1) The real synth which generates the sound on the go (Virus, Moog, Sledge) - you can choose the waveforms to start with and then create and alter the sound all by yourself.
2) The "synthesizer", which is actually a sampler (like the Kurzweil). The piano/percussion/pad/string/whatever sounds are prerecorded and you are just playing these sounds back by pressing the keys. You can change some parameters like attack and release, maybe add some echo but thats all, you really can't change the piano sound into something else..
One synth can't do everything.
Or you could just get a midi controller and play the sounds form your computer.
Oh and if you could strech your budget a bit then be sure to take a look at Clavia Nord synths, these have some beautiful sounds.
Sampletron all the way..... not technically a synth but its full of wonderful old vintage sounds
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