After my latest sound design project I had a bit of money to put back into my studio. For a long while I had considered putting together a modular, and i've still got plans for a modular—but i ordered a Paca from symbolic sound instead... and it's supposed to be here. any. damn. second!!!!
I like computers, I like fooling around with things in ways they're not necessarily meant to be toyed with. When I start building a modular (likely at least a year from now, as kyma will keep me busy) I'll probably be messing around with the firmware or something.
My only issue with "the computer as instrument" is the long list of potential rabbit holes one can fall into—and lead to days or weeks of time with no musical or sonic output. What attracted me to kyma, I think, is it's self-contained nature, as well as having a powerful tool that I know I'll devote all my study to. I feel like I don't have to chase some crazy spectral morph sound with CDP anymore, or even mess with MSP unless I want to. the damn paca isn't even here yet and i'm already feeling liberated from ever needing to dig into CDP, csound, msp, or anything similar unless i want to.
...I hope i'm right about this...