equipment - detail
I, like many others in the mid '90's, wanted a cheap analogue mono-synth that could produce TB303 type sounds without the ridiculous price tag. Along came Novation (and later a number of other companies) to fulfil that empty market.
This was my first analogue synth and I wasn't disappointed. I found it extremely easy to program after learning about subtractive synthesis from the Roland JD800. This keyboard seemed a bit like a 'toy' but it's capable of producing some very fat sounds, from deep dubby basses to searing lead sounds. A few of the knobs can be controlled via MIDI which allows filter sweeps and gating effects to easily be produced in sync with your music.
It only has 7 patch memories but when used with a software librarian/editing program this limitation doesn't really matter.