Which desktop synth for space / ambient ?

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kvotchin
KVRist
124 posts since 9 Aug, 2018

Post Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:42 am

Of the modern polys (that come in destkop form) I've had much experience with, I'd definitely recommend the Rev2 or Peak, if that's the style you're after - tons of modulation and effects there. On the other hand, the Blofeld is very capable too, just in very different ways.

Or, if you want to (essentially) run a "tabletop computer", then you could go for the Organelle, or of course ... an iPad. Um, or a laptop, at that point. Like, it is an option. :ud:

Totally left field, there's also the Lyra. :wheee:
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Von Naphoven
KVRer
11 posts since 7 Jul, 2019

Re: Which desktop synth for space / ambient ?

Post Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:03 am

Basically any synth which either has huge delay/reverb on board or fed into external delay/reverb effects will allow you to do ambient. Rompler/wavetable based synths will be easier for big evolving tapestries usually. Like the D-05 for example.

chk071
KVRAF
20841 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Re: Which desktop synth for space / ambient ?

Post Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:05 am

Blofeld should be pretty awesome for Space/Ambient. Like all the other Waldorf synths. I have Largo, which is more or less the same as the Blofeld, with a few differences, and, it's great for stuff like that.

Other than that, the Virus TI should be great as well. But, quite a bit more expensive.

rob_lee
KVRAF
7628 posts since 16 Oct, 2006 from North East UK

Re: Which desktop synth for space / ambient ?

Post Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:26 am

From experience... Waldorf Quantum for sure and (Not out yet KYRA) however you could buy any desktop synth and slap a Strymon BigSky or Ventris Reverb on it and you'd have any Ambient/Space machine :tu:

Silaris
KVRist
309 posts since 15 Jan, 2003 from USA

Re: Which desktop synth for space / ambient ?

Post Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:12 pm

Behringer DeepMind 12D or Roland System-1m, but both are rather large desktop synths.

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MuzikFreq
KVRist
76 posts since 29 Apr, 2019

Re: Which desktop synth for space / ambient ?

Post Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:39 pm

Virus TI2 if you take the time to program it.
Deepmind 12 is great and has a plethora of built in effects
But most stuff will be great with good sound design and then effects like a big reverb like the eventide blackhole, Strymon Big Sky. Hell even a Zoom MS-70CDR would would great.

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zerocrossing
KVRAF
9660 posts since 26 Jun, 2006 from San Francisco Bay Area

Re: Which desktop synth for space / ambient ?

Post Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:21 pm

I find the Peak very “hard” sounding. The entire synth seems to be voiced for monophonic sounds, and it does excel at them. It’s definitely not one of my go-to synths for ambient, which is one of my my main genres.

Audio wise, the Prophet 12 is what I’d recommend, though the interface, while brilliant, isn’t the knobbiest. The Peak has more knobs, but a sh!ttier menu system. Important oscillator stuff can be 8 button presses away. It’s so annoying, I fully use a VST editor.

The REV2 (on my list for a Christmas purchase) is excellent, but the oscillators aren’t nearly as flexible.

Maybe look at the Modor NF-1. It’s all digital, but sounds great. Really organic. If I didn’t have a no hardware VA policy, I’d definitely own one.
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zerocrossing
KVRAF
9660 posts since 26 Jun, 2006 from San Francisco Bay Area

Re: Which desktop synth for space / ambient ?

Post Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:26 pm

rob_lee wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:26 am
From experience... Waldorf Quantum for sure and (Not out yet KYRA) however you could buy any desktop synth and slap a Strymon BigSky or Ventris Reverb on it and you'd have any Ambient/Space machine :tu:
The OP needs a desktop, but the now delayed Kyra might be a great choice. It’s on my list.
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rob_lee
KVRAF
7628 posts since 16 Oct, 2006 from North East UK

Re: Which desktop synth for space / ambient ?

Post Thu Jul 18, 2019 2:31 am

zerocrossing wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:26 pm
rob_lee wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:26 am
From experience... Waldorf Quantum for sure and (Not out yet KYRA) however you could buy any desktop synth and slap a Strymon BigSky or Ventris Reverb on it and you'd have any Ambient/Space machine :tu:
The OP needs a desktop, but the now delayed Kyra might be a great choice. It’s on my list.
I'll have KYRA by Monday morning, I'm reading the manual as I wait for it, this thing has so so many features, I just need to get stuck in to SD asap. The OP might want to wait and see what KYRA can do.

Rob

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