This is a good thread
I like what hoax said.
As for me, i own an ASR. Havent had it that long, but i almost feel like a seasoned vet with it. It is frustrating dealing with it an all its quirks, but i feel its worth it learning everything there is to know about it. Lucky for me and my lacking frontal lobe, it came with the manual.
If you want a synth/sampler/workstation that you can jump straight into and start knocking out beats, then id say go the fantom, motif, triton route. The ASR is a sampler first then all those other things second. Its gonna take some learning first before you can be productive on it.
It dosent come with any sounds, unless whoever you buy one from has a dozen or two, and 90% of them suck.
Loading and saving sounds and sequences aernt as swift as those other machines, and you defenitely need a scsi port and zip drive for it because you cant save anything inside the board.
I have more to say on this but im tired of typing so, theres my 2c
Flagrant Beats Inc........Hittin hard since 98'