After spending the last 3 years devoted to analog recording, I am interested in getting into production on my laptop (macbook air)
The artists I am into that use electronics are for example - NIN, Radiohead, Bjork, Liars (most recent album), Death Grips, Ben Frost, Tim Hecker....
Looking for samplers/synths/programs that are appropriate for my tastes to check out. I am relatively new to electronic production. I know Logic very well as a DAW, and have played around with Reason and Reaktor a bit in the past, though it's been a few years and I am not up to date...
I plan on recording live guitars and vocals, so I am mainly looking for drum programs, bass/low end programs, vintage/analog sounding synths, and anything that's weird, dark, grimy, strange, distorted, etc.
ACE is a great recommendation. Some fun darkness / griminess can be had by throwing odd impulses into Space Designer, and then running other stuff through the resulting reverb as an effect. check out Apple's impulse utility (I forget what it's called) for making your own impulses. All kinds of oddball audio samples with long tails make for interesting impulses.
Stick to Logic if you know it.
I would add Komplete 8 and some nice distortion like Ohmicide.
This and the build-in Logic plugins should keep you busy for years.
Komplete is a good choice for a start I think. Guitar Rig is nice to pull off
some weird Efx not only for guitar and Reaktor and Kontakt are a class on their own.
The drumsets that come with Komplete are pretty ok and leaves you
with a lot of options to mess them up the way you want.
As mentioned in another post the Variety of Sound plugins are pretty cool
for what you are looking for but I think they are Win32 only?
In the end I think it is a lot about freaking around with the stuff you got.
Check this link, maybe you find something nice in this thred
For my money Audiomulch is the only fun in the box sound mangler. It's also great for running live sound through. If you know and enjoy using Logic I'd mostly just stick with that and run sounds out through amps and re-record them to get them dark and heavy rather than try out a whole bunch of different programs.
Five12 Numerology is an essential mac program though. Super flexible, yet playable modular sequencer and effects rack. Really, really deep it's probably easiest to start by making drums with it either sequencing Logic or using the internal sampler.
If you want to record Guitars and Bass : NI Guitar Rig 5 ( it is very sensitive on the guitar you use, in my experience GR 5 with single coil pickups sounds divine, with humbuckers just so so ) or check out Softube vintage and metal amp room. As many others mentioned - you should definitely get Komplete 8. I know that Trent Reznor uses and likes NI Products alot, especially reaktor (actually he uses everything on the whole goddamn planet )
Battery 3 would also be in the Komplete package. Or if you want , you can get Maschine or any other Software Sampler. Buy the right samples of vintage drum machines and you have a sampler-powerhouse. IMHO there's no need of buying loads of vintage drum machines when you can get top samples.