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In a world where we seem to be going hardware synth mad, do we need another dance-based subtractive soft synth? Andy Jones plugs in to Carbon Electra…

The world has gone, it must be said, a little hardware nuts. While at one time we all thought that everything studio-wise was heading into our laptops, we now find that there is a huge and somewhat unexplained appetite for hardware. It’s almost as if people don’t realise that you can do music production pretty well all on a laptop. Or that they do realise it and, well, they simply don’t want to. Or there’s the theory that is growing in popularity that music production has simply become more of a hobby that looks amazing; the cool aesthetic of the environment being as important as the process and end result (and in some cases, a little more so…).

Whatever the reason, hardware is most definitely back, especially hardware synths. So you’d have to have a pretty good story to launch a soft synth now. Yet with VirtualCZ, Plugin Boutique had just that when I reviewed it a few months back: a great emulation of a classic synth series that few had attempted. But do we really need another soft synth with an analogue bent and a subtractive heart? And do we need another synth – hard or soft – with dance music as its focus?

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