As I interact with home studio owners all over the world (and there are thousands of you), there are two common “killers” that I’ve identified.

Two things that plague most home studios.

Two beliefs that prevent home recording enthusiasts from really getting the recordings they want.

The first killer?


This is just simply not true.

If you have an extra hour every couple of weeks, you can make a great-sounding recording.

You don’t HAVE to devote an entire Saturday to recording to be able to produce something that sounds awesome.

I’m not advocating always rushing through the recording process, but too many of you are telling me that you “just don’t have enough time” to work on music.

I’m calling BS on that.

Maybe you don’t have as much time as you would LIKE.

But you DO have enough time to make good recordings.

And now on to the second killer.


You knew that was coming, didn’t you?

I say it over and over and over and over again, but some of you still refuse to believe.

You get caught up in Gear Acquisition Syndrome. You buy into the belief that amazing recordings are right around the corner…right after you buy that next piece of equipment of software.

Got news for you, buddy, that ain’t gonna happen.

You don’t need fancy equipment to make great recordings.

Great equipment helps, but great equipment doesn’t make YOU better.

And if YOU’RE not better, then no amount of equipment will make you better.

What does make you better? Getting in the studio, using the gear you own RIGHT NOW. And making yourself make great recordings.

It sounds easy.

It sounds too simple.

I get it.

But only by doing this stuff will your recordings get better.

That’s why I threw down the gauntlet last month.

I put my money where my mouth is.

I gave myself a challenge that flies in the face of BOTH of these debilitating beliefs.

I gave myself a 1-Hour SM57 Challenge.

I had one hour to record and mix and entire song. (Time limitation.)

I could only use the SM57 (a $100 microphone) as my mic. (Gear limitation.)

My VIP members watched as I recorded a song.

And you know what?

It turned out great. It was something I’m proud of, and I had a lot of fun doing it.

AND…I recorded the whole thing, so you can watch it by becoming a VIP member:

Let’s make a pact to stop making excuses and start making great music.


Joe “I can sweat a LOT in just one hour” Gilder