There seem to be as many softsynths as hardware synths, which says something about the reputation of this forum as a place for hardware-purists. Also, not all that many seem to mention analogue synths as their workhorses, which is also interesting, and of the analogue synths mentioned, most are new, which is also interesting (but quite logical).
However, I was particularly interested to see somene mention the the MS-20; I'd always kind of assumed this would be used for the occasional sound rather than as a workhorse.
Personally I have some synths that I like to play with, but which seldom end up in my music. I suppose I am not unique in this.
While I use a lot of different synths, Logic's ES2 keeps popping up on my recordings as that I've programmed hundreds of sounds on it and have become extremely quick at getting what I want out of it. Thankfully, it's quite light on processor usage as well.
There's no synth for all, but every synth in my studio has its job.
Drums: AKAI S-1100 and Cubase 6.5 with its Groove Agent One
Synthbass: Waldorf Blofeld, Roland SH-101
Realbass: NI Scarbee Pre-Bass, Emu E6400 and Roland SH-101
Pads and Chords: MKS-70, Roland D-550, S-750 and Korg Wavestation. Steinberg's Padshop...in the last time very often.
Leads: Roland D-550, Waldorf Blofeld, Dune LE and MKS-70 for the 80s leads and stabs.
I don't know why, but the synth that I love most even today so much - like the first days after purchasing it - is the Roland D-50/550. It has 12-15 sorts of sounds, that no other synth can do. Maybe the D-50 is my "synth-wife"... I'm married with this synth
Reaktor definitely shows up in EVERY track, whether it be for sound effects, pads, drones, drums, etc... Probably because it's so easy to get a bright creative spark from it without too much effort. It's usually the catalyst that lights the fire.
To be honest though, I only own two hardware synths, a couple analog filters, and a handful of software synths these days.
Something I've often wondered about the people on this forum.
Of all your synths, which one appears the most in your music? Do you find yourselves using one or two synths over and over, even if you have a lot of instruments to choose from?
In my case, looking back at all my music, the one I use the most is undoubtedly Sylenth1, followed by the Roland JP8000. I haven't had the Slim Phatty very long, but it has provided bass in most of my tracks since I bought it.
All of the others get used here and there, except the Ensoniq EPS, which appears in none of my music.
I have all kind of synths, analogs, VA, hybrids, transwave, wavetables, but at the moment of composition, I don´t care about how they generate sounds, I focuse my attention totally to the music, and the one wich appears the most is the Emu command station, a rompler. Because it´s a really multifunctional/versatile instrument, wich can cover any music genre.
Hardware: definitely my Virus TI2. I use it in pretty much every song.
Software: not sure, but probably Camel Audio Alchemy. I have a lot of soft synths and I mix them up a lot, but I rarely finish a track without at least one instance of Alchemy. Zebra, Rob Papen Blue, and DCAM Strobe get a lot use as well.