sony acid pro 6.0 sound forge 8,0 and ejay techno, but tend to use ejay only for making weird robotic voice samples. I also have fruity loops but rarely use it.
well i used to have a Roland Mc 303 and then i lent it to a friend who got in to the crack and sold it.(sob) what a brilliant piece of kit that was. but now i just use my Technics px8 digital piano
dusted off some of my old cd'sand am currently listening to:-
Portishead,everything but the girl,aurora,massive attack,and Sasha and john Digweed their album north and south (all seem to have stood the test of time and dont feel dated at all) new stuff im listening is Lilly Allen.her lyrics are very good.
i would have to say my biggest influence is Paul Oakenfold and then of course the true pioneers of trance/techno like Jeanne Michele Jarre and Kraftwerk.