Gear Envy — Gear Porn — Gear Lust (#mystudioflow)

Many of us start out with the same dream of spending our days and nights in a recording studio creating and capturing music. Around this same time we also discovered one horrible truth……. Much of the recording equipment we see in pictures of big studios can be extremely pricey! In the beginning most of us will be happy to settle for whatever cheap condenser or dynamic microphone we can get our hands on. As long as we could find something to plug it into and capture sound! This stage usually leads to a very uneducated trip to the local pro audio store where we will probably spend three to five hundred dollars on what we think is a good start. For me it was a BOSS Dr Groove beat machine and a small blue 4 track tape recorder around 1999.

Shortly after getting started with our first recording set up most of us will find ourselves visiting a local commercial recording studio for some reason or another. This visit will quickly lead us to feeling like our own home recording equipment is garbage and that we need to start over. In most cases we are rite to feel this way!… The next step would now be a semi-educated visit to the local pro audio store where we will most likely spend 3 to 5 thousand dollars on what we feel is a good start to our “some day” professional recording space! In many cases we are rite to feel this way! You are better off recording a good song with a $500.00 microphone than you are recording a shitty song with a $4,000.00 microphone! You dont need $50,000 worth of equipment to do great work!

I have personally spent hundreds of hours researching gear, price checking on ebay and drooling over pictures of BIG studios when I could have been recording or mixing something with what already I had. If you are a lifelong studio human such as myself. This gearlust is a progressive disorder. It can actually take away from the time you should be spending learning how to use the gear you already have to its full potential. With that being said. It IS important to do market research and know as much as we can about the different gear there is out there. But this is something we should be doing in our downtime not when we could be putting that time towards our 10,000 hours of actually working! I suggest you replace reading magazines and books in your free time with listening to podcasts while you are driving and at work. Replace netflix with making a beat or mixing an existing production. Replace a nite out drinking with an evening recording that annoying “singer” person thats willing to pay you to do so! Just do work!! There is no short cut around putting in the hours and working through the suck! Your recording and mixing isnt going to be grammy matierial in the beginning and an expensive vintage mic isnt the answer. You just have to work through sucking at it!

If you find yourself spending hours and hours researching gear that you will not have money to purchase anytime soon…. If you are spending as much time on Gearslutz.com and eBay as you are spending in your existing home studio producing, mixing etc. You might want to reevaluate your priorities and how you are spending time. I have even gone as far as deleting apps like eBay and reverb off my phone for periods of time to break the habbit and re-channel my energy towards my craft.

In the end. If you have yet to earn any steady money in your studio. Instead of spending half of your weekend researching expensive recording equipment you’re not going to buy in the near future. You should reach out to every talented musician in your area and offer to record them ONE TIME for free if you have to!! At least then you would be building relationships with real people rather than with gear you don’t even have!! These people could lead you to more paying clients in the future which could lead to you buying the gear you lust for! If you want to get better at producing, recording and mixing. Instead of Reading the 50th article this week about it all. You could spend the next three or four hours actually working on something!

Remember… having 20, 50, $100,000 worth of recording equipment won’t mean anything without a good 10,000 hours of experience!!!

Who cares if you don’t have a vintage Neumann mic!!!!!

Stop making excuses!!!

Go record something!!

:)

Josh Baker