Sample-based synths are stale and rigid. Any sound effect in action will noticeably quantize and alias the music. They are a hell an earsore for life-wanting instruments such as synth pads and synth fx. The tone of synth pads are generated on FM synths! No wonder pads sound so crappy in samplers. A *real* digital (not analog) FM/modelling synth is a dream! It should be hard-coded and able to do its own processing and memory. Whatever happened to the fresh OPL3 stereo hardware synth present in obsolete ISA boards?? Most PCI cards implenting OPL3 and clones of that synth. Clones = cheats!