>It mostly has to do with how good you´re behind the mixing desk....
>This is where it really happens.
I have to admit this is true, but it hurts. 'Things' should happen at the
instrument, not behind the mixer. Composing has to do with music and (in
most of our cases) in being able to flip a few switches and turn some knobs
to get the desired results in the sonic spectrum. 'Producing' in the 21st
century however, has become more technical than musical. Therefor they are
two completely different disciplines. From the point of view of the producer
I agree with you. As a musician and composer I pity this evolution...
As for the JP8; April 30 we (the Jupe and me) have our fifth aniversary,
we'll celebrate it with a day full of noise. And after five years of real
extensive use (more than any other synth or sampler around the house) it is
still my biggest treasure soundwise. No other device -be it VA, analogue or
plain d∗g∗t∗l- knows how to surprise and please me in times I'm sonically
stuck with a track. I'll love it for live, even though the VAs are getting
better and better and more and more usable musicwise.
Hence the fact I stil don't accept offers on my JP8... ;-)