This is one of the few instruments that we can confidently say is excellent for most categories of synth sound. The additive synthesis module is perfect for organ-type sounds as well as filthy, obnoxious, tearing bass textures, while the vector synthesis module is ideal for evolving leads or pads. Plus, when you do want it to do bread-and-butter synth work, SynthMaster is more than up to the job.
+ Drag and drop support
+ Very versatile
+ Many presets includes
- Built-in effects don't sound very good
- Clunky interface
Vengeance-Sound's first ever virtual synth is nothing if not ambitious. Coded - like all its stablemates - by Keilwerth Audio, it unites analogue, sample-based and wavetable synthesis in an immense workstation-style architecture, packed with sequencers, filters, effects and modulation.
+ Impressive Modulation
+ Powerful sounding
+ Comfortable preset search system / tag cloud.
- Mod Matrix too small
- CPU Spike sometime
- The price of expansions
A three-oscillator synth with superb built-in effects, arpeggiation and sequencing, Dune’s two headline features are the ability to independently set Oscillators 1 and 2 to Virtual Analogue, Wavetable or (rather basic) FM mode, and the incredible number of unison voices it’s capable of generating: up to 8320 when running 32 stacked oscillators each in the Oscillator 1 and 2 blocks, and eight global unison voices, at 16-voice polyphony.
+ 4 multiple point graphical envelopes included
+ Comprehensive Wavetable Editor
+ Amazing UNISON implementation
- LFOs and the standard envelopes could react a little bit finer
- The stepsequencer should have 64 or better 128 steps
Nexus is also a ROMpler - it plays sample libraries you buy in expansion packs. It allows for modification of every sound with filters, EQ and effects. The patches in Nexus are very high quality and instantly usable. Nexus found its way to studios of David Guetta, Steve Aoki or Marshmello. It's a must-have for EDM production.
+ great library of samples & presets
+ incredible built-in patches
+ ability to edit every patch
– quite big (10gb+)
– you need to order expansions for more sounds
Spire is an awesome additive hybrid synth. It sounds very modern and punchy and has a lot of great presets. Our only wish is that it would have envelope shapes shown in a display, like Serum. The envelopes are great though!
+ very nice oscillator warping
+ very good presets
+ plenty of features like Modulation Matrix
– Envelope shapes not shown in displays
– CPU usage a bit high
Get our FREE preset packs for Spire HERE
U-he Diva is a synth very similar to the Minimoog. It has a very analog-like sound quality and is pretty simple to use. It probably won't create crazy complex dubstep wobbles, but it's perfect for more classic synth patches.
+ easy-to-use interface
+ great analog sound quality
+ good presets
- CPU heavy
- limited flexibility
- no arpeggiator
Get our FREE preset packs for U-HE Diva HERE
Omnisphere is probably the biggest ROMpler - with over 50gb of sample libraries it gives you access to incredible instruments. You'll find here everything, starting from classic pianos and ending on the most bizarre sounds. Now Omnisphere is also a wavetable synthesizer which allows you to import sounds and transform them into synth patches.
+ incredible patches & instruments
+ ability to load up your own sounds
+ wavetable synthesis in the new version
- very big (50gb+)
- some presets are way too loud
- external sample editor necessary to loop samples you want to import
This synth's warm sound has made its way into the studios of producers such as Flume or Martin Garrix. It's great for basic sounds, but its limited possibilities will make it difficult to create complex sounds. Still, it's a great synth which you can hear in hundreds of EDM hits. Its another advantage is its simplicity which makes it a great synth for beginners.
+ great warm classic sound
+ very simple to use
+ great preset packs
- limited possibilities (no wavetable synthesis or FM modulation)
- not the best effects
- no LFO customization
Get our FREE preset packs for Sylenth1 HERE
Massive is probably the synth that built dubstep, but its useful for much more than that. Its biggest attribute is the sound which is, as the name suggests, massive. Strong wavetables are here supported by very good effects.
+ very good built-in wavetables
+ incredible preset packs
+ great chorus effect
- can be confusing to beginners
- no compression effect
Get our FREE preset packs for NI Massive HERE
Serum, with its incredible potential of loading up sounds and transforming them into wavetables, combined with easy to use and awesome-looking UI, is clearly the most popular soft synth today.
+ powerful wavetable synthesis
+ very visual, relatively easy to learn
+ plenty of very good effects
- CPU heavy
- brighter sound than most synths
- weak built-in presets
Get our FREE preset packs for Xfer Serum HERE