Some times I look back at what I had in the 1980s, basically a sampler and a few analog synths. Everything was much simpler to use back then, I sometimes miss that simplicity.
Well put Loren.......this is what I have been after, the simplicity. Im sure you all know of ambient artist Rudy Adrian....love his music but what impressed me was the majority of his music was composed on one keyboard, a yamaha Sy 88 or something like that. Just one synth. Talk about knowing you instruments.
I have had a good selection of keys to play with in the past but Ive whittled it down to an Matrix 12 & a Virus TI......really, if you can't create with this combo.
Also I feel theres not much happening out there regarding new instruments for sonic creation...software perhaps.
The last recent hardware synth that inspired me was the Hartmann Neuron, I had the funky misbehaving software version.....very unique sounds though.
As Ambient Electronic musicians we have this vast world of sonic possibilities and it was the gear that defined and shaped electronic music at its origin.