Got an email from one of my new Understanding EQ customers.

Anthony, who started out with recording on mostly all-analog setup, is now getting his feet wet in the digital world. He writes:

“Everything seems to be made way more complicated than needed, plus hundreds of plugins. I spend more time messing about with the software than getting any music done!”

Here was my response, which I thought would be handy to share with you today:

I feel your pain. The best thing you can do is limit your options.
Rather than 100 plugins, find yourself ONE of each of these:

  • EQ
  • Compressor
  • Reverb
  • Delay

Get REALLY good at those, and you will

a. have more fun and

b. not get bogged down with all the software options.

If I could add anything else to that list, I’d throw in a limiter and maybe a good distortion plugin.

But to be completely honest, most of my mixes use only those 4 plugins, over and over and over… šŸ™‚

So, there you have it. If you CAN’T get great mixes with only those four plugins, something else is wrong.

And if you need a good place to start, I’d recommend joining Anthony and hundreds of others who have watched my Understanding EQ training videos.

Joe Gilder
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