zerocrossing wrote: ↑
Fri Sep 27, 2019 6:01 am
Workflow: Hardware forces me to work in a different way. It’s often not as easy as working with software. Sometimes it’s just really fun to have a single purpose instrument with its own control surface.
Sound character: You can do a lot with software. Would you be able to do everything the Neutron does in Reaktor Blocks? Probably, but it would never sound the same. Not exactly the same. If there is a sonic character of a hardware synth that really inspires you, you should get that synth. Even if there’s a 1:1 emulation of it, it probably won’t get it perfectly.
Sound quality: Plugins have come a long way... but to get that level of quality, especially when doing audio rate modulation type sounds, comes at a high CPU price. Having a handful of hardware synths around does free my CPU up for other tasks that software is better suited for.
Basically I look for different workflow (knobby surface and ideally knob per function design) and some sound character different from my plugins and Virus. On the other hand, i don't want to get completely lost, Neutron looks quite intimidating to me
Proably i should get more experience with programming my sofwtare modulars before getting Neutron. I do use Bazille quite a bit but I mostly modify the presets and make quite basic patches, can't say I really understand in depth how it is supposed to be programmed.
Since I never owned an actual analog synth I confess that I don't really know what is "analog sound", my impression of analog comes mostly from the emulations like Diva, Repro, Monark and Tal-101. On the other hand, as I have all these I don't see much point in getting Berhinger clones of the same synths, in this case the software is good enough for me.
I watched more Microbrute videos, it actually seems that this harsh and noisy character probably comes from people abusing that "brute factor", the base tone of the synth seems to be nice, fat and rounded, I like it.
Still K-2 looks like it is going to hit the right spot between complexity and immediacy, and I like the sound the most (from that single demo) but it's not quite clear when it will be available in my country and at what price.
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