Could you recommend a good pick for a first analogue synth. Not neccessarily for a learning beginner but just a good starting point for a piece of non-digital, non-plugin gear
A Roland SH-101 is an excellent place to start. They are all antiques now, though, and despite excellent build quality could need a bit of care and attention.
The Arturia Mini Brute looks interesting although not having used one I can't comment authoritatively.
Depending on your budget a Doepfer A-100 base system would be a great introduction to modular synths or if you're less affluent their Dark Energy is brilliant and expandable.
If you're not set on loads of real knobs I can heartily recommend the Dave Smith MoPho. It's cheap, flexible, sounds *amazing* and if you don't mind using a software editor to edit your sounds it is pretty unbeatable for the money.
Can you explain again what transparent compression is and what it does?
If we could think of making music as making food, what in your opinion would be the salt the enhances the flavor of the ingredients? about the "transparent compression", any ideas for good plugins?Ott responded on 06/18/2012