Although in many ways producing music has never been easier due to DAWs, notation/publishing software, cheap hardware etc. , it has meant that the composer, in order to compete against the millions of good composers out there – and, in fact, the millions of rubbish ones with all the gear but no idea – has do regularly splurge on upgrading and updating studio gear, computers and software. Unfortunately, today has been the day when I have had to bite that bullet and order a whole new home studio set-up (although I am keeping my monitors and Motu soundcard). Hard on the pocket, but exciting in a perverse kind of way.
I am by no means a massive tech-head, but allowing oneself to fall behind in software these days can be disastrous and could easily cost you a commission, or at the very least require you to put in many more hours than your competitor who has kept his system up-to-date.