I'm not dead yet ... I've been making some serious changes to my studio lately, being bussy and all (don't think that's anything new I guess)
Lately I've begun doing more ambient oriented music, rather than rhythmic stuff, and I really like that genre now... I guess that at some point you just get tired of that 4 on the floor thing.... still hear it, just don't do it myself much anymore.
Thus I've changed quite a few synths in my studio, as that type of music calls for some specific kind of synths... more digital ones actualy, and some flexible analog/hybrid ones as well... also I've decided to make the studio less big... I'm tired of too complicated setups, and all that spaghetti-wire it end up being.
So I've dropped creating music via MIDI directly... I still use MIDI to play my synths, but I record in Audio Layers these days, and have decided that I do not want more than 8 synths maximum, and I try to make most of them run by USB connections, simply to remove half of the cords needed for MIDI connections... a few synths do not have USB, but I got a Roland UM-One for each of them, which also boils them down to "one cord" per synth.
I'm also using only modern synths... tired of old quirky stuff that need repair, and has MIDI quirks... stuff has to WORK! ,,, so all old stuff is gone now.
So what gear do I use now? ... these:
Everything else I've written about prior in this thread has been sold... I've got one Lexicon MX400 still, that I use for adding FX to any synth while recording, but this will be exchanged with a Lexicon PCM92 in the future for more pro FX capabilities.
I only use a small 1U rackmixer these days for mixing the eight synths together before they enter my recording device in my DAW, and have a Mackie Big Knob monitor controller for routing the output of my DAW to different monitos.
In my selection of synths, I've tried to get as many types of synthesis as possible, and preferably with analog components as I like those best.. .I've decided on mostly polysynths, since these are best for ambient, and also the flagships out there, as they offer the most flexibility.
The synths are:
Dave Smith Instruments - Poly Evolver Rack (hybrid synth with built in sequencer)
Dave Smith Instruments - Prophet '08 Module (analog polysynth with built in sequencer)
Dave Smith Instruments - Prophet 12 Module (hybrid polysynth with semi-modular mod.matrix)
MOOG - Sub 37 (analog monosynth)
Roland - V-Synth GT (VA synthesis & general sampler)
KORG - WaveDrum Global Edition (performance drum synthesizer)
Yamaha - VL-70m (physical modelling synth)
I still don't know what the last synth will be... one slot left, only time will tell.
I plan to make some Ambient C64 remixes soon, so stay tuned
In the meantime you can listen to three experiments here: https://soundcloud.com/kaleidoscopic-artworks