I'm very new to synthesis despite mucking around with a microkorg for a while now. After some research I ended up placing an order for the minibrute based on a lot of factors I thought would help with my growing interest in developing my own sounds as opposed to being given presets. I can't say enough about how fun this machine is. A few hours in and I already find myself imagining a sound and more or less knowing where on the synth I should go to realize it. Awesome design.