I have lots of music programs, effects, utilities etc. but probably much less than most electronic musicians have.
I’m fortunate to be working on my material full-time, but even so the amount of software I have is staggering and I’m pretty careful not to get too bogged down in huge packages – Native Instrument’s ‘Komplete’ comes to mind, as well as endlessly looking for new things.
I believe time taken to really look into a particular program is time well spent, as opposed to skimming the surface of a lot of things. FLstudio for me is a good example, on the face of things it may seem quite simple, but it’s actually very complex once you get into it.
I’ve spent a lot of time listening and auditioning things, to determine whether they may be some use (or potential use). I don’t think there’s a ‘killer app’ for music, something that will create fantastic material at the click of the mouse, even though marketing would lead us to believe there is. Tools are just that and I find the old adage ‘99% perspiration – 1% inspiration’ still holds true.
Of course, there comes a point where you have to start making music with all this stuff !