Okay, I'm sure this has been discussed many times before, but I'm gonna ask it anyway:
I love composing music, but I lack the tools to get the ideas in my head out into something real (to be honest, it feels like It's going to drive me crazy sometimes, I'm sure you know the feeling). By tools, of course, I mean music production software and orchestral instrument libraries. I know all about things like EWQL and VSL and the like, but I can't really afford anything like that (not to mention the sheer size of some of those high-end libraries would probably kill my somewhat-obsolete iMac). I've seen free stuff also (Sonatina Symphony Orchestra, DSK Overture, and oh so many soundfonts), but most of it is, shall we say, unrealistic at best.
So the question is, what should I do? I know this is rather vague, but I'm at a loss. Composing isn't one of those careers that is expected to produce a high income, I just compose because, well, I NEED to compose. This makes me wary of investing large amounts of money into it as it is more of a obsession hobby than a career, and I don't expecting anything I buy to pay for itself, as it were.