I think whenever we like it or not, softsynths are the future, for many reasons, with all tools I got including professional studio plug ins and reverbs I see no real reason to switch to hardware.
The only problem I have have with this thread is that Immersion, you really need to stop making such broad sweeping statements as the ones above.
I have been reading this thread with interrest and there is a nice balance of insight from folks as to the tools being largley un-important to the end result, which I agree to in theory, but not necessarily practice as the instruments you choose "will" have a huge impact on the end result.
Now setting aside that this is ambient music for a second, will a guitarist "most likely" make better music with a cheap $79.00 Harmony Acoustic or if they can afford it...a $2000 Taylor? Which instrument will inspire better playing and learning?
Unfortunatly I honestly feel it is similar with synths, recording gear and so on.
Meaning that you may actually learn more and get better sounds with a real modular, than with a soft synth equivalent, or I can't find one single person in the industry who acctually thinks and belives that the Arturia, NI or GForce recreations sound anywhere close to their real world equivalents. Now this may not matter to an end user or even a listener, which in some cases is sad, but there is a quantifiable difference to the real thing VS software.
Even in plug-ins, every time I have switched to the real thing from a plug-in version the difference has been obvious. Does it stop me from using plug-ins or soft synths, no...but when given the choice I would certainly choose the real thing.
Just my opinion,
I guess my point is that while soft synths and plug-ins are here to stay and quite excellent in many cases, I don't see any proof in the industry that the real gear is becoming exctinct yet. In fact many the Boutique hardware industry is at an all time high...
Hello Paul, first of all, I am a huge fan of your album "Silence Speaks in Shadow".
Yes you are probably right, that I am not entirely objective, it might be hard also, since it mostly have to do with preference. I think we all talk from our own inner perspective more or less...
I am not saying that this or that is better, if people prefer hardware instead of software it is a choice.
However, no one can deny that softsynths or software in general have endless possibilities, there for I see it hard
for hardware equipment to survive in future, however what time span we are talking about is uncertain, I cannot look into the future... but there will always be people that prefer hardware of course...but most people will choose the most inexpensive solution, which most likely will be a software-based solution.
And it is not only that the possibilities are endless, but to use software have in theory many more advantages, especially when it comes to shape and form sounds, that is really the strongest advantage with digital software...
However, you cannot of course use only software to create music, you still need usb/midi keyboard, and various interfaces and control units to communicate with the software. Many do the mistake and think you can get a good human flow in the music by just using the "mouse" , I am strictly against this idea, the mouse you use mostly for editing. The human hand/ear should otherwise be used as much as possible in the creation of music, but again, this is only my opinion, there is nothing right or wrong in music really...everyone should do what feels right to them...
The softsynths you are mention, they are of course not ideal for ambient music always, but..one certainly can create good sounds with those... of course never as good as the acoustic own created sounds..However I think this will improve more and more with time.
About the plugins, I am not sure what plugins you are talking about, but for studio effects etc, their is nothing better then professional plugins, such as everything by "waves" for instance, they are pretty much the studio standard in all professional studios around the globe. But again, this is a matter of preference, there is nothing right or wrong in the world of music.