What was the last time €500 was worth €3000? Native Instruments Komplete offers you 24 essential production tools for the price of a microphone.
You could say the only thing missing from Komplete is a DAW, but you could also say everything missing from a DAW is Komplete. Not only will you get the definitive, 90 GB Kontakt Sample Library, no less than three synthesizers, a huge drum library and so much more, the price makes it a no-brainer for everyone. I can honestly say that about 100% of my productions include something from this set. Which makes it almost the text-book definition of something essential.
Native Instruments Komplete 7
P.S. Don't you love this way of combating piracy? Just make it incredibly large, way too large to download?