I think you're extrapolating a little far and in the wrong direction from what I said Marc.
I'm saying be inspired by a certain aesthetic but learn what it is that gives what you like the qualities that you like. Obviously I don't think you can get any sound from any synth, otherwise I wouldn't have spent a small fortune on a modular.
But things like the sound of recording to tape (on a properly set up and maintained machine) can be reproduced in a DAW which gives you the ability to edit without splicing. Learning what gives a particular synth its sweet spot helps you learn to program all synths. Identifying the way a particular EQ works means you can recreate the curve in a software EQ.
I find that a lot of music that sounds like it was made in a DAW sounds that way because not enough attention was paid to production and things come out overly clean and sterile, not because DAWs have an inherent sound. If you're using older gear (let's just say pre-1980) then not paying attention to production won't give you a clean and sterile sound and that's why a lot of people like it. If you know what it is that makes the sound you're aiming for you can get it with a DAW, which means you don't have to spend time maintaining the tape machine, don't have to choose between spending a fortune on tape or not archiving your work, don't have to punch in destructively etc.
I guy I know who records a lot of garage/punk stuff around here used to do everything on a Teac 1/2" 8-track cause he liked the way it sounded and the process of working with it and a mixing desk to record stuff. After a while he got sick of all the hassles of working with tape and started messing around with using 8 valve pres (of a kind which is currently available new) into Logic. Cause he knew what it was about the tape machine that he liked he quickly learnt to nail the sound he was going for in the DAW and his aesthetic is intact even though he's changed platforms. He still records drums with just a kick mic and OH and tracks the band live in the room even though he doesn't have to any more.
What I'm saying is enjoy your aesthetic but understand it as well. Don't spurn something just because of when it was made or because someone has used it to do something you don't like.