Kate Bush was one of the first artists to make big use of the Fairlight, on her Never for Ever album. It's round about the same time I was listening to Howard Jones, and Gary Numan.
Ok ok, I hear you say, Gary Numan in the same sentence as Kate Bush. Fair point.
I'm a guitar player, loving my Guild acoustic (but thinking about getting a Yamaha LLX6A like I bought for my son), yet I do (pathetically) try to dabble on the piano and synth.
As in me larking around :
The *amazing* thing is that the composing software I use (Mixcraft 5) has a Prophet and Minimoog emulator built-in. Amazing when you think that it's $50 software, and the Fairlight Kate used was around £20,000...