I've been having a conversation with Sayer in email, lately. I found his site while looking for shots of stuios (gear porn, anyone?), and he had a fascinating story to go with his pictures, so I emailed him to thank him for posting it. It's definitely entertaining, I recommend it.
Anyway, we got to talking, and he mentioned that he'd found a deal at Noa Musik (gone now) where you could buy NI's "Synths" package for the price of a single synth. This includes Massive, FM8, Absynth, and Pro-53. ...Obviously, this was way too valuable to pass up, so I bought one.
Honestly, I bought this for Massive. Since the reviews I wrote (back a few posts), I've done many, many hours of research on probably a hundred different synths, and Massive keeps coming up in the top three. A few days before, I had decided that Massive and Surge overlapped too much to bother with both, so I was going to get Surge, since I liked the interface a little better, and it seemed to nail the classic synth sounds a little better.
...But getting FM8 for free was a deal-breaker. FM8 just has some really amazingly-clear bell sounds, nice synth stabs, and smooth pads. ...Plus some great effects.
Having Absynth added also made me re-evaluate it. I maintain that it sounds a little thin and plasticy. But it is incredibly flexible, and there's an insane depth to it. ...Part of the reason I'd avoided it: either you jump in head-first, or you pass on it. Now I have an excuse to jump. :) I'm happy to have this, despite my reservations.
Pro-53? Meh. It can't compete with Predator, period. I haven't even bothered installing it, truth be told. Maybe someday when I'm bored, I'll cycle through the presets, port them to Predator, and get rid of it. :) Something tells me I won't be able to resell it, which is a shame, 'cause I really don't need it. Maybe I'll give it away to someone. [shrug]
Anyway, this is my first purchase in a really long time, and it was an excellent one. I regret not buying Surge yet... now I might not have to, and that makes me a little sad, 'cause it was a great match for my style and I'd love to support Vember: they're a great little company. And I'm frustrated that I can't upgrade Atmosphere to Omnisphere yet, either... but I think of the three options, this was the best choice.
...I'm also a little sad that this delays the purchase of Maschine. ...But that's a story for another post. :)