- U-he TyrellN6 that beats Analog, coming with Suite, with a large margin when it comes to sound quality and versatility.
- Another free synth alternative is Obxd.
- Dexed is a great free alternative to Suite's Operator.
- Simpler is good enough as a sampler I think, certainly in drum racks and if you need more you can get free Samplers like the TX16Wx Software Sampler or similar.
As a former owner of Suite I feel most of the samples coming with Suite are quite "meeh" and not worth the time. With the exception of Wavetable and Electric the rest of the synths are less useful and less well-sounding than the free alternatives, though Tension and Collision could be interesting. That's what I thought, but I almost never used these during the 5 years I had them. Sampler is really nice as well, but the free ones are up there with it.
All of the Suite synths, except for Wavetable possibly, have one advantage and that is CPU usage. They do use less, which can be important. Less CPU usage has been tremendously important to me. Despite this I think it's wiser to start with the just the one of the free instrument alternatives (as well as some of the great free audio effect plug-ins later if need be) and Live 10 Standard.
Max For Live is great and I love it, but it's nothing one MUST have and it's taking precious focus if your'e starting out, which is better spent on finishing songs. Among my collaborators I'm alone in using MFL.
Using standard and one great free synth means you're saving money and being focused on learning and developing your music. Standard is a great Live version.