so you are saying a good painter should have north of 10 million different paint tins (or how many colors the human eye can discern again) in his wardrobe or basement?People who paint know that more colors means the wider range of paintings they can create. My point about limiting a painter to the color blue is not absurd it makes a perfectly valid point. Try to create a painting of anything that is not blue.
I really don't know anything about painting, but i remember some mad american (IIRC ) genius painter from the 70's or 80's on TV who mixed his colors himself of a select color palette as required.
I know for sure though, that the painters in our company, while having quite an arsenal of different paint, still mix a lot to obtain the required color most of the time.
And how many 8OP FM synths do you need? 1 or 2? 3? Or better be safe and have 20+ of them?And that's my point, you choose the sounds you use to convey the type of music you want to create. If you limit yourself to only analog type sounds then all your songs are going to be limited to that sonic footprint. Now add in 8 Op FM synthesis and the range of sounds you can create expands. Add in multi-sampling based synthesis and your possibilities expand exponentially.
I don't think this has to be the case, even with relatively few gear, unless you always make/use the same sounds.Unless of course you want every one of your songs to have exactly the same sonic footprint then more power to you. That would bore me to death.
It also doesn't apply to samplers at all (unless again you continuously use the same sounds)
A lot of the flavors can also be altered through different processing
And of course there's nothing wrong with re-using the same sounds.
Most people would be hard pressed to realize if you changed your real piano or guitar on your new album.
And there's a crap ton of people who are explicitly lusting for world famous sounds of the Minimoog, TB-303, SH-101, TR-808, etc. as accurately reproduced ad presets in their favorite (soft)synths, so re-use of “same old sounds“ should not even be that much of an issue for many.
There's still different processing and last, but not least different song structures / compositions that should still make songs discernible from each other.
That's how music has been done for thousands of years