You’re right about the ‘crazy old professor’ bit, the more equipment the higher the wall between you and creation.
I’m very lucky, I spend most of my time creating using acoustic guitars, piano, and most of all musician friends.
The song is actually always the core of everything I do.
These little sounds I post here are more or less ‘exercises’ I do. Since I learned how to manage to work with most of my gear it doesn’t block me to be honest. I spend years with Reason and Sonar, doing drums rewiring EZdrummer, and then doing live shows with guitars, pedal boards, amps. So the whole thing has always been quite eclectic for me.
It’s like learning to use a high end camera (I do photo aswell), once you passed the learning bit the tool really becomes a tool, opening oceans of possibilities.
Well the Zynthian is very straightforward and I like it for that. Very flexible,too.
And easy to carry around. I work with a bass player and a very creative guitarist, so I need to be ready to ‘jump in’ at any given moment, one never knows what they might do next!
Have you considered the Mpc for performing ? It’s quite versatile without the awkwardness of the Elektron gear.