So... here we are again.
As a hardware synth (especially analogs) I'll go out on a limb and say that hardware synths make me want software. So easy to use and configure, as we all know. As for programming, I'm a little puzzled by the fact that so many people have problems with them. Sure, some are a bit confusing to use but once you get the hang of them... I imagine it would be the same as if I got put in front of someone else's big modular system. It would take a while to get the lay of the land.
So... why don't I just stay 100% ITB? Well I'm one of those deluded fellows who think an analog synth has sonic characteristics that have not been matched in the VA world. To the people who start comparing oscs, I say that's like comparing twins by looking at their eyeballs that have been removed... or looking at photos of them from 50 ft away.
Now take the same twins and spend a few hours with them in a room. All sorts of small differences add up really quickly and soon you'll think, "Why did I ever have a hard time telling these two apart? I listen to Diva and sometimes I wonder why people think it's the best vintage VA emulator. It's good, don't get me wrong, but the XILS Lab synths sound warmer and more organic to my ears. Diva sounds kind of modern in comparison. Now, of course, Diva and the XILS Lab synths are emulating different instruments so you can't compare them really, but I'm talking about a general impression. Also, I don't want people to think I equate vintage sound with better sound. To me I'd rather have a modern synth than deal with the issues of old vintage synths. I wouldn't even buy the MS20 Mini because I can't route velocity to filter or filter amount or anything.
But... well my hunch is that we're really close to finally putting a nail in this coffin, at least for me. I don't think analog synths are unemulatable. It's just a matter of time before clever programming and fast processors become The Way. As I type this I have a KingKorg on it's way and I'm thinking that it might be good enough for me to be able to clear out a few of my hardware synths. I guess I'll see. If a hardware VA can do it, I can't think of a reason that a software VA can do it at some point in the future.