When I started making electronic music I was mainly using software like Cakewalk, Impulse Tracker, Rebirth as well as any additional freeware I could find. The first hardware I bought was the Yamaha CS1x and Boss Dr. Sample 202 plus some random FX pedals. My family wasn't exactly rich so I had to work within my limitations. I think this had a lot to do with how I approach making music to this day. Now I still have a quite simple set-up using a Macbook Pro running Ableton Live and some MIDI Controllers. I don't really use many plug-ins apart from a few go-to's like Michael Norris' SoundMagic Spectral plugins and Native Instruments Reaktor + Massive. For the most part I've found that the built-in Ableton plugins are sufficient.more
I used to own the CS1x. It had some good sounds, but the built quality is not the best.
The knobs were fun, but there were audible steps when working the filer.
I used it as MIDI controller with my computer, which worked really good for back then.
Bought in 1997 was general keyboard for composing electronic music. Since I jumped into the world of sample libraries, I use this great control synthesizer as MIDI controller also using its knobs for parameter changes in virtual synths.
One of my first synths. Bought this one when I was about 17-18 years old. Never quite used it in many of my music productions for some reason, but it was a lot of fun playing on this synth over the years! And it looks fantastic of course :)