ITB works for me. Do I miss having a console? Yes! For the tactile, instant gratification it offered. But, "I think", my work is sounding better since going ITB and becoming less gear minded and more music minded. Do plugins sound as good as hardware? I don't care, they sound pretty great IMO. Why loose sleep over it? You can endlessly tell yourself this sounds better than that, and that sounds better than this. And it may to you on that day, in that moment! But that doesn't make it the right or only choice. And it doesn't get music made. Get some tools you enjoy using and move on to what's important.