recursive one wrote:
wagtunes wrote:I'm just trying to understand what the word characterful means.
I agree, it's a bit hard to explain, therefore I gave some examples of what I consider "characterful" synths and what I don't. E.g. Serum may sound extremely different depending on the wavetable you put into it, while Massive tends to sound recognizable to some extent, even when used outside of the typical dubstep/D&B sounds. This may boil down to that the sound designers are limited by the Massive stock wavetables but I think filters, effects and the whole sound engine somehow contributes into it.
So i other words, a synth that is recognizable on its own? Where you can say THAT'S Massive or THAT'S Largo or whatever?
1. Can you absolutely, within the context of a mix, point out every single synth and say THAT'S whatever? I've made this challenge before and I'm making it again. I say that if I did a track with nothing but wavetable synths, you wouldn't be able to tell which part was which synth.
2. Does characterful necessarily mean good? A synth can have its own character and sound like crap. So how much does being characterful on its own really matter?
I haven't really counted but I think I own about 6 synths that have wavetable capability.
Off the top of my head
Okay, there's 9. To me, they all have character. My favorites from most to least?
Dune 2 (but not for its WT capability, that's for sure)
For me, Falcon and HALion 6 have the most sterile, clean sounds of all the synths I own. In fact, I'd probably go as far as saying they both lack character. They are about as generic sounding as you can get. For sound design, that's fantastic. Because then you can truly make them your own.
But like I said, in the context of a mix, eh, who cares? Only people with super power hearing can tell one synth from another and I'm absolutely ready to prove it. I'll do a track with those 9 synths and nobody will be able to tell which part is which synth especially when you've got 4 or 5 things going on at the same time.
Having said all that, yeah, if working with a synth in isolation you need that character to inspire you, sure, it matters. Because if you're not inspired, you're not going to use the synth much. So that much I get. But in the context of the music? Hell, I listen to some of my own songs and outside of a few very rare examples I can't tell which synths I used on them.