When we moved into our house a year ago, it came with a pretty cool play set in the backyard (slide, swings, etc.).

Since we have three kids, we were very excited.

Upon further inspection, we found that this play set wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. The wood is rotting in most places. You can’t swing on it without worrying about the whole thing collapsing completely. It looks like we will have to either spend a good chunk of money to have it replaced or buy a new one altogether.

Sound familiar?

I’ve heard it a thousand times.

People will tell me that as soon as they replace X piece of gear in their studio, then they will finally be ready to start recording.

That’s no bueno, compadre.

Unless the piece of equipment you are replacing is truly broken and no longer functions (and is actually a necessary piece of equipment), you are wasting your time and money. Constantly upgrading and replacing equipment is a sure recipe for disaster. You will find yourself five years in the future with a much better collection of equipment and ZERO finished mixes.

As the saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

If your equipment is functioning properly, stop looking for something new and start working on music.

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Joe Gilder
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