6th October 2012
Lives for gear
Joined: Jul 2012
Originally Posted by Kenny Gioia
Agreed 100%. But isn't that something that self corrects?
Is anyone really spending 50k on a console with no idea what it offers or if they can profit from it?
Is anyone really spending 50k on a console based on hype from GS?
I think it's kind of understood that the more you spend, the more your returns get diminished, but anyone even thinking about dropping 50k on a console, knows that going in. Or is soo ignorant that they're also sitting on a stack of cash that will depleted pretty soon anyway.
Anyone seriously considering this piece of kit, is probably looking for advice about this piece vs others in it's class. Notably the API or Aurora sidecar.
A general "all money spent on gear is wasted" thread could certainly be fun. I just wonder if it changes anyone's mind. This is no longer a "big money" business. It's a passion based business. We love it and we hope to make enough money to stay in it to survive. But we don't make purely financial decisions. Although, if you think about it, it's all financial in the end.
If I sold all my high end gear and just used gear "good enough" to get the job done, I will eventually lose my passion for this art. Great sound and great gear go hand in hand. Even if it's a game of inches. I spend hours on those inches. Once I'm thinking about every place I can cut corners, I'm an accountant. Then the work suffers, I'm no longer getting good gigs and it snowballs until I'm recording "vanity" projects on weekends.
The best people in this business are creative but they also love their gear. Some of it cheap, some of it expensive, but it all matters. Having that hardware compressor (or 50k console) changes how you approach that passion.
Think about how you feel working on a million dollar console. Are you bored or excited? While the product may not "sonically" be that much better, the passion for what you put to disc will be that much better. It's not even debatable.
And I'd bet that Jim knows this. Sometimes we all get to a point where it all seems silly and pointless. I do it myself. But it's not the best road to go down. It doesn't make better art to think this way.
Sure, I used to obsess over an inch. I used to obsess over a millimeter. I still do when it comes to certain things that I like best about making music.