As soon as you get to looking for more effect plugins, look for ‘dBlue-Glitch’. It’s free and gives you ideas how to do twisted circuit bending
Ye, that has to be one of the most lovable vst effects around, even that it is free…
Dont over use it tho - except you want to sound like venetian snares, but more ramdom. ;P
Another FX for dubbish delays/wierd bubbling stuff etc would be mda Dubdelay - by automating a shit out of its knobs you can make some really “flexible” stuff.
My advice, as what comes to get started in making music would be; Get some decent audio-interface, cords for hooking up synths/midi/plain audio-cord, Decent speakers/monitors.
Midi-keyboard/instrument of your choice.
Nothing kills the interest in producing/recording/jamming more efficiently than equipment that fails on you, does not perform well or gives so poor quality, that is bigger concern than the musical composition itself.
About platforms, there are tons of different choises there - i prefer FLstudio8, which gives me all the tools i need as a daw - adding tons of vst`s and other stuff aside it really makes it a flexible and confortable daw. Have seen a bit of cubase ( never used it actually ), and that feels good too - totally different aproach to it, but yet seems fun to play with.
And ahh. i forgot to mention, youl need tons of coffee, cigarets - some fair amount of patience and passion for it. ;P ( well, i gues music can be made as a sidehobby too, i just never understood that :D )