Nice track by CO5MA there. I don’t think it would have happened if he had to create all the FM sounds in Operator first.
A few years back on the old Loopers Delight mailing list (now that’s old school!) there was a friendly debate over using Octatrack vs. Ableton Live. The Live guy of course put forth the classic “software can do ANYTHING!” argument, but once they dug into the weeds, he had to concede the Octatrack guy was able to execute some things faster than the Live guy, because of the physical buttons, knobs, etc. Even some setup stuff was faster in the OT - assigning FX to slots, assigning LFOs, etc.
That’s what the FM8/Operator vs. Digitone discussion reminded me of.