Future of Synthesizers

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izonin
KVRian
1250 posts since 27 Oct, 2009

Post Fri Jan 24, 2020 11:55 am

Hey guys!
Wanted to start a broader topic concerning the future of the synthesizers that we use in our productions.

For the last 30 years VA has pretty much dominated both in hardware and in software. I'll just mention a few popular synths.

JP-8000
Virus
Nord Lead
Sylenth1

What do you guys think the trend will be for the next 30 years? Will we see a decline of the subtractive synths, or they will evolve into something new and better? Or maybe reach an iconic status, like the Fender Stratocaster? :)

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vurt
addled muppet weed
59493 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Re: Future of Synthesizers

Post Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:01 pm

i think in the future there will be more.
both hardware snd software.
within 30 years a synth manufacturer will be voted president.

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nix808
KVRAF
4028 posts since 22 Jul, 2006 from Tasmania, Australia

Re: Future of Synthesizers

Post Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:20 pm

kneel before all artificial overlords

Monark sounds cooler than president

Eirikur
KVRist
99 posts since 24 Feb, 2004

Re: Future of Synthesizers

Post Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:24 pm

This prediction still hasn't come true, but I'll make it again: The details of synthesis will be increasingly hidden by new user interfaces that allow musicians to work with sound without requiring a lot of technical knowledge. This happened in keyboard instruments. You get 1000 sounds and maybe six knobs to tailor them. The high end would be a system where you describe the sound you want verbally.

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foosnark
KVRAF
5074 posts since 9 Jan, 2003 from Saint Louis MO

Re: Future of Synthesizers

Post Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:25 pm

30 years is a lot of time for this sort of projection. The VST specification and the Eurorack format are both only 24 years old.

Even MIDI 1.0 is only 35 years old.

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vurt
addled muppet weed
59493 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Re: Future of Synthesizers

Post Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:36 pm

foosnark wrote:
Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:25 pm
30 years is a lot of time for this sort of projection. The VST specification and the Eurorack format are both only 24 years old.

Even MIDI 1.0 is only 35 years old.
well, can you tell midi1 to stop pissing about and respect its elders. bloody phantom notes and pitch bend info :x

minijetsdonttalk
KVRist
88 posts since 17 May, 2010

Re: Future of Synthesizers

Post Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:43 pm

Eirikur wrote:
Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:24 pm
This prediction still hasn't come true, but I'll make it again: The details of synthesis will be increasingly hidden by new user interfaces that allow musicians to work with sound without requiring a lot of technical knowledge. This happened in keyboard instruments. You get 1000 sounds and maybe six knobs to tailor them.
Like Nexus 3?

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Forgotten
KVRAF
8880 posts since 15 Apr, 2019 from Nowhere

Re: Future of Synthesizers

Post Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:43 pm

Bio synthesizers hooked directly into the brain are the future!

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vurt
addled muppet weed
59493 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Re: Future of Synthesizers

Post Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:45 pm

Forgotten wrote:
Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:43 pm
Bio synthesizers hooked directly into the brain are the future!
alvin lucier?

dune_rave
KVRAF
1531 posts since 23 Jun, 2006 from Hungary

Re: Future of Synthesizers

Post Fri Jan 24, 2020 1:06 pm

More games will appear in plugin synths. We already saw some in Cyclop, Avenger and Phase Plant.

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vurt
addled muppet weed
59493 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Re: Future of Synthesizers

Post Fri Jan 24, 2020 1:08 pm

dune_rave wrote:
Fri Jan 24, 2020 1:06 pm
More games will appear in plugin synths. We already saw some in Cyclop, Avenger and Phase Plant.
you will have to complete levels to access features :o

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Forgotten
KVRAF
8880 posts since 15 Apr, 2019 from Nowhere

Re: Future of Synthesizers

Post Fri Jan 24, 2020 1:12 pm

There will be multiplayer versions, usually won by Steve Vai lookalikes who have sold their soul to the devil for virtuoso musical abilities

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vurt
addled muppet weed
59493 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Re: Future of Synthesizers

Post Fri Jan 24, 2020 1:14 pm

Forgotten wrote:
Fri Jan 24, 2020 1:12 pm
There will be multiplayer versions, usually won by Steve Vai lookalikes who have sold their soul to the devil for virtuoso musical abilities
woohoo! the future sounds great :D

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foosnark
KVRAF
5074 posts since 9 Jan, 2003 from Saint Louis MO

Re: Future of Synthesizers

Post Fri Jan 24, 2020 1:18 pm

Behringer will clone Jordan Rudess.

Elektronisch
KVRAF
3870 posts since 3 Feb, 2010

Re: Future of Synthesizers

Post Fri Jan 24, 2020 1:22 pm

izonin wrote:
Fri Jan 24, 2020 11:55 am
Hey guys!
Wanted to start a broader topic concerning the future of the synthesizers that we use in our productions.

For the last 30 years VA has pretty much dominated both in hardware and in software. I'll just mention a few popular synths.

JP-8000
Virus
Nord Lead
Sylenth1

What do you guys think the trend will be for the next 30 years? Will we see a decline of the subtractive synths, or they will evolve into something new and better? Or maybe reach an iconic status, like the Fender Stratocaster? :)
I wonder how you came up with this "fact" of yours.

I dont see any domination of jp virus and nord leads except in forums like KVR. And then its only more of a legend status, romantised incredible sounding synths that are only talked about.

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