The original post was more about what is the most inspiring way to create music. It seemed to then dilute into the occasional bout of what’s best, or hardware is for those who like to waste money etc.
I’d like to clarify that I always use the daw, be it for recording at the end and a final polish up, or to record in pads, chords etc that can’t be done on the octatrack easily or at all. In fact I really like Logic x
How-ever I prefer to come up with ideas on hardware:
This song for example arose out of a patch i created on the Dominion 1, the crazy modulation sound you first hear at the start is what inspired the song. If I wasn’t tinkering on hardware it would never have come into existance.
The song was then sequenced on the Octatrack, Minimoog, Dom 1 and OB6 with drums from the Rytm.
It was then recorded into Logic.
What I would say though, and no-one will ever convince me different, no matter how much you can do with VST’s they do not sound as good as an Analog Synth. Being able to over complicate and over think a VST patch on computer makes it worse more often than better.
I tried out Repro-1 and it made me want to cry. Especially the presets, they do not capture the essence of what the Pro 1 is about and seemed geared to making some sort of cheesey electro. No!!! Just No!!!
Here’s a little song that highlights that the simplicity in a single vco Analog Synth (the Treadstone) is not a bad thing and a synth doesn’t need endless modulation. This is the Treadstone multi-tracked in Logic with no after effects or mixing: