Which emulation to buy?

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KVRAF
29675 posts since 27 Jul, 2005 from the wilds of wanny

Post Tue Apr 06, 2021 2:35 pm

vurt wrote:
Tue Apr 06, 2021 11:12 am
thecontrolcentre wrote:
Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:33 am
i would say check out ImpOSCar2 & Oddity from GForce as well as Cherry Audio Eight Voice and KORG's ARP Odyssey.
tbh, if i was using reason, id stick with its synths, and add gforce mtron.
as im not sure reason has that covered, synths it does. (imo)
I don't have the M-Tron so didn't want to reccomend it. I noticed its half price atm which has got me interested. :)

KVRAF
3231 posts since 2 Jul, 2005

Post Tue Apr 06, 2021 4:24 pm

Mtron is great fun definitely worth it at half off.
Don't F**K with Mr. Zero.

KVRist
292 posts since 27 Nov, 2016

Post Tue Apr 06, 2021 4:38 pm

TAL J-8 is my favourite currently

KVRAF
3231 posts since 2 Jul, 2005

Post Tue Apr 06, 2021 5:30 pm

Aside from that my favorite direct emulation is ImpOSCar. Has been for ages. I never even went to v2. It's solid as a rock and sounds great. A close second is minimonsta. It's good enough for me not to have ever missed having a mini and it has all the melohman patch morphing and per parameter modulation (either envelope or LFO). I was never a huge fan of the mini and this was the first fully morphable and infinitely modulatable synth I ever got my hands on. I'm very surprised the EDM crowd aren't bigger into minimonsta since it can do so much wacky stuff at such a low cpu hit while still sounding great. I got lots of jobs when the "dubstep" thing got huge back when doing sound design for producers and all of it was minimonsta into Ohmicide. I still use it for rhythmic beds and such in scoring. The actual sound components aren't that exciting, but they're just good enough to have a bit of character.
I guess I would say any Gforce emu would be the best option, and then grabbing the Arturo's bundle on sale would be second place (I haven't kept mine up to date, but they are fun enough to keep things switched up).
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KVRAF
3231 posts since 2 Jul, 2005

Post Tue Apr 06, 2021 5:32 pm

Oh. That guy's free roland polysynth emulation, pg8x is a great emulation too. Very nice sounding and a pretty simple architecture.
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KVRAF
10921 posts since 26 Jun, 2006 from San Francisco Bay Area

Post Tue Apr 06, 2021 7:04 pm

Repro
Diva
Legend
Super 8
ImpOSCar (well, not technically an analog emulation as the OSCar’s oscillators were digital)
Oddity
bx_oberhausen
Obesssion
Jup-8 V
Jun-6 V
Synthi V
PolyKB

These are the ones I felt were worth buying and are the one’s I consider to be top notch.
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KVRAF
6290 posts since 28 Apr, 2013

Post Tue Apr 06, 2021 7:06 pm

TribeOfHǫfuð wrote:
Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:24 am
... I am pretty impressed with the Repros.
You answered your own question.
Especially since you can get a good deal in the second-hand market here.
Just picked it up myself and impressions are only getting better as I play it.

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KVRAF
15225 posts since 16 Sep, 2001 from Las Vegas,USA

Post Tue Apr 06, 2021 7:37 pm

Do yourself a favor and save time...just buy them all at once. :tu:
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KVRAF
10921 posts since 26 Jun, 2006 from San Francisco Bay Area

Post Tue Apr 06, 2021 8:06 pm

Teksonik wrote:
Tue Apr 06, 2021 7:37 pm
Do yourself a favor and save time...just buy them all at once. :tu:
It’s the only way to know you didn’t buy the wrong one.
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KVRAF
29675 posts since 27 Jul, 2005 from the wilds of wanny

Post Tue Apr 06, 2021 8:19 pm

Ah_Dziz wrote:
Tue Apr 06, 2021 4:24 pm
Mtron is great fun definitely worth it at half off.
I got it at JRR (£10 less than on the GForce site) then spent the last 4 hours downloading the library content ... too tired to install it all tonight :zzz:

KVRian
632 posts since 9 Aug, 2018

Post Tue Apr 06, 2021 8:27 pm

I can vouch for The Legend, and the Arturia V Collection. Great stuff. But then, it’s pretty subjective.

Try demos, check out videos/audio, have fun. :)

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KVRian
1236 posts since 25 Sep, 2011 from Colombia

Post Tue Apr 06, 2021 8:42 pm

TAL J-8 and u-he RePro!

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KVRist

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202 posts since 4 Feb, 2021

Post Wed Apr 07, 2021 1:44 am

Hi again
Thanks fellas, I will check them out. As said in the OP, Arturia stuff ain't for me, and unfortunately not DIVA either, but the world is open from that point. I am not into buying them all either, just one of the best of them that suits my tastes. It is not like I want specific emulations and precision, just one that provides me the analog basics as authentically as can be. There are some jobs (especiallly synth bass), where I hope I can find a good emulation instead of replacing a VA with a hardware analog in the end. It is an extra job due to me being picky about those basses. ACE, Tyrell6 and TAL-Noisemaker already go far for my needs, but I'd love to go just a little bit further with an even better emulation. Kind of luxury wish for the synths mentioned already work for all practical purposes but I am just so picky with the basses. But thanks again. I have a few to try out yet.

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KVRAF
28116 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Post Wed Apr 07, 2021 2:04 am

If you're picky about basses, then, definitely try Monark. Bass galore. :)
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KVRist

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202 posts since 4 Feb, 2021

Post Wed Apr 07, 2021 2:07 am

Did not occur to me for some reason, but now you say it, why not? I will deffo check that out too.
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