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Your favorite VST

Post by HenryBurlingame » Mon Apr 05, 2021 10:37 pm

Hi you all,

So for most of my music career I have used all hardware with a little bit of Reaper here and there. However, this year I decided to not buy a hardware analog polysynth like I was originally planning on doing, but to try a VST instead.

But the options are overwhelming :help: .

So I was wondering what everyone's favorites were so I could take a look at them and narrow down my options a bit. I have hardware monosynths, drums, effects, etc. so what I am looking for in a VST is anything polyphonic where I can do pads etc. So that probably includes most of them :hihi: .

Thanks so much!
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Re: Your favorite VST

Post by Cat-A-Tonic » Tue Apr 06, 2021 9:01 am

Arturia Pigments has become my main polyphonic synth VST.

It has several modern oscillator options,
a handful of legendary filter models,
and a great interface for all the modulation.

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Re: Your favorite VST

Post by ersatzplanet » Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:08 am

For pads I would get the WaveStation VSTi. Kong has a bundle if I remember correctly, that has it and some others in one package.
As to my favorite, I would have to say lately it is Synth-Werk by Best Services. It is a Kraftwerk VSTi and has all the sounds a Kraftwerk lover would want. There are a bunch of pads in that one too.

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Re: Your favorite VST

Post by Breezewax » Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:24 am

I have heard good things about pigments, I would also check out u-he Zebra and Diva, both are capable of some really "analog" like sounds and there is plenty of tutorials and presets available for them.
Most companies offer full capability demo versions, I would install a couple and see how you like them.

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Re: Your favorite VST

Post by kosmische » Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:50 am

Cat-A-Tonic wrote:
Tue Apr 06, 2021 9:01 am
Arturia Pigments has become my main polyphonic synth VST.
I'm still kicking myself for not grabbing Pigments when it was on sale a while back. Def keeping my eye out for the next deal on it.

My 3 main go-to VSTs (or in my case, AUs) are:

Madrona Labs Aalto
Madrona Labs Kaivo
Arturia Buchla Easel V

Of course, these aren't exactly "traditional" polysynths and all borrow heavily from the modular world, but they are capable of multiple voices. As an aside, I'd say these 3 were somewhat responsible for my foray into eurorack.

That said, besides the Easel I'd also check out the entire Arturia V collection, which has numerous options if you're looking for more classic sounds like Jupiter, DX7, Matrix, Prophet, CS-80, etc...Deep sales pop up a few times a year, and the whole collection would certainly keep you busy for a while. I've had it for over a year and there's still a few I've barely cracked into.

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Re: Your favorite VST

Post by fatbenelton » Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:53 am

Love the Korg stuff but really love Rob Papen Blue II - old but still fab!

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Re: Your favorite VST

Post by Mitchk1989 » Tue Apr 06, 2021 2:07 pm

u-he ACE/Bazille are probably my favourites, but repro-5 is also really really good if you have a powerful enough CPU for it. Hive is their more CPU friendly option.

Surge is open source, free and amazing.

TAL also makes some great stuff at pretty affordable prices, including a juno 60 clone if you want something on the simpler side.

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Re: Your favorite VST

Post by kinkujin » Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:36 am

I too would recommend U-He.

Also look at Dune by Synapse Audio.

Inspiring stuff and I’ve barely cracked into them. Good luck.

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Re: Your favorite VST

Post by SB-SIX » Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:27 am

Cherry audio makes very affordable great sounding stuff. Polymode is my fav. U-he stuff is great indeed.
Serum is widely used for more digital sounds, onmisphere for more organic sounds.
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Re: Your favorite VST

Post by sparks » Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:32 am

If I had to choose just one of my synth-plugs it would probably be Spectrasonics Omnisphere fwiw.

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Re: Your favorite VST

Post by Daisuk » Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:36 am

Absynth for me. Huge range of sounds, easy to controls, lots of randomizer features. It's great. The only soft synth I use on a regular basis.

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Re: Your favorite VST

Post by Chopper » Thu Apr 08, 2021 9:00 am

Daisuk wrote:
Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:36 am
Absynth for me. Huge range of sounds, easy to controls, lots of randomizer features. It's great. The only soft synth I use on a regular basis.
Oh, the absynth default sound, "that" bass, is still the stuff of legend to me. It fits anywhere you want and can give an healthy weight to any track you work on.

