Best VST instrument for relaxation, Ambient, sounds

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hotmitts
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190 posts since 27 Nov, 2003 from UK, Brighton

Post Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:24 pm

I'm hoping to make some relaxation music with ambient, pads, soundscape type musical noise, I wondered what the best VST instruments would be, what do people think ? Really looking for mellow sounds.
Hope that's not too vague/general, I'm just doing it for fun !

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Russell Grand
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1570 posts since 22 May, 2017

Re: Best VST instrument for relaxation, Ambient, sounds

Post Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:34 pm

Check out the new Aparillo by Sugar Bytes: https://sugar-bytes.de/aparillo

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pdxindy
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14273 posts since 3 Feb, 2005 from in the wilds

Re: Best VST instrument for relaxation, Ambient, sounds

Post Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:21 pm

Russell Grand wrote:Check out the new Aparillo by Sugar Bytes: https://sugar-bytes.de/aparillo
sorry, but the cacophonous noise that thing makes is anything but relaxing :hihi:

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pdxindy
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14273 posts since 3 Feb, 2005 from in the wilds

Re: Best VST instrument for relaxation, Ambient, sounds

Post Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:23 pm

timfarman wrote:I'm hoping to make some relaxation music with ambient, pads, soundscape type musical noise, I wondered what the best VST instruments would be, what do people think ? Really looking for mellow sounds.
Hope that's not too vague/general, I'm just doing it for fun !
Zebra
Icarus
Phonem

Those are 3 of my favorites

hotmitts
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190 posts since 27 Nov, 2003 from UK, Brighton

Re: Best VST instrument for relaxation, Ambient, sounds

Post Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:28 pm

Russell Grand wrote:Check out the new Aparillo by Sugar Bytes: https://sugar-bytes.de/aparillo
Thanks Russell Grand, I'll check it out - certainly looks the part !
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hotmitts
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190 posts since 27 Nov, 2003 from UK, Brighton

Re: Best VST instrument for relaxation, Ambient, sounds

Post Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:29 pm

pdxindy wrote:
Zebra
Icarus
Phonem

Those are 3 of my favorites
Great stuff thanks pdxindy , I'll look into those.

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Russell Grand
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1570 posts since 22 May, 2017

Re: Best VST instrument for relaxation, Ambient, sounds

Post Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:33 pm

pdxindy wrote:
Russell Grand wrote:Check out the new Aparillo by Sugar Bytes: https://sugar-bytes.de/aparillo
sorry, but the cacophonous noise that thing makes is anything but relaxing :hihi:
:lol:

egbert101
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Re: Best VST instrument for relaxation, Ambient, sounds

Post Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:40 pm

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Cinebient
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3780 posts since 16 Nov, 2014

Re: Best VST instrument for relaxation, Ambient, sounds

Post Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:44 pm

Infinite combined with Kaleidoscope and B2.
But that‘s an expensive package.

fster
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22 posts since 25 Sep, 2003

Re: Best VST instrument for relaxation, Ambient, sounds

Post Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:06 pm

padshop
absynth

.jon
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5485 posts since 9 Jul, 2002 from Helsinki

Re: Best VST instrument for relaxation, Ambient, sounds

Post Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:50 pm

Creating soundscapes and interesting pads is more about the sound design and personal style than what plugins are used. Some synths may come with suitable presets, but really pretty much any synth can work as a source. Layering synths and samples is a great way to craft evolving and complex pads. There is a long learning curve, but designing sounds yourself can be as rewarding as composing.

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wagtunes
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14017 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

Re: Best VST instrument for relaxation, Ambient, sounds

Post Sun Dec 17, 2017 3:00 pm

There are 3 ways to go about doing this.

1) Buy a dedicated synth with tons of presets strictly for ambient if you're not interested in creating your own sounds from scratch.

2) Buy a synth that has enough built in requirements that will enable you to make any presets you want. For example, something like Synth1 by itself isn't going to cut it. It doesn't have enough built in capability.

3) Buy any synth at all and then purchase all the necessary FX that will enable you to basically turn any patch into an ambient one. With the right FX, even something like Synth1, which is absolutely free, will do the trick.

So, for number 1, I'd get Omnisphere. You can't beat it. It's also $500. Absynth is fine too and a lot less money but it doesn't have the sound quality of Omnisphere.

For number 2, lots of synths will work. Just look for synths that have lots of built in FX, especially reverb and delay.

For number 3, Synth1, which is free, is fine. Get Valhalla FX. They're about the best out there, especially the reverbs.

My 2 cents, but there are many ways to skin this cat and ultimately, almost every synth in existence is going to get named here as well as a good handful of FX. Hopefully, you won't suffer from information overload.

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aMUSEd
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30070 posts since 14 Sep, 2002 from In teh net

Re: Best VST instrument for relaxation, Ambient, sounds

Post Sun Dec 17, 2017 3:14 pm

It's not about the synth, it's about the person programming the sounds. 2 of my favourite sound designers for that sort of softer relaxing ambient are Yuroun (which has mainly done banks for Alchemy) and Julian Ray (whose Kobold bank for PolyKobol is full of beautiful warm ambient sounds). Others I'd mention are Luftrum and Joseph Hollo.

ghettosynth
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11432 posts since 13 Oct, 2009

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Post Sun Dec 17, 2017 3:19 pm

Reaktor is, without a doubt, your best "bang for buck" because there is so much interest in ambient within the community. Consequently, there are numerous ensembles that cost nothing that express some aspect of ambient or soundscape. You could create entire albums with Reaktor and, literally, nothing else. You could construct the entire project directly in Reaktor, including sequencing, and record the whole thing with the output recorder.

There are multiple ensembles that come with it to get you started and beyond that there are hundreds of ensembles within the library and even quite a few outside of the library such as the excellent Boscomac stuff.

That said, as .jon pointed out, it's much more about style than it is any particular instrument. You can create ambient and pads with anything, or even nothing. I have some tracks that are little more than some field recordings and effects.

What usually helps people get better advice is to post some examples of the kinds of things that you're looking to create.

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wagtunes
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14017 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

Re: Best VST instrument for relaxation, Ambient, sounds

Post Sun Dec 17, 2017 3:30 pm

aMUSEd wrote:It's not about the synth, it's about the person programming the sounds. 2 of my favourite sound designers for that sort of softer relaxing ambient are Yuroun (which has mainly done banks for Alchemy) and Julian Ray (whose Kobold bank for PolyKobol is full of beautiful warm ambient sounds). Others I'd mention are Luftrum and Joseph Hollo.
No, it's not the synth. But you still need the tools. You're not going to take something like Charlatan, which has no built in FX, and make ambient music with it. You need the tools.

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