out of all the hardware synths, roland is definitely my favorite as far as orchestral stuff, but hardware synths really don't compare to higher end vsts. in my opinion, yamaha's orchestral sounds are definitely weak; at least the ones in the motif series have been. ----- Original Message ----- From: Mike Tyo To: ddots-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Monday, August 16, 2010 12:03 AM Subject: [ddots-l] Re: Akai samples Well - I gotta tell ya, I've gotten some pretty decent orchestral sounds out of my Fantom X-6 Workstation. Also, I play on a Roland AT-90 console organ at my church that has some halfway decent stuff in it as well. I'm extremely fortunate to have one of those puppies at home, thanks to the church and others; I received it as a gift for my tenure as Church Organist. Perhaps I should send some stuff along at some point so you can hear it. Cheers, Mike ----- Original Message ----- From: Omar Binno To: ddots-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Sunday, August 15, 2010 23:00 Subject: [ddots-l] Re: Akai samples Bryan, I'm personally just looking mostly for synth sounds, drums, and basses to run through my akai. I agree with you that hardware synths aren't really adequate to get nice sounding orchestral sounds.