Welcome to Day 7 of 31 Days to Better Recordings.

All this talk about gear. It’s fun, right? You daydream of a studio filled from floor to ceiling with gear.

Awesome, right?

Well…maybe not.

While it’s fun to have a lot of equipment, it only makes sense if you’re actually using that equipment to regularly create good music.


Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned veteran, you can benefit from limiting your options in the studio.

For the Beginner

This might be fairly easy for you. You may only have one microphone and no extra plug-ins or hardware equipment.

Don’t freak out!! In a lot of ways, you’re better off than the guy with hundreds of pieces of gear to choose from. Rather than spending all of your time AB-ing different combinations of gear, you’ve only got one choice. This means you spend more time making music than playing with gear.

Don’t be in such a hurry to amass a big ‘ol pile of gear. It may be the last thing you need. Graham Cochrane has a great free eBook on this very topic over at theRecordingRevolution.com. Check it out.

For the Seasoned Veteran

Maybe you’ve got an incredible collection of microphones, preamps, converters, EQs, compressors, plug-ins, monitors, headphones, and bobble-head dolls. 🙂

On your next project, limit yourself as much as possible. Perhaps you mix your next song using only the plug-ins that come with your DAW.

Or perhaps you record an entire song using only and SM57. You’d be surprised how much these strict limitations will get your creative juices flowing. You’ll be forced to think outside the box and do things differently.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying you should always limit yourself. Great gear is awesome. But I do recommend occasionally limiting yourself. It’ll help keep yourself sharp. You’ll learn to rely on your skills rather than the gear.

Day 7 Challenge

In the comments below, tell us how you’re going to limit yourself on an upcoming project.