[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.
Sorry, your post is too low on information to be of any use.
You say you have been "learning sound design for a few months" yet you sound as if you feel you have exhausted the possibilities of three very fine instruments.
I would suggest you work harder, listen more and always remember the saying "A poor workman blames his tools."
Maybe the first part of my question didnt get through. The question was: should I feel like an incompetent person for thinking Subtractor in Reason sounds like shit? Is it merely my fault that I cant get decent soinds out of it?Ott responded on 12/31/2013 Next question
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?
[continuing on another question]