I used to be a member on the old forums (2005 maybe?) and I was also very active on Sectionz. I either went by Somnio or Ambary, I can not quite remember, but hello again!
I had an information technology catastrophe during some point while I was going to uni and as a result lost all of my music that I had produced previously. I was so discouraged I just stopped doing any and all music. I even sold most of my gear.
The tools I had used a lot back then were: FL Studio (10 I think was the last new version I think I used), Reason 5, and Reaktor 5. I liked to ReWire Reason over to FL and do all the arrangement work in FL Studio. I also did a lot of found sound and circuit bending. I build up a rather large sample library that was lost. I still have most of my VST collection, though, and I think I might have a bunch of patches, but all my custom Reaktor ensembles are gone.
It also didn’t help that I moved on to use all Linux all the time and the learning curve of audio Linux is a bit steep.
So after a lot of soul-searching, dealing with some medical issues, getting a degree, starting graduate school, working in the world of semiconductor engineering, losing money in the stock market due to this wonderful quarantine situation, and finally reclaiming my damned SoundCloud account, I’ve decided to try and move on from the crushing data loss and the embarrassing, general atrophy of skill and begin creating music anew.
The tools I’m exploring are in the universe of Linux, so ReNoise is a first stop while I struggle to get a workflow established. I plan to buy a mic and maybe a field recorder, see if I can find any remaining piezoelectric disks I used before, and begin making bleeps and bloops again.