I'm curious to see the results and to read any opinions on this topic a year from now. Are you more inclined to buy hardware or plugins now? I'm inclined no predict a huge percentage of pro audio manufacturers that still make hardware, go out of business in the next few years. The only hardware I see selling strong are mics, converters and preamps. Anything that can be replaced by a plug-in, will be. Hardware comps, EQ's, processors are going to be near obsolete. Even if the plug-ins suck, the simplicity and convenience of plug-ins are going to put the good old boys out of business. Is our high end hardware going to remain useful or useless? Maybe that old hardware will be gold? This topic was inspired from the lack of interest for hardware inquiries this last year in our proshop. I'm seeing less banners being clicked for hardware and far more interest in DAW related products. Seems the new generation of music creators aren's at all interested in hardware. Anything to do with DAW's is of big interests and big business. Shopping for a nice big sounding stereo is becoming difficult to find in stores as well. Seems there isn't big interest in that good old 70's sound anymore . Its all going to hell. Prefab is killing the entire business. Pretty soon china will be making plugins lol. Its interesting but concerning. I don't know what to expect or how to guide my children. They are becoming excellent musicians. I'm teaching them how I used to make music and what I listened to. Then, preparing them for A/V engineering and keeping away from the increasing addiction to cell phones.