Six of the best do-it-all powersynths
Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2 | £339
A firm favourite for producers and composers, this synthesis juggernaut supplies tons of synthesis types: VA, wavetable, granular, and much more.
Apple Alchemy |
The star of last issue’s Toolkit on granular synths, the ex-Camel Audio synth-and-sample-mangler can also be used for spectral, additive, formant and VA synthesis.
Vengeance-Sound VPS Avenger | £175
Up to eight oscillators (all synthesis types, sample import and even multisamples available), a drum sequencer(!), and beyond.
Steinberg HALion 6 | £300
No longer just a sampler, this now offers multiple synthesis types, plus features for building standalone instruments – including GUI components – entirely from scratch.
UVI Falcon | €349
A semimodular beast of a hybrid that can perform multiple sampling and synthesis types side-by-side. You can even make your own instrument designs with LUA scripting.
Parawave Audio Rapid | €180
While you can’t import your own samples, each of Rapid’s eight layers can house three oscillators (multisamples, wavetable, VA, etc) with up to eight-voice unison.