I agree, its amazing but for me I keep finding new stuff to do with the limited gear i have on hand. Earlier i was trying to run my volca beats through my microbrute to use the brute's filter, and i found out you can push the line in gain via a tiny pop-out knob on the back of the unit to absolutely saturate and overdrive the sound, even more fun when fed back into the circuit via some patch cables and sound card re-routing hehe. That whole experience was very organice, a nice change of pace for me bc im constantly doing shit on the computer
Edit: to clarify, I think what i mean is that I can't personally get the same experimental vibe by looking at the screen, with hardware (in my set up) im a caveman, like, hmm this plug is the same size as this hole, lets try it, hmm this staticy noise is coming through but low, lets push it to full volume!
I do plenty of experimenting in my daw with routing and effects, but they are almost two fully separate mindsets for me. The DAW being an arena for sample mangling and my hardware an arena for making something come out of the end of the chain.
(and im not discrediting Reaktor, im just not fully ready to tackle it perhaps and more likely, I've not really have had a 'need' to)