In another thread, I coined the term “CPU-Hogitis” to explain why I had unearthed my old hardware synths recently, for more layering options.
However, that mention fails to do justice to the AMAZING number of synths that can be loaded and ACTUALLY BE USED at the same time when using Cantabile! MOST VSTi’s and VST effects are NOT CPU hogs!
So, I thought I’d start a little thread where people could mention their favorite low-CPU instruments and effects, which might be useful for “layering freaks” like myself!
Off the top of my head, here’s a few I use:
Any of the Korg Legacy Collection synths. Wavestation, MS-20, M1, Mono/Poly, PolySix. Amazing bang for the buck especially from M1 and Wavestation! (Each one or entire collection goes on 1/2 price sale periodically.)
Linplug’s Morphox and CRX4 (also Octopus and Alpha3 for their older stuff). Spectral - no way - serious CPU-Hog! (But amazing!) (All on sale now due to them ceasing operations.)
Xils-Labs’ Oxium. (Just got Xils-4 and haven’t been able to evaluate it deeply yet. PolyKB III is a bit demanding, but still fairly lean.)
Native Instruments “The Grandeur” piano has been pretty lean. In fact, many of the Kontakt instruments have been pretty efficient. Not familiar enough with the rest of the Komplete 11 collection yet to say anything.
AIR’s Velvet 2, Vacuum Pro, Loom (amazing additive synth), Xpand!2, and Hybrid 3 are all very lean machines.
That’s just a selection to get the topic rolling!