I understand, but it's a big difference between a virtual synth and having the real thing with knobs and buttons in front of you. It doesn't have to cost the earth - Behringer Model D, Pro-One, or Neutron, for instance?
He said he doesn’t intend to buy a real one.
I absolutely do not have the budget to start combing Reverb and ebay for old synths. So... can anyone on here give me a nudge in the right direction as to how I can up my synth vocabulary, so that I can start playing around with the software synths with some level of knowledge of what I am doing?
I haven’t owned a hardware synth in decades, since I sold my Korg MS10. I do have a Komplete keyboard which I could use to have hands-on control of virtual synths but I haven’t done that so far, I’m just as happy using the virtual controls. I think the OP is better off doing that first and then deciding later if a real or controller keyboard would be better.