This post is a response to Tools
I think about this subject, tools, a lot, and it is one I am therefore likely to return to often. Tools are both a blessing and a curse, I was going to say for any sound designer, but presumably for any artist, creator, or - actually - anyone making or doing anything. Tools enable and facilitate while having the capacity to frustrate and distract you just as easily.
I am not yet at the stage where tools are an invisible, seamless extension of thought and intention that I can instinctively reach for and manipulate in the same way I would my left arm or right hand. But I know that one day I will reach that point, even if that day is possibly still quite far away. The fact is that I am burdened by tools much less than I did even two years ago, and am much happier relying on the combination of my ears and instinct (some are able to do this without any or much accommodation). Yet, perhaps paradoxically, I am still very consciously searching for the 'right' ones; those most adept at bending to my will rather than the other way around, that suit me and understand me, that I feel give me change on what I put in.
As a sound designer, I spend a lot of time with these tools, so it makes sense to spend a lot of time finding (also nurturing and sometimes creating, or at least hacking) the right ones. It makes sense, too, to spend a lot of time thinking about them, for without them I cannot work, or cannot work as well.