Best for 303: Serum? Ana2? Pigments2?

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Tannaliini
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99 posts since 12 Mar, 2020

Post Sat May 23, 2020 9:48 am

Was just wondering what VST synth would be best for getting that classic 303 sound?
I know there are some VST instruments focused creating only 303 sounds, but I need a synth that can do "good" 303 + other sounds too (it doesn't need to be 100% perfect 303). Especially when those 303 synths seem to be near 100e price range. There is a free 303 vst, but it is not in 64bit version :/

And extra point if the synth can get that Faithless "pluck" sound (starts at 2.16: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8JEm4d6Wu4) :help:

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8091 posts since 12 May, 2008

Re: Best for 303: Serum? Ana2? Pigments2?

Post Sat May 23, 2020 9:53 am

ANA2 has good beefy oscillators modeled after some classics and some of the squelchiest filters I've heard in any synth, so I think it would be a pretty good pick. Pigments, no not for that kind of sound.
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7024 posts since 17 Nov, 2015

Re: Best for 303: Serum? Ana2? Pigments2?

Post Sat May 23, 2020 9:55 am

what synths do you have?

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Distorted Horizon
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3812 posts since 17 Jan, 2017 from Planet of cats

Re: Best for 303: Serum? Ana2? Pigments2?

Post Sat May 23, 2020 9:57 am

Just saw someone selling d16 phoscyon license for 35€.. Can't get much better than that.

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vurt
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Re: Best for 303: Serum? Ana2? Pigments2?

Post Sat May 23, 2020 9:58 am

use a square, lo pass filter, tweak with the res and freq. play mono, add legato. passable 303. add distortion and maybe a phaser :tu:

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Distorted Horizon
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Re: Best for 303: Serum? Ana2? Pigments2?

Post Sat May 23, 2020 10:01 am

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Even cheaper! :hyper:

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Distorted Horizon
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Re: Best for 303: Serum? Ana2? Pigments2?

Post Sat May 23, 2020 10:03 am

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vurt wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 9:58 am
use a square, lo pass filter, tweak with the res and freq. play mono, add legato. passable 303. add distortion and maybe a phaser :tu:
Don’t be square use a saw 8)

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vurt
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Re: Best for 303: Serum? Ana2? Pigments2?

Post Sat May 23, 2020 10:05 am

Distorted Horizon wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 10:03 am
[*]
vurt wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 9:58 am
use a square, lo pass filter, tweak with the res and freq. play mono, add legato. passable 303. add distortion and maybe a phaser :tu:
Don’t be square use a saw 8)
whichever works for you :tu:

Pacific05
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185 posts since 5 Oct, 2014 from Rome

Re: Best for 303: Serum? Ana2? Pigments2?

Post Sat May 23, 2020 10:22 am

A lot of "modern" synths have 303 patches (ANA, Rapid, Dune, etc). And I bet they can do also the Insomnia famous pluck. Try some demo, especially Ana which now is on sale for a great price.

starflakeprj
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1428 posts since 28 Feb, 2015

Re: Best for 303: Serum? Ana2? Pigments2?

Post Sat May 23, 2020 10:22 am

The best non-303 synth I've heard producing classical 303 sounds was DUNE. But that's of course subjective.
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jeffb01
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Re: Best for 303: Serum? Ana2? Pigments2?

Post Sat May 23, 2020 11:06 am

Spire seems like a good choice - it's on sale right now, too. It has the "Acido" filter which the manual describes as: type does not repeat at 100%, but good for simulating TB-303 sounds and not only. Modes: LP1, LP2, LP3, LP4

Spire has a 3-pole filter option like the original 303, which you don't find on a lot of synths - though tbh, I'm not sure how essential it is for the 303 sound.

Here's a YouTube video I didn't watch, but you might find interesting...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUR8irQtowU

SamDi
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81 posts since 27 Apr, 2018

Re: Best for 303: Serum? Ana2? Pigments2?

Post Sat May 23, 2020 11:40 am

Ana2: I don't have

Serum: rather NO

Pigments: I would say, this is the best option:
Pigments 303

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KVRAF
4772 posts since 7 Feb, 2013

Re: Best for 303: Serum? Ana2? Pigments2?

Post Sat May 23, 2020 11:59 am

My favourite 303 is Phoscyon, but among "general purpose" synths id' say Spire, Dune 3 and Massive X do the best 303 sounds.

Some 303ish stuff is probably doable in Serum too but it won't be my first choice for that. Don't have Ana or Pigments so can't comment.
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Re: Best for 303: Serum? Ana2? Pigments2?

Post Sat May 23, 2020 12:02 pm

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BlitBit
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Re: Best for 303: Serum? Ana2? Pigments2?

Post Sat May 23, 2020 12:30 pm

jeffb01 wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 11:06 am
Here's a YouTube video I didn't watch, but you might find interesting...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUR8irQtowU
I think the following video gives a better example on how to achieve a 303-ish sound with Spire:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khsMuz3zsl42
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