On Saturday 01 December 2007, lanas wrote:
Theoretically, there shouldn't really be a reason for softsynths to be
inferior in any way at all these days. If the same algorithms are
used - and that's well within reach with current CPUs - the results
Obviously, you need to use a serious sound card to do any softsynth
justice. Actually, you'd probably have an edge over most hardware
synths if you use a really good 24/96 sound card.
So, why do hardware synths still tend to sound better? (*If* they do,
that is. I'm out of the loop, so I just don't know what the best of
the respective worlds sounds like at the moment.)
I believe it comes down to tweaking and polishing. Hardware synths are
expensive beasts, and all you get is one instance with limited
polyphony. They *have* to sound better, or be vastly superior in some
other way, or no one is going to pay that kind of money.
There shouldn't be a problem getting at least as good sound out of a
softsynth, provided someone actually takes the time to tune the DSP
to perfection and program a set of really good sounds. I'm not sure
that is ever going to happen for Free/Open Source synths - but then
again, it just might if/when the community reaches that particular
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