Welcome to Day 2 of 31 Days to Better Recordings!


On Day 1 we looked at how to evaluate your gear and identify any needs you may have. However, I would be doing you a great disservice if I didn’t followup that discussion with a discussion about G.A.S., or Gear Acquisition Syndrome.

One of the most popular articles on Home Studio Corner is the one I wrote on Gear Acquisition Syndrome. If you haven’t read it, I’d recommend it.

G.A.S. is simply on ongoing state of discontentment with your studio equipment. While I love to buy a new shiny piece of gear, that love for something new can quickly turn into an obsession.

As we talked about yesterday, it’s easy to confuse wants with needs. If left unchecked, G.A.S. can lead to months, even years of studio upgrades…but no music.

It would be like a painter who is constantly buying new brushes, paints, canvases, etc., but never actually paints a painting. Remember, the gear is simply a set of tools. If you’re not using your tools to create anything, you’re missing the point.

The end goal isn’t to have a really killer studio setup; it’s to create really killer recordings.

My buddy Ben Gortmaker recorded his entire album using GarageBand, the free recording software that comes pre-installed on Apple computers. His album sounds amazing. Yes, you should use good equipment, but never assume that you must have top-of-the-line equipment to produce quality music. (Hear it for yourself, listen to the Ben Gortmaker Podcast.)

I’m not condemning you if you want to buy new gear. I’ve got a studio full of lots of cool stuff. However, if you’re procrastinating creativity in order to acquire a few new pieces of gear, I think you need to re-evaluate things.

Day 2 Challenge

In the comments below, answer these two questions:

  1. What single piece of gear are you really excited about getting next?
  2. What creative endeavors are you actively working on right now, rather than waiting until you have that piece of gear? (If you don’t have any, come up with one and tell us what you’re going to do.)