To bookend the last post, there's an electricity in the air when I think of the new gear I have. Ideas seem to just pop into my head easily when I sit down to work. Tonight for instance, while watching a tutorial video on how to make a kick sound with the Analog Four, I just randomly recorded a sequence on a track. That lead to sequences complimenting that one on the other three tracks, and so on. It was so rhythmically easy to do on the instrument despite its reputation for the steep learning curve.
As with most things, a firm foundation helps. Knowing what you're looking at and how synthesis works has been a good knack for me to have.
Musically, however, is where I've always suffered. I had piano lessons as a child but never applied myself. Being able to stay in key with Ableton's Push 2 is a pretty wild concept. I've dabbled in Cubase's chord tracks (a clunky function which helps to select chord progressions) but Push 2 just lets you JAM out without ever going out of key. It's unreal. The potential is there, it's physical, to create a song in a matter of days if not hours.
The biggest obstacle is the user. In this case, I managed to really shoot myself in the foot by upgrading my computers to OSX 10.11/El Capitan. Overbridge, the VSTi plugin for the Elektron Analog Rytm and Analog Four, doesn't work in El Capitan. I'm stuck waiting on updates to be able to actually do production work. It gives an opportunity to learn the basics but it's so discouraging to have ideas and be held up on software.
So another thing I'm instituting with this upgrade is to halt all production software upgrades once the equipment is working. It's really exciting to be back and inspired again!