What are your favorite instrument plugins?

VST, AU, AAX, etc. plug-in Virtual Instruments discussion
KVRAF
3827 posts since 21 Mar, 2020 from Gothenburg, Sweden

Post Sat Jun 12, 2021 3:58 am

syntonica wrote:
Fri Jun 11, 2021 1:07 pm
Erisian wrote:
Fri Jun 11, 2021 7:44 am
I don't own it because I am very very poor :pray: but I love U-he's Repro-1.

Of the instruments I own, I would say my favourite is Odin2 by The Wavewarden because of its versatility.
Yeah, I'm saving my pennies for either Repro or Diva.

Thanks for the tip on Odin 2! I didn't realize it was available for the Mac now. Just started playing with it...
You're welcome. I helped beta test Odin2 and created some of the factory presets. My pride and joy is the drum machine preset. 8)
Sad about tomorrow
Sorry, but it's not my fault

KVRAF
2462 posts since 17 Sep, 2016

Post Sat Jun 12, 2021 7:03 am

Arturia Pigments + Analog Lab V
U-He Repro 1/5
Unify by Plugin Guru
AAS Chromaphone 3
AAS Ultra Analog VA-3
IK MODO Bass
IK Hammond B-3X
Voltage Modular

Honorable mentions:
iZotope Iris 2
KV331 SynthMasters
Windows10; plugins from AAS, Ableton, AIR, Ample, Arturia, Cakewalk, Cherry, DiscoDSP, Fathom, IKM, Initial, iZotope, KV331, NI, PluginGuru, PreSonus, Surge, TAL, Tone2, Toontrack, Tracktion, u-he, UJAM, UVI, Vital, Waves, XLN ...

KVRist
40 posts since 17 Oct, 2020

Post Sat Jun 12, 2021 10:30 am

bx_oberhausen and Pigments 3.

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KVRAF
7213 posts since 7 Oct, 2005 from Auckland, NZ

Post Sat Jun 12, 2021 12:46 pm

I love Logic's synths and instruments. They can cover at least 90% of what I need, but my native favourites besides that are Serum, Diva, RePro, Factory and Aparillo.
Waiting mainly for Phase Plant and Arturia synths support (especially Pigments).

KVRAF
6342 posts since 28 Apr, 2013

Post Sun Jun 13, 2021 8:17 pm

Pianoteq7, HALion6, Zebra2HZ, Bazille, Diva, ACE, Pigments3, Alchemy1, String Studio VS-3, RealRick, RealGuitar, Axiom, Addictive Drums2...

KVRist
70 posts since 15 Dec, 2019

Post Sun Jun 13, 2021 8:35 pm

Serum - super fast and easy
Diva - sounds great
Falcon 2 - extremely deep
Kontakt - the best sample libraries
Scaler 2 - I compose every song with this (but maybe not an instrument?)

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KVRAF
5782 posts since 9 Jan, 2003 from Saint Louis MO

Post Mon Jun 14, 2021 3:44 am

Aalto
Warlock
Fundamental
Bitwig Organ (you can modulate those drawbars at audio rate as well as FM the whole thing, and run it through a wavefolder...)

This is the backup band for my Eurorack and Bitwig Grid stuff.

KVRAF
2462 posts since 17 Sep, 2016

Post Mon Jun 14, 2021 5:22 am

I like Warlock, but I haven't used it enough yet to reach my top favorites list. The thing that sold me is that it also includes the sound banks from the original Tone2 Firebird. I liked that synth, but sadly it was never migrated to 64-bit.
Windows10; plugins from AAS, Ableton, AIR, Ample, Arturia, Cakewalk, Cherry, DiscoDSP, Fathom, IKM, Initial, iZotope, KV331, NI, PluginGuru, PreSonus, Surge, TAL, Tone2, Toontrack, Tracktion, u-he, UJAM, UVI, Vital, Waves, XLN ...

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KVRAF
3268 posts since 22 Aug, 2019

Post Mon Jun 14, 2021 2:07 pm

ferez21 wrote:
Sat Jun 12, 2021 3:44 am
Retrologue 2 is neat, and is fatter sounding than i initially found it to be after I've learned tweaking it.
Yep, my favorite synth as well. As flexible as it gets for a subtractive/analog type of synth, very good at emulating other synths as well as other instruments (electric bass, guitars, brass, strings, etc.).

Totally underrated synth rarely talked about.

KVRAF
4138 posts since 17 Dec, 2009

Post Mon Jun 14, 2021 2:11 pm

Probably bazille
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Banned
69 posts since 30 Dec, 2020

Post Mon Jun 14, 2021 2:15 pm

MusicLab
Amplesound
Ezbass
Serum - Modern Sound
Diva - Sounds good but my CPU crying :lol:
Repro 5
Sylenth1
Pianoteq 7
Spire
Roots, Rock, Reggae

KVRian
679 posts since 9 Aug, 2018

Post Mon Jun 14, 2021 3:21 pm

Nah, never mind

KVRist
222 posts since 10 Feb, 2017

Post Mon Jun 14, 2021 11:07 pm

Although I think other synths sound creamier or clearer for some reason; I'm not sure why, but the uniqueness and wonderfulness keeps me obsessed with Dune.

ANA 2 has some qualities that make it stand out. It has plucks that just melt my love for synths.

I wonder if Thorn sounds similar to Diversion, because Diversion has had me saying "this is the best sound I have heard" but that may just been a feel good situation but still think is is magnificent.

Love Spire like always- it's very solid.

Synthmaster has a very clean sound sometimes that I really like.

I think ANA 2 has blown me away the most with one of the factory presets

Zebra 2 has unparalleled character for some sounds. Hive is nice too

But yeah that pluck in ANA 2 was mind boggling

KVRAF
9121 posts since 12 May, 2008

Post Tue Jun 15, 2021 3:10 pm

ANA2 (although there's this annoying bug where presets can have barely any sound sometimes, or sound different than normal)
Equator2 (except the filter is garbage)
Pigments3 (mostly only for granular and a bit of VA)
Legend
Obsession
Tal instruments (except the semi-modular one)
Korg Odyssey
Vital
Dexed
Sylenth1
Super-8
System: Windows 10, Dell XPS 2-in-1, Bitwig 3, Steinberg UR44.

KVRAF
1725 posts since 11 Jan, 2009 from Portland, OR, USA

Post Tue Jun 15, 2021 3:18 pm

Korg's Odyssey is really underrated / overlooked, IMHO. It's an absolute beast. The default settings use too many voices though, and make the CPU hit absurd. But if just change it from the default 16 to something reasonable like 6 or so, it's much less hungry.

The unison mode is absurd: Just monstrous sounding. I think all the added FX were kinda pointless, I'd much rather use external third party FX to process an Odyssey emulation, but the sequencer otoh is a welcome touch.

Using Odyssey for 'analog' sounds and Dexed for FM / digital sounds, you're pretty well covered with just two classic synths.
https://michaelarthurholloway.bandcamp.com/ - Noir-themed Dark Jazz
https://tvhwy.bandcamp.com/releases - classic IDM by TV HWY
www.dwifh.com - old-school industrial music by DEAD WHEN I FOUND HER

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