That One Piece Of Gear That Solves All Problems.

I come across this all the time, hell, I’ve been down that road myself! The manufacturers of music gear are so effective with their marketing, we are almost forced to believe, that all we need is this new tool, or that new plugin, to make our music reach the next step. It’s actually so tough arguing against this concept, that I’ve had heated debates on the topic, it’s crazy!

But, if there is one thing I’ve learned, it’s that giving the gear that much attention is actually completely counter productive. Here are 5 reasons why.

  1. It’s the carpenter, that builds the house, not the hammer he uses.

  2. If the wood the carpenter uses is crap, the house will look ugly, no matter how good the hammer.

  3. You probably already own all the gear you need to make great music, you just have to learn how to use it properly.

  4. Reduced options actually lead to more creativity and better results. OR: Learning how to use one tool well, always beats sort of knowing a whole range of tools.

  5. Dave Pensado said that he once mixed a Coolio record that went top 10, where he mixed the verses on a Neve console, and the choruses on an SSL console, and nobody could tell the difference (Bobby Owsinski’s Inner Circle #32 @ 39:40)

If that rings a bell, and you are interested in actually learning the craft, and getting better at making music, you can start by checking out the following people and what they say:

Eric Sarafin/Mixerman and his collection of “Zen and the Art of …” books.

Fab Dupont and his website as well as all the interviews with him, floating around on the web.

Graham Cochrane and his website,

My humble blog,, where I try to give an insight into the Why rather than the How.
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