I enjoy DAWs and plugins. It doesnt kill my creativity to use a computer and it doubles my productivity to be honest. I think it’s really fast and precise to edit with a mouse and keyboard on a big screen. Composing with a piano roll is nice. Imagine trying out chord inversions on the 8th bar of a 8-bar chord-progression, or coming up with a drumroll on the end of 4 bar loop with a loop based sequencer (like Elektron): it’s a PITA because you have to wait for the loop to get back to the point where you did the edit, so experimenting and trying out different things takes forever. Though for improvising and jamming on the fly having a keyboard or controller is a must IMO.
It’s also great to have the freedom to create multiple instances of everything in the digital realm:
Duplicating a track with a sophisticated audio processing chain attached to it, it’s just CTRL+D now you got two versions and can experiment with the new one.
You want the same reverb with a longer tail on another track: just copy. Try duplicating a reverb pedal, you are going to have to click on “Pay with paypal” and wait 2 days for your pedal to arrive
People will say that computers distract them from being creative but they will jump through hoops to avoid using a computer, just to be dawless. Sometimes it’s almost comical:
Is it really enjoyable to do intricate sound design with your 10th synthesizer in that awkward spot on the top left while being hunched over your desk, hurting your back because you really dont have the place for that synth to use egonomically (looking at you “Your setups”-thread)?
Do people enjoy an Ipad workflow where something easy as exporting a file needs multiple middleware to export a file from A to B?
Is it really more enjoyable to create FM patches with a Korg Volca FM instead of using Dexed on a computer?
Is it really that bad to use a computer for recording your jam and is using a >200€-field recorder for that purpose necessary?
Do people really enjoy working with big desk-mixers, lots of cables, patchbays, dealing with ground hum and midi clock issues. Do they really use all that stuff on a regular basis or do they enjoy buying gear, setting it up and make their homestudio look like the command station of a battleship?
To be honest sometimes I am not sure (about my self, too. right now sitting on 3 elektron boxes and a semimodular).