Etienne1973 wrote: ↑
Thu Sep 30, 2021 10:16 am
davidv@plogue wrote: ↑
Thu Sep 30, 2021 6:23 am
We actually have an FS1R and most other mainline Yamaha units of the 80s and 90s. Only thing missing is a FVX-1 (we accept donations). Not sure about the financial success part though.
Yamaha FS1R as software plug that offers an elegant user interface would be an instant buy here.
I think that quite a few, emphasis on few, people would be interested by that. I think that many more would be just as uninterested as they were in the original, which is, of course, one of the reasons the prices are so high now.
Personally, I'm not into emulations, per se, but I would like to see more efforts in serious synthesizers that are conceptually similar to the SY99. IMO there's no need to negotiate a license for the samples, but I know the emulation purists don't agree.
I'm curious though, as much attention as emulations get, what consumer attributes drive the market? With analog emulations I think that it can be as simple as nostalgia and that nostalgia is born out by just making the synth sound good. You see this expressed here often. It doesn't matter how good really the emulation was, at point of release there are plenty of followers who express content at having the synth back in their studio again. I seem to recall posts like this about the Pro-53.
With FM synths though, there is a disconnect such that it's hard for someone not into somewhat serious sound design to make it sound good. Hence, they are much more dependent on patch libraries. You can see some of that perspective in this thread, or almost any other thread on FM for that matter.
I think that the DX7 is a relatively safe bet because of the vast numbers, but I imagine that only a small fraction of people who would buy "the most accurate DX7 emulation to date" even know about the FS1R, let alone lust over it.
Finally, there's actually an issue with the purists vs the non-purists with the FS1R and SY99 that doesn't exist with the DX7. Namely, they have filters that don't sound good. The Purists will want them to sound like the original, warts and all, whereas others will want a modern approach.
Bottom line for me, the book is unfinished on the definitive FM synth, but I don't think chasing nostalgia is going to deliver the winner.