Looking for a good 80's sounds synth plugin

VST, AU, AAX, etc. plug-in Virtual Instruments discussion
User avatar
Krakatau
KVRAF
5608 posts since 25 May, 2002 from Bobo-dioulasso\BF__Geneva/CH

Post Tue Apr 07, 2020 11:09 pm

double post

AnX
KVRAF
7084 posts since 17 Nov, 2015

Re: Looking for a good 80's sounds synth plugin

Post Tue Apr 07, 2020 11:32 pm

Krakatau wrote:
Tue Apr 07, 2020 11:08 pm
Krakatau wrote:
Tue Apr 07, 2020 11:07 pm
AnX wrote:
Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:58 pm
any sampler
let me gently disagree...

As far as i know, 16 bit samplers (and all the reactualised laws related to copyrighted samples ) came to the market during early neinties, 8 bit (and later in this decade 12 bits modules like Akai S900 ) samplers like Ensoniq Mirage or Roland S10 might have contribute te the sound of the eighties from the beginning 1985, right after FM synthesis introduced mainly with the DX7 a few years ago

not the point

want a ppg sound? grab a sound font or sfz

want an orch hit? load it in a sampler

get the idea?

User avatar
gentleclockdivider
KVRAF
2736 posts since 22 Mar, 2009 from gent

Re: Looking for a good 80's sounds synth plugin

Post Wed Apr 08, 2020 2:41 am

Echoes in the Attic wrote:
Tue Apr 07, 2020 2:20 pm
gentleclockdivider wrote:
Tue Apr 07, 2020 12:42 pm
The only freeware synths worth having on your hd
-dexed
-pg8x
-disco dsp (2-dat ) OBxd
Not true at all. Charlatan, Tyrell and Oxe FM are just as worth having as those, if not more. Synth1 is still good as well.
Charlatan is nice , so is tyrell
But I don't agree about oxe fm , the feedback implementataion is totally wrong .
The feedback is implemented post gain (meaning the feedback amount is not effected by the operator's envelope )
With OXE fm an operator with self feedback and a decaying envelope ( going to zero sustain ) will not go from saw to sine , it will stay a saw and only the operator's gain output will lower in volume .
On a dx7 feedback , the decrease in operator gain output also affects the feedback amount ( since this is routed back to the operator's input )
With just one operator and feedback , you could mimic a filtered saw wave , which is not possible on oxe fm
Eyeball exchanging
Soul calibrating ..frequencies

chk071
KVRAF
24104 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Re: Looking for a good 80's sounds synth plugin

Post Wed Apr 08, 2020 2:58 am

I don't know... with freeware synths, it's either inferior sound, or inferior features. I don't know any freeware synth which can compete with well featured, good sounding payware synths.

Not that some of them are bad, it's just that... you get what you paid for. If Karrikuh built a more complete synth around the Charlatan synth engine, we would probably not have this discussion. Because it sounds great. But, the way it is now, it's very limited.
Plugins and a DAW. On a operating system. Which runs on a computer.

kvotchin
KVRist
432 posts since 9 Aug, 2018

Re: Looking for a good 80's sounds synth plugin

Post Wed Apr 08, 2020 4:23 am

Not sure if Arturia’s V Collection is still half price - or lower, if you have for example some of their hardware (as I do ;)) - but that certainly has the goods.

Freeware, there’s the free version of U-No LX: U-No 62. Also Dexed, of course. And PG8X, OB-xD, SQ8L, etc. (most or all upthread).

And then there’s all the many, many softsynths that aren’t pimped as 80s instruments, so to speak, but are totally capable of doing that thing. Take your pick there, free or paid.

SparkySpark
KVRAF
1866 posts since 30 Aug, 2004 from Lancaster, UK

Re: Looking for a good 80's sounds synth plugin

Post Wed Apr 08, 2020 4:30 am

Krakatau wrote:
Tue Apr 07, 2020 11:07 pm
AnX wrote:
Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:58 pm
any sampler
let me gently disagree...

As far as i know, 16 bit samplers (and all the reactualised laws related to copyrighted samples ) came to the market during early neinties, 8 bit (and later in this decade 12 bits modules like Akai S900 ) samplers like Ensoniq Mirage or Roland S10 might have contribute te the sound of the eighties from the beginning 1985, right after FM synthesis introduced mainly with the DX7 a few years ago
I bought a Casio FZ-1 sampler in 1989, and as I recall it, it was a 16MB sampler with 32kHz max and 1MB of memory.
Person 1: Say a number between 1 and 10.
Computer scientist: There is no number between 1 and 10.
Go MuLab!

SparkySpark
KVRAF
1866 posts since 30 Aug, 2004 from Lancaster, UK

Re: Looking for a good 80's sounds synth plugin

Post Wed Apr 08, 2020 4:32 am

Kumi_27 wrote:
Tue Apr 07, 2020 1:31 pm
SparkySpark wrote:
Tue Apr 07, 2020 1:18 pm
Is there such a thing as a free or cheap almost-PPG (=say Depeche Mode-sounding)?
Waldorf Edition 2 LE for 19,90 € has a little limited version of PPG Wave 2.V
Thanks!
Person 1: Say a number between 1 and 10.
Computer scientist: There is no number between 1 and 10.
Go MuLab!

tcrano
KVRer
27 posts since 8 Apr, 2020

Re: Looking for a good 80's sounds synth plugin

Post Wed Apr 08, 2020 5:38 am

I'd say Diva or Repro by U-he. They're excellent analog emulations. As it happens I have an extra copy of Diva for sale. PM if interested.

