This is my 1st world predicament… I have been producing for a while and have hit a production and creativity plateau mostly due to working on stuff in my own bubble. I make mostly techno and trying to learn more advanced production. There are TONS of tutorials and courses for this online, but the vast majority use Ableton followed by Logic. I work on Bitwig and have Studio One for mixing. I understand most things one learns in one DAW can often be applied on another but just the workflow may differ. I’d prefer to do courses and tutorials using the same tool the instructor is using along with provided instrument / effect racks, etc. I have sold most of my hardware and just holding on to a few Elektron boxes. I have major ADD so the more gear I have, the less I get done (that’s why modular never appealed to me).
So… I bought Ableton 8 a long time ago when I had a better paying job but then due to that very job, I had no time to make music back then. I’ve steered away from Ableton for a long time due to some bvllsh*t contrarian “I wanna use something different than what everyone else is using” mentality that I think has held me back. At this point, after a very difficult year, I’m all about minimizing, simplifying, and Marie Kondo-izing my life. I’m going through a major life change right now, I just want to make more music and go beyond my current knowledge plateau with as few distractions and hiccups has possible. I’m able to upgrade to Ableton Live 11 Suite for $229 USD. I can get an Ableton Push 2 controller for about $550-600 used in great condition. I can finance this purchase by selling my Analog Keys (which I barely use). I can also sell my Bitwig and Studio One licenses. My bday is in a few days and I haven’t really treated myself to anything other than a nice pair of headphones over the past year. Shall this be my bday and getting vaccinated “revenge shopping” gift to myself? What do you Elektronauts think? Thanks!