I was on the phone with a buddy yesterday.

He recently upgraded a bunch of gear in his studio. He got a new interface and a bunch of new plugins.

Here’s what he had to say:

“All this new gear is a blessing and a curse.”

Why a blessing?

Because he got some really quality stuff. Great gear is capable of making great-sounding recordings. (On the flip-side, really bad gear can actually damage the sound.)

Why a curse?

Because he now has to re-learn his equipment, and it can be a slow process.

Each piece of gear you own, whether it’s a microphone or a plugin, has its own distinctive sound.

One compressor might sound VEEEERY different from another one.

If you take the time to really learn the differences, you’ll be in an awesome position to really maximize that piece of equipment in your projects.

If, on the other hand, you’re an upgrade-a-holic, then you’re constantly getting something new. And chances are you use it a bit, think it sounds cool, then move on to the next upgrade.

The problem here is that you never actually get the most out of all that gear. Having 200 plugins at your disposal means you probably don’t know ANY of them very well.

The result? You jump around from one plugin to the next, desperately seeking a good sound, but never taking the time to really get to know any of ’em.

Learn one piece of gear inside and out before you move on to the next. That’s what I try to do. I use one particular plugin over and over until I know it REALLY well.

And when it comes to compression, it’s really hard to learn what a specific compressor sounds like if you don’t really know how to work the knobs.

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Joe Gilder