This great sounding FM synth was used by Skrillex. FM8 is probably not a synth for beginners, as it takes a while to get your head around FM synthesis. Nevertheless it’s still a great synth used by plenty of pros.
+ Great presets
+ Ability to morph patches
+ Great arpeggiator
– No “sample import” option
– FM synthesis isn’t easy (probably not a synth for beginners)
Kontakt is a sampler used a lot in film score compositions. It has a lot of high quality libraries which allow give you access to realistic sounding instruments. It has a free version called Kontakt Player. As for free libraries we made a list some time ago with 10 of our favourites.
+ A lot of professional sample libraries
+ A great factory library
+ Plenty of free sample libraries
– Some libraries are huge (Hans Zimmer piano is 450gb)
– Every library is a separate purchase and they’re expensive
– RAM & CPU heavy
Omnisphere is probably the biggest ROMpler – with over 50gb of sample libraries it gives you access to incredible instruments. You’ll find here everything, starting from classic pianos and ending on the most bizarre sounds. Now Omnisphere is also a wavetable synthesizer which allows you to import sounds and transform them into synth patches.
+ Incredible patches & instruments
+ Ability to load up your own sounds
+ Wavetable synthesis in the new version
– Very big (50gb+)
– Some presets are way too loud
– External sample editor necessary to loop samples you want to import
Massive is probably the synth that built dubstep, but its useful for much more than that. Its biggest attribute is the sound which is, as the name suggests, massive. Strong wavetables are here supported by very good effects.
+ Very good built-in wavetables
+ Incredible preset packs
+ Great chorus effect
– Can be confusing to beginners
– No compression effect
Serum, with its incredible potential of loading up sounds and transforming them into wavetables, combined with easy to use and awesome-looking UI, is clearly the most popular soft synth today.
+ Powerful wavetable synthesis
+ Very visual, relatively easy to learn
+ Plenty of very good effects
– Kinda CPU heavy
– Brighter sound than most synths
– Weak built-in presets
Now go out there and make some god damn good music and hit us up with your best songs!!