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Old 29th July 2019
Lives for gear

Originally Posted by chaocrator View Post
for me, the main problem with software-based setup was its limitlessness.
i spent hours playing with things and drowning in their possibilities instead of doing actual music. and i always had the ultimate excuse: but i'm learning the stuff i have!

hardware setup is much more restrictive, especially the poor man's one, especially when using ROMplers/grooveboxes (well, not Command Stations or P2500). sound is more or less what it is, routing of signal is limited, so it's a lot easier to start making sequences and combine them into something — which is the point of all that story.

another important thing is that i consider myself a musician — contrary to a producer — and always aimed to perform on stage. it's a lot easier to get booked with laptop-only rig, but fiddling with hardware on stage looks way more cool than staring at the screen, and this matters.
Those are a lot of my reasons for hardware now too.

And like the OP, I had a different feeling about it in the early 2000s, I didn't think highly of a lot of the software. I must think some people are stuck on that and either haven't investigated thoroughly in recent years or are just subject to confirmation bias.