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FDP Forum / Rock-it 88's - Keyboard Forum / Any computer/software synth, sampler, guys here?



Too Much GAS
May 7th, 2014 08:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

I don't know if this post should be here or in the Home Recording forum. It relates to both.

I'm not a great keyboard player but I still like knocking around on one sometimes. I use them in my home recordings all of the time so I still need the sounds.

I had a bunch synths and drum machines at one point. I used to play guitar and keyboards in bands for many years.

I have sold off almost all of my old synths since the software versions have become available for computers. I still have some hardware synths but the software is sooooo good these days it doesn't make sense to me having a bunch of keyboards lying around taking up space. I can have 35 killer synths inside my computer and play them all from one or two keyboard controllers.

Like ECS-3 I still have my RT-3 Hammond and Leslies. I LOVE THAT thing! It's the size of a truck and weighs nearly as much. :-)

I still have my trusty old Minimoog and original Yamaha DX7. I have two sound modules in my rack still but they hardly ever get used. I have a Roland Super JV1080 and a cheap old Peavey DPMV-3. Other than that all I have is a Yamaha KX88 MIDI controller keyboard to play things from via MIDI. I keep the DX7 so if I need to have a mobile MIDI controller I can use it.

I sold my;

Sequential Circuits Prophet 5
Oberheim SEM FVS 4 voice
Korg SG1-D
Oberheim Matrix 1000
Korg O1R-W
Roland R5
Roland TR808
Yamaha RX21-L
Yamaha RX11
Alesis HR16

I have replaced the Prophet and DX7 sounds with software and added many others.

Roland Jupiter 8V
Moog ModularV
Arp 2600V
M-Tron Pro (Mellotron sampler)
Korg Wavestation
Korg Poly Six
Korg MS 20
Native Instruments B4II (Hammond and Leslies in software)
Native Instruments FM7 and FM8
Pro 53 (Prophet 5)

The thing that is so cool about many of the mono synths is that when they did them in software they are now polyphonic and have added features such as on-board effects. Another cool thing is that many of the older hardware synths had no capability for saving sound pre-sets. The software versions can archive as many sounds as you have hard drive space to put them on. Literally, tens of thousands for each instrument.

I have also added Native Instruments Kontakt sampler to the arsenal. The sample libraries that are available for that are too cool for words.

The biggest and baddest software synth of them all is Spectrasonic's Omnisphere. It opened my eyes to a whole new realm of synthetic and organic sound possibilities. It really is amazing what it can do.

Anyone else here who is interested in software sound machines chime in and list your favorites.

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May 7th, 2014 09:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

I haven't used a software synth for a few years now, but Virsyn Cube was my favorite with highly original, fascinating sounds. I used my Kurzweil SP76 as controller and have a Roland JX-10, Korg M3M and Yamaha DX200.

(This message was last edited by bluelake07 at 12:09 AM, May 8th, 2014)

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Va VOOOOMMM...Dude! ð�ï
May 9th, 2014 11:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

I don't even know if I can contribute anything here but, I have a Korg Control 49 and currently use Dimension Pro v.1.5(?). This software has a wide variety of samples to include various pianos, organs, strings, percussion, drum kits, synths [but, no moog!, I need MOOG!] and other stuff I can't remember at the moment.

I use my keys on most of the recordings I do even though I don't play keys...I find a way. 8)

I recently was fooling around and came up with a recording using mostly electronic gear as in the aforementioned keys, a Roland VG 99 and a Taylor T5.

Anyway, speaking of synth software, what's good recommendation for a Moog program? Looking for a combo of early and late Moog stuff. 8)

Fooling around with electronics



Too Much GAS
May 9th, 2014 08:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

Arturia makes the one I use. Reasonably priced and very powerful. I have a real Minimoog and also the Arturia MinimoogV software. I have done side by side comparisons of both synths set to the same parameters to see what the actual sound differences were. They are SOOOOO close it's scary. The real Minimoog has a little more punch and clarity but the software version more than makes up for the difference in features, convenience, and integration into your DAW. The signal-to-noise ratio is also better with the software.

I have a number of Arturia software synths and each of them are excellent. They all do a superb job of replicating the sound of their hardware grandparents.

If you want the "BIG DOG" of Moog synths you can get Arturia's ModularMoogV software. It has 9 oscillators per voice and is polyphonic as well. Fat sounds beyond belief.

(This message was last edited by ninworks at 09:55 PM, May 10th, 2014)

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sittin' in a chair

Va VOOOOMMM...Dude! ð�ï
May 10th, 2014 05:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thank you, ninworks! As per your recommendation and from one of our sponsors on the FDP, I have purchased Modular V. Nothing like have variety for your keys at your finger tips. 8)

Now, I will play around with this new software and look for the sounds I hear in my head. Time to 'Moog' along. (8^D)

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Aug 17th, 2014 01:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have heard that the Arturia ones are very good. The least accurate is the CS-80 from what I read, but having never heard any of the synths except through recordings I can't say.

What do you use for a controller? It would be nice to find something with polyphonic after touch in addition to some performance controllers, modwheels, etc and some knobs and sliders. I have not seen a product like that.

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sittin' in a chair

Va VOOOOMMM...Dude! Ã�Ã&
Aug 17th, 2014 01:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

I use a Korg Kontrol 49. It's an oldie but a moldie. (8^D) It works great for what I do. I'm sure there are more sophisticated keyboards available out there to choose from though.

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Too Much GAS
Aug 17th, 2014 03:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

I use an old Yamaha KX88 controller. It has 88 keys, lots of parameter control capability, and it looks just like a giant DX7. Built like a freight train and almost as heavy.



Thank God for guitars!
Jul 12th, 2017 09:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've been using VSTi nearly exclusively for 10 years for recording. For performance still working with hardware, currently using Casio XW-P1, Casio PX5S, and a 60's era Hammond M3 with a GSi Burn Leslie simulator

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Too Much GAS
Jul 16th, 2017 05:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

I carried a Hammond M3 and Leslie in my live rig for years. Great sounding combination albeit heavy.

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