I record my music using a combination of real and virtual instruments, which was novel when I started out (15 years ago!!), and is now the norm. Here are four virtual synths that I like because they can create sounds that are not corny, which I find rare in a soft synth. Of course, corniness is in the eye of the beholder….er, ear of the behearer? If you want corny, Plastique and Sytrus can do that too, but everything out of the MiniMogue is pure bliss. I use the Tapeworm almost exclusively for the flute sound, which is fuzzy and shy sounding.
Clockwise from tiny:
*Note: these are all(?) Windows instruments, and I’m moving to Mac…so i’m doomed.