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How to overcome GAS?

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Recently I’ve been lusting over a few pieces of equipment, and some software, and some equipment, and maybe some new plugins, and..

Sound familiar?

Thought so. To those unfamiliar with the feeling, its called GAS, or Gear Acquisition Syndrome, and today I’d like to talk a little about why more gear doesn’t necessarily make it easier to make music.

When you get any new piece of gear, whether it be a new synth, midi controller, or plugin, you have to learn it. You need to figure out what all the buttons do,  learn what all of the controls mean and so on and so forth. Having that in mind, I’d like you to consider if you already know all of your gear well enough. If the answer is no, then you don’t need any more gear.

Secondly, I think it’s important to consider the capabilities of your current gear. Consider what the new gear you’re lusting over can do. Are the possibilities offered by the gear you want new, or can you already do it with what you already have? If the gear isn’t really offering you anything new, do you need it? Didn’t think so.

The last thing I think is important to consider is if the new gear gives you any significant improvement over your workflow. I think this is the most solid reason you could ever have for getting some new gear. If the lack of a specific piece of gear is impairing your ability to make music, you might want to consider getting it.

In the end, having too much gear that you don’t know what to do with, will impair your creativity, because you won’t know where to start. Use only that which you really need. Consider how important it is to thoroughly learn all of your equipment. It might take you years to master, but thats just a sacrifice you’ll have to make. You can’t expect to sound like Aphex Twin without knowing your gear.


Written by majorshake

May 4, 2011 at 1:51 am

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  1. Really like your piece about GAS – did something very similar on my blog about buying gear you don’t really need. We also mention the same points about a new purchase having to improve/change your workflow – I’m glad we’re on the same page perhaps we have uncovered a legitimate medical condition!

    Tim Allen (Derj)

    May 6, 2011 at 7:57 am

    • I agree about new purchases needing to improve/change workflow. I’m actually planning to write about that again in the future, because I think its a serious issue. I play guitar as well as making music on the computer, and it is BEYOND easy to get trapped into thinking that you need more gear.

      Also, glad to see someone is reading this 😛 You officially posted my first comment!


      May 6, 2011 at 11:53 am

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