People often ask me “what’s the best synth” or “what gear should I get?”
Without any prior details or knowledge of your background, my answer is pretty simple. The best bit of gear is what you already have. If you don’t have anything yet, the best gear is whatever you can afford or get your hands on.
When this level is achieved, you’ll be able to select gear based on calculated necessity rather than blind desire or keeping up with popular trends (aka gear-lust).
Another aspect of gear acquisition which I think is very important revolves around never biting off more than you can chew. Filling your studio with more gear than you have knowledge of how to use (or the time to learn it) is very detrimental to getting the most out of your system. In my own experience, even with a modest arsenal of instruments, it takes at least a couple of months to fully integrate a new unit, to find out it’s strengths and weaknesses and how to get the most out of it… but that’s best left for a future topic: integrating new gear.