Favorite Synths for synthwave

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KVRian
941 posts since 9 Jul, 2014 from UK

Post Tue Apr 13, 2021 1:37 am

rcube wrote:
Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:30 am
Korg polysix VST/RE and the fat bass line preset for a quick synthwave bass.
Regardless of what genre I'm writing (I hate being pigeon holed!) this is my absolute favourite synth and patch for bass. Usually tweak the release and filter, then it's instant gratification. :tu:
I wonder what happens if I press this button...

KVRist
140 posts since 28 Jul, 2020

Post Tue Apr 13, 2021 4:25 am

ramseysounds wrote:
Tue Apr 13, 2021 1:37 am
rcube wrote:
Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:30 am
Korg polysix VST/RE and the fat bass line preset for a quick synthwave bass.
Regardless of what genre I'm writing (I hate being pigeon holed!) this is my absolute favourite synth and patch for bass. Usually tweak the release and filter, then it's instant gratification. :tu:
Same here... I was introduced to this patch in a tutorial by Timecop on Sonic Academy.

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KVRAF
3991 posts since 6 Nov, 2009

Post Tue Apr 13, 2021 4:30 am

jonathan0226 wrote:
Sun Apr 04, 2021 9:10 am
What are your favorite synth vst's for synthwave and why?

Also any recommendations to get the sounds from Stranger Things or Tron Legacy would be appreciated!
From what I remember, Tron: Legacy used Sytrus, GrossBeat, and nice filters.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ruW8kthlms

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KVRAF
3991 posts since 6 Nov, 2009

Post Tue Apr 13, 2021 4:35 am

And this guy has a whole tutorial that starts with just Harmless.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahPindVHPK4

KVRAF
2065 posts since 3 Dec, 2006

Post Sat Apr 17, 2021 2:07 am

Nice post! ! Synthwave is about simplicity. . And the subtractive Synths that are most successful in this genre trends toward the same philosophy in sound generation

KVRer
5 posts since 8 Apr, 2021

Post Sat Apr 17, 2021 10:59 am

The question behind the question here is probably "what synth includes ready-to-go Synthwave presets?" If you're willing to create your own presets, I've made synthwave with NI Monark, and "accidental synthwave" with Massive. If you've got a sound in your head, there are tons of options to get where you want to go.

KVRer
10 posts since 15 Mar, 2021

Post Tue May 11, 2021 3:35 am

Diva!

KVRist
337 posts since 26 Sep, 2009

Post Tue May 11, 2021 5:18 am

Synth 1, Korg Legacy

KVRist
363 posts since 10 Apr, 2010

Post Tue May 11, 2021 7:03 am

The Michael Oakley Synthwave soundsets for Spire are excellent.

https://reveal-sound.com/store/product/Trilogy

KVRist
128 posts since 24 Oct, 2006

Post Thu May 20, 2021 6:26 pm

I think a virtual analog soft synth, with really great unison, is essential. Polysix is the only one I have seen mentioned in the thread, so far. Korg Mono/Poly is the best that I know of. Polysix is great, but Mono/Poly can do everything that Polysix can do and more.

Mono/Poly didn't have Retina support, until recently. I actively tried to find a replacement, before the new version came out, because the UI really annoyed me. However, I couldn't find anything that was as good. With good wavetables and a bit of effort, you can get decent results out of Serum. However, Mono/Poly still sounds better.

I had high hopes for Diva. However, the unison ("stack" mode) is not very powerful and it also annihilates your CPU.

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KVRian
1092 posts since 9 Jan, 2014 from Worldwide

Post Fri May 21, 2021 12:15 am

Arturia V Collection would give you so much for this style.

YnJ
KVRer
5 posts since 18 Apr, 2021

Post Thu Jun 03, 2021 6:26 am

I actually consider using Electra 2 now, the fact that you can import your own waveforms and samples makes it extremely useful, and the Arturia CZ V is just awesome

KVRer
28 posts since 8 Jun, 2021

Post Tue Jun 08, 2021 10:44 am

Yea, V Collection gets my vote too

Awesome software

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