On the cheap the Juno 106 or 60 are hard to beat, the chorus is great and with a little reverb they sound great, the Juno has a HPF too, so you can roll off some bottom.
Many digital synths like Wavestations and Jd800's are great, not tried any of the new digital offerings from Roland recently, but im sure any of the new digital Junos and Jupiters would be OK.
Plugins, Korg Legacy for some Wavestation stuff? Maybe Omnisphere, just about any VST synth will do nice floaty pads, but if you want something nice and organic (analogue) and cheapish maybe look into a Juno 60.
Originally Posted by karljohnson
Any advice for best synths/software synth for pop/rock ?