Rich as you get older there is less and less time for that sort of thing. Orchestrating 4 people for a jam has got increasing difficult. 9 out a 10, one person cancels. Then what..Somethings missing. Through COVID I have stayed in touch and sent tracks back and forth to people . That way working with bits and peices and splicing them together works out. Quintessential VSTs become necessity.Given the option, I would rather have 3 or 4 friends over with their instruments, and play music together. Even using a drum machine or something like EZDrummer is more of a necessity rather than a preferred way to work. Does it work? Yes. Is it as much fun? Not for me.
Label me an old fuddy duddy!