That's a very interesting point but I'm always wanting to question whether something so subtle can actually be heard through a mix. I mean I can make out the 2nd harmonic ( and perhaps the 3rd harmonic in isolated instances ) but I wouldn't be able to appreciate any significant subtleties within a mix.
you need to try it bro before writing off in theory. i have a digital oscilloscope permemantly inline with my synths so i can see exactly whats going on when i'm manipulating harmonics with pulsewidths and filters, you'd be very suprised at how accurately you can remove entire frequencies from a waveform leaving the ones you want.
yes it is subtle to the ear, but thats what its about for me, just flavouring the timbres.
i think these subtleties can be heard very clearly in minimal music, infact its these subtleties that keep it interesting for me, but if there's claps, snares and hihats banging away and cluttering up the mix, then maybe not.
But with the monosynth stuff and oscillator detuning, I guess I'd have to have a very good monosynth to be able to appreciate all those subtleties.
youre probably right, ive never attempted to do anything like this with a soft synth, but i dont see why it shouldnt work in theory.
i can listen to the subtleties in a Moogs VCOs all day