Looking for an alternative to Synthmaster One

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KVRian
1132 posts since 12 Oct, 2012

Post Thu Apr 29, 2021 5:46 am

Hi,
So I have recently purchased Synthmaster One, it is cheap, sounds good and I like it, but unfortunately it keeps on crashing my DAW every single day (FL Studio) and it's getting increasingly annoying and counterproductive to make music like that.

I'm looking for an alternative with the following attributes:
* relatively cheap
* relatively low CPU usage
* user friendly interface
* sounds at least as good as Synthmaster One does
* has visual representations of modulations (and drag-n-drop style modulation assignment, or anything that is more intuitive than just a matrix).
* optional: has some sort of wavetable capability

Thank you

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KVRist
115 posts since 24 Jan, 2021

Post Thu Apr 29, 2021 5:55 am

It sounds like you’re specifically looking for Vital.
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KVRAF
18755 posts since 3 Feb, 2005 from in the wilds

Post Thu Apr 29, 2021 5:59 am

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KVRAF
5672 posts since 15 Sep, 2005 from East Coast of the USA

Post Thu Apr 29, 2021 6:00 am

Not as cheap, but you may like Pigments 3. At the moment it’s $99.

KVRAF
6608 posts since 28 Apr, 2004 from france

Post Thu Apr 29, 2021 6:01 am

Synthmaster One is stable and reliable here, and it sounds great, so i must say i am very happy with it.
However, to answer your question i might suggest Vital or Thorn.
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KVRian
1051 posts since 9 Apr, 2012

Post Thu Apr 29, 2021 6:05 am

Vital or Vast Vaporizer2. Both are great synths.
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KVRian

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1132 posts since 12 Oct, 2012

Post Thu Apr 29, 2021 6:08 am

sinkmusic wrote:
Thu Apr 29, 2021 6:01 am
Synthmaster One is stable and reliable here, and it sounds great, so i must say i am very happy with it.
However, to answer your question i might suggest Vital or Thorn.
Not on my machine, daily crashes.
Already have Thorn but the CPU usage is 4 times of that of SM One.

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KVRian

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1132 posts since 12 Oct, 2012

Post Thu Apr 29, 2021 6:09 am

Halma wrote:
Thu Apr 29, 2021 6:05 am
Vital or Vast Vaporizer2. Both are great synths.
Interesting, never heard of Vaporizer before, gonna give it a try, thanks
Maybe it's time to finally try Vital too :D
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KVRian

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1132 posts since 12 Oct, 2012

Post Thu Apr 29, 2021 6:09 am

Examigan wrote:
Thu Apr 29, 2021 6:00 am
Not as cheap, but you may like Pigments 3. At the moment it’s $99.
How's the CPU hit?

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KVRian

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1132 posts since 12 Oct, 2012

Post Thu Apr 29, 2021 6:14 am

Now when I think about it, I did like HY-Poly a few months ago when I demoed it, might give it another run.
https://hy-plugins.com/product/hy-poly/

KVRAF
6608 posts since 28 Apr, 2004 from france

Post Thu Apr 29, 2021 6:24 am

ferez21 wrote:
Thu Apr 29, 2021 6:14 am
Now when I think about it, I did like HY-Poly a few months ago when I demoed it, might give it another run.
https://hy-plugins.com/product/hy-poly/
It's very nice, too. Quite different from the others, but a lovely little beast.
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KVRAF
6417 posts since 13 Jan, 2003 from Darkest Kent, UK

Post Thu Apr 29, 2021 6:53 am

I used to have quite random crashes in SM 2.9 fairly often, pretty rare for me tbh.
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KVRer
18 posts since 4 Apr, 2021

Post Thu Apr 29, 2021 7:27 am

I demoed the SM earlier & now again just recently and it still crashes my FL Studio :/
So you are not alone with the problem.

Ana2 is on offer at the moment. Maybe that would be good option?

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KVRist
301 posts since 27 Aug, 2020

Post Thu Apr 29, 2021 7:33 am

I have to say SM2 has been a lot more stable for me than SM1, there is something about the latter that creates these crazy crashes. At one point, I had to re-install the plugin because it wouldn't instantiate at all in the wake of one bigger crash.

I love the sound and the GUI, but SM1 has been regrettably on the infirm side for me. SM2 fortunately covers a lot of the same ground and a lot more besides, so that isn't that much of an issue for me. Still, I hope Bulent keeps fixing the bugs and the plugin achieves more stability in the future, the synth has a lot of potential.

KVRist
70 posts since 9 Oct, 2019

Post Thu Apr 29, 2021 8:54 am

Try Vital. It is way better than Sunthmaster One for wavetables and modulations, and it's free. And if you want the versions with more presets and more wavetables, they are cheap.

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