Technology is catching up now you have the option of * Amp sims * Virtual midi instruments for guitar, bass and drums The sound is getting better every year. Right now all you need is your computer if you just want to create music. However what about * Tube amps sound better and get better tone? * What about the joy of playing the instrument? Having the sound of a human playing the actual instrument in the recording cannot be captured in a recording? Real instruments vs virtual instruments etc. etc. thoughts on all this? Here is my take * Everyone recommends using tubes amps because they sound better than any amp sims. Well, it's about what's practical to the user. For someone like me, I don't have a band, making an album or playing in front of 10000 people in a stadium. I have a very demanding job working 8am-9pm and have a family. We live in a small apartment with old neighbors. So Amp sims is awesome for my situation. * If your primarily instruments is guitar and you love playing guitar and don't know anything about playing bass or drums. Virtual instrument will work well. I think it has it's place and of course a real person playing the instrument will sound/feel better but for the bedroom guitar player or barely home.. there is alot of advantages to using virtual instrument Sorry for the rant. I have a few people advising me all the time get a tube amp and play with real people. Get real drums, Get real bass. They will make your recording and songs sound better but for people with families in similar situation.. what are your thoughts on this? Thanks for listening and for your advice.