Lol, maids here in germany cannot afford cakewalk. You should know, they are indeed paid rather well in comparison to other countries. And you would be surprised how little maids there are in germany, they are mostly employed in hotels I think. Only ones who could afford a full time maid for private purposes, are the big bad fat ass slugbold ultra rich capitalist having eaten them all winners. A doctor for example most probably couldn't afford a maid in his house - maybe someone who can come to clean his house for an hour or two once per week. Doctor has to work very hard to pay the housecleaner, and to keep a modest house he probably owns, or some larger apptmnt in a city. Cleaning maid also needs to clean many houses apart from another full time job and that of her husband, to get along. You know, the amounts of money paid for work in germany may seem high in comparison to other countries, even the dole might seem like a nice income, but in reality life in germany is very expensive. If you are on this dole, you can have some minimum standards from it, but still you will be apart from the mainstream culture due to lack of money to pay things that would let you take part in it. This seems also to be a common misconception among the current imigrants - they seem to come in the illusion that it is easy to find a crazy high (to their standards) paid job and get by easily. But then reality hits them, and only people interested in employing them is the readily waiting mafia, to pay them for selling drugs or taking part in housliftings. All societies on this world are kind of golden air on the top and dirt and mud at the lower levels, germany just is kind of a rich quagmire, the richness not making it substantially different from other societies seperated to castes of different wealth and wellbeing, and this seems to be true for any society but maybe some silly jungle tribes having good times snorting vine powders and still believing the spirits talking to them that it is bad to build one's wealth by standing on the shoulders of someone forced to be in that situation while enjoying fresh air and shitting on his head.
Yes, even for an average german, buying music software is a major investion. So even germans would rather pirate all the hundreds of euros to get things going, even if they are from a rather rich family. For someone from a lower "caste" it would be impossible to get into business without pirating software and hustling in some way to get hold on hardware equipment.
I always thought this would be some unwritten law - you pirate all the stuff, until you made enough money with it to buy legit licenses. It won't work the other way round unless you are very rich, maybe some rich people would buy all the software and libraries as toys, who knows. I excluded renoise from this and bought it as a toy without having pirated it before, because it is rather cheap. Ableton for example would be some major investion for me, I couldn't easily afford it. Also I feel like renoise alone couldn't get me into business making enough money to not having to do anything else (what musicians tend to dream of...), however good I might get in using it, deadlines and expectations in regard to quality etc in the industry are just too strict to allow trying to do everything without use of lots of plugins/preset libraries. Other than in niches, that is.
Edited by OopsIFly, 18 December 2017 - 18:00.