Let'st's make a list: best (real) software synthesizer ever...

VST, AU, AAX, etc. plug-in Virtual Instruments discussion
EnGee
KVRAF
6287 posts since 7 Oct, 2005

Post Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:21 am

Let's see! From what I have, non emulators.
Top 4:
Bazille
Aparillo
ANA2
Operator

Others:
Collision
Dune 2/3
RayBlaster
Harmor
Cypher
Factory
Sylenth1
Nemesis
Strobe
Tension

D-Fusion
KVRAF
3545 posts since 13 Jul, 2004 from Earth

Post Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:56 am

For me it is:

Rob Papen Bit
Tone 2 Electra 2
Roland System 8

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Ingonator
KVRAF
12502 posts since 21 Mar, 2008 from Hannover, Germany

Post Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:01 am

Synapse Audio DUNE 3
Tone2 Icarus
VPS Avenger
Tone2 Saurus 2
Ingo Weidner
Win 10 Home 64-bit / mobile i7-7700HQ 2.8 GHz / 16GB RAM //
Live 10 Suite / Cubase Pro 9.5 / Pro Tools Ultimate 2020 // NI Komplete Kontrol S61 Mk1

dune_rave
KVRAF
1771 posts since 23 Jun, 2006 from Hungary

Post Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:03 am

korg
NI
U-he
VPS
Xfer
Lennardigital
Tone2
Gforce
Soniccharge

EdSfer
KVRist
104 posts since 27 Aug, 2015 from Paris, France

Post Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:10 am

Hive 2
Thorn
Reaktor 6
Serum
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audiot
KVRist
477 posts since 8 Jan, 2005 from Germany

Post Sat Aug 01, 2020 2:19 am

Jkist wrote:
Fri Jul 31, 2020 3:53 pm
I like Diva's sound a lot, but the GUI is so oldschool by today's standards, and other synths get close ENOUGH for me. So it remains as a demo on my plugin list...
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... still not perfect workflow-wise, but the maximum you can make out of divas architecture and u-he's skinning scripts.

izonin
KVRian
1288 posts since 27 Oct, 2009

Post Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:18 am

Spire
Dune3
Sylenth1
Zebra2

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mrj1nx
KVRian
705 posts since 29 Nov, 2015

Post Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:53 am

Best non emulation synth:
Serum

Best sounding vst synth on the planet in my opinion:
Repro5

Runner up:
Diva
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chk071
KVRAF
24918 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Post Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:14 am

mrj1nx wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:53 am
Best sounding vst synth on the planet in my opinion:
Repro5

Runner up:
Diva
chipsynthMD
Find the mistake.
OP wrote:List your three favourite software synths which are made up from scratch and are no emulations or samplers
Plugins and a DAW. On a operating system. Which runs on a computer.

gondii
KVRist
112 posts since 8 Oct, 2019

Post Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:16 am

audiot wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 2:19 am
... still not perfect workflow-wise, but the maximum you can make out of divas architecture and u-he's skinning scripts.
I actually like the Diva skin and workflow. But for Zebra2 the Neumann GUI is an absolute must have.

non-emulation favourites are probably:
Zebra 2
Hive 2
Phase plant
MSoundFactory
IL Harmor

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mrj1nx
KVRian
705 posts since 29 Nov, 2015

Post Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:33 am

chk071 wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:14 am
mrj1nx wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:53 am
Best sounding vst synth on the planet in my opinion:
Repro5

Runner up:
Diva
chipsynthMD
Find the mistake.
OP wrote:List your three favourite software synths which are made up from scratch and are no emulations or samplers
I saw that, thats why the first two lines read:

Best non emulation synth:
Serum

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pdxindy
KVRAF
16951 posts since 3 Feb, 2005 from in the wilds

Post Sat Aug 01, 2020 5:00 am

Bazille
Zebra
and RePro (forget it is an emulation and see it as an extraordinary synth in its own right)

There are a number of synths from other developers that could make the list in some aspects, but none of them have the all around excellence in every area like u-he offerings. Great browsers, to scalable GUI's, to flexible midi support, to effective and ongoing development, user scriptable GUI's (that go way beyond just changing some colors), great support, multi-platform including Linux, serial number only, multiple installations on a license, stable and reliable and will not become obsolete, etc.

SLiC
KVRAF
5323 posts since 2 Dec, 2004 from North Wales

Post Sat Aug 01, 2020 5:27 am

If you don't have Rapid in your top 5 you probably haven't tired it lately....
Win 10 PC+ Surface with an X32 Desk, BWS, Live and Studio One, Hardware Synths + Eurorack, TD27 V Drums, Guitars, Basses and Amps

DrEntropy
KVRist
85 posts since 27 Nov, 2018

Post Sat Aug 01, 2020 7:26 am

Reactor 6
Zebra 2
Operator
And for a fourth, Serum.

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Yorrrrrr
KVRian
1144 posts since 25 Sep, 2011 from Colombia

Post Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:16 am

DUNE 3.
Hive 2.
Bazille.
Operator.
Harmor...

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