You’re all entitled to your opinions, obviously, but advising a total beginner to go out and buy a MOOG Voyager and a Virus is just plain stupid.
Likewise, telling him to go out and get a copy of Reaper and a load of free plugins is just inviting him to spend precious music-making hours scouring the internet for MORE plugins [more, more MORE!!] and then trying to work out why his mouse keeps freezing and his audio glitches. If he spent enough time on the internet he could end up with 50 synths to learn instead of three and everyone knows that the more synths you have, the better your music sounds. Right?
Reason is an excellent learning tool precisely because it is a closed system. I have been using it since version 1 and I can’t recall it EVER crashing on me. All I ever do with it is make music. I don’t spend hours trying to work out why X plugin won’t work with Y plugin or why X synth glitches when I open Y window. It just works.
It contains synths, samplers, sequencers [linear, step and pattern] fx units of every basic type and it doesn’t place its own pointless complexity between you and the musical idea in your head. As a system it is comprehensive yet learnable.
Please go back and read the original post at the beginning of this thread. He didn’t ask for people to list random pieces of equipment or dredge up the old software/hardware debate - he asked what would be a good setup to learn on.