User avatar
LoveEnigma18
KVRAF
2176 posts since 12 Jan, 2018

Re: Looking for a good 80's sounds synth plugin

Post Wed Apr 08, 2020 5:40 am

Might be worth considering NI Super 8.

https://www.native-instruments.com/en/p ... s/super-8/
Never imagined we would get to play with toys in adulthood. :)

User avatar
RexBanner
KVRer
27 posts since 11 Feb, 2020

Re: Looking for a good 80's sounds synth plugin

Post Wed Apr 08, 2020 8:29 am

tcrano wrote:
Wed Apr 08, 2020 5:38 am
I'd say Diva or Repro by U-he. They're excellent analog emulations. As it happens I have an extra copy of Diva for sale. PM if interested.
Repro 5 is just the most beautiful, warm sounding emulation I've ever heard. Too bad my 8-year old laptop can't handle it lol.

onerob
KVRist
416 posts since 28 Oct, 2014

Re: Looking for a good 80's sounds synth plugin

Post Wed Apr 08, 2020 8:49 am

Might be worth checking out Beatskillz' 80s based sample stuff.

Synthwave Keys
Retro Keys

and their new thing, RetroVolt: https://www.beatskillz.com/retrovolt/

zammo
KVRist
76 posts since 21 Jan, 2004

Re: Looking for a good 80's sounds synth plugin

Post Wed Apr 08, 2020 10:22 am

Pacific05 wrote:
Tue Apr 07, 2020 2:01 pm

So, it seems you're looking for the late 80's digital sounds.
Tons of emulations around, as other members have already suggested, but I have a question:
What kind of music do you make (or do you want to) exactly?
We tend to talk about the 80s as a long infinite time with its distinctive own sound, but, actually, it isn't: new wave/synthpop/disco tunes of 1981 sound nothing like the same genre's tracks from 1987- just saying.
Great question, I guess mainly i was starting looking at OMD, depeche mode, Ultravox etc.
But would also like to create something like those classic 80's movie song soundtracks styles like karate kid, Teen wolf etc. So i guess it's a bit of a mixed bag!

Pacific05
KVRist
186 posts since 5 Oct, 2014 from Rome

Re: Looking for a good 80's sounds synth plugin

Post Wed Apr 08, 2020 1:58 pm

zammo wrote:
Wed Apr 08, 2020 10:22 am

Great question, I guess mainly i was starting looking at OMD, depeche mode, Ultravox etc.
But would also like to create something like those classic 80's movie song soundtracks styles like karate kid, Teen wolf etc. So i guess it's a bit of a mixed bag!
Well, any of the above suggestions are worth listening to.
I would start with inexpensive emulations, or even free (like VK-1 Viking, excellent monophonic for analog style, and Dexed, best free option in digital playground).
Don't forget the drums; you can choose between samples or recreations (the usual suspects: Roland, LinnDrum, Simmons, Oberheim and so on). And some effect, especially a good (room and gated) reverb on drums.
In the end, it depends on how much you want to invest, in terms of money and time, in this "back to the future" trip.

I can add my two cents to the long list:

- Phonec 2.4 for instant 80's sounds with the typical VHS tape flavour
- Arp 2600 (Arturia or TimeWarp/Sonivox)
- Korg collection, which includes vintage classics like Mono/Poly or Polysix.

Good luck!

BBFG#
KVRAF
5980 posts since 28 Apr, 2013

Re: Looking for a good 80's sounds synth plugin

Post Wed Apr 08, 2020 2:27 pm

Just grab AnalogLab and see where that leads you.

KingofBeers
KVRist
363 posts since 2 Mar, 2003 from UK

Re: Looking for a good 80's sounds synth plugin

Post Wed Apr 08, 2020 4:37 pm

Fairlight CMI (Series I - III) - big Sampler for the film and pop industries (1979-1992) featured in many soundtracks. :tu:

It has been used by Jean-Michel Jarre, Heaven 17, Hardfloor, ABC, Hall & Oates, the Buggles, Supertramp, Thomas Dolby, Jon Astley, Michael Jackson, Yes, Trevor Horn (Art of Noise), Geoff Downes, Stevie Wonder, Vince Clarke (Yazoo), Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, Devo, Julian Lennon, The Cars, Yellow, Lindsey Buckingham, Jan Hammer, Herbie Hancock, David Gilmour, Elvis Costello, Scritti Politti, Starship, Teddy Riley, Brian Wilson, Foreigner, Madonna, Debbie Gibson, Jane Child, Eurythmics, Mike Oldfield, Prince, OMD, Steve Winwood, Duran Duran, John Paul Jones, Paul Hardcastle, Kate Bush, Queen, Keith Emerson, Alan Parsons, Fleetwood Mac, B-52's, Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, Soul II Soul, and Stewart Copeland.

Return to “Instruments”