toine6 wrote:I spent the last 25 years collecting gear and have an out of control pile of stuff... Not to mention 5,000 zillion VST's. But at some point it became... The shit kiddie piano the neighbor kid threw in the sandbox can get the job done fine, my latest vintage phattt analog Neve transformered multi-optional DSP proprietary integrated and hack enhanced rewritten burned OS chip with 1 terrabyte circuit bent butt prober.... ain't really all that. The $3.26 thrift store clinky thing will get 90% of my time today, with laptop mic, neighborhood train, birds, and A/C fans, blaring away in the background. If it sounds good, it is good. Granted, it you're aiming to be the next Yanni or Classical composer your mileage may vary, you probably need a proper set-up. But I'm not tied to any certain standard, genre, or artistic box.
I usually find it more productive to go into things with a NOT GIVING A f**k attitude. Don't second guess it. Frankly, lots of noise and background foobar and cheap gear can add a lot of little exciting gremlins. That's not to say I don't have my moments of gearlust and appreciate my higher-end gear, but it doesn't stop me from seizing the moment and using whatever is at hand, without second guessing. I don't need to wait until I'm in a sterilized environment before I can put a dash of noise on a blank slate.
I honestly don't have a supersynth. Hell, I dispmissed Synth1 for YEARS AND YEARS because it was free, basic, didn't look pretty, and because I have everything already. I finally gave it a go a couple years ago because it had a pile of presets that people had made over the years. It quickly became a loved synth because it's so light on resources, there are many decent presets to get you started, and it's quick to work with, it's simple but you can still get pretty crafty. Recently, I've read people saying Synth1 was good in it's day, but it's time has passed. Listen, I've got the latest 8x oversampled and finely tuned analog modeled blah blah synths and I barely touch them, they are resource hogs and clog up too many frequencies that you have to EQ out anyway. They will give you auditory coronary disease. Frankly, I'd rather have 10 Synth1's running smooth and being used at full capacity with chords and arps and pads that lack a TAD BIT of clarity or harmonics... Sure beats the "SEIZE YOUR WHOLE SYSTEM AND BLOW THE CIRCUIT BREAKER IN THE HOUSE AFTER 1 NOTE" P.O.S..
So Synth1 is kind of my current supersynth, but I'd also say that a nice Sampletank kind of synth that give you a wide pallet quickly and easily, in a Swiss Army knife kinda way, is more my Desert Island synth.
Okay, so that wasn't sexy enough for those of your reading to quench your severe gear lust titilations. So if we just want to get greasy hardcore about it... My Korg Monologue can bounce PHAT fury balls of lube BANGING bASS, all over my bedroom. To my ears, it's the analog sound I've been lusting after for all these years. I've had plenty of other analog synths, but quickly learned that often analog is not what you envisioned it to be. The added overdrive is a game changer, rude and nice character filter, I like how mean and lean everything is, while still including some well chosen special features like microtuning and micro-sequencer. It's not for everyone, but it sure sounds good to me. It's hard to get excited about a small monosynth, but it's a ton of fun and the sound is top notch.
I hear you , synth one is great , the latest filter that was added sounds great too.
It get's things done quickly , is not a cpu hog and still sounds good ..
I have a nord modular and re-created synth 1 on it , including the effects ( synth 1 was modelled after the nord lead 2 ) .
So my secret synths are NOrd modular + reaktor ..and synth 1 still finds it's use ..