No, no, no. Not THAT Hitler.

I’m talking about Lou Hitler, an old pro saxophone player out of St. Louis.

I first heard about Lou from Bob San Socie, one of my subscribers.

Bob wrote:

“In my youth I was studying saxophone with one of the best players in St. Louis…an old pro making a living as a player decades before I was born. I made the mistake of complaining about how my saxophone was junk. He asked for my sax and then made it sound like the greatest saxophone ever made. He then said ‘Kid, when you can make it sound that good you deserve a better saxophone.’ Point made. I got back to work.”

Man, I love that.

Next time you want to gripe about how you “need” a new plugin bundle, or a new microphone, or a new interface, think about ol’ Lou.

What’s the REAL issue? Is it the equipment? Or is it YOU?

Before you go grab your pitchfork and come after me, read this next part from Bob:

“Weeks later he told me the horn was junk and it was hard work to make [my saxophone] sound that good. He also said even he could not get through a gig with it.”

See? There’s nothing wrong with great equipment. If that’s what you think I’m saying, you’re missing the point entirely.

It’s a classic chicken or the egg situation.

Which came first – the pro engineer or the pro gear?

Become a pro, then take full advantage of the awesome equipment out there. Put in the hard work to learn your craft. Once you can make your mixes sound professional using the “junk” in your studio, you’re ready to upgrade to something nicer and “easier” to use.

But not a minute sooner.

That’s why I rarely talk about equipment. I’d much rather help YOU become better, and that’s exactly what my Understanding EQ videos were designed to do.

If you can wield an EQ like an old pro, you’ll be well on your way to making music you never thought you could make.

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  • Killian Lucas

    I’m very new, sorry if this is a strange question! But I trust you’ll answer it best.

    I’ve heard our ears can train themselves to different acoustic environments / equipment, so wouldn’t it be bad to “train” off shitty Dell office speakers? Instead of investing into more accurate equipment far before you get serious?

    I make alright stuff off my Dell speakers, and I could get better off these alone, but I don’t want my ears to think sound only has the fraction of detail my speakers can reproduce.

    – Killian

    • It’s a good question…when I talk about people getting too caught up in upgrading gear, I’m referring to at least a minimum of quality. Dell speakers aren’t studio monitors…so I’d recommend getting a set of studio monitors or decent headphones.
      From THERE…you should really focus on making yourself better, rather than constantly upgrading gear.