I am beginning development of a fully-featured library of various synth sounds. One thing I have noticed over the last few years is that you can easily lose inspiration looking around for a particular synth sound. Too many softsynths have cryptically named presets or unusable ones - and unless you're writing purely electronic music, it's usually not too much fun to program your own patches from scratch. I've experienced this frustration quite a bit myself, especially when I'm in the middle of a piece and feeling very inspired, but I can't find "that sound" among thousands of uselses patches. Thus I am going to try to create a very useful, high-quality selection of synth sounds.
I would like to ask what you would like to see in such a library, and I would love to hear suggestions for it. So far, here is what I am aiming for:
* Wide variety of electronic sounds created with all types of synthesis techniques (subtractive, AM, FM, granular, graintable, wavetable, physical modelling, resynthesis, etc) using a variety of tools and effects.
* All sounds intelligently categorized into folders and given straightforward names indicating the type of sound (to the best of my ability). If you're looking for a psychadelic soft pad sound to add a layer of ambiance to a new age work, you can go to the "Pads" folder and check out patches such as "Swirl Tunnel" or "Phasing Vision". Or, if you're looking for
* All sounds chromatically sampled, including multisamples (depending on the patch). All patches also come with versions that are not chromatically sampled, if RAM is a concern (though even the larger patches will be quite small). For the larger patches, I may include a total of three versions - the full one, a version sampled at minor thirds, and a version sampled at perfect fifths without multisamples.
* No wet samples. All patches will be designed with maximum usability in mind, and sometimes, that means not having delay or reverb.
* Careful attention will be paid to proper loop points, but longer samples will be used when needed, such as for complex pads or unstable basses.
* A low price and numerous options! I do not want to charge more than $200 for this, even though there will likely be at least 6-7gb of content and hundreds of samples. I would like to offer it in as many formats as possible, though currently I am working with Kontakt. Also, a scaled down version with only the "light" patches for people concerned about disk space, will hopefully be available as well for a decreased price.
Thank you very much in advance for your time. Any feedback is appreciated!