Amen brother. After making my switch from PC/FL to Mac/Live, I sold all my VSTis, and picked up Sampler, Operator and EIC. And I've decided to restrict myself to 100% Ableton. No VST effects or instruments. And no 3rd party samples.sgriesedieck wrote:I think that can also be helpful, though - you are less distracted by things. It's easy to get caught up in sample or VST collection and be distracted from making music, or to procrastinate until your next paycheck so you can buy the piece of gear you think you "need" to be creative.
For pretty much the reasons you cited. It's just way too easy to get caught up in endless gear lust, and completely loose sight of just making music. Time and time again, I've found my creativity is inversely proportional to the amount of gear I have. If I don't set down some strict rules for myself, it'll be just a matter of time until I spend more time shopping for plugins instead of actually making tunes.
(That said, I'm having a real tough time getting by without a real limiter. Try as I might, I can't seem to find a compressor/saturator combo to replace Vintage Warmer.)
But back to the original point, its fun to think about what our heros use to make their tracks. But ultimately it's irrelevant. As other posters have pointed out, you can get solid professional results in just about any modern music software package. It's 100% about taking the time to actually learn how to use the software you have. And, well, learning how to write a good tune.