I work mainly for making music for tv ad's here in Australia, and was just wondering what other tv composers found to be their 'essential tools'. Mine are Ableton Live, RMX (with Xpanders), Kontakt 2 as well as Cubase SX and Pro Tools. And I find myself using a surprising amount of Apple garage band loops for somet things too, for some strange reason, as well as the old e-lab drum hits. In the studio too is a maton acoustic guitar, and fender rhodes (constant inspiration). Have also been digging the trigger finger for Ableton triggering and what not too.
I'm sure other things with leap to mind, but love to hear what tools I'm missing out on!