I owned Ana1 and upgraded to Ana2 - Ana2 is miles better, just as Kick2 is superior to kick1.
The sound design videos are well worth watching you realise that a lot of thought has gone into this synth. It's quite possible this has the most flexible supersaw parameters of all the VSTs - so you can fine tune that saw sound right at the oscillator stage (instead of trying the get the sound with filters & effects.)
Like you say this has similar features to Kinnu cream& cuthulu built into the synth - and having the mid, high and low arps is really cool, it's easy to fill out the top & bottom of a pattern in stages without messing up the main pattern.
The big question is - can it replace Sylenth or Spire (hybrid3 - can't believe they give it away for $1) ?
they all have A and B layers and Sylenth and Spire have massive soundbanks everywhere, and are still used on most Dance productions. The new synth that is pushing its way to the top is Serum, so can Ana2 compete with serum as well?
the fact that you can load in wavetables should mean Ana2 can do a lot of what Serum does, so in some ways Ana2 could be a good contender as someone's first choice synth to compose and produce with.
A lot of people just want presets and to know that all the producers are using the same banks, so that their track stands the best chance of sounding acceptable and professional.
You are going to have to program your own sounds and be confident that Ana2 sounds good enough to your own ears, because most people are going to play it safe and use Sylenth and save up for Serum (or pay for them monthly, both do payment plans)
I bought Ana 2 a few weeks ago. It is excellent value for money. The Arp/chord memory feature is what makes it stand out from the other synths around $100-180. They can all do wavetables and analogue waves with nice analogue filters, but the Arp on Ana2 is untypical in its depth of features. When combined with the chord memory you can jam with a drum loop for endless fun.
I got it for $115 and its absolutely a steal for that price.
Rumor has it that Sonic Academy will release a streamlined version similar to SynthMaster One, I've heard they will call it AnaL, so I'm going to look forward to that as I expect many will.
I already own too many VST's: Avenger, Serum, Diva, Zebra 2, Hive 2, Synthmaster and Pigments. But I was pleasantly surprised with ANA 2, I really, really dig the sound: full, fat, analog sound (when you want it). Only Diva does it better, but it's way more limited than ANA 2. Setup ANA 2 with the Saw Fat OSC, some SUB, the ROLY filter and some DRIVE and turn the cutoff knob... oh yes.
I prefer synths with one big GUI with all features readily accessible, and ANA 2 just delivers that.
Didn't delve deep into it yet, but I can already tell this one is going to stick (even though Hive/Diva are my cookie cutters).
I saw @moonchunk mention Spire to be even better sound quality wise so I downloaded the demo to compare: I very much prefer ANA 2. We all have our opinions and preferences I guess :).
Diva... well... it's thé analog synth emulation. A class of its own. I love it. But as previously said: ANA 2 is much more versatile.
Serum and Hive are - not surprisingly - much cleaner sounding, I wasn't able to recreate the ANA 2 sound with them. Both can sound fat, but in a clean way, not a dirty one.
Zebra 2 can sound similar in its own (good) way. Pretty crazy for such an old synth really.
Pigments has an analog engine but it can't match the ANA 2 engine in my opinion. I very much like Pigments as a wavetable synth though and the modulation visibility is superb.
I almost never work with Synthmaster (got it on a sale for like 50$) so I didn't do a comparison.
VPS Avenger... I don't know why it gets so much praise. It's one of the first synths I ever bought but I just never liked it: cumbersome layout, boring filters (with a drive sound I don't like), ... No match for any of the synths I have. Sure, it's one of the most versatile synths out there but what do all the bells and whistles matter when you don't like the sound right? ANA 2 is so much more better sounding.
Just my 2 cents.
Hello everyone. these days I bought some presets for Ana 2 from Vandalism. the problem is that i only have .preset files and i don't know how to add them. could someone help me?