re:dream wrote:Madrona Labs's Kaivo is a truly amazing synth
It is! I like both Kaivo and Aalto, but prefer Kaivo. Unlike many (it seems), I like the interface. Very rich sound, some truly bizarre and satisfying bits emerge often. Its combination of granular synthesis and physical modeling can result in some very organic and strange virtual instruments. I almost went with the Kaivo+Soundplane setup (check YouTube videos), but it's a bit expensive at this point for me.
I only have the demos though, as I want to fully explore Granulator II + Live's own devices (like Corpus as the resonator etc) in a DIY modular setup (Live is pretty much a modular synth itself). Sure, it won't sound the same, and that's fine.
Bazille is also one of my top synths. Be sure to turn the MC (multicore) switch on or it will quickly start to drop out audio, if you decide to get it one day. Use the Gearporn skin from the very start (all controls on one page). It looks complex but isn't. Well, it can be, but it's pretty much like most synths - oscillators generating sound, feeding it through filters and envelopes, and possibly sequencing and oscillating that signal. Except you can plug almost anything into anything on top of that or along the way of that route...
You own Zebra if I remember correctly - don't forget it's modular power either! And its physical modeling is basic, but very powerful via the Comb filters.