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Choosing Your Software Synth

Q: There are now so many software synths that I have no idea where to start looking for the right one for my needs. Can you help?

A: The first step is to pick up the phone and call your Sweetwater Sales Engineer, who has the real-world knowledge and experience to help you select any product from the thousands we have in stock in our gigantic, state-of-the-art warehouse. They’ll be happy to help you find the right synth in your price range. Here are a few things to consider when shopping for a software synth:

First gather together the specs for your computer platform; there’s no need to consider Mac-only synths if you’re on Windows, and vice-versa! Plus, the specs may help eliminate some synths (or make you want to upgrade your computer!).

Shopping for a soft synth is similar to shopping for a hardware synth in many ways. Make a list of what’s important to you; the types of sounds (analog, digital, sampled, modeled acoustic sounds, leads, pads, basses, etc.), the types of music you’ll be playing, whether you need multiple sounds at once, whether you need drums, whether you want to incorporate loops or morphing, whether you want to use presets or “roll your own” sounds, and so on.

Then look at the available instruments that will work on your computer. Begin to narrow down the choices based on the capabilities and features you want, and finally, consider the price range you want to stay in.

There are indeed many soft synths available – the good news is that you can’t go too far wrong, as they all offer great sounds and features. By carefully examining your needs and wants, you should be able to narrow down your options.

Or, as mentioned above, simply call your Sales Engineer – he or she will be happy to assist with your search!

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