Have I told you about my brother-in-law Joel?

He plays bass on all my projects, which is awesome. But there’s something even cooler you should know about Joel.

Lemme explain.

A few years ago, while I was working up at Sweetwater selling gear, Joel decided he wanted to release an album.

He’s a teacher, so he was planning to record the album over his summer break.

Here’s the catch.

Joel had never owned Pro Tools or Reason. He had dabbled in recording in the past, but most of his recording experience had been from working in studios as a musician.

So did he take a few years to read a bunch of articles and books, watch a bunch of tutorial videos, and “prepare” himself to make an album?


He called me up at Sweetwater, bought an Mbox 2 Mini with Pro Tools and made an album in a matter of a few months.

That’s not a typo.


Like, in the amount of time it takes people to decide what fancy new piece gear to buy, he had learned Pro Tools well enough to record and mix an album.

So this begs the question…what’s your excuse?

What’s my excuse?

Do we get so caught up in technique and gear that we forget that it’s ALL about recording and sharing music?

I know I’m guilty of that at times (which is why I’m stoked that we’re tracking drums for MY next record this week).

What about you?

Stories like Joel’s shouldn’t make you feel bad or guilty. They should INSPIRE you to get crackin’ on your next project.

Life’s too short to sit around and “plan” things.

Go get ’em, tiger.

And if you need some help along the way, that’s why I’m here. I can’t record the songs for you, but I can help you avoid a bunch of mistakes when it comes time to mix those songs.

And for me it all starts with EQ.

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Joe Gilder