zerocrossing wrote:The new Roland stuff is good, if you don't mind dealing with the Cloud (I'm done with it. Nothing says "cancel me" like having to authorize a plug in each time you use it)
All the GForce stuff is just as good as Diva.
Repro-1 (and I'm sure 5)
But, I'd say that in 2017, you should just buy an analog synth as well. For $200-500, you'll get the real deal, and it really does make a difference.
Which one would you get for 200-500 for a great pad sound?
Tetra. Great synth. Get one for $500 or so and then add another later and have a Prophet 08 with a sub osc and feedback. (This is how I use mine, though I've also decoupled them to do layers as well)
If you can go a little higher, see if you can get a Deepmind 6.
You could also probably get an Alpha Juno or DW8000 for your budget. The DW8000 isn't fully analog, but it's a great hybrid with a really lush sound.
Some people really like the Minilogue, but personally I never took to it's sound much, as a poly. Nice for unison bass and lead patches.