The guitar analogy mentioned above is a good comparison to analog synths imo. I´m a guitar player, and there is indeed a constant search for the perfect tone among us. Plug an electric guitar straight into a valve amp; At low settings it gives you clean and gentle tones, crank it up and you have a crounchy blues tone, turn on the high gain stage and you have an even heavier distorted tone. Then add effects. Tremolo, phaser, flanger, chorus, delay, reverb etc etc. It´s one instrument, but the sonic possibilities are immense. It´s the same with analog synths. Even if the sonic palette of a typical analog monosynth is rather limited, there is so much stuff to add to it. Some distortion will add new timbres, a chorus can fill out certain frequencies. So my point? That there is potential gold in the subtile characters of each "boring" waveform of old analogs. I appreciate it when it´s emphasised on a good "tone" in goa trance.
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