Recording an instrument is now considered a “workaround”?
Also @ whoever said the A4 has low levels… ??? I get plenty of signal from my A4 going into the line level inputs of my aging MOTU 828…
To the OP:
The Analog 4 is easily my favorite synth of all time. Basically I’ve boiled my thoughts down to the following when people ask if they should buy one: If you want a machine with pretty deep sound design possabilities and don’t mind a little menu diving, you like the character of the filters, you recognize that hte sequencer is what sets the A4 apart sound design wise from other synths then go for it.
There is plenty of wisdom in the suggestions saying to get a more basic knob per function synth as your first. Personally, I’ve always found that Elektron machines make a ton of sense ot me and that the work flow is really, really fast once one develops the muscle memory. The A4 can be as simple or complex as you want it to be—plenty good for your bread and butter sounds and is as more than a few tricks up its sleeve if you are looking for a little weirdness.
For me Reaktor was an uninspiring mess to use.