Just me, various synthesizers, and my computer.
I've played guitar and bass for years. Got into synths and computers about 5 years ago. Figured out how to sequence with Cakewalk and other computer programs and bought several synth modules. Some I like, some I love, and some I sold a few days after buying.
Beatles, Stereolab, Zero 7, Thievery Corp, Moby, Tangerine Dream, Sade, Horace Silver, Miles Davis, Christian McBride, Michael Hedges, Claude Debussy, Ralph Vaughn Williams
Various synths and modules made by Roland, Yamaha, Korg, and Novation.
Still learning. Paying a lot of attention to mixing and mastering now. (I haven't really done much of it.) I try to write songs with a focus on melody, but still contemporary in sound. Really have no idea what genre my songs are. Down Tempo Chill and Electronic Lounge are probably the closest.