Is Serum worth cashing out for, when you get Vital for free?

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YnJ
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61 posts since 18 Apr, 2021

Post Tue Jul 20, 2021 6:30 am

I have Vital and it's absolutely amazing, I even ended up paying for it as I thought they deserved something for their work. I'm really into WT synths now, and I'm looking at Serum. It's pricey though, and I wonder what it has that Vital doesn't. I should note that I never really liked Massive much. Massive X is a lot more to my taste, I prefer Vital to it though :help:

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KVRian
1189 posts since 17 Jul, 2007 from Baghdad-Iq

Post Tue Jul 20, 2021 7:24 am

If you like Vital, enjoy using it. And there's no harm buying Serum.
Because - and with all due respect - Vital is not Serum, each has its own character and set of limitations.

There's no such thing as:
Synth A sounds better than Synth B
Synth A vs. Synth B
or what's alternative to Synth XYZ
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KVRian
705 posts since 9 Aug, 2018

Post Tue Jul 20, 2021 8:04 am

Doesn’t it have a trial option? I seem to recall it used to, anyway.

Personally, not a fan of Serum. Vital works better for my purposes. However, as far as other paid options go, maybe also try out Rapid. There is definitely a trial option for that.

Another thing to keep in mind though, with Serum and Rapid, is that in both cases, you technically can’t ever sell the license on. Only a dealbreaker for some people, but good to be aware of, regardless.

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KVRAF
10754 posts since 4 Jan, 2017 from Warsaw, Poland

Post Tue Jul 20, 2021 1:17 pm

Serum by now is an old synth and if you have Vital and really want something else, then get something ELSE that isn't wavetable or at least is very different, e.g. Phaseplant. Or perhaps something FM based? Or a modular? Or a good emulation of analog synths, like Diva?
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KVRian
1236 posts since 21 Apr, 2017 from Bahia, Brazil

Post Tue Jul 20, 2021 1:33 pm

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YnJ
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61 posts since 18 Apr, 2021

Post Tue Jul 20, 2021 2:47 pm

Thanks for the replies, I'll try to respond to all of you here

First of all, thanks for directing me to the Rapid. I had no idea this synth even excisted, and if I would purchase one synth today based on the information I got from their website, I would purchase Rapid. I don't have time right now to download and try Rapid or Serum, I'm going away for the rest of the month so it has to wait until I get back. Rapid has a trial option and you can try Serum for free for three days. I just wanted to see if I could get some opinions on Serum

Secondly, yes, it's not about being better, it's about what is different. What makes Serum different? I find using different synths inspiring, and I come up with different music using different synths. I don't use one synth all the time, and I'm not looking for one to replace anything

I have a lot of synths, especially analog emulations, Arturia V Collection 8 and every synth Cherry Audio has released, Predator 2, just to mention a few, and one of my favourites these days is the FM synth Nemesis. Right now I'm hungry for more WT synths

KVRAF
30020 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Post Tue Jul 20, 2021 3:08 pm

YnJ wrote:
Tue Jul 20, 2021 2:47 pm
Secondly, yes, it's not about being better, it's about what is different. What makes Serum different? I find using different synths inspiring, and I come up with different music using different synths. I don't use one synth all the time, and I'm not looking for one to replace anything
Then you don't need to ask what makes Serum different. At least, to me, it sounds like it's obvious to you.
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YnJ
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61 posts since 18 Apr, 2021

Post Tue Jul 20, 2021 3:11 pm

That made no sense to me at all

I noticed you enjoy trolling and derailing threads

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Post Tue Jul 20, 2021 3:32 pm

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KVRAF
2278 posts since 8 Dec, 2008 from Global Cowboy

Post Tue Jul 20, 2021 3:58 pm

phreaque wrote:
Tue Jul 20, 2021 7:24 am

There's no such thing as:
Synth A sounds better than Synth B
Synth A vs. Synth B
or what's alternative to Synth XYZ
What ? :o

Sheer blasphemy !

Half of the posts on the KVR forum would not exist without A vs B, or X vs Y vs Z and all of the virtual fist fights that come out of that...

"My car is more expensive than yours" and "My Richard is bigger than yours" :wink:

"Look at how many synths I have bought,so I must be an expert and that makes me so much better than you"...

No mention of their creative and musical skills or the music that comes out of the tools that they use...

It's a human weakness that we're all guilty of in some ways and although there needs to be some consideration given to the tools that we employ,the real focus should always be on the actual music that we produce :tu:
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KVRAF
2403 posts since 26 Mar, 2002 from london

Post Wed Jul 21, 2021 9:58 am

Personally, I love Phaseplant, though I don't love the price.
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KVRian
889 posts since 29 Oct, 2015 from Jupiter 8

Post Wed Jul 21, 2021 10:21 am

Serum has Serum FX.

Vital might get this too (fingers crossed), but at the moment doesn't... unless you put your stuff in the form of a sample into it.

Other than that, unless you really love the sound of Serum specifically, you're probably equally covered by Vital.
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KVRer
11 posts since 17 Jul, 2021

Post Fri Jul 23, 2021 12:06 pm

chagzuki wrote:
Wed Jul 21, 2021 9:58 am
Personally, I love Phaseplant, though I don't love the price.
I would also vouch for Phase Plant. Have Serum, tried Vital - lots of others. They pretty much do all the same. But the modulation options in Phase Plant are pretty fresh. For most tasks I however use Falcon. And yes, the Kilohearts ecosystem is a bit off-putting moneywise, because in order to use the whole bandwith you would have to go for the Ultimate Toolbox anyways.

KVRer
10 posts since 17 Jul, 2021

Post Sat Jul 24, 2021 8:27 am

Serum is great for some genres, but personally I didn't care for it that much. Either way, probably a good idea to get it on Splice through rent to own, so if you end up not using it as much as you expected you will not have wasted too much money.

Banned
393 posts since 13 Jul, 2021

Post Sat Jul 24, 2021 9:11 am

I don't have it but I do think it's worth it for the number of presets out there alone.

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