This is my favorite piece that perfectly captures a slightly grown-up sound, but still sounds like a 1990s-era action-drama.
Old Way: Synthesized Electric Piano
New Way: Actual EP Recordings that are built into virtual instruments that are then put through a lot of processors to make them SOUND like Synthesized Electric Pianos.
Old Way: Synthesized Ocarina
New Way: Assemble recordings of an ocarina player, and then make a virtual instrument that captures beautiful expression and legato lines… turn off all that fancy stuff and play it like a crappy synth.