Why do I seem to like free synths better ?

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KVRian
976 posts since 25 Sep, 2014 from Specific Northwest

Post Tue Jun 15, 2021 10:29 am

"I like synths that sound good."

I think we can all agree on that. Except this is KVR, so change my mind! :phones:

KVRAF
2123 posts since 3 Dec, 2006

Post Tue Jun 15, 2021 10:41 am

And I don't trust free drinks Niether.. they just don't have the punch, the fullness and warmth of paid ones... paid drinks also have a better aftersales service from the suppliers to!!

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KVRAF
9613 posts since 17 Nov, 2015

Post Tue Jun 15, 2021 10:49 am

syntonica wrote:
Tue Jun 15, 2021 10:29 am
"I like synths that sound good."
too many variables

KVRAF
5718 posts since 9 Jul, 2002 from Helsinki

Post Tue Jun 15, 2021 10:51 am

If I connect with a synth and it invites me to explore it, it doesn't really matter to me if it's free, paid, soft- or hardware. In some cases I first used a free version (Aalto Solo and Reaktor Player), and upgraded to the full versions when they became core instruments in my setup.

With Zebralatte/Zebra I much prefer the free, limited version- Zebralette is really deep and fascinating synth on it's own and I don't need the flexibility of full Zebra. In this case the paid option doesn't make the freebie obsolete.

What Surge does could probably be done by numerous other synths, but it has a really clever interface that I just find very enjoyable. Spending money and learning some similar, versatile synth wouldn't benefit me in any way.

I've always used freeware synths, and they are just as valuable to me as instruments as anything I own.

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addled muppet weed
80622 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Post Tue Jun 15, 2021 11:24 am

surreal wrote:
Tue Jun 15, 2021 10:41 am
And I don't trust free drinks Niether.. they just don't have the punch, the fullness and warmth of paid ones... paid drinks also have a better aftersales service from the suppliers to!!
free love :party:

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KVRian
976 posts since 25 Sep, 2014 from Specific Northwest

Post Tue Jun 15, 2021 11:28 am

vurt wrote:
Tue Jun 15, 2021 11:24 am
surreal wrote:
Tue Jun 15, 2021 10:41 am
And I don't trust free drinks Niether.. they just don't have the punch, the fullness and warmth of paid ones... paid drinks also have a better aftersales service from the suppliers to!!
free love :party:
And with free drinks come free roofies! :dog:

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addled muppet weed
80622 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Post Tue Jun 15, 2021 11:59 am

syntonica wrote:
Tue Jun 15, 2021 11:28 am
vurt wrote:
Tue Jun 15, 2021 11:24 am
surreal wrote:
Tue Jun 15, 2021 10:41 am
And I don't trust free drinks Niether.. they just don't have the punch, the fullness and warmth of paid ones... paid drinks also have a better aftersales service from the suppliers to!!
free love :party:
And with free drinks come free roofies! :dog:
:party: yes please!

KVRAF
22320 posts since 20 Oct, 2007 from not here

Post Tue Jun 15, 2021 12:03 pm

syntonica wrote:
Tue Jun 15, 2021 10:29 am
"I like synths that sound good."

I think we can all agree on that. Except this is KVR, so change my mind! :phones:
:hihi:
I remember a thread in Everything Else, 'Tone is bullshit', or something, tone is overrated. I think it was 'guitar tone' which didn't mean the tone of the guitar, but the amp. idiots abound

KVRAF

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1622 posts since 28 Mar, 2007

Post Tue Jun 15, 2021 12:05 pm

.jon wrote:
Tue Jun 15, 2021 10:51 am
If I connect with a synth and it invites me to explore it, it doesn't really matter to me if it's free, paid, soft- or hardware. In some cases I first used a free version (Aalto Solo and Reaktor Player), and upgraded to the full versions when they became core instruments in my setup.

With Zebralatte/Zebra I much prefer the free, limited version- Zebralette is really deep and fascinating synth on it's own and I don't need the flexibility of full Zebra. In this case the paid option doesn't make the freebie obsolete.

What Surge does could probably be done by numerous other synths, but it has a really clever interface that I just find very enjoyable. Spending money and learning some similar, versatile synth wouldn't benefit me in any way.

I've always used freeware synths, and they are just as valuable to me as instruments as anything I own.
Thanks for reminding us about "Surge" and "Zebralette". Both good synths and installed now. :)

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addled muppet weed
80622 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Post Tue Jun 15, 2021 12:08 pm

jancivil wrote:
Tue Jun 15, 2021 12:03 pm
syntonica wrote:
Tue Jun 15, 2021 10:29 am
"I like synths that sound good."

I think we can all agree on that. Except this is KVR, so change my mind! :phones:
:hihi:
I remember a thread in Everything Else, 'Tone is bullshit', or something, tone is overrated. I think it was 'guitar tone' which didn't mean the tone of the guitar, but the amp. idiots abound
"wood" is overrated!
my plastic dan electro sounds bloody great, through fuzz n stuff :D

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KVRist
494 posts since 4 Feb, 2021

Post Tue Jun 15, 2021 12:32 pm

Why does everyone but me have so stable preferences? Sometimes less is more to me, sometimes it deffo isn’t. Sometimes hardware dominate productions, sometimes it doesn’t, sometimes analog synths are the coolest, sometimes they are but redundant junk. Sometimes a free synth is da zing because it feels good knowing it is free, other times free feels like cheap, and I have to use paid one to assure myself that it doesn’t. You lucky bastards.
Tribe Of Hǫfuð https://soundcloud.com/user-228690154 "First rule: From one perfect consonance to another perfect consonance one must proceed in contrary or obligue motion." Johann Joseph Fux 1725.

KVRAF
22320 posts since 20 Oct, 2007 from not here

Post Tue Jun 15, 2021 12:51 pm

vurt wrote:
Tue Jun 15, 2021 12:08 pm
jancivil wrote:
Tue Jun 15, 2021 12:03 pm
syntonica wrote:
Tue Jun 15, 2021 10:29 am
"I like synths that sound good."

I think we can all agree on that. Except this is KVR, so change my mind! :phones:
:hihi:
I remember a thread in Everything Else, 'Tone is bullshit', or something, tone is overrated. I think it was 'guitar tone' which didn't mean the tone of the guitar, but the amp. idiots abound
"wood" is overrated!
my plastic dan electro sounds bloody great, through fuzz n stuff :D
in itself it almost doesn't sound

KVRer
21 posts since 15 Aug, 2020

Post Tue Jun 15, 2021 1:50 pm

I had a lot of paid plugins before and sold them all to play hardware with a live band. But our guitarist started struggling with his bipolarism and I started looking at free plugins to get me past the down time. Free is all I need now.

HaNon B70
Kawai K1v
Uhe Zebralette &
Triple Cheese &
Podolski

KVRAF
2606 posts since 25 Feb, 2005

Post Tue Jun 15, 2021 2:19 pm

I much prefer the paid synths that cause me great financial hardship and pain.You can't play the blues when you get your synths for free.
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KVRAF
3574 posts since 25 Jan, 2014 from The End of The World as We Knowit

Post Tue Jun 15, 2021 2:58 pm

Now look at them yo-yo's, that's the way you do it
You play the guitar on the MTV
That ain't workin', that's the way you do it
Money for nothin', and your synths for free

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