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That Kid A sound is great.
I currently have a small setup consisting of Logic 9, an M-Audio Oxygen 49 software controller, and an Alesis Micron hardware synth.
I debated the Micron and the MicroKorg a few years back and went with the Micron, because it had bigger keys. I was just in guitar center recently buying some new stuff and played around with the MicroKorg. I still really like it, it's slick looking, and frankly there are much better sounds right out of the box. I kind of wish I had one now, maybe a bit more than having the Micron.
The Micron is great, don't get me wrong. It's just that it takes a long time to get it figured out.
A good tip for you: Not many synth sounds are great on their own. Many that you would NEVER use really shine when they're layered and textured as individual tracks with many other tracks. A better way to say it is, many synth sounds just sound like crap to sit around and play as if it were a piano or something.
My housemate's got an SH-101 for sale, £350 if I recall.
dont waste money on hardware - all available as software - analogue emulators not as warm as originals, but any digital synth identical for fraction of the the price... just buy a nice midi(USB) controller/keyboard and a good laptop with low latency soundcard... ACCCIIIEEED
the mini korg with vocoder is pretty sweet
definitely buy a decent controller.
anyone who argues software over synths just havent owned a good synth, but yes, software are like the heart of everything..
for $800 you should be able to pick up a Dave smith tetra..
those things are amazing.
dont bother with Roland gear, unless its old analog stuff.. the new digital stuff is junky crap.
in order of preference.
1) access virus snow
2) dave smith tetra
3) waldorf blofeld.
oh yeah the godfather of synths - dave smith, that dave smith dude is right up there with moog and korg man... LOL
get a Juno 60 and some DMT
this ones a winner
Korg ms2000. I don't think they still make em, but they go for not-too-much on ebay. It's a digital analog modeler with a ton of knobs to twiddle. it's like that microkorg, but waaaaaaaaaaaaaay better and more easily tweakable.
My advice, buy a full-size hardware synth.
If you want a broad range of sounds, try the Korg x50. I have the smaller one, the MicroX and the range it has is amazing. Great synth sounds, but usable semi-realistic type sounds as well.
If you want synth only, pick up an older Nord Lead 2.
Either will run you anywhere from $500-700. Buy it second hand, ebay is great.
^^ Of course if you're making music with it - you should have a decent audio interface to record these synths with. Apogee duet or a smaller Motu will do you fine.
Otherwise, go softsynth. You could do a lot worse than NI Massive / NI Kontakt for sounds.