Ableton 7, Soundforge, and an Oxygen controller to manage it all. The combination of these three allows me to do pretty much anything I can think of.
For VSTs I love the Native Instruments kits. I also heavily use the Spectrasonics Atmosphere Dream Synth and Korg VSTs as well. There are many more VSTs that I may incorporate but those are the main ones.
Korg Electribe EAMKII Synth and a Korg Micro (with the vocoder).
My father for his love of guitar, Miami Bass and Booty music producers of the late 80s and early 90s for their use of breakbeats and bass, Hybrid and Nubreed for their incorporation of ambient elements into heavy breakbeats. The list goes on....
Progressive Breakbeat and Electronica
Systems Integration for a Major Defense Company