Where the rubber meets the roadAn HSC reader over in the UK contacted me for an interview. He’s working on a school project about the music industry and wanted to chat with me about home recording technology and how it’s impacted music as a whole.

During the course of the interview, James was asking about the types of people who visit this website, and what they’re goals and intentions are with recording. As we talked about you, dear reader, James asked an interesting question. He asked if I thought that learning about recording, researching techniques, reading articles, watching videos, etc. could potentially inhibit people from getting better. The answer? Absolutely.

Stop Reading This Website

The truth of the matter is this. If you love recording and music, then of course you’re going to soak up as much information as you can. It’s your passion, and it’s something you want to do well, so naturally you gravitate towards places online that are going to help you do that.

Here’s the problem. I can write another 500 posts here on HSC — heck, I can (and most likely will) write another 5,000 posts — and you know what? You could still be in the same place you are now, even after soaking in all that information. Why?

Because reading will never make you better.

Alright, pack it up, folks. Joe’s lost it. He’s telling people that his website can’t help them He’s turning people away by the thousands. πŸ™‚

Not quite. But as much as I would like you to read ever blog post I write, watch every video I publish, and buy every product I release, I don’t want you to if you’re not going to actually APPLY the things you learn.

The Big Secret

That’s the big secret, that’s the part you ignore as you read the next article or fire up the next podcast. You feel like you’re getting better. And you’re certainly cramming your head full of knowledge, but is any of that making its way into your studio? Into your music?

If not, you need to re-calibrate and just go make some music for a while. Shut off the internet for a week and go to your studio. I’ll still be here when you come back. πŸ™‚

It’s harder than you think. A few weeks ago at the Simply Recording Academy, one of the big takeaway points that I heard a lot of the guys talking about was that they had heard of all of these concepts, like “get it right at the source,” and “use a high-pass filter a LOT,” but it took them actually SEEING and DOING it for it to sink in and become REAL.

That’s what I want for you. My goal is to help you make better recordings, and if that means kicking you in the butt and telling you to turn off the web browser, then so be it. πŸ™‚

You working in your studio…that’s where the rubber meets the road. Make it happen. And leave a comment to tell us about it.

  • Saso Alauf

    I was just thinking about the same thing. I haven’t recorded anything in 3 days because I keep reading one post after another…thanks for being someone who knows when to “stop dealing drugs to someone before he becomes addicted”. Don’t worry though, I’ll be back πŸ™‚

  • danilo from Brazil

    Hi guys, what about to have an area which we might help one each other to have mix advices before we release our material? Should work like this: your’re working on something and before to release it you post it somewhere we can listen to and then give you some advices or to listen the impressions from professionals like you. If that does exist, please just tell me πŸ™‚

    Joe, your blog is great. It have been helping a lot my productions. Thanks.

  • Bakter M

    I think I’ll take you up on that, because there has been little valuable content added to this site as of late other than pushing products at increasing costs.

    • Hey Bakter – Sorry you feel that way. You’re welcome to check out the 500+ free articles on the site if you haven’t yet. Some of them may have a sentence at the bottom about a particular product, but those are just for people who want to dive in deeper than a free blog will allow.

  • Jesse B

    good one, i kind of needed that πŸ™‚

  • victor

    hey Joe i’m a new guy on your site and i found a lot of information on your post and videos , like most of the people I’m always look for information that make me do better thing on recording , and i’ll be trying all ready many thing on and let me tell you before i ‘m star reading your post and watching your videos everything was done on the wrong way so i put on practice many things and now for me my mixes sounds much better now than before THANKS FOR YOUR TIME TO HELP US TO FIND THE RIGHT SPOT !!!

    • Thanks Victor. Glad to have you as a reader.

  • Igor

    This should be very obvious. I’m a guy who HATES theory. I love practice. Thats why I try EVERYTHING I read on this (and other) websites. And do I feel like I’m getting better? Oh boy, I don’t feel, I KNOW I am. It’s still (and always will be) far from perfect, but difference in my now and then mixes is just obvious to even deaf people.

    And smartest thing I ever read on a website (I’m not sure it was this one) is: “If it sounds good, its good.”

    This is my first comment here, but I read every article you post, and I must say that most of advices are just GREAT, and I adopted many of techniques you described.

    • Thanks Igor. “but the difference…is just obvious to even deaf people.” Hilarious. Glad to hear you’re getting better!

  • it’s so easy to spend all day just reading about it and watching how it’s done, that actually going offline for a couple hours and doing it for real seems so hard… you want to do it so perfectly you have to read every single article and download every plug-in so you can pull it off.

    this addiction to info is really another type of G. A. S. (gear acquisition syndrome)

    this is K. A. S. (knowledge acquisition syndrome) πŸ˜€

    • Frank

      Couldn’t agree with you more

    • K.A.S. – I like it. πŸ™‚

      I think we all have to come to terms with the fact that YES there will always be a better piece of gear and a better piece of advice out there. But just because it’s potentially “better” doesn’t mean we’ll know what to do with it…or that what we’re producing isn’t already great.

  • Frank

    So true, I’ve read every single article in this website and many others; yet, I’ve not written anything for ages. I guess you won’t be seeing too much of me for the next couple of weeks!

    • Nice. Go for it, Frank. We’ll be here when you get back. πŸ™‚