I agree with Gacky that going the soft route would be cheaper, but stating that hardware is the past is overstating it to say the least.
I'd say start watching eBay for stuff. It's amasing what you can find at ridiculous prices. But don't just look at synths. Look at samplers too. You can find some Akai and Emu stuff going at really low prices lately.
If you're willing to put in the time to learn programming some of the more difficult interfaces, you might want to look at the Casio CZ1000. It's a phase distortion synthesizer (sort of related to FM), and can produce some interesting sounds, including shredding basses and can be had for some ridiculous prices.
Samplers would open up the world of messing with drums, other percussive hits, "found" sounds, other recordings... the limit is your imagination. You can send different sounds out of different ports, and thus you can use cheap guitar pedals to mess them up even more. The filters in the Emu samplers are fantastic too.
Modules vs. Keyboards... In most cases when you're dealing with pro level gear, there's really not much of a difference between the two. A module is basically the entire synth engine minus the keyboard and maybe some of the front panel knobs and such, depending on the product. But functionally there shouldn't be much of a difference.
posted by: noisewreck on 2005-12-04 23:36:24
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