« on: January 20, 2014, 02:17:49 PM »
Wow, for just "jumping in" you've got quite the array of synths and gear!
Honestly - you should be able to get just about every sound you can imagine out of what you have either by layering, or different combinations - you have a wealth of awesome sitting there.
DAW - you can do so much more in a computer than you can in hardware for recording audio or sequencing... I definitely encourage you to take previous advice and read up on the various ones for your platform (mac or win) - and try them out. We all like different ones for different reasons. Also how yuo like to work can be a big difference - you have a ton of hardware so I'm betting you want to record audio more than sequencing or more sample based.
Soundcards / Mixers - tons of options - again - since so much hardware you likely want more inputs / outputs than a simple stereo unit.
Monitors... it's all in the ears and learning how they sound in your room. You can get almost any pair - and make them work and work well for you. You just have to dive in and make a decision. I bought a pair of Mackie 824's well over a decade ago and love them. I have friends with just about every different brand name and they all love theirs. If you like the Genelecs - get 'em.
Seren said a good thing... instead of more synths - look into effects. You can process what you have and really change... everything about the sound.
Welcome to ambient - the options are limitless - and this is a good forum to ask your questions and get good feedback.
My best advice is to start recording!