-the overall sound is awesome. this comes from owning many of the classic analog synths over the 18+ years I've been programming and writing with synths. Today I still own a Jupiter-6 and a Mg Voyager and I can tell you the Origin modules sound every bit as good. The problem I see with the Origin is that a good majority of the presets really don't show off the raw sound of what the Origin can do. They are too trance/big dance hall oriented which are usually drowned out in FX.
This is very true. The patches which come installed are a funny mixed bag of very good, but mostly just okay, and unless you're into techno/EDM music, they probably won't please you.
I'm kind of a strange keyboard guy, but I like the fact that the Origin isn't loaded with awesome presets. It encourages me to create my own patches and thus my own sound, like the keyboard players of old.
Along with the fact that you can load in hundreds of sounds available here and elsewhere, the thing to keep in mind with the Origin is that you have virtual parts of a half dozen vintage synthesizers which sound very close to the... dare I say it, Originals.
And each patch can be fiddled with to make them even better, or more like what you want. Also, because everything in the Origin but the two Templates are in pieces, each patch is a unique instrument itself. Because you can take an ARP OSC and a Jupiter OSC and send them into a Mg Filter for instance, you can create any number of hybrid vintage synthesizers. Or make a MegaMg with four OSCs and two multimode Filters and VCAs, a custom Mg synth. Or a Mg Modular 55. Or a modular Roland like a System 700. You can create instruments based in reality, or be your own synth designer, and this is what really excites me about the Origin.
Besides the fact that it also sounds freaking incredible and authentic.
Tell us what you think when it finally arrives. And what you think of the new Oberheim Filter when the update is released.