I spent some time with a buddy yesterday, a producer here in Nashville. We talked about studio design, microphones, and production. He talked about how he enjoys mixing as much as production, and how he doesn’t care for big tracking sessions with lots of musicians.

I love living in Nashville.

While I was listening to my friend talk, I couldn’t help but think about all the people I interact with online. Most of them are hobbyists trying to learn the ropes of recording and mixing. I notice an interesting trend among the hobbyists that I don’t see in the professionals I know.

The hobbyists are obsessed with the latest gear. They’ll upgrade to the latest DAW, drool over the latest plugin, and keep their studio computers on the latest, fastest operating system.

The professionals? The ones these hobbyists aspire to be? They spend their money on good instruments, microphones, and preamps. They use old computers and “outdated” software. They tweak their systems until everything is stable, and they leave it alone. They focus on producing songs and albums, hundreds of ‘em.

Is your system functional right now?

Are you releasing music?

If not, you’re doing it wrong.

Remember, you first got into audio because you had a dream to create more and better music, NOT to collect gear. If you want to be like the pros, you gotta act like ‘em. Put the catalog down for a few months and go make some music.

You’ll be so glad you did.

Joe Gilder
Home Studio Corner

P.S. I’ll be making music at Steve Peffer’s studio all day today. We’re tracking 7 songs for a client, one of our “Nashville Tracking Days.” Two things for you to do:

  1. Come follow me on Facebook. I’ll do some live-streaming throughout the day.
  2. If you want to hire us to track one of your songs on our next session (next month), click here.

3 Responses to “An Interesting Distinction”

  1. Ro

    I like the part about using outdated plugins and old computers as this speaks to the fact that more time was making music and less time acquiring all the latest updates in all directions that in the end don’t interface properly. Issues where certain software used in pro studios end up having graphics issues that start to look like implosion green screen effects or act funny, disappear and so forth. Granted there are innovations in the plugin world but issues like Intel processors having backdoors built into the hardware pervading any modern music DAW (MACS too) using an Intel is disheartening when you consider that all the time and money spent was placed alongside an A Scanner Darkly device fraught with hidden “kill switches” that will render your mega buck rig DOA, not to mention your precious music irretrievable.

  2. Michael Docy

    Somewhat true, but many people prefer staying in the “hobbyist zone”.
    These (hobbyist) people have day jobs and have no desire to be a Nashville tape op.
    Companies such as Waves and Sxxxxx, and most daw manufacturers rely on “Hobbyists” to stay in business.
    PS. My system is functional. I am releasing music.


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