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This is the only software synth I truly love because its not emulating ANYTHING. Oh the amazing sounds I've learned to dial up with this monster. The filters are otherworldly, the wavetable abilities are beyond imagining (or they were in the 90s) and she, well, umm, just WOW man. It took me a sleepless week to be able to start with a blank canvas and create cool sounds and another month to imagine a sound and figure out how to make it happen in Absynth, but hell if it wasn't worth overcoming the learning curve. You can wrap your head around this monster if you really understand how to program patches from scratch on a dx7 or an esq1.
Look, this synth is basically a ROMpler for people who don't have a professional studio recording background and thoroughly understand synthesis, general audio electronics and acoustics. If you can't program an FM synth, adjust an EMT plate (delay and gate that plate in time with your groove too), route surround through an SSLG or a million other tasks that require knowledge and attention to detail? DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME. Absynth is not for you. Even if you managed to learn it passably well you will not like it.
PS: the manual and online literature is utterly worthless because huge chunks of this synth's feature set are indescribable via technical jargon and have to be experienced to be properly learned. But, as I said, If you have a really well-rounded music electronics background you will "get it" in no time and start making really ethereal (or nasty) sounds rich with harmonic info that will sound to many ears like samples you made while sneaking around a DARPA facility!
Super impressed by this synth. I've recently purchased this over a week ago and have noticed such possibilities that come with this synth. You can morph additive synth oscillators with FM synthesis oscillators while ingeniously controlling every parameter of each waveform. Not to mention the waveshapers, filters, effects, granulization, and resampling that you can ALSO morph into your synths together. This thing is a mind fuck. And I am loving every bit of it!! Definitely worth the 200$, though I got it on sale for 100$ :) Cheers NI!