Should I feel like an incompetent piece of crap for thinking that Reason's synths, namely the Subtractor, sound like crap?
heres the deal. the resonance in the Subtractor sounds stupid. It is NOT the 'juicy filter' people look for in a virtual analog or analog synth. I am in the process of learning sound design and synths, have done that for a few months and I can tell that I do not like the sound of the subtractor and that every time I use it I feel guilty I havent used another softsynth to me available. I am ready to accept that this is solely up to my incompetence, though.
The Malstrom is indeed interesting, good for pads and evolving textures or anything else. But lets say its a quick, rough version of Absynth. I would prefer Malstrom only for the sake of speed. As for sound design, Absynth is superior. Incompetence or legitimate opinion?
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You shouldn't feel like a piece of crap for any reason. All this talk of 'incompetence' and 'feeling guilty' has nothing to do with the design of a synth's filter. Deal with this before you waste any more time with Reason.
You said: "...the resonance in the Subtractor sounds stupid. It is NOT the 'juicy filter' people look for in a virtual analog or analog synth"
Nonsense. How do you know what 'people' look for in a synth? It's just not to your taste. Accept that and move on.
You said: "...Maelstrom [...] it's a quick, rough version of Absynth."
No it isn't.
Maelstrom and Absynth are completely different in design. Comparing the two is missing the point.
You prefer Absynth? Use Absynth.
Sorry if I sound impatient. Sometimes I read stuff which reminds me of myself when I was younger.
[continued] I realize softsynths like Alchemy and Omnisphere give much better soinding results with less effort, out of the box. But THAT is my sound design challenge: I want to get decent sounds out of Reason alone. But I havent won yet.
The Thor does give much in terms of possibilities, being semi modular and that; the quality of sound is not necessarely high but DECENT, so Thor is my friend. My main problem was with the basic Subtractor, I want to get some good sounds out of it too, but to my ears it tends to give me extremely cold retro synth sounds WITHOUT the warmth of a retro analogue synth. Doesnt help that the effects in Reason sound like crap too to me. A Scream device set on Tape does add some warmth. I am beginning to feel that Subtractor IS che "cold synth" and should accept it as such. As for malstrom, I hate its too recognizable oscillators, with modulation I can get something interesting but not HIGH QUALITY.
A single sawtooth in omnisphere sounds better to me.
Always loved your music since the start!
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