Every music composer, artist and performer longs to have the latest and greatest tools to work with. You keep rationalizing that if you only had that next piece of software, guitar, synth, mixing console or microphone, it will somehow magically transform whatever it is you are doing and provide some sort of noticeable edge. So you keep buying…and buying…and buying. Credit cards reach their limit but in your mind you still try to justify why that next purchase just has to be made. This is a typical case of gear acquisition syndrome (GAS) that many of my fellow musicians (and myself) suffer with.
I was stupidly struggling with whether or not to purchase yet another symphonic orchestral library to go along with the four other libraries that I already own when I stumbled on an article referencing some dismal statistics on the amount of time musicians actually spend getting to know the instruments and software that they already own. It was sobering. I looked in the mirror and said to myself…”guilty.” We live in an age of instant gratification where not taking the time to learn about what you already own is commonplace.. From this point on, I have made a commitment to read the manual, view more online tutorials, look for updates and pull everything out of what I currently have before spending money I don’t have on questionable equipment I don’t really need. The end result is that I can actually think about the music I’m creating and coming up with better ideas, rather than what purchase is next.