Well I bought a lot of Reason refills over the years,and Im not going to just throw that away.Costs too much over the years.
The idea of using 2 DAW's gives me a huge amount of flexibility.I like Lives features,such as easy routing of side chain as an example.And Reason Kongs drum designer as another .
I hear you regarding the investment over time. I have quite a few of Live's Packs on top of Suite. I use Live quite a bit and often feel a bit of guilt for money spent.
I have tried several other DAW's, Reaper, Studio One, Acid, Sequel, Logic and Garageband. The one I got the most out of was Garageband. Unfortunately it can only have a limited relationship with Live. I suppose the level of competence I am at with the art/process of composing/recording/mixing is so basic that I am never blocked by Live in any way to do what I want to do. I have a couple of plugins, but even then I am trying to drop them.
For me ambient is not just being lazy,far from it
There is a lot of thought and time going into making soundscapes,a lot of technical stuff,beat making etc,composition etc
There are a lot of ambient making people out there,too
Making Ambient music, Tips, Methods, workflow etc would make an interesting thread (I think). I am pretty well locked into structure dominant compositions, ie building everything around scale tone chord sequences. I am also comfortable with hearing just the basic instruments (ie guitars, piano, drums) with small adjustments to tone. Pretty traditional stuff really. I can only think of Ambient in terms of a relationship with something visual. Composing to imagery makes it easier to think about. Getting an insight into how others compose as well as hearing their work in context might be good.
I'm a big fan of horror and sci fi films
so i tend to get caught up in imagining scenes,that relate to sounds,and get carried away,(I have a vivid imagination,lol)
But that's the great thing I enjoy,having developed an ear for sounds that fit together.Which is one of the many reasons I like to make sounds in Reason, and Live ,but to use Live to produce or create ideas.
the idea of Lives session view where you can quickly try out ideas,and swap stuff about with ease,is a firm favorite choice for me to choose Live as an additional tool kit to use.
Routing in Live is much easier,too, the warping engine in Live is great too
I do have structure in my work,and stick to a good method,which helps me finish tracks.Rather than leaving them for months getting frustrated (as before when I was just starting out)