Flipping through youtube and found this guys channel. YouTube - TheJosuaman's Channel‏ Check out his DAW of choice. It's Magix.........Music Maker. Yeah. Hardly a high end DAW. But, listen to the music this guy makes. It's mostly if not all vst's, yet it sounds quite organic. Really great work. It just goes to show that all the gear and software in the world is not enough. You NEED talent. You NEED a sense of harmony. I could go on looking for the next best plugin or whatever. It's not going to make me a better musician. Sometimes, you have to stop and do the best with what you have to really come to grips with what's lacking in your setup. It may be nothing at all or it may be that you are the weakest link in your signal chain. I'm not saying stop buying things or stop making music. I'm just saying, there is no reason to buy the best and there is no reason to download cracks. Get what you can afford and make the best of it. And when you've done your best, then decide if you could improve it with a purchase. Lousy sounding tracks isn't always a result of crappy gear. More often then not, it is a result of inexperience or a lack of talent. If all you need is experience, then just keep working on it. Talent is such a small part of the equation. If you can put in the 90% hard work, the 10% of talent will come.