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Absynth? Good buy or no?

Luke Tripp
permalink   Tue, Feb 6, 2007 @ 1:02 PM

Well I’m looking for a program/plugin that can give me a wide range different ambient synths and distortions. I’ve tried the demo of Absynth and it worked pretty well.

This is a similar sound I’m shooting for.

I know shockshadow used Absynth in Phoenix. Just wondering what everyone else’s thoughts are on it? Is Absynth what I’m wanting? Does anyone have any other suggestions or recommendations on a similar plugin?

- Luke
permalink   Wed, Feb 28, 2007 @ 10:07 AM
Have you tried Synth1?

It is a very powerful, VSTi and DXi compatible synth, yet it causes only minimal CPU load. My desktop is an ADM 1566 MHz processor with 1 Gb of memory, and I’ve succesfully run more than 10 instances of Synth1, with multiple automations, in Sonar 2.2, under Windows XP.

It is very flexible and easy to learn just by studying the presets. It has two LFO’s, resonance filter and a saturation effect for great distorted sounds. It also has built-in delay and arpeggiator.

I use it all the time, e.g. in my version of “Ophelia’s Song” almost all the instruments are done with synth1. (The drums are samples and the strings might be a soundfont, but I’m not sure.)

As Synth1 is free, it’s worth trying.
permalink   Luke Tripp Wed, Feb 28, 2007 @ 12:05 PM
Very cool program, definitely holding onto it. And it’s free! Thanks!

Is there any way to get it to effect my samples? Or is it just for creating synths? Either way, great program. Thanks again!
permalink   Aamu Thu, Mar 1, 2007 @ 3:13 PM
Quote: Luke TrippIs there any way to get it to effect my samples? Or is it just for creating synths? Either way, great program. Thanks again!

You’re welcome, I love to spread free software.

You cannot use it with samples, it’s just a synth modeler. If you want to use samples as ambient synth sources, you could e.g use a chain of Sfz + Classic Auto-filter + Classic Reverb + Classic Delay. That kind of combination is definately not so lighweight as synth1 is, but that is a good choise when you really want to use samples, but tweak it to sound like an analogue synth. (Having the reverb before delay adds some thickness to the sound, although many people would prefer a different order for the chain, and you should experiment with the effect chain to find the best sound for the song.)

A heavy reverb is very useful with synth1, too. When glide is on and the sound is distorted, nice harmonics can be created when sliding from note to note.

You really should loot KVR audio, it’s loaded with free instruments and effects, and that’s where I originally found the synth1.
permalink   Luke Tripp Thu, Mar 1, 2007 @ 4:17 PM
Awesome! Thanks!
permalink   gurdonark Thu, Mar 1, 2007 @ 10:28 PM
for a novel way to morph your wave samples for free, you might try the sample slicer called Slicer, available free from the wonderful

It’s got the easiest and best graphical user interface of anything I’ve used.