warning: do NOT try and build a prophet08 emulation as your first project. maybe in a year or two. do other stuff first (like learning the software). if you want an out the box solution you have to go spend big bucks on vsti's that may or may not be any good. max is geared towards building your own unique tools.
well yeah, it is been not specifically towards the abilities of max but the digital. algorithm is maths, so everything that is possible in digital is possible with max. but don´t expect it to sound like a prophet.
@pid: Totally agreed. I tried to be accurate in building the above-mentioned synth, but that was because I was trying to match the output of the original since some students were working on the analog as well. (I didn't, however, model the scratchy pots...)
Analog synths are pretty limited in their own ways; polyphonic voice allocation is a nightmare, and recording data with playback is a chore (Subotnick used to do it on tape!). The less you want it to be like a traditional instrument, the easier things are...
no problem, its just words and you´re right. get from the outer world what you can use to find some inner truth, especially in the max area this truth is less limited by the digital than it is expanded.
A few years ago when I was learning synthesis first I used synthedit and I built mostly emulations usually they were based on the front panel and general functionality of some analogue synth. A little later I started looking at the repair manuals for these analogue synths and tried to set the envelopes, oscillators, filters and such to particular settings specific to the synth I was modelling. This is good to learn but ultimately feels fruitless. I mean there is the real prophet 8, plenty of free vst's or cheap vst's that will get me about as close as I am realistically likely to be ever able to build in Max. Also after I made my fancy synth I found I didn't use it so much because I already had softsynths that did something similar anyways and I did not use them very much as it was. I found I preferred to make small one off audio patches. Not general purpose tools for everybody but artistic artifacts just for me. I do not have to spend so much time on the GUI or idiot-proofing the design - I am still happy learning and patching but... I do actually use these patches. Surprisingly the fact they are so unique you can call them up for specific jobs like they have little personalities that fit a particular mood or idea. I think I am trying to say that I use Max itself as a synth and build musical patches in Max rather than trying to build other synths. ymmv :)