The VST market is pretty saturated, with classic emulations in the V-collection to mixes of classic’s in Diva for example. I am wondering what hardware synths have yet to be emulated in a VST solution. I know Analog synths have a leg up here; but is the difference really that noticeable to the untrained ear?
Why I find this topic interesting: Knobs rock and hardware inspires more so than VST’s for me (and most). But after having a DX7iiFD for a while I discovered using it mostly as a VST; loading presets from Dexed without knowing what it actually adds to the sound. I’m not tweaking it, way too complex. I could probably replace it with dexed without really changing my workflow. The space it uses would be better used by a tweakable synth without VST alternative IMO.
There are tons of options that don’t have a VST alternative. With the DX7, I get it. It’s not a very hands on synth, so a VST can replace it very well. But for analog/modular/semi-modular stuff, you have a zillion options.
Could you be more specific? Do you want another FM polysynth?
The only thing it has to have is playability / tweakability. Something that invited me to make my own sounds and edit patches. And one that is hard to replace with a VST.
Ideally a keybed; a large one. I can’t play keys but I do like to press around.
I would give a try to something like an 0-Coast or Strega, or any other little semi-modular analog synth. They are a ton of fun and you cannot have that experience with a VST. It feels like you are messing with radio circuits, not ‘making music’ (Which is what synths really were to begin with).