I'm a professional clarinetist, advanced pianist and play a handful of others like violin and guitar, my background is in orchestral (classical). I'd like to learn to play and write for synths but am not sure how to proceed. Of course I've heard plenty of it over the years, and when I was younger in the 70's/80's messed with early computer synth stuff for fun. Anyhow whereas most media composers who seem to come from a synth or pop background, I don't at all. Thoughts on working with them? Not interested in spending money, I use Logic so have the built ins. By the way I absolutely do not get the guys who moon on about analog synths. My day job is in electrical and software engineering, I could design and build my own analog synth from scratch, buying vintage synths or going analog domain is mixing apples and oranges as far as I'm concerned - hence the mention of sticking with free digital synths. Also - ideas more for understanding the instrument, not the technicalities, I know all about technicalities of how the sounds are created using filters, oscillators, etc. For example, when I hear a synth I hear either something from a Sci Fi soundtrack or a pop song. Seems there has to be more to it than that. With synths is it really about fiddling the settings until you get a sound you like, whereas for an acoustic instrument it's more about the music/notes?