Which is Your goto VI for analog synth sounds?

Mornats

Senior Member
If you buy Computer Music magazine there's a slightly cut-down version of Phonic on there (Phonic CM). It looks like any recent issue will have it (June 2019 certainly does).
 

Saxer

Senior Member
Maybe old thread but i´m still amazed how much i like the P900 software above all other synths for the analog/organic feeling. I just felt in love again and got lost just making presets and playing around. There is something i miss about "feeling alive" in most other synths (even hardware). For me it is even above synths like Repro and The Legend and much more versatile at the same time (since it is a modular)
3 layered presets (with a bit help from Replika XT, Precedence and Breeze 2 to set it into space).
Works also well with a beat behind it:
Never heard of this before. Sounds great!
 

Cinebient

Active Member
Yes, it is P900 software (from PulsarModular). At the end it is a matter of taste but i like organic/analog sounds and especially if you go into audio rate modulations and how all reacts while live tweaking and playing and just turning knobs, add randomization etc.
I own almost all the todays famous emulations but for me P900 is way better than all the others. What i find so much better is the saturation (which is per voice as well, up to 8 voices) and the timbres you can get out of it even at very high resonance. Monark (i find the drive/feedback really terrible here), The Legend, Repro (but this is also very good indeed) does not have such a musical and organic sound for me when you go extreme and it is more versatile as well as you have 48 slots for modules (but a fixed number for certain modules, so not an open thing like Reaktor).
This thing is just a giant sweetspot and also has for me the best plate reverb included i heard yet in a synth. Beside that you have several filters (almost all the famous analog filters from the past) and at the end i never heard such nice harmonic coming out of a software synth. It is very creamy i would say :)
Short said for me from Diva to Repro was a big step up in terms of analog emulations and this is for me like another step up. But i like these gnarly, breathing up to really flatulent growling sound which P900 is the very best from all my synths and it also shines for really shimmering high frequencies which i often find almost as organic as real strings. Otherwise i also get my favorite analog pads, synth strings and bass out of this. Even wonderful percussions and kicks. It is the ONE synth which exact meets something in my brain and inspire me always and i loose time to just playing around with it for hours. The bad thing is almost everything now sounds a bit flat and lifeless to me and this synth is abandoned (as it seems). It still works on the latest macOS and Logic here but it is indeed mac only and also AU only. I think a modular like this is anyway a niche tool for most people maybe but it would be the only synth i would say which sounds better than any hardware i heard and played yet.
Of course some synths are better in other areas but there is just something very special for me with this synth.
 

chimuelo

Star Of Stage & Screen
Funny, I love Scope Modular on the Pulsar DSP Cards...:roflmao:

But as of ZebraHZ I use it now for MIDI Devices built from the SDK, and its unequaled Pitch Shift algos.
I’ve got excellent sounding Eventide and Strymon Hardware but Scope DSP has some gems that just are stellar.

ZebraHZ is my fav for subtractive synthesis in software though.
It even has performance tricks like separate oscillator glide, duo Poly, and the Diva Filters make it an excellent Polyphonic emulation.

But still can’t stop using real analog 3 Oscillator hardware.
Theres nothing in the realm of ones and zeros that can emulate that voltage driven sound quality.

Wish there was, but it doesn’t exist.
 

Markus Kohlprath

Active Member
Yes, it is P900 software (from PulsarModular). At the end it is a matter of taste but i like organic/analog sounds and especially if you go into audio rate modulations and how all reacts while live tweaking and playing and just turning knobs, add randomization etc.
I own almost all the todays famous emulations but for me P900 is way better than all the others. What i find so much better is the saturation (which is per voice as well, up to 8 voices) and the timbres you can get out of it even at very high resonance. Monark (i find the drive/feedback really terrible here), The Legend, Repro (but this is also very good indeed) does not have such a musical and organic sound for me when you go extreme and it is more versatile as well as you have 48 slots for modules (but a fixed number for certain modules, so not an open thing like Reaktor).
This thing is just a giant sweetspot and also has for me the best plate reverb included i heard yet in a synth. Beside that you have several filters (almost all the famous analog filters from the past) and at the end i never heard such nice harmonic coming out of a software synth. It is very creamy i would say :)
Short said for me from Diva to Repro was a big step up in terms of analog emulations and this is for me like another step up. But i like these gnarly, breathing up to really flatulent growling sound which P900 is the very best from all my synths and it also shines for really shimmering high frequencies which i often find almost as organic as real strings. Otherwise i also get my favorite analog pads, synth strings and bass out of this. Even wonderful percussions and kicks. It is the ONE synth which exact meets something in my brain and inspire me always and i loose time to just playing around with it for hours. The bad thing is almost everything now sounds a bit flat and lifeless to me and this synth is abandoned (as it seems). It still works on the latest macOS and Logic here but it is indeed mac only and also AU only. I think a modular like this is anyway a niche tool for most people maybe but it would be the only synth i would say which sounds better than any hardware i heard and played yet.
Of course some synths are better in other areas but there is just something very special for me with this synth.
Checking the demos of the P900 this really seems like a revelation to me. I agree with everything you write as far as I can tell from a short listening. My question: will it be useable on a macpro 5.1 quadcore in terms of cpu consumption? I think I can host it in vepro6 since it has AU and connect to cubase which is my daw. If this works I think I will get it. DIVA is my go to for this type of sounds until now.
 

