Regards the talk about modeled instruments Vs real ones etc, I've held off talking about that for a very good reason, but in the end I feel I need to say my bit about it. It's gonna be long one, so maybe grab a coffee for this one if you fancy listening to my ramblings!
Being an Axoloti user I can imagine I come across as one who is generally ok about digital instruments. Fact is though, I went through a period where I pretty much hated "digital" instruments of any description. It wasn't due to any specific synthesizer though, it was simply due to playing music on a cassette deck (analogue of course) - and realising that digital audio is never going to sound and behave like that.
I was wise enough to hang on to my analogue gear and have been buying even more lately. Digital will never better the real thing. Nothing that is quantized (digital) can be more natural than something that is not quantized (analogue). People argue that it's not as simple as that, well yes it is as simple as that. The only reason they argue it's not as simple as that is because they have no argument. They lose each time because digital audio is quantized no matter what resolution it is, that's what digital is. It's a stream of digital levels played back at high enough speed to fool you.
Analogue isn't out to fool anyone, analogue is the real deal. Analogue is not quantized fakery, and we all know what digital means don't we? That's right chaps, it means it's fake. They might as well call the technology "Fake", because it means exactly the same thing as "Digital" when it comes to audio - or in fact anything.
Digital = Fake = Fact
So when it comes to modeled instruments (digital), I'm going to be the first to agree that no matter how far it advances, it will always suffer the same misfortune of being fake, just like the technology that powers it. This is a fact given that no matter how hard you try, something fake is never going to be real; a modeled violin is never going to be a violin.
But it's not all bad, cause while I laugh at people who don't understand why Analogue technology is superior to Digital, I have gathered quite a fondness for Digital technology lately. My fondness for it though (and you're not going to like this), is based upon the premise that digital should be used for what it's actually good at - (low fidelity).
The LinnDrum is a perfect example of this. It's blatantly digital and low-fidelity, but I love it, and here is where digital interests me, cause for me, digital is best placed being blatantly digital. As long as it's not trying to be analogue (which is never gonna happen), then I'm generally fine with digital for certain things. So I love digital when it falls into that sweet-spot of being crunchy and low-fidelity, but no so much as to render it with blatant artefacts.
My only other love for digital is recording it in analogue. Recording stuff like a LinnDrum and some of those early low-fi samplers like the Fairlight, in analogue, is one of the best combinations ever (it's why most music recorded in the 80s blows the socks of the stuff recorded today). So what I'm saying is, just like a violin is best suited to being played in the way it is, and a piano is best suited to being played in the way it is, digital is best suited at being what it is (quantized). It's only when it's trying to be something it will never be, that I generally hate it.
Take the vinyl record. The format was around long before I was born and it will still be around long after every one of us are dead. It's an analogue format, and the reason it will survive is because it's good, honest technology. You can make your own turntable out of houshold goods if you wanted to, and now, people are developing their own portable record cutting machines to bring to market - all analogue.
Digital technology has never been that accessible. Axoloti is a dream come true for doing things digitally, but you won't be making an Axoloti out of household goods as you could a turntable. Which brings me to the final reason why real (analogue) will always win over fake (digital) ... it's because it's real, simple as that.
Well I hope the coffee lasted, and that all had the priviledge of drinking real coffee, not digital coffee