Let me try to give some background on myself.
I am a long time Cubase user (since SX1) but 95% of my recording experience revolves around recording ‘analog’ music… meaning instruments you put a mic in front of. I of course use a DI a lot but not a ton of MIDI usage over the years. My MIDI experience is mostly limited to Piano VSTi’s and the occasional Synth mostly just using presets as all the controls on the synths are a bit over my head at the moment (I am working on that though). I have a decent MIDI controller (Novation SL61) so I do have the option of some hands on control. I have been starting to learn how to custom map synth controls to the Novation.
With that being said, I am not looking to write/ record ‘electronic’ music (EDM, House, Hip Hop, etc). I guess I would say I am trying to expand my palette to more ‘modern rock’. Bands like The Killers, Imagine Dragons, Bon Iver, etc. along with more atmospheric music like Explosions In The Sky and Sigur Ros as well as some Pop music like Ed Sheeran. There are also some Americana bands that have an ‘electronic’ flavor. I guess a combination of ‘analog’ music with ‘electronic’ elements. These would be more of what I am doing as well as genres of clients I work with.
With that being said, I have a few questions.
- What do you think about the Synths that come with Cubase Pro? Any good compared to a comparable 3rd party? I would assume that as good as the best out there but do you feel they are pretty usable/ believable in a mix?
- Of the included Synths, what does each do/ emulate/ excel at and which do you use most?
- I would love some suggestions of some 3rd party Synths/ samplers to start with given the styles of music I am shooting for. ‘Great for the price’ is always nice but I don’t mind spending a little more if it is some thing great. Sub $200. I don’t need the absolute greatest thing on the market but don’t necessarily want to cheap out on it.
- I would also be interested in some solid string sounds but again, nothing crazy expensive or requires the absolute best system to run. Just strings to add a nice texture here and there but not too cheesy sounding.
- I do not need any ‘real’ drum/ percussion sounds at the moment but if any of the synths/ samplers can do some experimental/ crazy/ electronic type of percussion elements, that would be cool but definitely not a priority.
Like I said, I am just getting my feet wet so I am looking for any direction I can get. Any info from the ‘experts’ would be very appreciated!