maybe you didnt spend long enough bro, it took me about 5 years to fully master my hardware studio in the beginning, sounds like your set up was very complicated,
You might be right steevio, but at the moment I don’t have as much time for the music as I would like to.
Work and family are eating up time, so until things harmonize a bit I just have 2 times a week to go to the studio. Which is in the evening, after a full day work or a full family days. Being you a father you can immagine how exhausting can be a day with a 17 months child... always something going on!
My hardware only setup was a “romantic back to the roots” thing... I started without computer 17 years ago, gradually incorporated computer (ATARI anyone?) and then slipped ITB. After some years of 50/50 I decided to go back to OTB. Tried, didn’t like it enough to persevere and went back ITB.
EDIT: My setup was indeed complicated, maybe too much complicated. IN fact I uninstalled a lot of plugins now that I work almost only ITB, keeping just the one I use a lot, in order not to be overhelmed with tons of options.
I can relate.
Youngest just had her first birthday 2 weeks ago. Oldest is 4,5 now.
It's amazing how much time kids can take up.
I always do it with all of my heart, but I wonder if I ever get to do a more 9 to 5 job, when I'll ever find some time for music.
I had a similar thing as you, but for me it was more hardware=>software=>hardware.
I started out about 19 years ago with only hardware. Didn't know what the hell I was doing, didn't have internet or other sources of info either. => lost interest after 2 years.
Restarted about 11 years ago, primarely with hardware, incorporated software a few years later.
Had a mainly hardware setup that grew more and more software oriented. sold a lot of synths.
eventually got back more and more into hardware. Now it's about 70/30.
Funny thing is I ended up working like I imagined I would be working about 8 years ago, when I imagined how I'd like my studio to be.
You know, you read all these things about studio setups at tweakheadz and other sites, and you start thinking what you'd use for drums, how you'd do your sampling, what you'd use for bass. how you'd use patchbays.
blablabla. although it was all purely "theoretical", back then it seemed like the most practical setup I could imagine.
But I never imagined I'd end (going through several types of setups) up with almost exactly that type of setup that I imagined myself to have so many years ago. (size mixer, amount of synths and types of synthesis, patchbays,...)
Seems kind of strange, you know. You'd imagine you'd end up somewhere completely different along the way.