So, I have an RD2000 and FA07 for keyboards. There both great at what they do - but for synth stuff..... The FA is capable enough, but modulation is limited (two LFOs max, no mod envelope, and can only assign to filter, vca or pitch), lacks more than basic real time control, and only allows one FX per patch.
So the answer is a dedicated desktop synth module (no space for anything else with keys - so not another board. Shame as there are a few not available in module format Id consider).
So - Im after lush evolving pads (not basic 80s pads - the FA does that really well), both evolving automatically (so needs a decent Mod matrix and controllers) and with manual control (lots of knobs/sliders). I also want it to do more stabby, arpegiated stuff - preferably with programmable arp patterns. Needs to be Polly though (for the pads) which rules out a lot.
Everything Ive looked at is decent, but limited in some way, so its whats best to fit the bill.
1. Deep Mind. Looks great for the cash. Shame Osc 1 is simple square wave, and no mixer (all or nothing on Osc 1). If it had 2 complete Oscillators and a mixer it would probably be the one (especially at the price).
2. Rev 2 (8 voice). Cant really afford/justify the 16. Great build, good mod matrix and 2 proper oscillators. Not sure its particularly good at the stabbing stuff, and no idea if the arp is programmable (think it has a step sequencer though which is just as good if not better).
3. Peak. Really comprehensive if a little more modern sounding - BUT only 2 Mod sources. Thats a deal breaker if Im reading it right.
4. Virus Ti2. Most expensive, and least real time control from what I can see. Worth considering a used one though I guess.
5. Possibly an old, used Nord Rack (2 or 3) if I can find one - but honestly no idea how this stacks up to the others.
So - anyone shed light on which might best suit my application - or suggest something Ive overlooked.