Synths I use are pretty much Rob Papens Predator and SubBoomBass at the moment, bit of sylenth1 for leads
Other shit: WatKat tape delay plug in, think it's free, but it adds this annoying noise to my songs, which I quite like and is good for delays too.
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I mostly just use stock logic plug ins though, they're really good.
fabfilter volcano, use it for midrange movement.
Check out Antress Modern series plugins, there are a few decent compression tools + Kjaerhusaudios classic series compressor (maybe master limiter too). They are ok, if not top notch, but do their job.
I believe there was a bit of a falling out between LinPlug and Rob from reading some of the comments over at KVR, though I'm not sure of the specific details. But agree 100% with you, Albino was a bit of a beast.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but Logic 9 or X will not run VSTs. Your best bet would be to utilize ReWire and use a VST from another DAW to Record into Logic. The downside is that as far as I know, only the audio will be recorded–no MIDI data when utilizing ReWire (correct me if I'm misinformed here).
No worries though. Just about every major plugin, instrument, etc. offers an AU version.
In my experience I've learned that most of he sound comes from the effects that you apply more than the synth used. So knowing that I go with Massive because it gives the user lots of control over the shape of the sounds. It's easy to use too.
One that I love but hate the restrictions on is Nexus 2. It's great but it kind of limits your choices when it comes to molding the sounds.
I mostly only use free ones from the computer magazine. Satson CM, ANALOG-87 EQ, Bluecat freq analyser, CM-505. They come with tutorials and are great to work with! For basses: Sylenth1, massive, Cableguys Curve2,Dune CM, Synthmaster...