What are the best plugins that don't sound like vintage synths / older analog synths?

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Cole1012
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40 posts since 19 Mar, 2013

Post Fri May 22, 2020 3:38 am

What are the best vsts, soundsets, etc that aren't based on or sound like vintage synths or older analog synths?

I used to have camel audio alchemy but I'm having trouble installing it on my new computer since they took everything down. I feel like alchemy had a wide variety of sounds. I imagine there are a lot of options in Komplete 12. What else would you recommend? I have a lot of plugins that are supposed to sound like vintage synths or older analog synths and I'm looking for something different.

kvotchin
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434 posts since 9 Aug, 2018

Re: What are the best plugins that don't sound like vintage synths / older analog synths?

Post Fri May 22, 2020 4:30 am

So many.

I mean, take your pick. Sample-based, additive, wavetable, physical modelling, etc., etc.

Even some subtractive or FM softsynths sound absolutely nothing like vintage synths, and/or can go far beyond those.

Plus, of course, many softsynths can combine synthesis types, and do so in ways that hardware never has.

And “best” to my mind means an interface and workflow (and sound) you happen to like.

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KVRAF
1829 posts since 15 Feb, 2006 from Berkeley, CA

Re: What are the best plugins that don't sound like vintage synths / older analog synths?

Post Fri May 22, 2020 11:33 am

If you have Komplete 12, the Razor Reaktor additive synth is not is definitely not the same-old. Neither is Madrona Labs' Kaivo (granular/physical modeling). Likewise for Applied Acoustics Systems' physically-modeled String Studio and Chromaphone.

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thecontrolcentre
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27488 posts since 27 Jul, 2005 from the wilds of wanny

Re: What are the best plugins that don't sound like vintage synths / older analog synths?

Post Fri May 22, 2020 11:44 am

Double post :)
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thecontrolcentre
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27488 posts since 27 Jul, 2005 from the wilds of wanny

Re: What are the best plugins that don't sound like vintage synths / older analog synths?

Post Fri May 22, 2020 11:59 am

Pretty much anything by Sugar Bytes, Glitchmachines or Inear Display. Symptohm by OhmForce is unusual ... as are Icarus, Electra & Rayblaster from Tone2 and LION from Unfiltered Audio. Quanta, Axon and Phosphor2 by Audio Damage are cool and different too.

For free there's SURGE :)

vitocorleone123
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546 posts since 30 Jun, 2014 from Pacific NW

Re: What are the best plugins that don't sound like vintage synths / older analog synths?

Post Fri May 22, 2020 8:29 pm

Hive2 is one

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jdanzig
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13 posts since 17 Jan, 2020

Re: What are the best plugins that don't sound like vintage synths / older analog synths?

Post Fri May 22, 2020 9:39 pm

Make your music. Why u ask a dumb af question?

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jeffb01
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948 posts since 18 Apr, 2006

Re: What are the best plugins that don't sound like vintage synths / older analog synths?

Post Sat May 23, 2020 7:22 am

thecontrolcentre wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 11:59 am
Pretty much anything by Sugar Bytes, Glitchmachines or Inear Display. Symptohm by OhmForce is unusual ... as are Icarus, Electra & Rayblaster from Tone2 and LION from Unfiltered Audio. Quanta, Axon and Phosphor2 by Audio Damage are cool and different too.

For free there's SURGE :)
I thought Phosphor was based on the AlphaSyntuari synth...


ztrauq
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246 posts since 13 Dec, 2004 from USA

Re: What are the best plugins that don't sound like vintage synths / older analog synths?

Post Mon May 25, 2020 12:01 am

thecontrolcentre wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 11:59 am
Pretty much anything by Sugar Bytes, Glitchmachines or Inear Display. Symptohm by OhmForce is unusual ... as are Icarus, Electra & Rayblaster from Tone2 and LION from Unfiltered Audio. Quanta, Axon and Phosphor2 by Audio Damage are cool and different too.

For free there's SURGE :)
I would second much of this, and also add Tone2's Gladiator synth, which I have found is abundantly capable of making the sort of cuttingly digital tones that to me are the opposite of vintage analog...

fairlyclose
KVRian
600 posts since 4 Jul, 2019

Re: What are the best plugins that don't sound like vintage synths / older analog synths?

Post Mon May 25, 2020 12:04 am

lots of cheapies are very good eg Waves Flow Motion, 2ndSense Wiggle, Air Loom2. More expensive - Falcon covers a huge range

Brother Greg
KVRist
128 posts since 18 May, 2016

Re: What are the best plugins that don't sound like vintage synths / older analog synths?

Post Tue May 26, 2020 8:51 pm

I was impressed recently with Sugarbytes' Aparillo, which gets you plenty of weird, if busy, options easily, especially using its planetary screen.

imrae
KVRian
1092 posts since 2 Jul, 2010

Re: What are the best plugins that don't sound like vintage synths / older analog synths?

Post Wed May 27, 2020 2:23 am

Lazerbass was one that really jumped out at me as "how would you even begin to do this with other synths?" Razor is a bit more polished and does similar things.

Soundemote's oscilloscope music synths also have a really fresh digital sound to them.

EdSfer
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100 posts since 27 Aug, 2015 from Paris, France

Re: What are the best plugins that don't sound like vintage synths / older analog synths?

Post Wed May 27, 2020 6:44 am

DS Audio Thorn is one of them.
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e@rs
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4492 posts since 15 Dec, 2011 from Bucharest, Romania

Re: What are the best plugins that don't sound like vintage synths / older analog synths?

Post Wed May 27, 2020 7:09 am

Sonic Charge Synplant.

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