I have Kontakt, Reason and a few other vst's. Full Disclosure - I do not play an instrument (yet), although I am back to the beginning with my Mel Bay Guitar Method Grade 1. I have a cheap Squire Telecaster to learn.
I have collected a few odds and ends for my retirement hobby.
Bill is actually a great inspiration for ambient music, and I also enjoy listening to Tangerine Dream.
Yes I do. I don't use loops, but play everything. I have a few vet's but prefer the actual instrument vst's (violin, piano, horns)
Can I help?
I play a Steinberger GP guitar tuned to DADAde.
A Yamaha 510v with a grover perfect nut as a steel guitar, tuned to DADF#ae, shubbs tonebar.
Bone, metal, ebony and Wegen picks...and my fingers.
Quad capture interface.
Powerful pc, windows 7.
AKG 701 headphones.
Reaper as a DAW.
Blue cat Patchwork as a router and block/module. I put everything inside and route as needed, amazing plugin.
Kazrog Thermionik as an amp (also use S Gear 2 and TH-U): from clean mellow and spark to 5150/rectifier and bassman/vox/plexi crunch madness.
Recabinet 5 as a cabinet miced/IR loader with Rosen Digital Impulse Responses.
Kontakt with Plethora (bought for 6 euros!) and Rhodope.
Camel audio Alchemy.
Flintpope and other similar ambient plugins.
Sforzando as a sfz loader.
Fab filter Q as an equalizer.
EAReverb as a reverb.
Kazrog true iron, master dither, valveq and kclip.
Molot as a compressor.
Blue cat Acoufiend as a feedback generator.
Blue cat Late Replies as a delay/monster effect...).
Portal as a monster effect.
Many blue cat effects...
I also have a Tech 21 Trademark 30.
Various boutique pedals I want to sell, an ebow, a ZVex fat fuzz factory...
There are many free VSTs and others with limited functionality (but enough functional to be able to use them in production), lots of them very powerful and light on cpu.
I make most of my "noise" with the guitar (heavily processed half the time) and the few VST instruments listed. I process some things a lot and others very little to none.
Dreamscapeland for me.
Not really a fan of using computers to make music, but I do get a kick out of messing about with free VSTs just to get more unique sounds into my samplers.
A common technique I'll try involved using TAL Sampler to give things a bit of oomph prior to putting them into the Digitakt -- that bit of kit is a bit too pristine at times.
Another one I've been messing with involves making FM patches on Dexed then putting a small recording of it into the V-Synth.
After that, I play to each unit's strengths: the Digitakt can give me great performance-oriented sequencing abilities while the V-Synth is a great sampler mangling tool.
When I first started using Cubase I went crazy with instruments . I had maybe 8 different reverb echoes etc etc .. I soon realized it was plain crazy . For the last 10 yrs I've used the same software ..added nothing and it does me fine . Battery Mutron mellotron Edirol Orchestra Moog modulator Wavestation Trinity Ampeg svx Yamaha dx 7 8 all effects are stock .
Hi Bluesplayer 59.
I totally agree with you re going crazy with gear, there is almost too much and I know great musicians who spend too much time trying to get xyz working on 25 different eqs
OK maybe not 25 els, but I tend to use plus and instalments that I get on with and stick with that.