Good And versatile starter synth?

VST, AU, AAX, etc. plug-in Virtual Instruments discussion
KVRist
112 posts since 15 Jun, 2011

Post Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:11 am

Hello

Im thinking of learning more about synths(i do know the more basic stuff) and would like to know if there is a versatile And cheap(or even free) synth out there with good sound and that i can learn and not find myself limited very soon

I like clean and simple gui with not many menues and Im not into EDM more into ambient and film score with synths(something like hanz Zimmer with interstellar or things like that)

Hope i can find something nice here(And maybe others too)

I thought maybe something like Diva but i thought to ask First because i like a lot analog vintage sound

Banned
12897 posts since 5 Jun, 2012

Post Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:29 am

Which synths do you already have or know? Just so that we know what you already know...

When you like Zimmer, why not try to get Zebra on the market place? Maybe you are lucky and get it cheaper than Diva, which you have already been considering (which is odd as Diva is anything but free or cheap)...

User avatar
KVRian
1236 posts since 21 Apr, 2017 from Bahia, Brazil

Post Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:50 am

Fathom is 10.00 right now.

https://www.kvraudio.com/marketplace/fa ... weed-audio

It can be as simple or complex as you want it to be. It has subtractive, wavetable, additive FM and AM synthesis.

It sounds great and is on Mac and PC.. There is also a free mono version. Normally I would recomend Charlatan but if you know the basics you may want a bigger playground.
Last edited by Scrubbing Monkeys on Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:00 am, edited 1 time in total.
We jumped the fence because it was a fence not be cause the grass was greener.
https://scrubbingmonkeys.bandcamp.com/
https://www.scrubbingmonkeys.com/

KVRAF
3651 posts since 10 Sep, 2010 from A shit hole (Ireland).

Post Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:51 am

Diva is great... Not a simple synth per se but you can only use what you need.

Saurus from Tone2 (It's cheap!) and sounds good.
“Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it.”
― Christopher Hitchens

KVRAF
3194 posts since 18 Mar, 2008

Post Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:16 am

Last edited by Zexila on Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:25 am, edited 1 time in total.
This entire forum is wading through predictions, opinions, barely formed thoughts, drama, and whining. If you don't enjoy that, why are you here? :D ShawnG

User avatar
KVRAF
2397 posts since 13 Jun, 2014

Post Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:25 am

<delete>
Last edited by egbert101 on Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:40 pm, edited 1 time in total.
<list all your stupid gear here>

User avatar
KVRAF
9046 posts since 28 May, 2005 from Netherneverlands

Post Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:29 am

Lots of synths out there that could fit the bill. What's the budget? :)
If you can't beat it, sample it.

KVRist

Topic Starter

112 posts since 15 Jun, 2011

Post Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:50 am

fluffy_little_something wrote:Which synths do you already have or know? Just so that we know what you already know...

When you like Zimmer, why not try to get Zebra on the market place? Maybe you are lucky and get it cheaper than Diva, which you have already been considering (which is odd as Diva is anything but free or cheap)...
Haha i mentioned Diva for the concept not the price tag lol(mi mistake)

I prefer for now getting something to my eyes more straightforward haha thanks for the info

I tweked a little bit mai tai from Studio One 3(didnt like it too much, too cpu hungry), halion sonic Va, mínimogue V original, and someother but i dont own everything, just tweaked the presets but now i would like to know how to make that sound that i got over my head.

User avatar
KVRian
1236 posts since 21 Apr, 2017 from Bahia, Brazil

Post Sun Nov 26, 2017 12:01 pm

latorrejc3 wrote:
fluffy_little_something wrote:Which synths do you already have or know? Just so that we know what you already know...

