Synths: this one is hard.....Tassman 4, CS80V, Minimoog V, Ultra Analog, Virsyn Tera, a new one coming out from Native Instruments that I can't talk about yet, Kontakt, PPG V, Reactor.
I have lots more I like but those are the first ones I go for.
sequencer: Logic, Live 5
beat making: Guru, Live 5, BFD, Intakt
effects: Vokator, Logic Guitar amp simulator, Logic Space Designer, Ambience, Augustus Loop
Akai EWI4000s, Akai EWI1000, Oberheim Xpander, Waldorf XT, Alesis Micron, Alesis QS7, Kawai K5, Sequential T8, Prophet 5, Pro 1, ESQ-M, TX7, Roland D70, Yamaha VL-7, Yamaha DX9, Applied Acoustics, Arturia