4 Principles of The Home Recordist

Image of sound board illustrating home recording.If you’ve been to a studio or even just stood near a sound board at a major concert…you probably have the bug. It can either eat away at you or inspire you. If you tackle it with flare and principles – you’ll be a success – if you don’t you’ll be bankrupt in more ways than one.

Lure of the Pro

If you’ve ever been to an amazing concert and been distracted by the sound board in the back – you’ve probably been bitten by the bug of the pro. Basically, the bug is the overwhelming desire for the best – the best equipment, the best ear, the best advice, the best everything.

The best is fine unless it undermines the end (and your wallet) by moving your attention from your Art to your tools.

Don’t worry, it exists in every field. Think of golfers who pay extraordinary amounts of money for clubs to try to be like Tiger…only flub the drive and 3 putt on the green.

Here’s 4 principles we love and are proud of – to protect wallets and the music from the lure of the pro.

1. Constraints Force Creativity

If you can just buy your way out of a problem, then you often times never think about how you can creatively solve it. Often times, it just takes a little time and thought to solve your problem. In addition, the best knowledge is from experience – which you can only gain by solving your own problems.

2. It’s All About The Music

The equipment is a tool. That’s it. Sure, no one can resist wowing over a new Gibson guitar. But it’s sort of pointless if you still can’t play a B Minor chord. Equipment is great (and necessary), but it’s not the end goal.

3.  Simplicity is Good

If you can achieve the same results without extra steps – do it. It seems obvious, but simplicity is hard to do if you have the resources – not to mention feature overload. Revel in simplicity. I think about the Johnny Cash at Sun Records or that scene in O Brother Where Art Thou – sometimes all it takes is a voice, a guitar, and a microphone.

4. The Pros Will Always Be There

So there’s a guy down the street spending $50,000 on a studio. Bravo! Don’t be jealous – be glad. Let him spend the money so that you don’t have to. Because guess what – you can spend your time and money perfecting your music at home.

When the time comes that you feel a need for some high-end mastering – go ahead and pay the $200 for an hour – but revel in the fact that you’ve saved the money and your music has benefited.

The Takeaway

Here’s a string of cliches that shouldn’t be cliches. Be confident in what you do and what you know. Don’t get overwhelmed – instead just get started an go with it. Just do it. Anymore suggestions in the comments?

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