Yeah I have Reaktor already. Was just starting to learn how to build in primary and core, but I’ve decided to put it off for a while till I get my current projects finished so then I can focus solely on learning it without distraction. The learning curve for me for primary and core is very steep, and I’m not still not sure if it’s the right path for me to go down. I could potentially spend a year or two, maybe more, just learning to build in Reaktor without actually creating much or any music, and I dunno if I want to give up that much of my time without much musical output. In the meantime I’m just looking for something to scratch the sound design itch, and something which I can get lots of mileage out of over the course of time and come back to again and again.
Had a quick google of Phase Plant there, lotta good things said about it, seems like it’s pretty powerful. Fairly good price wise as well. Could be a potential choice.
Massive X seems to be getting a lot of negative feedback, well maybe not negative but more like dissapointment. Not enough of an update versus the old Massive seemingly like _ffx said.
Vember Audio Surge is free-ware now so I grabbed that real quick. Lots of cool stuff in it. Shame the GUI is so tiny though.