I can appreciate the idea of minimalism but the Heat seems like overkill. If you want analog vibe, use an analog filter of your choice, you can get just a filter for about 150.00 Moog, or even as low or lower with the MS-20/10 filters on the korg monotron/delay boxs. I enjoy the added brute factor of the Minibrute’s multi-mode filter, and got the whole synth for 150.00 or less w/out a keybed. You want that lofi-dirt, just get a dual casette deck and duplicate a copy of a copy etc until your satisfied. For 700.00? Ugh whatever makes you happy, but wow that is a high price for happiness for some analog filter effects module.
My setup? I guess you could say for needs in hardware for my approach are complete with the Digitakt as the advertised “Brain/Heart” of my setup. 4-note poly output on 8 tracks of midi over my Nord2 rack, I can use 4 channels to the 4 layers available on the nord maxing/matching the 4 notes available from the nord. The Minibrute covers analog duties, I run the nord through it’s input/filter, get an additional lfo, and brute factor. 4 channel mixer w/ effect channel, korg kaospad 2 mini for effects.
I still retain a volca beats my wife bought me when I first started learning synthesis. And as a way to tidy up the cord mess I fashioned a magazine rack style 3 tier shelve on my desktop that everything fits on leaving room for my computer keyboard, mouse, and 49 key midi keyboard to sit on the desktop. And the desk had a second set of shelving allowing my monitor to sit at the top right and my monitors are stacked on the lower shelf and the puter sits underneath. I don’t know if or how to upload a pic?