chocobitz825

Senior Member
I can’t fault any of the great choices here but one thing I’m glad I picked up was the everything for 100 years bundle at puremagnetik. Great synths available in various formats and every new synth and fx plugin free for life basically.
 

whinecellar

Jim Daneker
Among the other recommendations here, I’ve been really digging Roland’s stuff; the Juno 106, System 100, etc. are pretty incredible for that family of sounds. I’m still not a subscription fan, but good grief, the Roland Cloud is a screaming deal considering you get almost the entire catalogue of Roland gear in software from the last 40+ years. And the System 8, while not a vintage emulation, is a pretty incredible engine itself...
 

Cinebient

Active Member
Checking the demos of the P900 this really seems like a revelation to me. I agree with everything you write as far as I can tell from a short listening. My question: will it be useable on a macpro 5.1 quadcore in terms of cpu consumption? I think I can host it in vepro6 since it has AU and connect to cubase which is my daw. If this works I think I will get it. DIVA is my go to for this type of sounds until now.
I use it mainly on my macbook pro from late 2013 (i7 2.0 Quadcore) within Logic.
If i would want to use 8X oversampling i could just use a mono voice but mostly i use 2X oversampling and can run about 8 complex 8 voice presets at the same time (but i use 512 buffer).
Of course as a modular you can easy take down every cpu or use presets which you can run dozens of.
Another example with oversampling off (1X at 44.1Khz and no extern FX) how nice timbres you can get with resonance and the saturation (remember which is polyphonic here) with just still simple presets (and sorry, some bleeps and bloops included). Even with slightly introduced aliasing it has a more musical feel.
Of course if you did not already i would try the 14 days demo (i guess it is still available).
And some variants i made from a Jupiter 8 PWM preset from the defaults. (settings might be not accurate enough).
And a while back when i played with the plate reverb module (as far as i remember a Lexicon white paper algo with some own ideas on top).
Some weird FM between OSCs.....
Some overdriven stuff...
Some ghostly synth voices...
https://soundcloud.com/user-790535032/p900-singing-osc
Sorry...enough spam :)
 
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Markus Kohlprath

Active Member
Thank you Cinebent, something is about this P900 that strikes a string within me. Can’t explain but it seems really very good. I never had this experience by just listening to demos of a synth. Will try the demo and I hope it works.
 

Mark Schmieder

Senior Member
TimewARP 2600. Too bad it requires a bit of occasional nursing to keep in working shape. I am hoping that G-Force or somebody will buy the rights so that it can be fully pulled into modern computer architectures and maintained more regularly.
 

JPQ

Senior Member
Too bad there's no windows version of the P900.
Indeed i hard know how repalce it i simply cannot stay mac side for single synth when sitable mac is way too pricey to me. i must check many mentioned synths i allready have U-heDiva but i want something what cn fill few gaps what i hear i mean i want something smoother. but not too smooth like Arturia stuff.
 

lsabina

New Member
In the top of my list, with no doubt!
V'got a pretty unique character.
Sounds huge.
Not exactly a simple one to tame though.
On the opposite side, this one is pretty simple to program and'v got quite a vibes.
https://www.psychicmodulation.com/phonec.html
Another one I'm always coming back to is ArcSynth.
One page UI and amazingly versatile.
A pleasure to program (for me at least).
https://www.spcplugins.com
A big thumbs up for Phonec! The Unfinished has some preset libraries available for it too.
 

TheUnfinished

Senior Member
Diva, RePro, Uno LX and Phonec 2 are (imho) the best synths out there for crafting truly analogue softsynth sounds. And I'd put RePro at the top of that tree - it just has "something" that makes it sound richer than the rest.

Also worth throwing those stalwarts Zebra and Omnisphere into the ring - they can do very decent analogue amongst the myriad of other lovely noises they specialise in.