also see here Why aren't workstations obsolete yet?
(thanks Nightmorph for the tip, appreciated!)
personally, I'm switching beween a workstation type thing (EMU Command station & MPC1000 controlling other synths, samplers) and the DAW which has control over the same synths and samplers.
it's a bit of a double setup. so I'll have to weed out the duality sometime.
the most important difference is the "feel" of it. the DAW offers massive control, oversight. But that may sometimes distract from trying to make simple musical ideas work.
no one ever said a violin is too simple. (well not that I know of) It's a violin. That's how I see hardware workstations. As a standalone music instrument.