welcome you will have a lot of virtual friends on that one. including me
it’s more close now with the MK2 for me…
I think there’s a compromise on the road you start to take. Learning Sound Synthesis can be very rewarding because you will design your sounds according to your hears and your taste. If you know precisely what you like, what you want to make, and where you want to go… You will also end to shape your own sound signature in your tracks and that’s a major parts in the Music Creation. (To me it’s essential) Of course, you can take presets, samples, go fast go furious probably no-one will take care, notice it’s not really from you… they will see the whole picture and if it’s excellent… well… good for you.
I would like to insist on something though there’s science and technology in electronic music, but the most important word in my sentence is MUSIC. So we are Musicians and our goal is to make Music. And for that the most important advise is don’t lost yourself.
To not lost yourself, although you need to know your goals… you certainly need to focus and i would advise here to limit the number of Synth, whatever they are Software or Hardware.
If we consider the Sequencer part of the Analog Four, this 4 Parts Synth is a Real Beast. If you associate it with overbridge and Ableton Live you can save the sound, bounce, free up the synth and continue to move forward in sound design but in the context of building a track. And this part is essential too.
Buy an analog Four is also a bet on the long term because you will discover the synthesizer at your pace and it will not stop to impressed you in terms of possibilities that no other synth can bring you (the sequencer is there for many it must be admitted)
I have no complain at all with what other people said with one knob function, the MKII have a more accessible layout and fast access to all essential functionality.
The modulation matrix is by far one of the most powerful i have ever seen on a hardware analog synth.
I would go for an Analog Four MK2, i would FOCUS on it to try to recreate firstly all the sounds you already like before to find yours… (you will eventually save iterations in the process : sweet spot…)
When you know this beast as well as your own house. I would buy a Digital Poly Synth with Wavetable to to complete the A4 mkII… and you will not need another hardware synth anymore… you will be able to achieve every timbre you want to reach or recreate.
Now if you more a scientist rather a musician, and you want to build ensemble to sell on internet, or starting to program app… it’s a full another story and a lot of Synth Programmers start on reaktor or Max nowadays before to build there own synth. Personally I’m not interested at all and I will consider it as lost time