The week after Christmas I was sick, so I watched the whole Stranger Things series and it awoke some latent 80's demon inside me who now I can't get enough synth music. I am a man possessed. There's an awful lot of cool tones and textures available in the modern synthetic music hardware/software. So far, I've played with the boxed tones in garageband and my old yamaha keyboard (which, surprise!, also sounds great through a Princeton amp). A few nights ago, I used an ancient iTunes giftcard to install Korg Gadget on my iphone. Small interface aside, the ability to tone-tweak yourself into compelling tones is mind-blowing. Pitch bends. vibratos. EQ. TEXTURE. It literally feels like every sound is at your fingertips. I hardly got any sleep that night. And today, instead of the midi controller I need for Gadget, I bought an Electribe 2 (the all-grey one that is so inspiring to me when I see it). So now that's on it's way to my house. I hope to love its limitations and sounds. But my soul is recoiling with all of this, because: 1-I am *gulp* no longer inspired by my guitars, with their incessant need for tuning and retuning and their 60 cycle hum and ground loops and nutwork and fretwork and pickup swapping and too-loud-for-the-neighbors and pedal buying and pedal tweaking, etc. 2-with synthetic music, you don't really have to know anything about music to make noise that sounds like music. When things sound awesome to me, usually I'm just moving knobs and running my finger over a keyboard which has had all the "wrong" notes removed and I have lost touch with what's really happening. 3-with synthetic music, there's no physical touch. I always hated keyboards for this reason - no actual strings getting hit by actual hammers. No plucking. No physical tension to shape and fight against. No acoustic sound at all without some sort of powered external transducer. 4-my future inevitably holds a campfire with people asking for a song and me pulling out my phone and "laying down a beat". Has anyone here stepped into the synth abyss and escaped to tell about it? Am I even allowed to be on this forum anymore???