BASSDRIVE wrote:I'd agree with learning the freeware Synth1
But the OP is inspired and ready to really get into a synth so imo it would be a bit of a waste to spend it on of the easier synths, when now's the ideal time to get to know every knob and feature of a more intricate instrument like Zebra. He's also got the money now.
I agree to that. I have already mentioned ElectraX which got a great sound and tons of options while using an easy to use GUI.
If i would start today this would be one of my synths of choice. Another one is e.g. Synthmaster 2.5. Also Alchemy could be a choice as it offers different synth engines like e.g. VA, additive, samples, granular synthesis and spectral synthesis.
I know there is also Zebra which seems to be an obvious choice. Personally the interface of Zebra never really "clicked" with me which is one reason why i sold it.
If the focus is mostly on VA i could recommend e.g. Tone2 Saurus, Xils Lab Oxium, Waves Element (seems to be still available at a special price at JRR shop) or more simple ones like e.g. TAL U-NO-LX or kHs ONE.
Other mentioned using the synths in NI Komplete which are great for sure but the OP got that already and he asked for another synth.
It would help to hear if the OP is only interested in using "basic" subtractive synthesis or also others like e.g. additive, FM or wavetable scanning.