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Re: Your favorite VST

Post by Val » Thu Apr 08, 2021 9:23 am

I use Ableton stock synths and Max4Live synths. With ableton / M4L FXs. Worlds to be explored
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Re: Your favorite VST

Post by Necromonger666 » Thu Apr 08, 2021 1:36 pm

I made the pledge to myself not to spend money on softsynths (so I have more for actual gear) and therefore can only comment on free vst synths. I am constantly using Vital. Unbelievably good.

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Re: Your favorite VST

Post by wuff_miggler » Thu Apr 08, 2021 4:10 pm

[NI Massive] is a huge favourite of mine. It cuts, buzzes, and squeaks like a piece of hardware IMO. Genius architecture, and effects which feel like that are properly part of the synthesis voice, and not just a "post effect".

[PG-8X] is an amazing and free VST clone of a JX-8P - i find it amazing for UK bass/grime sounds. would also - when filtered an absolute sub/pad monster.

[NI FM-8] is also great - includes 1c resolution microtuning, an ultra powerful arpeggiator, FM synthesis with multiple waveform types, a mod matrix...tonnes of modern sounds in there - should you dedicate time to working it out.

these are old options - but i still use them :-) I know there are tonnes and tonnes of new synths out there. but i use the above every day.

it would be hard having this thread without one of the most popular VST's out there being mentioned:

Xfer Serum. Insanely popular. Super powerful wavetable synthesizer.

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Re: Your favorite VST

Post by computer controlled » Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:08 pm

Arturia Pigments. Hands down.
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Re: Your favorite VST

Post by vadimred13 » Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:16 pm

This is a very broad question, and it really depends on what you are looking to get out of said VST. Polyphony can be had out of any modern virtual synth. For me, my most used virtual synth is the arturia Mini V (minimoog emulation). But then again, I like pretty simple tones without a ton of complexity. Consider the Arturia V Collection if there are at least 2-3 instruments in there that interest you. Then it becomes good value. I definitely enjoy (and use) several others in that collection like: CS80, Prophet, Music Easel, and ARP2600.

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Re: Your favorite VST

Post by DJMaytag » Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:29 pm

Audiorealism ABL3, but I'm slightly biased.

Non-303 VSTi? Probably TAL UNO-LX2. It's just so easy to get good sounds out of it.
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Re: Your favorite VST

Post by chysn » Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:32 pm

My two favorite VST instruments are Serum and Pianoteq. Serum is a pretty comprehensive wavetable synth, with a great set of wavetable editing tools. Pianoteq is a modeled piano.
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Re: Your favorite VST

Post by mome rath » Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:07 pm

korg legacy collection--wavestation rules
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Re: Your favorite VST

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Re: Your favorite VST

Post by hlmm » Fri Apr 09, 2021 6:24 am

Reaktor for sequencing, Softube Modular for sound.

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Re: Your favorite VST

Post by Benoist » Fri Apr 09, 2021 11:50 am

Favorite will be easy since I use only one : Phaseplant !
Only the synth part which is deep and great sounding, the fx plugs : meh ...

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Re: Your favorite VST

Post by Funky40 » Sat Apr 10, 2021 6:34 am

Pianoteq (modelled piano)
Gig performer3 ( VST-Host)
any other forums for "experimental electronic music making" or eurorack to consider ?
beside "lines" which was allready suggested

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Re: Your favorite VST

Post by strettara » Sun Apr 11, 2021 9:47 am

My favourite VST is pianoteq like Funky40. Athough it is ostensibly designed for piano sounds, the pro version gives you complete control over the modelling parameters and you can come with sounds that are nothing like the instruments they are supposed to be modelling, including ambient pads and so on. I've used it like this in some recent tracks to soften or harden the sound of a piano, for instance, to make it less or more soloistic in different passages, or to control the ringing of vibraphone bars, and I've only scratched the surface. When you start playing with the Rhodes and Wurly simulations you can really get some amazing drones and pads out of it and all sorts of prepared sounds. But it's obviously not a general purpose VST.
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