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'm not fussed about exact definitions, only musical results. If ease of sonic manipulation defines a synth, you could bunch in the Motif and the JV1080 aswell - neither make it easy, and goodness knows I've gone near-blind staring at a JV1080 screen over the years...
The more i use it, the more and more i think the Mono/Poly will become my signature synth, i like the limitations, and the use of tricks to get a great range of timbres from it. I use alot of DX7 and OB for pads and poly sounds, and Kontakt for acoustics, but the M/P works its way onto every single track, and usually as a lead synth or a real big-hitting attention seeking part, it's not really a background synth, though can do that stuff in Poly mode if you want.
Usually what happens is this.
1. Working away on track, got the bare bones down and now looking to embellish the arrangement.
2. Look up at Mono/Poly, think "Crap, i paid a grand for this, I should be using it more!"
3. Twiddle around with the knobs, turn on the effects section.
Very rarely do those two not show up. Especially since not only do I use those two as melodic components, but for SFX as well.
3rd place is hard fought between the Prophet 5 or Polysix.
It's funny xander brought up intentionally trying to use the Mono/Poly, because I'm always trying to fit that in somewhere, but always come up short. (I also didn't pay a grand for it, as mine resides on my desktop) I don't use the FX section though, maybe I should. I tend to always turn off/not use built in FX.
that is an interesting answer. as a signal generator or processor?
Signal generator. It's my goto synth for leads. I like organic sounds, and the ms-20 is very "vocal" to me. It can go from a screaming roar to quiet whistle with little to no effort, and I love that kind of expression, it's like taming a wild beast!