Remember that post I wrote a couple days ago?

The one where I said stealing plugins makes your mixes worse?

(It definitely got a few people fired up.)

Let’s dive a bit deeper into that, shall we?

Some people thought that I was saying that people who steal plugins aren’t capable of learning how to use those plugins effectively…that there’s some magic force field that causes everything to sound like poo.

That’s not what I’m saying.

I’m talking about deeper issues.

I’m talking about recording wannabe’s.

The reason these people steal plugins is because they’re looking for a shortcut. They want to produce killer-sounding mixes without having to do any work.

They’re operating under a flawed assumption.

That assumption is simply this — “I’m not the problem.”

Another way of putting it — “The reason my recordings don’t sound good is because I don’t have [insert gear/software here].”

I hate to break it to you, pilgrim, but that ain’t true.

If you ever want any hope of putting out music that sounds great, music that people want to listen to, music that you can be proud of, YOU have got to get better.

If you’re a recording wannabe, you’ll probably read this and get offended.

But if you’re one of the good guys, this should get you excited. The only thing standing in the way between you and great recordings is…YOU.

I don’t know about you, but that’s exciting to me.

That means I don’t have to hit the lottery to be able to buy the gear to finally produce good-quality recordings.

It means that all I have to do is focus on ME…on learning how to get fantastic results from the gear in my studio right now.

How cool is that?

If you’re a recording wannabe, thanks for reading this far.

If you’re an action-taker, and you’re excited about improving your recordings, grab a copy of Understanding Compression:

I’ll teach you how to get great sounds out of the compressor plugins you own right now.

Joe Gilder