roman.i wrote: ↑
Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:24 pm
This is a wrong way to think about synthesizers. You should choose the right synthesizer for the genre you're producing. Your potential listener doesn't care if you're using a hardware or a software synthesizer. Every synth has it's own tone/flavor, try to get as close as you can to the top producers sound.
i think THAT is the wrong way to think about synthesizers
1. there is no such thing as "the right synthesizer for the genre youre producing". every genres "sound" came about by the creators of that genre just using what they had available to them. you can make any kind of genre from any synth. what you should
do, is get a synth you like, that inspires you, and that you will enjoy using. dont chase after a specific sound.
2. dont "try to get as close to the top producers sound"...that doesnt even make sense. how is anyone supposed to even know how to do that? no...get as close to the sound you want to make
as you can. and when at first its not quite right...make adjustments until it is.
its ok to emulate artists you like to try to figure out how they do what they do...but you wont get very far if you just try to copy others.
now...on to your actual question. it sounds to me (and i may be wrong) that for you...there wouldnt really be much advantage in getting a digital hw synth. whichever one you might get...you could save yourself a boatload of $$ and space by using software, and the home studio integration would be far simpler and more immediate. sure, not all digital hw synths have a software counterpart...but really...theres no synth out there (that you might actually get yourself) that is so over the top unique and great that you cant find a suitable substitute in software. (this includes analogue synths...but sshhhhh people get mad when you say that).
you dont really mention what you want from a hw synth, so its not easy to really offer recommendations. the bottom line is....you can get nearly any sound you want from software synths, at a fraction of the cost and literally no physical space at all.....if what you want is the tactile experience of using hardware....you can get nice controllers.
im not trying to dissuade you from hw...not at all...i love the few that i have. im just saying...take the time to figure out what you really want/need from a hw synth that you miss in software....then take it from there.
for what its worth....as much as i do love my hw synths...the difference in ease of use for software is just so drastic...that i hardly ever use my hw synths. the only time is if im trying to get a very specific sound that i know one of my hw synths does well. which means most of the time the only one i use is the neutron.
these are all my own personal opinions and thoughts...ymmv.