- 16 VSTis (synths & 2 drum sequencers) that I use more or less regularly (10 would be enough now that I know the tools better...)
- 10 M4L & Live Instruments I use often or sometimes (5 would be enough)
- 30+ VSTis that I never or hardly ever use
- 20+ M4L & Live Instruments I never use
(- 100+ VST effects, 40-50 of these I use regularly)
[edit: I have to add that some time ago I had hundreds of freeware VSTis, but I seriously cleaned up and reorganized my VST folders a few months ago... that was a good decision btw]
I used to have a collection of about 50 VST's, and it was already a psychological problem to me as I have always tried to have less and less as I have the feeling of being more efficient this way. I slowly tend to have this feeling : "I want that bass, ok, let's open that VST".
Know I can sum up my tracks to this :
Blue II (For FM) ,Monark (For Mono Analogue), Razor (For Digital), Iris (For Sample Based), Bazille (For Poly Analogue), Serum (For WTable and other cool stuff)
Tremor (For Drum Synth), Breaktweaker (For Drum Sample and other cool stuff)
Kinetic Metal, Exhale, Signal, Rev --> For a touch of originality.
And that's it, I sold the rest of it. The result is that I get more efficient now than I ever was because each plugin is there on a purpose.
In the end, I'm even looking forward to buy a SuperSynth such as Omnisphere II or UVI Falcon to reduce even more my choice to one "go to" platform (I tried Synthmaster before but that's how the GUI made me feel :shitstorm Btw if anyone has an advice to chose a SuperSynth, tell me
Here is a sample of the VST I sold : Twin 2, Absynth, FM8, Massive, Diva, Zebra, Prism, Kontour, Rounds, Predator, Circle, ANA, DCAM Synth Squad, Spark, Rise & Hit, Turnado, Effectrix, Geist, Battery 4, RP Punch, RC 48, etc...
That's the best advice for productivity & creativity that I can give : chose your weapon wisely, it's useless to have thousand of weapons on you when this procrastination asshole comes if you don't know which one to use.
@[Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register] : I think it's solid advice, but I also agree a little bit with Nystagmus: it's nice to see a good old friend (i.e. some freeware plug you spent a lot of time with, Synth1, Rez or whatever, or a "little" payware synth like Vanguard) again from time to time
I am thinking about selling some synths and effects, too (I don't have nearly as many as Opium listed, just a few), but I'm still not sure about that.
Originally Posted by Opium
Btw if anyone has an advice to chose a SuperSynth, tell me
I really like SynthMaster, but the interface, well... I can tolerate it, at least there are a few versions with different colors, but all of those do not look very attractive, to be honest It is a very good synth at a crazy good price and they even have an academic discount and additional sales, but if it's not a budget question, I think I would go with Falcon - it seems to be even more flexible and it has a much nicer interface with better visual feedback. Seems awesome to me from what I have seen, but I can't rationalize paying for it (I think with all SynthMaster discounts and sales Falcon is about 10x the price of SynthMaster?) since I don't really need it...
I knew this thread was costing me money. So, now I added Blue II as well. Always liked Tob Papen's stuff.
I am kind of with lolirl on this... use as many as you need. No more, no less. I am definitely at the stage where it is more than can use. Many came with bundles such as Komplete and Arturia's V collection.
As of recent my go to synths that I use all the time are:
Omnisphere 2, Diva, Serum, Razor, Massive
Frequently used: Monark, Abl2, ReDominator
Effect modules I have more than I can count.
Go to plug ins: all of FabFilter (incl. Saturn, Timeless, Volcano) and Ozone7, Ubermod, Trash2, Ohmicide, Echobode, Valhalla reverb, Molekular, The Finger, Turnado, Glitch 2, U-he Satin, fXpansion Etch, zplane Elastique, LFOtool, MIDIshaper
Techno starts with a capital 'T', as in TB-303 and TR-808.
I honestly use probably 50% hardware and 40 % native live suite sounds man it make my life easier but I still have about half a dozen vstis and out of those maybe only 3 that I use often and 2 never at all!
well the vst scan in sonar says 191.but i never use half of them.well....sorta.
i still use my oldschool synths like the wavestation and M1,sampletank is a favorite,as well as vangaurd.
my go to's are rob papen stuff-blue2,predator,blade etc.lately i have been digging diversion,and largo.
been using gladiator quite a bit now that i know how to diddle it.
I'm happy with Reaktor as my only plugin. First thing I did once I got used to how Reaktor works was delete the factory library so I could branch out into my own spots a bit easier. I have a few OCD problems so sometimes my patch collection will wind up something like: 4 distortions, 4 reverbs, 4 synths etc.
something like 500, of which i probably only regularly use like 20. the only reason i don't clean all this mess up is that i'm too lazy to do it (and sometimes i stumble upon the occasional forgotten gems in this list, some weird and mostly unknown free synths/fx i've collected during these years).
it's not necessarily a bad thing to have a crapload of vsts, as long as it doesn't become a burden to you or makes you less productive. use whatever works best for you and your creativity