Damn You Abynth 5! Is There An All-Out Grand Slam VST Synth?
by, 06-16-2012 at 10:32 PM (1502 Views)
I've got a bunch of fun hardware synths. I'm finding VST synths to be more fun. I set aside two hours per day, each and every day this week to get a handle on Native Instruments Absynth 5. Stephen Ambrose, I can't remember which book it was, mentioned that one of Hitler's flaws in terms of the military machine was he'd assign two different groups the same task. (He believed in competition....rather strange for a guy who hated capitalism.) Anyway, when two competing isolated groups were doing their thing, in many cases 80% of what they were doing was redundant. If the two groups would have worked together, they could have just invented the wheel once and spent the rest of their time on V2 rockets.
I get the feeling that Native Instruments is also divided up into two or more isolated groups.
Massive is a hell of a VST synth. If you like the "metallic" nature of the synth (bright as hell would also describe it if you are lazy with the filters)....and I do, the possibilities in this synth are HUGE.
Absynth 5 is also a hell of a synth. People like to use it for evolving atmospheres and such. Admittedly, there's something about it that just pulls you into that world. Unfortunately, I don't always need a pad that sustains for 12 seconds or has some kind of slimy reverb that takes on a life of its own. What if I just want a good ol' supersaw lead? It can do that very, very well....and then you get to the effects. They are very strange (which is good) but they don't include any of the "classic" stuff you'd expect to find. They don't have any of the effects Massive does.
The Dimensional Expander in Massive is AWESOME. I love it. It's actually the closest thing (at least in spirit) that I've heard to my Eventide H3000. I don't have anything else like that in my arsenal in the box. There are times in Absynth where I'd REALLY like to have that Dimensional Expander. Native Instruments already invented it. Toss it in there under some menu.
The review for Sylenth1 will go up for this week's newsletter. It's an outstanding sounding synth and really makes me wonder why I keep the Moog around. (Seriously.) When you look at the routing options for LFOs and Envelopes, you are stuck with the same limitations of the old late 70s / early 80s synths. (Note, this was back in a time when the designers wanted to do more with voices, routing, modulation, etc but the technology was too expensive.) Just to give a frame of reference, this would be like intentionally (and artificially) setting a 3 day waiting period on email within the US and an 8 day waiting period on email to the UK from the US. Uh, it's new technology. Let's just make it instance and enjoy all the creative options! There WERE NO "good ol' days". Fuggetaboutit.
In reality, I have no idea what it would take to add the ability to send LFOs and Envelopes to just about anything, but I know it's not limited by hardware.
In all these synths (Absynth 5, Massive, and Sylenth1) there are some kinds of limitations placed on great sounding tools that simply make each tool less effective for what I'm doing. I can understand to a degree why one synth or another has character. (That should be a sonic thing within it's oscillators and such.) To actually deny features that are right there on the table simply for the sake of "uniqueness" strikes me as silly. Just jam 'em all into one mega mega synth....an All-Out Grand Slam synth and I'll gladly buy it.
If anyone knows of an All-Out Grand Slam synth, please let me know.