That's fair. Thank you for listing those. Personally haven't thought highly of any of those though. Would even describe one or two of them as "cheesey" for certain instances in my opinion. But I gather from those that you go for a different sound than I do. So I can equally respect your choices.Gadget Fiend wrote: ↑Wed Dec 08, 2021 1:00 amMy favorite synth is my MicroWave I (Rev A) followed closely by my Nord 3 (just for the interface alone). However, my best all-arounder synth would my MKS-80. F$ck, it just sounds so great. The resonance (where almost all softsynths fail) is sublime. Plus, it's so punchy that it cuts through any mix.
I don't really have a favorite softsynth because they mostly all suck. But if someone put a gun to my head, I would probably say Spire (as comparatively weak as it sounds) for its Virus-like qualities.
I do have hardware synths and workstations myself. And have had many over the years as well. And getting ready to reduce them greatly for my next plans in life. Oddly enough, I'm strongly considering keeping my V-Synth-GT and R-70. I felt for quite awhile they seemed to had peaked with those and have been on a steady slide into mediocrity with everything since. But I'm well aware that even these two will eventually have better software replacements for how I use them. I also have that "nostalgic" emotion when looking at the MoogOne, but I know that's what it is, and even when the money presents an opportunity for it, I think I'm more apt to go for the Quantum. Which is still software based in a hardware package. And already easily redundant to what's currently available.
I've been using a group of software compressors for awhile that adequately do the job, but made a decision to latch on to one as a "personal favorite" that better fits my needs/uses/flow. And that seems to have currently nullified anything as thin or weak really.
I'm not looking for 1:1 emulations as much as 1:1 inspirations of what those synths of the past did or do for me. And that's not just about sound, but the complete instrument in playing. I think many of us here have similar needs. And whether it's software, hardware or both, there's no right or wrong. What sucks for some will be sublime for others. And as always in these threads, "there's no such thing as best".