knolan wrote:Computers still suffer from latency
Sorry to hear your computer isn't up to snuff.
and the 2D images of plugin synths is a con
It's not a con, unless you've got something one of those vintage emulations trying to look like a polished 3D picture of the actual machine. If you read the list of the topicstarter, you see that it's chock full of virtual analogs - arguably a bunch of cons, too, since what happens when you move a slider on a JP8000 is nothing like what happens when you move a slider on a JP8.
But IMO the computer-only solution is a pale, shadow of a concept - it can never replace the tactile / instantaneous and interactive nature of hardware in electronic music. You'd be entering an entirely new domain - IMO only useful for 'media/generic-vanilla sounding' type work and not for actual playing of living, breathing music with character.
Let's go 40 years back and say this to Wendy Carlos, slightly rephrased:
But IMO the synthesizer-only solution is a pale, shadow of a concept - it can never replace the tactile / instantaneous and interactive nature of real orchestral instruments in classical music. You'd be entering an entirely new domain - IMO only useful for 'media/generic-vanilla sounding' type work and not for actual playing of living, breathing music with character.
The moment you understand why you accept synths as valid instruments is the moment you'll understand why computers are valid instruments; it's mostly because you're used to it.
The reason why you shouldn't dump your hardware all at once is much more basic; you don't have to tell scary tales about computers.
It's a bloody stupid thing to do.
You discard equipment that you're familiar with and have several years of experience with, and you think you can get up to speed in no-time with the plugins? All your favorite sounds are gone. All your favorite effects and tricks are gone; you have to learn them all over again. None of your old projects work anymore unless you've recorded to audio.
And you can't undo this - you've already sold everything!
So, put everything in storage for a while. When you don't notice yourself missing something after 3 months - then
start selling it; but not before you haul it out of storage and listen to it again for a while - carefully. If you don't fall in love again, you know you can safely get rid of it.
There is no hardware side. There is no software side. There's only the side - as already expressed in various previous posts - that lets you enjoy what you have and what you do with it.