Anderton Posted June 25, 2001 Share Posted June 25, 2001 I received an interesting email from someone who took exception to my comments in a Keyboard column that some people feel hardware synths have more presence than software plug-ins. His argument wasn't with that statement, but that I didn't go far enough in saying that many plug-in instruments have horrible specs -- bad high frequency response, distortion, aliasing, etc. My response is that an instrument is what it is. I have a Korg Mono/Poly analog synth I wouldn't trade for anything, but it has terrible intermodulation distortion of some kind in the upper octaves. Or, take the aliasing in the PPG wave...when Waldorf eliminated this in a next generation of synthesizers, people complained, so they put in a switch allowing the creation of aliased sounds. Sometimes it is precisely the limitations of an instrument that give it character. A guitar going through an amp is no poster boy for hi-fi: you have lots of distortion, a frequency response curve that looks like the Alps, intermodulation problems, and the like. Yet how well a digital box reproduces these imperfections is considered the guideline by which the digital box should be judged. So whaddya think? Do you care about fidelity problems with plug-ins? Have you noticed these problems? Will you only use hardware because it sounds better? DOES hardware sound better? Your thoughts, please... Craig Anderton Educational site: http://www.craiganderton.org Music: http://www.youtube.com/thecraiganderton Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/craig_anderton Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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