Why do I seem to like free synths better ?

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KVRAF
1693 posts since 28 Mar, 2007

Post Fri Jun 11, 2021 6:15 am

Its not that I do not have commercial synths. I have NI Komplete - SampleTank - etc, but I rarely use those, its nearly always free synths, or very cheap, almost free ones.

And the same goes for DAWs. I have a licence for Cubase Pro and Studio One Pro but spend most of the time in an obsolete DAW "Energyxt 2" which is almost free.

I just seem to feel more at home with free and very cheap stuff. Strange - eh ?

Am I the only one ?
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KVRAF
3991 posts since 21 Mar, 2020 from Gothenburg, Sweden

Post Fri Jun 11, 2021 6:22 am

I would rather put more of myself into making good sounds and save money for better things than throw away large amounts of money for non-essentials. There are a few commercial products out there that I would like to buy, but on the whole i prefer the challenge of doing something good with freebies.
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KVRAF

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1693 posts since 28 Mar, 2007

Post Fri Jun 11, 2021 6:32 am

Erisian wrote:
Fri Jun 11, 2021 6:22 am
I would rather put more of myself into making good sounds and save money for better things than throw away large amounts of money for non-essentials. There are a few commercial products out there that I would like to buy, but on the whole i prefer the challenge of doing something good with freebies.
Maybe that's it, the "challenge".

KVRian
682 posts since 9 Aug, 2018

Post Fri Jun 11, 2021 6:47 am

Which ones do you like most?

As for me, I like some freeware, some cheap stuff, and some not to cheap. *shrug*

KVRist
244 posts since 12 Sep, 2007

Post Fri Jun 11, 2021 7:04 am

It's called frugality! :)

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KVRAF
9826 posts since 17 Nov, 2015

Post Fri Jun 11, 2021 7:11 am

maybe it's the simplicity? (most free stuff seems pretty simple, so good quality, ease of use?)

i just use stuff I like the sound of and know inside out.... you can do pretty much anything with a very few plugins.... just learn you craft and you have more time to write songs....

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KVRAF
1506 posts since 25 Apr, 2009 from France

Post Fri Jun 11, 2021 7:33 am

Yes, simplicity.
Why do you care ? If the result suits you, then you got the right tools. Enjoy !
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KVRAF
6538 posts since 13 Nov, 2015 from Norway

Post Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:47 am

you are not alone. i use free plugins everyday. don't think i have ever spend more than 100€ on plugins the last 5 years. i almost never spend money on plugins really. last i purchased was Novation V-/BassStation.
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KVRAF
29231 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Post Fri Jun 11, 2021 9:10 am

Why do I seem to like free synths better ?
I have no explanation for that. :ud:
Plugins and a DAW. On an operating system. Which runs on a computer.

KVRAF

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1693 posts since 28 Mar, 2007

Post Fri Jun 11, 2021 9:32 am

kvotchin wrote:
Fri Jun 11, 2021 6:47 am
Which ones do you like most?

As for me, I like some freeware, some cheap stuff, and some not to cheap. *shrug*
Mostly any free analogue emulations of real hardware. PG-8x - Dexed - Klv-64 - OB-Xd - JUN 21 - Synth 1 - oxevst - etc.

Any new suggestions to add are always welcome.

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KVRian
1018 posts since 25 Sep, 2014 from Specific Northwest

Post Fri Jun 11, 2021 9:33 am

Another vote for simplicity, especially if you like to roll your own patches. Sure, the OmniFalcVengers of the world sound great, but there's just too many notes! Er, parameters!

KVRAF

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1693 posts since 28 Mar, 2007

Post Fri Jun 11, 2021 9:34 am

AnX wrote:
Fri Jun 11, 2021 7:11 am
maybe it's the simplicity? (most free stuff seems pretty simple, so good quality, ease of use?)

i just use stuff I like the sound of and know inside out.... you can do pretty much anything with a very few plugins.... just learn you craft and you have more time to write songs....
Agreed :tu:

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KVRAF
15720 posts since 16 Sep, 2001 from Las Vegas,USA

Post Fri Jun 11, 2021 9:41 am

I base my opinion of synths on the quality and range of their sound not on their cost.

If you find freeware synths inspiring then by all means use them. I can't remember the last time I used a free synth in a composition.

I have a few freeware synths installed and I'll call them up to have a play once in awhile but they can't really compete with the other synths I prefer.

You can "learn your craft" with any set of plugins, free or top dollar.

But that's just my opinion....use what suites you best is the mantra of the day. :tu:
None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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KVRAF
1506 posts since 25 Apr, 2009 from France

Post Fri Jun 11, 2021 9:54 am

Dirk Diggler wrote:
Fri Jun 11, 2021 7:04 am
It's called frugality! :)
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KVRAF
5230 posts since 28 Dec, 2015 from Hanover, Germany

Post Fri Jun 11, 2021 9:56 am

Question:
I just seem to feel more at home with free and very cheap stuff. Strange - eh ?

Because you are stingy and do no like to support developers?
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