I recently got a microKORG and was thinking of the label, virtual analog, VA. So VA is still a commonly used method and term. Now, does anyone think the manufacturing companies should like just stop calling these synths VAs?

I mean, it’s pretty standard to digitally construct synths with analog modeling circuit emulation/behavior (Roland AIRA…). And here’s the thing, the term VA, suggests that analog is the almighty king of all synthesises, and that other are just imitating.

When they first marketed these synths in in the middle of the nineties (Clavia Nord Lead, Access Virus…), it served a purpose of defining a new type of synthesis, but nowadays, well the paradigm has long be shifted.

P.S. This discussion has nothing to do with the new kind of hybrids emerging, such as Roland JD-Xa.