I don't touch unattainable high-end gear (especially not good synths or guitars), I don't want to be ruined. I've played with the Microkorg and Venom... I want them both, and that's literally all I'd ever want to add to my setup.
Also, I miss my KP3 so I'll add that to the list. Kaossilator pro looks awesome, too. Ramble, ramble, ramble.
I have just recently acquired a M-Audio Venom and I love it. Got it for about $300, and I really like the style of using hardware synths with VST's. What are your favorites?
i have a venom.
sometimes i want to smash it to pieces and set it on fire.
other times, it comes in very very handy (laying out noisy stuff below a clean track, etc).
it sounds great after being super-processed, but i've described before as "a vst with downs syndrome".
favorite hardware synth: my modular. i have a thing for drones. programming one with cables and knobs, then feeding it to an automated effects plug-in is something i can do for hours on end..
For me it's the classic pair..the Yamaha CS-80 and the Prophet-5..the originals of both are well out of my reach, sorry to say, but my dream of having a CS-80 might still become real in the form of the recently announced "BoomStar SE80" synth from Studio Electronics ([Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register] )..which will retail around the $1000 markand was unveiled at the 2014 NAMM Show.
At the moment, the nearest I have is the vst version in the forum of Arturia's "CS-80 V", which is pretty dame fine sounding..but still not hardware.