Analog Synths vs Virtual Synths

analog synths vs virtual synths

analog synths vs virtual synths

Everybody knows that real synths are much older than the virtual ones, old as the well known Kraftwerk.

The first analog synth was invented in 1976 by Elisha Gray.

Can the virtual synths produce the same quality of sound and give the same possibilities as the analog ones?

It seems that they can. And if this is true, then certainly the software programs represent a better alternative for those that do not posses the hardware.

Even if this may seem impossible, most of the best songs we hear nowadays are made with VSTs like reFX Nexus2, Sylenth1, Massive, Cakewalk Z3ta+, and many many more.

If romanian dance music uses excessively Nexus 2 presets, the underground artists use Massive and Harmor for dubstep, so why won’t the virtual synths convince you aswell?

Will the virtual instruments replace the real ones in the future?

Technology keeps progressing exponentially, and every day that passes it becomes harder to keep up.

We can’t know, but the future of music is pretty much unpredictable.

Another important characteristic of VSTs is accesibility.You don’t need thousand of cables or jacks to use them.

You only need to buy them online, and for example FL Studio is very easy to install. Of course they have their disadvantages.

For example you can not use them for a live presentation, but a virtual VST doesn’t wear out compared to an analogue one, the only thing that matters is for the VST to not get removed from the computer. 

It’s proven that the most efficient way to make music is to combine both hardware and software I’ve read this on many forums and sites.

It’s a hybrid method. In many studios this method is still being used.

You can’t make music without hardware. You need something analogue.

Most Virtual Synths surpass our imagination!

20 years ago nobody would have ever thought that virtual synths would get to such a level, especially with some being very complex, with tons of buttons and fades which allow you to shape the sounds however you want, to modify even the barely noticeable details of it.

There are many synths on the internet, and if you keep searching you will most likely find a lot of free ones, and a lot of VSTs that you have to pay for, but most of them have 2 big inconvenients:

1. They are hard to master or a poor, un organized interface.

2. The final sound is very simple, which can be made by any VST, so they aren’t special at all.

The same old sound that can be replicated with instruments from the 80s.

There are many sites like VST Caffe or Plugin Botique, etc which give VSTs for free, so they don’t have anything special.

I’m the adept of quality, not quantity.

I believe it is better to have just one plug-in that allows you to do almost anything than to have a douzen which are useless. 

One thing is for sure: if you want a good VST you might need to pay for it, (this if you can’t find it cracked on the internet).

Basically not many of the freeware VSTs will prove themselves useful, and almost every time one that you have to pay for will prove to be better.

Nowadays, for a music addict, which doesn’t have much money, a virtual instrument is the best alternative.


Because analog synths are very expensive, if you want something hardware you have to pay a lot.

This is one of the biggest +es of the VST technology.

You want a cheap synth?

Most likely you won’t get what you were hoping for,because the synths quality will be as high as how much you did pay for it (very low).

Real instruments create a special atmosphere!

Of course if you go to a club or something to make a live presentation you will need something analogue.

You can’t play at the computer keyboard.

The thing is that nothing can replace an analogue synth.

You just feel the sound more alive and captivating.

It’s great to be there, to feel each vibration and tremolo of the sound as it passes throw you.

To work with something real is by far much more interesting. 

On the other hand, working with an VST is not as stimulating.

In fact this is a big disadvantage of virtual synths. The fact that they are… virtual!

Even though they are becoming more and more complex and give you more possibilities, they still dont give you that authentic ambient.

Live music is special.

You can’t compare it to recorded music.

This is something that most people have said, after truly feeling the music.

I wanted to be fair, to give both advantages and disadvantages.

I can’t tell you right now which one I do prefer more.

There are many music lovers that prefer them both.

Still I’m curious what’s your opinion and what did you try untill now?

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