- Don't fret on that missing/non-existent module/feature/plugin, this is not what stops you from making music. music was made before the mere existence of synths and plugins
- Don't blame it on hosting platforms, heck you don't need a hosting service to make music.
- Even if it blinks and bleeps, your synth is still an instrument, treat it with the respect an instrument deserves, i.e. play it, practice, play some more, practice some more. If you don't feel like that then it's perhaps time to admit to yourself; I'm a collector not a musician. Which is fine as well, middle-aged men often develop the tendency to start collections, whether it's vintage guitars, sportscars or vinyl records or post stamps. You're a collector, man up, act like one and you can stop pretending to be a musician, so you won't have to worry about writers block.
- use whatever to inspire you to create music; films, books, videos, other music, ...
- Embrace mediocrity; not every patch you produce is mind-blowing piece of art. You will not write the next viral summer hit, and that is ok as well.
- It basically boils down to this one massive copyright violation; Just Do It(tm).
Exactly! Every track not made, because it does not meet some impossible artistic benchmark, is another chip added to your writers block. Making mediocre/bad tracks hones your music skills and will eventually get you closer to your own musical goals. Sitting down and whining about not being good enough will only make you better at whining not playing.
I find what works for me is just getting started. I have the tendency to think about making music rather than actually make it (and I also procrastinate a lot 😁). But every time I sit in front of my modular and start patching something I get something in return. Nothing good most of the time, by any stretch of the imagination, but still something. I just need to push myself to get started.
And modular is an instrument indeed, every time you make something, even if it's terrible, you're honing your skills.
Synthesis is a vast field and the ways on how to achieve your goals are almost endless. The downside of it is that it takes time and practices to more comfortable with it and be able to reproduce what's in your head, so keep at it.
I certainly agree too many options make music making harder not easier..... When I start writing a new song I usually get 2 or 3 sounds that work well together and go from there - this includes the drums.....
Drums are always a solid start. A solid groove is half the track IMO. Once you have that running you can figure out (a) bassline(s) and the rest will follow. Most carbon-based lifeforms have an easier time recognizing sound as music if there is some rhythmic element going on, i guess it reminds them of their own heart(s)beat. It(s a bit like recognizing faces in car grills.