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Old 20th January 2013
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What are the best VSTs for 2013?

Can you list the top 5-10 most popular, most technologically advanced, best sounding VST instruments for 2013?

Thank you so much!
Old 20th January 2013
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Do you mean 2012? We're only 19 days into 2013...
Old 20th January 2013
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d16 lush is a good new one.
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Originally Posted by shponglefan ➑️
Do you mean 2012? We're only 19 days into 2013...
Old 20th January 2013
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Originally Posted by shponglefan ➑️
Do you mean 2012? We're only 19 days into 2013...
How time flies!!! It feels like last year was only 3 weeks ago!
Old 20th January 2013
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Same one as last year; Reaktor...
Old 20th January 2013
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Maschine...period!
Massive
FM8
Deputy (free, 32/64 bit)
The Mouth (Reaktor)
Phoscyon

YMMV
Old 20th January 2013
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VST3 is the best VST for 2013. It's like, 125% better than VST2.4.
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VST3 ...It's like, 125% better than VST2.4.
Crap, that's almost as good as Analog (which is 130% better than VST 2)!
Old 20th January 2013
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The new Mackie emulation by UAD. Its awesome! Its soo good its not even listed on their offical product line up.
Old 20th January 2013
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Bump also curious!

Sent from my GT-I8160
Old 20th January 2013
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There was a thread here last May (among many others I'm sure) about favorite synth plugins. At some point in the thread the most mentioned ones were Diva, Omnisphere, Sylenth, Alchemy, and Massive.

MusicRadar had a reader poll a little over a year ago; the top 10 were Omnisphere, Zebra, Sylenth, Massive, Reaktor, Alchemy, ACE, Nexus, ImpOSCar, Absynth.

"Most popular", "most advanced", and "best sounding" don't necessarily overlap (though many of the above do show up in the intersection). Less popular but technically and sonically interesting recent softsynths include Chromaphone (physically modelled percussion), NI Razor (additive, hundreds of partials with a macro interface), NI Prism (hundreds of resonators with a macro interface). Aalto (semi modular with some Buchla inspiration) has gotten some good mentions.

If I take the 2013 literally, the best are Diva, Zebra, ACE, and Bazille -- U-He has recently published betas of new versions of all their stuff. Bazille is a virtual modular (akin to ACE) with the twist that the oscillators are FM operators (with phase distortion and "fractal resonance" as well) that's been in beta for years that might finally see an official release this year. Until then it's free, and well worth checking out.
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To me, the oddities of synthesis methods and the benefits of sample RAM/ROM are where plugins shine. Razor, Prizm, Aalto, Massive, Kontakt, Omnisphere, Trilian, String Studio etc are inspirational kit right there. For simpler methods like subtractive, I'd prefer a knobby box, (although if it sounds good to my ears I'm not an analogue snob).

Additive, granular, FM/PM, waveshaping, massive-library S&S... That's the true highlights of software synths. Big or downright weird soundscapes and sonic journeys, metallic, synthetic. Added to that the near-infinite modularity of effects chains... Lovely.
Old 20th January 2013
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Best for 2013, probably Zebra3 in q2
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Best for 2013, probably Zebra3 in q2
Sigh, I wouldn't count on that. Urs Heckman, Jan 15 2013:
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As of now I can't imagine Z3 shaping up this year (2013) anymore. The required work on the gui framework is massive, and that's before the actual design process. I'm not too scared of the dsp work, but the overall design of features and workflow is a frightening task.
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oh you

I meant what are the best NON-SYNTH VST instruments! I know nothing about synthesizing/DJing

Like guitars, keys, brass, drums, strings etc etc
Old 21st January 2013
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no but Aalto is a good one
also I'm quite fond of the PPG for the iPad
to add to the examples already mentioned

one thing: these are MUSICAL instruments, "best" is subjective
"sound good" is subjective
"technologically advanced" does not automatically equate into "a more capable instrument"
that's why I love music production heh
my 2 Β’
Old 21st January 2013
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Aalto
all of the XILS Labs stuff (XILS 3, PolyKBii, Synthix, Oxium)
SEM V

Those are my favorites anyway...
Old 21st January 2013
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KV331 Audio's Synthmaster 2.5

SynthMaster 2.5 Awarded 'The Best Software Instrument of 2012' by MusicRadar

Best Sounding, and very flexible VST Synth I purchased late last year.

According to the developer, it is going to be upgraded with lots of new features during 2013 !

So, it would be my recommended VST Synth to invest into for 2013

Cheers,
Muziksculp
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