What Are Your Favorite Soft Synths?

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  1. Maltese Fan

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    Looking for suggestions for some good soft synths.
     
  2. guitar.tbe

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    Massive is pretty powerful once you learn how to tweak it!
     
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  3. GravityJim

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    What kinds of sounds are you looking for???

    Electronica: Massive and Omnisphere are both killers.
    Vintage-y: Arturia Analog Lab includes a bunch of drop-dead emulations of a dozen or so synths: ARP 2600, Jupiter 8, MiniMoog, Prophet, Synclavier, and a lot more.
    8-bit chip: Plogue Chipsounds is hilarious fun.
    Sample playback: Kontakt is numero uno.
     
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    Looking for something for electronica. I'll look into Massive and Omnisphere. Thanks guys.
     
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    Though they’re super old, I’m still impressed by Korg’s Legacy Collection. The MS20 and MonoPoly plug-ins get a lot of use here.
     
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    All the plugins I have are freebies. But there are some really good free ones out there. Here are a few of my favorites in no particular order.

    OB-Xd
    TAL Noisemaker
    PG-8x
    MinimogueVA
    ODSay
    Tyrrell Nexus6
    Podolski
    SQ8L
    DeXed
    Tunefish
    Novation Bass Station
    Several HGFortune weird ambient type synths
     
  7. Astronaut FX

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    Undisputed king of all soft synths - Omnisphere

    Also noteworthy:

    u-he Zebra
    u-he Diva
    iZotope Iris/Iris2
    Alchemy (available only with Logic Pro X)
     
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  8. rsm

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    I have and use:

    NI Komplete
    IL Harmor
    SynthMaster2
    IL Toxic Biohazard

    I have several synths for Ableton that are made with Max/Max for Live

    I plan to upgrade Komplete from 10 to 11, and Ableton 9 to 10 first.

    then, Omnisphere is at the top of my list

    edit: recently got U-HE Hive, sounds amazing. My current fav.
     
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  9. Hired Goon

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    I'll nominate U-He Hive. This is my favourite, and I've got most of the top end ones (Serum, Dune, Nexus, all the NI and Arturia stuff)
     
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    Zebra 2 is all you need.

    You also can’t go wrong with the NI stuff. Reaktor 6 is infinitely deep.
     
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  11. Jr Deluxe

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    VB3. B3 organ . Not free but cheap.
    Dexed. Awesome dx7. Free
    Dirtbag. Monsterous distorted organ. Free
    Red something. Maybe redtron i cant recall the name. Great mellotron. Free.
    Mr Ray. Great EP. free.

    You dont need nothin else.
     
  12. Bobby D

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    i have really been inpressed with the u-He stuff - really top notch sounds!

    I also like the Arturia line of softsynths too
     
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  14. GravityJim

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    That's everything you DON'T need for producing electronica. Or anything really, outside rockaroll.
     
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    Righteeyyyo.
     
  16. Mario C.

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    Olga by Stillwell Audio sounds great for electronica, very underrated synth.
     
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    My favorites I've used are Atmosphere (the newer version is Omnisphere), a free SQ80 simulator called SQ8L, Native's FM7 (there's a wealth of patches online since DX7 patches can be imported), Arturia's stuff (I only have CS80V and MiniMoogV but those both are very nice), and the iPolysix for my iPad.
     
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    Omnisphere and Arturia Collection. All you would ever need.
     
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    I’m a big fan of Uhe as well. Repro-1 is an incredible monosynth and I think if you buy it now you get their new Repro-5 Prophet emulation for free later. It’s in beta right now, but it sounds stunning. Uhe stuff is processor intensive but feels and sounds amazing.

    https://www.u-he.com/cms/repro-1
     
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    Electronica? I like Korg Gadget - available on Mac, Win, and IOS.

    Omnisphere and Massive are both well-regarded but you have a higher risk of wasting hours going through thousands of presets. Gadget will get you making beats in a fraction of that time.
     
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