ANA 2, DS Thorn or Biotek 2? Black Friday sales!!

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KVRist
132 posts since 27 Feb, 2018 from Sobradinho

Post Thu Nov 28, 2019 4:35 am

Hello to everyone, so, black friday just started in the audio plugin and DAW world and I'm interested in this 3 synth, ANA 2 and Thorn are about the same price (4$ of difference) and Biotek 2 upgrade is at 49$ (I already have Biotek 1) BUT, considering that I already have Synthmaster, Synthmaster One, Biotek 1, Union, Hybrid 3, Vacuum Pro, Xpand!2, it is worth buying a new synth plugin, make an upgrade with Biotek or none of them?
The one I really try the demo was Thorn, but since this days I have no time for almost nothing, only this weekend I will be able to try just a little of ANA 2, and the sales end 1 of December I think...

So, I would like to hear (read) your opinions and experiences

Thanks in advance!!!
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KVRAF
16257 posts since 24 May, 2009 from A galaxy, far far away

Post Thu Nov 28, 2019 4:42 am

I own none of the synths you own, nor any of the others on your list. I did just buy Thorn, however, after wanting it for a long time. To my ears, it has one of the most clear, present and alive sounds I've heard. Comes with really great presets, and the interface suits even an amateur like myself :tu:

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KVRAF
2393 posts since 5 Jun, 2011 from Preston, England, UK

Post Thu Nov 28, 2019 4:47 am

Out of the ones you are after I only have experience in Thorn. This is on sale at a groundbreaking price of $49.99 at Plugin Alliance. Even cheaper if you have a personal voucher to add. This Synth, (imo) is not only easily worth the cash it is by far one of the best sounding and fun synths I have ever used. The bottom end on this thing is gorgeous. Anyway this is just my opinion and once you have time try the demo you will know if it is worth 50 bucks or not :wink:
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KVRian
878 posts since 8 May, 2018 from Sweden

Post Thu Nov 28, 2019 4:59 am

I like both Thorn and ANA2, both sound great and both are at an all-time low price this BF. I'd buy both :P

Thorn is perhaps a little brighter and more "modern" sounding while ANA2 is great for retro sounds. However both are very flexible synths that let you create almost any type of sound.

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KVRist

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132 posts since 27 Feb, 2018 from Sobradinho

Post Thu Nov 28, 2019 6:11 pm

AdvancedFollower wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 4:59 am
I like both Thorn and ANA2, both sound great and both are at an all-time low price this BF. I'd buy both :P
I'm really tempted to buy both, maybe I will... :P
jethrobull wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 4:47 am
Anyway this is just my opinion and once you have time try the demo you will know if it is worth 50 bucks or not :wink:
Yes indeed, I know that it is a really good synth, If I could buy Thorn and ANA 2 would be great... we will see...
el-bo (formerly ebow) wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 4:42 am
I own none of the synths you own, nor any of the others on your list. I did just buy Thorn, however, after wanting it for a long time. To my ears, it has one of the most clear, present and alive sounds I've heard. Comes with really great presets, and the interface suits even an amateur like myself :tu:
I really liked too, well... it's just me or until now there's more love for DS Thorn? :D


Thanks for your comments!

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KVRAF
2369 posts since 12 Jan, 2019

Post Thu Nov 28, 2019 7:56 pm

I regret buying Biotek 2 (their products cannot be resold). It is an OK concept, and a few features are cool (automating the wave form of LFOs and the sync pitch knob on the oscillators sounds unique to me). But the components aren't that impressive. The oscillators are OK. The granular is OK, but doesn't have nearly the amount of control you can get out of many granular VSTs (same for the sampling, although you can have four samples and/or granulars--like some of the Glitchmachines). The four corner XY thing is fine but not unique (not sure if it can be automated). While the way modulation is done is neat, it is something one forgets when not using the synth for some time--and you have to figure it out again (that is true for some other synths, of course). One day, I couldn't remember where the global knob was to activate the effects--took me a while. Some of the presets sound great, so I shouldn't poo poo it too much. Still, I haven't gotten much from it (might be just me).
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KVRAF
1858 posts since 26 Nov, 2018

Post Thu Nov 28, 2019 8:23 pm

I wouldn't buy anything that is a required "resale" but ANA2 is a beast.

