|Originally posted by Looney4Clooney |
THe idea of a master synth is kinda stupid.
Right, and that's where the Virus gets most of its flack from me. Not sure if this is Access' intention, but lots of people take that idea to heart. It's like the Bud Light of synthesizers. Bland and unsatisfying.
|How did you get so good at programming/playing synths?|
Many years of dicking around. I think what helped start me off was finding a synth that was really easy to program, like the Nord Lead series. A simple VSTi like V-Station would also help, but it sounds like shit.
|When you say the virus is a bit of a jack of all trades but master at none what do you mean? i find that its good at quite a wide range of sounds pads/leads basses etc or do you mean in the sense that it tries to have too many features eg FM, wavetable/granular/analog filter etc?|
The virus is an amazing instrument and can certainly headline a track, and it has headlined probably thousands of tracks. It sounds great, fits in a mix amazingly well, and in many ways is this generation's MiniMoog -- meaning it's "that" synth sound. Now, whether or not this fact bugs you is all about perspective. Don't let me fool you, I spend much more time on instruments than I do making actual music.
But, yeah, the FM sucks, the envelopes suck, the filter is bland, the OSCs are thin, and it's an overused preset machine. I've heard the Virus on so many shitty pop/hip hop songs I want to vomit.
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Nord Lead 3,
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