Jeez I didn't realize there were so many OT owners on WATMM... I guess that makes at least 3 of us? Not to turn this into an OT thread (if this discussion continues it might be good to move it to one), but it's a badass machine... I think it came at a time (2010, right?) when IDM was kind of dormant and the wave of kids getting into electronic music at the time were mostly into dubstep and didn't really give a shit about gear, so it was pretty slept on. Plus, it definitely has a learning curve, moreso than other Elektrons.
But it's a dream machine... I mean, I literally dreamt about a sampler like this since at least the mid 2000s from working with trackers, especially with that Wave Recorder module in Buzz. The OT is very close to the hardware version of what I had in mind (minus some really nerdy shit I was obsessed with that any designer/engineer/architect in her right mind would nuke from project scope ASAP, with great prejudice), something I never dreamed of being implemented, let alone in a hardware box. It really blew my mind when I learned what it could do, and when I could finally afford an Elektron I knew it had to be my first one.
A few years later I find myself simultaneously still liking it quite a bit and using it more than any of my other gear, but also really wanting to "open it up" with the MIDI control. Now that topic -definitely- doesn't belong in this thread, but just serves as evidence that gearlust can never be satisfied. There is no perfect machine just like there is no perfect music or perfect humans, and all you can hope to do is make as many mistakes as you possibly fucking can with the time and tools you have, and learn (mutate -> evolve) from them.
Paperts says that children are small theory builders, they have lots of models in their heads for how the the world fit together. He mentions that many children when asked “who creates the wind?” says “the trees”. That absolutely makes sense, they can wave their arms and feel the wind, why wouldn’t the wind be created by the trees? I asked my three year old son that question and sure enough; the answer was the wind. When I asked him: where to the seeds come from that turns into plants, he answered: “the earthworms put them there, they have a large supply and they transport them through small ducts”. It makes me wonder: what’s more important, to be correct or to be able to create many theories?
Also I think the treatment (not necessarily cure, heh) for GAS is, like, the Ikea effect, putting your own effort into it, whatever that means for you. If that means modding your gear or building your gear or coding your gear or anything that gets you to focus what you have instead of going shopping. Satisfaction from gear only comes from having a relationship with it. Maybe that relationship is about developing virtuosity (not me), using it to make lots of tracks (not me either), or poring over the manuals, running little tests, and learning every last architectural detail you can possibly absorb in an effort to make up for your lack of talent a little bit, try to understand the design decisions, and just amuse yourself and get some kind of perverse, arcane satisfaction (me).