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KVRAF
16257 posts since 24 May, 2009 from A galaxy, far far away

Post Thu Nov 28, 2019 8:40 pm

JohnNoizz wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 6:11 pm
it's just me or until now there's more love for DS Thorn? :D
Only because a couple of us have not used the alternative options. The only member who has explains that they are both useful for different types of sound, and that you should probably get both :wink:

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KVRian
1341 posts since 30 Mar, 2014

Post Thu Nov 28, 2019 8:53 pm

Thorn is one of my all-time favorite synths. Just cuts right through, perfect for what I make.

KVRist
293 posts since 21 May, 2018

Post Thu Nov 28, 2019 8:58 pm

I can speak about BioTek 2. For the upgrade you have to be someone that diggs into the preset to make changes. If you aren't intrested in getting a little deep then forget the upgrade if you just Preset surf (Which is equally okay and I don't get the elitism).

Personally I get lost in Biotek 2 all the time for making sounds and come out with happy little accidents.
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Post Thu Nov 28, 2019 9:47 pm

JohnNoizz wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 4:35 am
Hello to everyone, so, black friday just started in the audio plugin and DAW world and I'm interested in this 3 synth, ANA 2 and Thorn are about the same price (4$ of difference) and Biotek 2 upgrade is at 49$ (I already have Biotek 1) BUT, considering that I already have Synthmaster, Synthmaster One, Biotek 1, Union, Hybrid 3, Vacuum Pro, Xpand!2, it is worth buying a new synth plugin, make an upgrade with Biotek or none of them?
The one I really try the demo was Thorn, but since this days I have no time for almost nothing, only this weekend I will be able to try just a little of ANA 2, and the sales end 1 of December I think...

So, I would like to hear (read) your opinions and experiences

Thanks in advance!!!
If you dont have time, dont buy anything and use what you already have, but appearently you dont even have time for what you have which means you wount have time for new toys.

Again, dont buy anything.

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3896 posts since 17 Jan, 2017 from Planet of cats

Post Thu Nov 28, 2019 9:58 pm

One more vote for buy nothing :party:

But if you must, Thorn is nice.

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KVRist

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132 posts since 27 Feb, 2018 from Sobradinho

Post Thu Nov 28, 2019 9:58 pm

Elektronisch wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 9:47 pm
JohnNoizz wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 4:35 am
Hello to everyone, so, black friday just started in the audio plugin and DAW world and I'm interested in this 3 synth, ANA 2 and Thorn are about the same price (4$ of difference) and Biotek 2 upgrade is at 49$ (I already have Biotek 1) BUT, considering that I already have Synthmaster, Synthmaster One, Biotek 1, Union, Hybrid 3, Vacuum Pro, Xpand!2, it is worth buying a new synth plugin, make an upgrade with Biotek or none of them?
The one I really try the demo was Thorn, but since this days I have no time for almost nothing, only this weekend I will be able to try just a little of ANA 2, and the sales end 1 of December I think...

So, I would like to hear (read) your opinions and experiences

Thanks in advance!!!
If you dont have time, dont buy anything and use what you already have, but appearently you dont even have time for what you have which means you wount have time for new toys.

Again, dont buy anything.
Well, I mean, I don't have much time just these days because of a temporary job that I'm doing, then I will be free and with more time just to work with all the synths, what happens is that the sales ends between sunday and monday at the latest and I would like to have a good arsenal of synths to work with :wink:

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3899 posts since 3 Feb, 2010

Post Thu Nov 28, 2019 10:04 pm

Did you need those synths before black friday sales or any kind of sales ? :D

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KVRAF
2677 posts since 17 Sep, 2016

Post Fri Nov 29, 2019 12:38 pm

I have Biotek 1 and 2. I would say if you really like Biotek 1 and use it, then you would like the new interface, including the preset browser improvements in Biotek 2. Much improved browser! Now with a very usable filter with columns by author, category, style, etc. Plus you get some great new presets, including 100 custom designed by Richard Devine.

Other enhancements to automation and filtering, and a couple of new oscillator types are included, spinal saw, and granular.

But I don't think I would really compare Biotek with the likes of ANA or Thorn. They appear to be aimed at different markets. I really think Biotek is deep and a quite capable synth that excels in atmospheric or ambient soundscapes (due to the sample playback oscillators, and a bazillion modulation options).

But for electronic leads and basses, one of the others would probably be easier to work with.

Personally, IMHO, I would try to acquire as many diverse types of synthesis as possible, rather than many that sound alike. You end up with more sonic options that way.
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