especially when played in duo mode.

The closest I get to that kind of sound is with "The Legend" from Synapse Audio - In fact, I'm quite statisfied with the sound itself but it's lacking a few features and sill a bit of bite I would like to have. I mean there are workarounds like external sequencers and overdrives but still.
Are there any other VSTs that get close to the features and overall sound of a sub37?

Competitors until now:
- The Legend (current favorite)
- NI Monark (dirty but not warm enough in my opinion)
- U-He Diva (Too much CPU - Usage :/ )
- TAL U-NO-LX (Still have to try but seems inferior to the others regarding the sound itself)

Of course no VST will get it absolutely right but I just dig the sound of the sub 37 and since I'm rather broke I would like to know if there are VST's that can get close.

Cheers

M4lte
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layzer
KVRAF
5734 posts since 11 Jun, 2006

Re: "Dirty" Synth like Sub 37

Post Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:01 pm

stop racking your brain. get a good tube saturation plugin to get the
warm dirty sound you are looking for. even with "inferior" free synths
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JerGoertz
KVRAF
2159 posts since 20 Feb, 2004

Re: "Dirty" Synth like Sub 37

Post Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:15 pm

- ImpOSCar has a nice dirty filter, it may get what you want (although I suspect its character might not quite match, it's worth a try)

- LittleOne is a Little Phatty emu with a great sound and some nice bite to the filter

- Xils 3/4 has some good grit to the filter as well

Some suggestions...
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sqigls
KVRAF
3359 posts since 25 Dec, 2004 from Melbourne, Australia

Re: "Dirty" Synth like Sub 37

Post Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:19 pm

^ word to what layzer said

but if you're after dirty and bite, then Bazille.
You're talking about a soft synth, so 'analog' or not, it's all ones and zeros.
Bazille is so overlooked it's not even mildly humorous. It's so awesome. and dirty, with bite.

Bug Music
KVRist
79 posts since 7 Dec, 2004

Re: "Dirty" Synth like Sub 37

Post Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:49 pm

Well... I might get slammed here, because it doesn't seem to get a whole lot of love 'round these parts, but I find AIR's Vacuum Pro to be very useful for that type of stuff.
It's not an emulation of any particular hardware AFAIK, but does really nail that general vibe IMHO.

If you look around, it's always on sale somewhere for between $1 and $39, but if you can score a back issue of Computer Music magazine from January there was a code to redeem and download a free copy.

The only downside is it does use iLok, and I know that's a put off for a lot of folks, but you don't need the USB dongle and you can authorize on your computer with iLok software only.

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Local Man
KVRist
300 posts since 31 May, 2017

Re: "Dirty" Synth like Sub 37

Post Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:05 pm

Tyrell n6 by Uhe can sound a lot like the examples you posted. It has a duo mode and the filter can get very dirty as you increase the resonance. It has a lot of cool and somewhat hidden features that allow you to go very deep if you want (deeper than it appears on the surface). You can also keep it very simple and get some nice analog style sounds.

JerGoertz
KVRAF
2159 posts since 20 Feb, 2004

Re: "Dirty" Synth like Sub 37

Post Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:56 pm

^ Good call, yes Tyrell is great for gritty analog.
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KVRAF
6183 posts since 12 May, 2008

Re: "Dirty" Synth like Sub 37

Post Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:03 pm

That’s a tough one, not quite matched in software. Closest I think is probably Reaktor 6 Blocks, which you can put together something close and can do duophonic mode with a couple of note inputs set to highest and lowest note priority.

Bazille isn’t a bad suggestion but it doesn’t quite have the body of a Moog. Worth getting BazilleCM anyways for a few dollars with computer music. It has two oscs and duo mode like the sub 37.
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generaldiomedes
KVRian
502 posts since 15 Apr, 2017 from Canada

Re: "Dirty" Synth like Sub 37

Post Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:02 pm

I feel there is more going on there than just some dirty filters.

Halonmusic
KVRAF
1718 posts since 13 Nov, 2015 from Norway

Re: "Dirty" Synth like Sub 37

Post Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:40 am

Yes Bazille as suggested. Also have heard good things about Dagger by Beep Street.

generaldiomedes
KVRian
502 posts since 15 Apr, 2017 from Canada

Re: "Dirty" Synth like Sub 37

Post Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:49 am

Actually ACE sounds dirtier and more analog than bazille imo. Viking vk-1 is a very gritty voyager rack emu.

Halonmusic
KVRAF
1718 posts since 13 Nov, 2015 from Norway

Re: "Dirty" Synth like Sub 37

Post Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:52 am

Yes vk 1 is quite dirty sounding

Examigan
KVRAF
4445 posts since 15 Sep, 2005 from East Coast of the USA

Re: "Dirty" Synth like Sub 37

Post Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:53 am

Saurus is one of my favorites.
I will try to post an example later today.
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Halonmusic
KVRAF
1718 posts since 13 Nov, 2015 from Norway

Re: "Dirty" Synth like Sub 37

Post Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:03 am

I also find A Synth by aanti from smartelectronix to be quite dirty. It has 3 different filters based on moog, xpander and ms20.

http://antti.smartelectronix.com

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htohgrom
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56 posts since 29 May, 2010 from Poland

Re: "Dirty" Synth like Sub 37

Post Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:44 am

Bug Music wrote:Well... I might get slammed here, because it doesn't seem to get a whole lot of love 'round these parts, but I find AIR's Vacuum Pro to be very useful for that type of stuff.
This. Regardless of how authentic this whole tube thing is in Vacuum Pro, it can get very dirty very easly. Sounds great and can be found cheap (AIR stuff seems to be on constant sale).
layzer wrote:stop racking your brain. get a good tube saturation plugin to get the
warm dirty sound you are looking for. even with "inferior" free synths
Also this. Throw Klanghelm's SDRR in tube mode, max LF response, a bit of drive after your synth and your bass grows some big, dirty and hairy balls instantly.
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