I started in the early days (80’s) working with a tracker program on the Commodore Amiga and a 8 bits sampler card. Wow, the possibilities 🙂
Soon, together with Guido P, we invested in a Atari ST with Cubase and bought our first hardware synth, a Yamaha TG-55. We had the fortune that my dad always had recording gear (DAT, Tape, Mics) so we did not have to invest in those in the early days.
A multitude of gear then past by: Roland TR-909, Roland SH-101, Roland Alpha Juno II, Korg DW800, Yamaha TG-77, Roland Super Jupiter, Akai S1100, Oberheim Matrix 1000, Akai MPC60, Emu Emax II and many others (I probably also forgot a lot :-))
In the present time the synth’s I use come out of the box. Most of them by Arturia, Korg, Native Instruments and others.
I stayed a long time on Cubase (on pc) but then I tested Presonus Studio One and never looked back.
For mixing I use plugins from Universal Audio, Kush, Zynaptic, Plugin Alliance, Softube, McDSP, Flux, Eventide and others.
The setup simplified over the years but the possibilities are endless now.
My current setup is iMac, UAD Apollo Twin, 2 x UAD Satellite Quad, Presonus Faderport 8, Softube Console 1, Dynaudio BM6a, Reftones, Kurzweil and Novation Masterkeyboards. And of course, still my favourite instruments, guitars (Gibson, Fender, Epiphone, etc).
In the end its about transfering emotion from creator to listener, tools are just tools. (but I still need to get me some ATC speakers, and maybe a new plugin and and… :-))