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best softsynths for filmmusic? #3016531 11/18/19 09:12 AM
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what are your weapons of choice "softsynthwise" when it comes to producing trippy spacey soundtracks for movies?
like scifi soundcapes, horrormovie-strings, mysterymoviechords...


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Re: best softsynths for filmmusic? [Re: dr walker] #3016539 11/18/19 01:09 PM
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one of my fav softsynths is iris2.
i pimp the sound with the ninja tune zendelay and then it sounds huge and lovely warm and trippy.

here some videos from YT....





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Re: best softsynths for filmmusic? [Re: dr walker] #3016577 11/18/19 05:20 PM
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As long as it sounds good, the software doesn’t have to be expensive or flashy. Perhaps the best example of this is Zebra by u-he. Hans Zimmer used it for much of the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy. Admittedly, he did ask for some extra filter features that aren’t in the regular software, but in my experience that’s a relatively small difference from the one you can buy easily. I’m not sure if the Dark Zebra version is still available, but it was for a while.


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Re: best softsynths for filmmusic? [Re: dr walker] #3016645 11/18/19 10:05 PM
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I think iris2 is underrated! If you have the time to create your own sounds, a modular synth like Voltage is pretty cool. For canned sounds, it's hard to beat Omnisphere. But I also like to combine things, like sample a synthesizer and mess up the sound with DSP - very satisfying smile

Re: best softsynths for filmmusic? [Re: dr walker] #3016648 11/18/19 10:28 PM
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native instruments "straylight" is killer for soundtracks.
again: filtered thru some modulars will add some unique magic.

here some videos from yt (unfiltered):




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Re: best softsynths for filmmusic? [Re: Anderton] #3018168 12/02/19 08:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Anderton
I think iris2 is underrated!

Agree, with the caveat that it's a sledgehammer on CPU load. I love it, but use it very sparingly because it brings my old quad core i7 to its knees.


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Re: best softsynths for filmmusic? [Re: dr walker] #3018275 12/03/19 05:39 PM
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The original sound can be anything. I have fun stuff from Arturia, NI and SampleTank. A search for "best free plugins" will always bring up something fun. Craig A turned me on to Pianoverb, I have dabbled but there is a treasure of coolness just in that one plugin.

Give me a sound and I will make something out of it. I may enhance it or I may create something unrecognizable - I made a cool shaker out of a kick drum from Studio Drummer once but that's simple.

Make a track, copy it, paste in multiple instances in separate tracks. Pitch shift, reverse, modulate, reverb, delay, EQ, distort.

Automate your tracks and create an ever-shifting piece that the supports the build of tension and release.
19 cents flat on one side and 17 cents sharp on the other with thte original in the center will make anything huge and ethereal. Yes, I like prime numbers. No, I don't know why!!! :- D


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Re: best softsynths for filmmusic? [Re: dr walker] #3018426 12/04/19 05:55 PM
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