navigateur wrote:Hey guys, new to the forum, and would have to agree with jlewin!
There are a TON of free VST (virtual studio technology) synthesizers out there that replicate a lot of the famous synths you hear on a lot of recordings these days (Roland Juno, Moog Minimoog, etc). In my opinion, I would hold off on buying a MicroKorg, and maybe look into getting a small MIDI Keyboard off of eBay or something. Depending on what you want you could get a nice 25 key controller like the Akai MPK25 or M-Audio Axiom (the Axioms are even cheaper than the Akais and the pads are a little easier on your fingers), which has all you need for fiddling around with synth parameters and such.
Ideally, though, nothing beats a good hardware synth, IMO! Especially if it's an analog synth.
Definitely. There's so much free stuff available, but it's easy to load up on a bunch of garbage, too.
Start by learning everything you can do in your DAW. I started out with a $100 Casio home keyboard. As long as it's got MIDI out on it, you can get a cable and hook it into your computer. I've got a USB MIDI box and just plug my keyboard into that, but nowadays you can get USB to MIDI cables or just get a controller that plugs right into your computer.