When you like Zimmer, why not try to get Zebra on the market place? Maybe you are lucky and get it cheaper than Diva, which you have already been considering (which is odd as Diva is anything but free or cheap)...
Haha i mentioned Diva for the concept not the price tag lol(mi mistake)

I prefer for now getting something to my eyes more straightforward haha thanks for the info

I tweked a little bit mai tai from Studio One 3(didnt like it too much, too cpu hungry), halion sonic Va, mínimogue V original, and someother but i dont own everything, just tweaked the presets but now i would like to know how to make that sound that i got over my head.
Its a fun journey.
We jumped the fence because it was a fence not be cause the grass was greener.
https://scrubbingmonkeys.bandcamp.com/
https://www.scrubbingmonkeys.com/

User avatar
KVRAF
12522 posts since 21 Mar, 2008 from Hannover, Germany

Post Sun Nov 26, 2017 12:04 pm

OB-Xd is free and sound wise could compete with most commercial analog modeled plugins:
https://www.kvraudio.com/product/ob-xd- ... y-discodsp
https://obxd.wordpress.com/

The DiscoDSP website with v1.4 still seems to be down but the link at KVR is working AFAIK.
Ingo Weidner
Win 10 Home 64-bit / mobile i7-7700HQ 2.8 GHz / 16GB RAM //
Live 10 Suite / Cubase Pro 9.5 / Pro Tools Ultimate 2021 // NI Komplete Kontrol S61 Mk1

KVRAF
7611 posts since 7 Oct, 2005

Post Sun Nov 26, 2017 12:04 pm

Hybrid 3 is still for $1, right?

There are also great free ones as suggested. Synth1 and brothers for example.

Another a great starter for $5 is Computer Music issue with some excellent synths and effects : https://gb.zinio.com/magazine/Computer- ... cat1680018#/

KVRist

Topic Starter

112 posts since 15 Jun, 2011

Post Sun Nov 26, 2017 12:28 pm

egbert101 wrote:For what you asked for, I'd recommend something like LinPlug Spectral, which is simply, clean but powerful, and is reduced to only $49 because development has stopped.

I would also recommend Rob Papen Predator 2, as for being clean, simple, and highly useful for ambient because of the wavetable feature and the XY Pad, however it runs at a more expensive $149.

If you don't mind something that is old, has a small GUI, but sounds awesome and is unique, then go for Native Instruments Absynth 5, which is reduced at half price (£64.50). It can be simple to create new sounds with its mutate feature, but you can also dig deeper into its semi-modular type architecture. Perfect for ambient/soundtrack work.

Lastly, u-he Zebra is the obvious choice, but runs at an expensive $199. However, you can upgrade to Zebra 3 next year, for a small update fee.
Well maybe its not the more ordinary type of synth(in my limited knowledge) but it definitely it’s worth purchase. Just saw a video and I can say that it’s awesome Spectral

I falled in love with predator 2. Maybe not right now but I really looking to purchase it

I kinda not like too much the absynth sound but I know the synth it’s awesome and have many possibilities

Thanks!

KVRAF
30002 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Post Sun Nov 26, 2017 12:32 pm

EnGee wrote:
Another a great starter for $5 is Computer Music issue with some excellent synths and effects : https://gb.zinio.com/magazine/Computer- ... cat1680018#/
Yeah, i'd go with that too, and especially check out Dune CM, which is an easy to use, but pretty versatile synth, with a decent sound.
Plugins and a DAW. On an operating system. Which runs on a computer.

KVRAF
3194 posts since 18 Mar, 2008

Post Sun Nov 26, 2017 12:36 pm

This entire forum is wading through predictions, opinions, barely formed thoughts, drama, and whining. If you don't enjoy that, why are you here? :D ShawnG

Banned
12897 posts since 5 Jun, 2012

Post Sun Nov 26, 2017 12:38 pm

Zexila wrote:For sure give Charlatan spin.

https://www.kvraudio.com/product/charla ... ngineering
I think he will get bored very soon, it is such a basic synth.

The free JX-8P emulation is more advanced and sounds excellent since he likes the old analog sound...
Last edited by fluffy_little_something on Sun Nov 26, 2017 12:39 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Return to “Instruments”