So I’ve been producing electronic music since around 1998, so have dipped in and out of poor teenager with full hardware, then the early computer software/laptop as replacement, working in fully kitted out mega studios etc.
For me, I make music commercially, so sometimes that in itself can take the joy out of music, so I have ‘work music’ and more personal experimental stuff.
I have a top spec laptop running pretty much just Ableton and a handful of plugins, and that is the set up that gives me the least frustration and I can produce anything creatively that’s in my head. It’s not a place I go to get that experimental, but if I’m in the flow of things and in the right mood, I can bosh stuff out on this and be super happy. My best stuff I’ve ever done have come from this setup.
But then because I can as I’ve hit that age and part of my career where I can invest more money on music stuff, I’ve gone down the road too of hardware things, modular, more esoteric shit.
I’ve got my own studio now, so have all this stuff wired up, and bought and sold it all numerous times over the years, and currently I think I have a £6K modular system doing very little.
But sometimes I sit down with it, after work and make some fairly generic noisy techno thing and it might distract me from other worries, but yeah, hardware has never brought me joy or productivity except perhaps more acoustic stuff.
I bought a Handpan at the beginning of the summer, and honestly, I just sit on the roof playing that these days to unwind, and I get far more out of that than sitting in a basement patching modular gear!