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Old 11-07-2012, 04:33 PM   #1
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Looking for a versatile synth VST

I'm no keyboard player but I'm looking for a plugin or set of plugins that I could use to emulate some generic and useful keys sounds. Mostly for textural purposes to fill out a mix, but occasional leads too. Here's everything I'm looking for:

- Acoustic grand/upright piano. Just for textures and part of an ensemble.
- Hammond B3
- Fender Rhodes
- Mellotron
- Joe Zawinul type leads and pads

I don't really know the names of a lot of other sounds I want... So I'm going to give a bizarre reference.

Any sound you can hear in the track, I want to be able to get close too!

I'm willing to spend some cash on this, I can't afford an amazing Eastwest pack sadly. On most high end keyboards you can find all this stuff, I don't how easy they are to get as software.

ALSO, I'm going to need a good compressor and graphic EQ plugin. I figure there maybe some good ones around for free as it's such an essential thing. I'm using Reaper so of course there are things built in, but I'm not sure how good they are and if I'd be able to get good results with them?

Thanks! Still learning, many questions...

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Old 11-07-2012, 06:00 PM   #2
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You could get these sounds from the default plug-ins in both Logic Pro (EVP88, Sculpture, ES1, ES2) and Pro Tools (Xpand2).

An expensive but more than worth it VST is Omnisphere:

It can do pretty much do everything you specified with amazing sounds.
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Old 11-07-2012, 06:40 PM   #3
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I second Omnisphere if you can afford it. It is expensive but it is so worth it. I've been using it for a few years now and I am still finding new interesting sounds every time I load it up.

For piano sounds, I really like Native Instruments Akoustik Piano.

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Old 11-08-2012, 02:11 AM   #4
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Man that looks amazing, but I just can't afford it right now. Is there anything similar but cheaper?
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:32 AM   #5
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Maybe get something like DSK SF2 and some good soundfonts?
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