marooned ufo wrote:1. A midi controller does exactly the same thing.
One specialized MIDI controller for every instance of every softsynth you use, plus more for effects and for mixing, might be "close enough" to the same thing.
marooned ufo wrote:2. You can resell your plugins too, but why buy something you don't plan to keep in the first place? Now a days the value of analog gear is going down with the advent of modern emulations and clones.
I've used VST plugins for about 15 years, desktop synths for 3 and Eurorack for 2. I can say with certainty that hardware is more likely to resell and tends to retain its value pretty decently. There are no prohibitive license transfer fees, no NFRs, and no 50% off holiday sales on hardware that mean you have to price your resales lower.
I've had 100 Eurorack modules enter my studio and 50 leave again in trades and sales. It's given me the opportunity to try out a whole lot of gear and determine what works best for me and together as a system. If I buy a module used, I can usually resell it at the same price or close enough that it would be considered a fantstically cheap "rental" fee.
I've successfully sold very few plugins, and eaten the loss on a lot more.
marooned ufo wrote:3. Hardware has tons of issues, missing keys, broken knobs, going out of tune, burnt out circuit boards, power issues, degradation over time, components have a lifespan and cleaning and maintenance. All of which can be very expensive, the more vintage it is, the higher the price goes up for parts and service.
Missing keys: Sure, on the Korg Nanokey 1 I had, which was garbage. Not on anything else. WTF are you doing to your synths?
Broken knobs: Never seen it.
Going out of tune: Digital hardware and modern analog don't have a serious problem here.
Burnt out circuit boards: Never seen it. Try turning off your synths before pouring beer into them
Degradation over time: By the time the hardware I own "degrades", the software I own will have long been completely unusable and/or replaced by better software.
Cleaning and maintenance: It takes about 20 seconds to dust my synth gear every once in a while.
marooned ufo wrote:3a. Takes up a lot of space, electricity bill and where you keep it needs to be safe and secure from theft.
It does take up space -- kind of difficult to have a hands-on interface without that. MIDI controllers also take space.
The electricity bill for my synths is, I estimate, about 1/10 of what my computer uses and that's under load -- and I turn my synths off when not using them; I leave my computer on.
My synths are as secure as my computer is, given they're in the same room.
marooned ufo wrote:4a. Only needing a laptop to make music anywhere is very appealing and rewarding.
There are people who find computers intrinsically un
appealing for music. I'm not one of them, but I do kind of dislike laptops for their ergonomics.
There are also a wide variety of small, portable synths, including modular cases; there's a whole sub-community of people who take modular stuff on the road, to the beach, on mountain hikes etc.
marooned ufo wrote:5. The ability to run multiple instances of the same instrument makes it inexpensive and convenient.
Very true! Part of why I like VST effects along with my hardware synths and some hardware effects. Although you'll also find people who prefer to work within limits.
I tend to only use 3-5 monophonic voices in most of my music, but I like being able to throw my favorite compressor, EQ, delay etc. onto all of them at once if I choose to.