I have two questions.
1)Is it just me or do modular software synths have a richer(for want of a better adjective) sound? I have been gearing up to do some recording auditioning various synths mostly VSTs. I am especially interested in FM synthesis, and it just seems that if I implement similar circuits in VCV rack( or Cherry audio nucleus), for example using the Dexter plugin as compared to the Dexed VST, that the modular circuit sound fuller. I have tried a number of synths. Exact is another FM-synth, just doesn’t sound as full.
- If so why? I have a couple of hypothesis here. Maybe VST circuits are designed more for keyboard polysynth harmonies, eg they want to emulate strings and pianos and form traditional chords. However, I feel like for example Dexter or multi-oscilator configurations in cherry audio have the same basic circuits. So, my other hypothesis is that the VSTs are actually only simulating FM-synthesis, and approximating it with wavetables. I think some VST synths this is highly likely to be the case, as Exact pretty much draws the wave design. Maybe it has a FM synth algorithm to figure out the basic wave pattern(s), but then it populates the wave table with that. The other hypothesis, is that the Modular software has to be much more precise to accommodate more types of synthesis so used 64bit floating point algorithms, resulting in a better sound, though tends to consume large amounts of CPU.