What's your favorite synthesizer?
Do you use any software synths?
If so, what is your favorite soft synth?
Bonus question: can you recommend any cool (but free) synths?
Favourite ever? Regardless of cost or whether I'll ever actually own one?
Roland Jupiter 8
Favourite that I actually own?
I use the Korg Legacy MS-20 softsynth a LOT but mainly, I think, because I have the Legacy Controller and that turns the softsynth into a 'hard' synth.
The Korg Legacy MonoPoly is also very good. Much less faithful to the original than the MS-20 plugin but a really good synth in its own right anyway.
I can't recommend any free synths because I don't use any - gone are the days when I download every plugin I see and spend my life reading poorly-written PDF manuals translated from Vietnamese via Bulgarian.
There are LOADS of great free synths though - you just need HOURS of spare time to evaluate them all.
I'd rather be walking the dogs these days.