I want to get a little desktop 3 Oscillator VA synth to compliment my Korg M50, I mainly want it for Trance and Tech House sounds (I am a proper musician, honest!)
I was considering getting a Yamaha AN1x, however I would rather have a knobby keyboardless rack/module synth as space is limited. I then considered the Novation Nova Desktop, which sounds good to me, but a bit too smooth, even to the point of sounding bland. The AN1x sounded much grittier and more 'alive' to my ears.
I ruled out the Nords because used prices are astronomical, and the JP-8080's sound didn't impress me much, especially compared to the AN1x, and I think the MS-2000/Microkorg sound plain awful and only have a pitiful 4 voices of polyphony.
Every forum discussion I read seemed to said 'the AN1x and Nova are nice, but the Virus is the one to go for'. I would go for it, but they're pricey, even for the pre TI models. From what I've heard of the Virus, it sounds wonderful, but I'm not sure which I prefer between the AN1x and Virus.
My budget depends on how much I want the synth. I could juuust about afford a Virus C if I got lucky on eBay, however the differences between the Virus B, Virus Classic (not the A) and the Virus C seem neglagable. I'm willing to go up to