What's the dirtiest, darkest, grindiest synth out there?

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KVRist
140 posts since 13 Nov, 2006

Post Thu Mar 10, 2016 9:04 am

I've got Ominsphere, Sylenth and Alchemy and they are all brilliant in their own way, however I really want dark, distorted leads, mean warped grindy s**t.

Is there a synth out there that does that, or is it matter of using what I have and putting it through distortion plugins, filters etc.

Thanks in advance

KVRAF
2831 posts since 11 Jun, 2003

Post Thu Mar 10, 2016 9:12 am

Without a doubt, Rob Papen RAW

http://www.robpapen.com/raw.html
Play it by ear

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KVRian
944 posts since 14 Apr, 2008 from /* whitenoise */

Post Thu Mar 10, 2016 9:17 am

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KVRist

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140 posts since 13 Nov, 2006

Post Thu Mar 10, 2016 9:18 am

Oh sheeeat I like the sound of this!!! Downloading the demo now - thanks man :clap: :clap: :clap:

By the way is this more hardware synth territory? The reason I say this is that years ago I had the Novation Supernova and I've never been able to match the sounds out of that.
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KVRAF
5751 posts since 8 Jun, 2009

Post Thu Mar 10, 2016 9:20 am

Humanoid's Scanned Synth Pro or Enzyme. It's a tough job trying to get sounds out of either of them that aren't grindy. (http://www.humanoidsoundsystems.com)

There is also Mr Alias 2 or Mr Alias Pro (http://www.thepiz.org/plugins/?p=Mr.%20Alias%202) for aliasing sonic destruction. It does crazy, super-warped sounds and is even more unpredictable than Enzyme when it comes to sound design.

I don't think Mr PIz has been seen around for some time (I hope he's OK), but the software still seems to work.
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KVRAF
6288 posts since 28 Apr, 2013

Post Thu Mar 10, 2016 9:25 am

Effects to dirty it up would include any guitar amp sim but even better I would suggest

Izotope Trash2 and Vinyl

Along the synth line, the nastiest I've run across have been:
Scanned Synth Pro:
http://www.humanoidsoundsystems.com/sca ... th-plugin/

And HGFortune SwampXT/UltraSwamp (32 bit only and can be either hard to find or even imposible).
https://archive.org/details/HGFortuneNFG

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KVRian
944 posts since 14 Apr, 2008 from /* whitenoise */

Post Thu Mar 10, 2016 9:30 am

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KVRian
962 posts since 23 Oct, 2009 from Italy

Post Thu Mar 10, 2016 9:36 am

Olga it's the dirtiest.period
12 years old PC running :Reaper;Reason;Dune;Zampler;Kontakr;Reaktor;and many others countless vst :D

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KVRist
198 posts since 30 Sep, 2015 from Germany

Post Thu Mar 10, 2016 9:38 am

I am unaware about how dirty the Supernova itself can be, but distortion / waveshaping together with some resonance paired with the synths you already have should do the trick, so I fully agree with resistent here and would suggest you get the distortion unit of your choice and go wild with that :)

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KVRAF
11357 posts since 7 May, 2006 from Southern California

Post Thu Mar 10, 2016 9:48 am

I'd definitely recommend u-he's Bazille for those kinds of sounds. Lots of sound mangling potential there.

KVRAF
2747 posts since 13 Feb, 2012 from Amsterdam

Post Thu Mar 10, 2016 9:48 am

Distortion or waveshaping indeed... I turn to Massive or Diversion if I want that,but you can just as well do it externally.

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KVRAF
25857 posts since 20 Jan, 2008 from a star near where you are

Post Thu Mar 10, 2016 9:50 am

cyClop

http://www.sugar-bytes.com/content/prod ... hp?lang=en

If can deal with 32 bit Win only plug, there is geMini 2

http://www.audioxygen.com/
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KVRAF
20383 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

Post Thu Mar 10, 2016 9:53 am

My Recommendations:

ACE
Bazille
Mr Alias Pro

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KVRAF
29636 posts since 27 Jul, 2005 from the wilds of wanny

Post Thu Mar 10, 2016 10:01 am

Cyclop and Olga fit the bill ...

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KVRAF
18705 posts since 3 Feb, 2005 from in the wilds

Post Thu Mar 10, 2016 10:04 am

I'd be interested to hear a dozen audio examples from a dozen different people of a sound that fits the title description. I'm curious how much difference there would be.

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