Since I'm having some GAS, I figure we might as well give an honorable mention the P.A.S. (plug-in acquisition syndrome) . GAS in the digital domain = P.A.S. You heard it here first! :tongue: When DAW's first came out I thought and couldn't care less if it put analog out of business. Man was I off in my thinking but not far off in reality. I thought plug-ins were the best thing going and I couldn't get enough of them into my system. I was so convinced and so impressed with how plug-ins eliminated all the wire. I was convinced they had to sound better because the recording process is so clean sounding, individually. VSTi, oh ya... more more more. I lost my ability to think OTB. Whenever I read topics about hardware, especially by others who "didn't have Pro Tools" I though, hmmm my Pro Tools rig was way better, it was the industry standard. Because I had invested 25 grand into it and didn't really have any high end experience ... I mean, the same track count and effects for this in the analog domain would cost 100 grand and take up a bunch of real estate. The simplicity was more reason I bought into it. I pushed it like everyone else while sound quality I never knew I missed took a back seat. It was all fun until the 2-bus started getting ugly. Anyway, I had about $10,000 on top of the 25 grand invested in plug-ins. I kept looking for the best plug-ins to get me there. Over and over I continue to try and create space in my sound but it is always cluttered to my liking. It wasn't until I reverted back to some old recording years later did I recognize something that I'm finding has become a pandemic and IMO, altered the way music sounds. I think we are becoming brain washed or conditioned. Are we forcing out affordable high end analog even further because it will soon be of no interest to the norm? Maybe... and that might not be a bad thing for me. 10 years later, I won't load that crap into my system for fear I will start using it again lol. Its like a cancer. It has got to be pretty exceptional for me to even consider most plug-in these days. Music is so effected by plug-ins and its only getting worse. When I used Pro Tools I had 60 plug-ins in my system and I wanted more and more. I was crazy over it all. Today, I have very little going on ITB. I'm more focused a few different high end pre-amps, variety of very good mics, quality converters, fine cable, a few high end hardware pieces and very limited plug-ins. I'd be curious to hear how many plug-ins you use or have loaded into your DAW? Do you have P.A.S. ?