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hardwarepimp 23rd November 2017 07:10 PM

Rehab for GAS Addicts....
 
Jaysus Ive been buying gear like a crack ***** and am now feeling a bit sick of all the GAS’ing. I’ve built an amazing setup, but feel totally burned out with buying gear! First world problem, I know. It’s not like I rich or anything, i’ve just sold a lot of stuff I didn’t need to buy a ton of gear that was on special (I’m a sucker for deals).

A part of me wants to sell everything, but I just need to focus on other stuff. What are your tactics on avoiding buying gear you don’t need?

Deleted b598644 23rd November 2017 08:22 PM

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Originally Posted by hardwarepimp (Post 12976390)
What are your tactics on avoiding buying gear you don’t need?

Common sense

hardwarepimp 23rd November 2017 10:32 PM

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Originally Posted by AuldLangSine (Post 12976446)
I don't think there's an easy answer. It's a phase/learning experience some people just have to go through. When people finally assemble a great set up that works for them and getting new stuff only messes that up... when there is overpowering regret for the Xth time and realization that more stuff is only complicating/taking up space/not bringing happiness... over that process people can cut down or in some cases eliminate the GAS. Finally, if the focus is on making music instead of buying stuff, GAS relief comes.

For a deeper view, check out an interview with Carl Jung entitled "Americans Must Say No." It's about saying no to living a life that is not truly in accordance with one's individuality. It is of universal application (not just for Americans).

We’ll i’m definitely finding that any more gear and it’ll pi$$ me off and get in the way of making music. I suppose my GAS’ing is due to the fact that when i made music in the 90’s I had the WORST setup known to man that was pretty much unusable (Atari ST, S2000 with no storage or FX or outputs or really any samples, mixing to Minidisc through a DJ mixer - it was hell). So in these days of being able to buy hardware at 10 cents on the dollar, I’m like a kid in a candy store lol I’m at 50+ U of gear and counting....

Thanks for the advice. I’ll look at at the Carl Jung info too.

Thanks again

Mrhstudio 23rd November 2017 10:37 PM

I find having to ask my wife for the money helps

Synth Guru 25th November 2017 01:18 AM

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Originally Posted by hardwarepimp (Post 12976390)
Jaysus Ive been buying gear like a crack ***** and am now feeling a bit sick of all the GAS’ing. I’ve built an amazing setup, but feel totally burned out with buying gear! First world problem, I know. It’s not like I rich or anything, i’ve just sold a lot of stuff I didn’t need to buy a ton of gear that was on special (I’m a sucker for deals).

A part of me wants to sell everything, but I just need to focus on other stuff. What are your tactics on avoiding buying gear you don’t need?

Pics or it didn't happen. :cop:

DomiBabi 25th November 2017 01:33 AM

It’s not a disease. It’s passion and obsession. Both are awesome and in some ways nessessary for art.

Just give in and own it. It’s only making you feel like crap because you don’t have what you want yet.

And we all know what you want: EVERYTHING. :)

It’s Black Friday. I suggest retail therapy, possible some Chandler outboard or a few new mics for the locker. Maybe those high end monitors you’ve been gushing over. Buying gear will make you feel better. Just do it.

Wife and kids? They just don’t understand. You need to fight for the things that complete you. If applicable, I recommend divorce, possibly hiring a professional hitman. You might be able to afford that console with the insurance money.

DeltaCharlieEcho 25th November 2017 03:28 AM

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Originally Posted by hardwarepimp (Post 12976390)
Jaysus Ive been buying gear like a crack ***** and am now feeling a bit sick of all the GAS’ing. I’ve built an amazing setup, but feel totally burned out with buying gear! First world problem, I know. It’s not like I rich or anything, i’ve just sold a lot of stuff I didn’t need to buy a ton of gear that was on special (I’m a sucker for deals).

A part of me wants to sell everything, but I just need to focus on other stuff. What are your tactics on avoiding buying gear you don’t need?

Get in a relationship. You can then spend hours trying to defend the desire to buy something rather than actually feeling bad about buying it. **** I've been researching drums for like 4 months now, have lined up a set that I was about to start saving for, and just today my girlfriend decided that I can't get drums. So now I don't know what I want to buy or if I'll be able to buy anything I want again.

Deleted b598644 25th November 2017 03:11 PM

Another great option : get fired.

matucha 25th November 2017 03:41 PM

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Originally Posted by hardwarepimp (Post 12976390)
What are your tactics on avoiding buying gear you don’t need?

Learn about Bitcoin. Once you get into deflationary money, it's hard to spend on anything you don't need. (It went from around $800 at the beginning of this year to well over $8000 right now).

That said... now it's not the greatest time to get in, it's a bit toppy. But be ready when you see some major correction.

hardwarepimp 25th November 2017 07:19 PM

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Originally Posted by DomiBabi (Post 12979077)
It’s not a disease. It’s passion and obsession. Both are awesome and in some ways nessessary for art.

Just give in and own it. It’s only making you feel like crap because you don’t have what you want yet.

And we all know what you want: EVERYTHING. :)

It’s Black Friday. I suggest retail therapy, possible some Chandler outboard or a few new mics for the locker. Maybe those high end monitors you’ve been gushing over. Buying gear will make you feel better. Just do it.

Wife and kids? They just don’t understand. You need to fight for the things that complete you. If applicable, I recommend divorce, possibly hiring a professional hitman. You might be able to afford that console with the insurance money.

Hahahaha great advice, bit dark, but great advice! You’re like a devil sitting on both shoulders.

BOOM!!! Today’s purchases: SSL Duende and a new WD Velociraptor 500GB.

Next up? ISA One Digital.....

I’ll never, ever stop....

Synth Guru 30th November 2017 05:00 AM

GAS can be compared to any other type of addiction, drugs, alcohol, sex and so on.

I'm sure there's some rehab program similar to rehab for spending too much cash or overcharging credit cards.

I read on another thread that the final cure for GAS is when you have to declare bankruptcy.

DeltaCharlieEcho 30th November 2017 05:10 AM

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Originally Posted by Synth Guru (Post 12989169)
GAS can be compared to any other type of addiction, drugs, alcohol, sex and so on.

I'm sure there's some rehab program similar to rehab for spending too much cash or overcharging credit cards.

I read on another thread that the final cure for GAS is when you have to declare bankruptcy.

Trust me, it's no cure; it's hell. I spend every day wishing I could afford more gear but can't until my bankruptcy is paid off.

[email protected] 30th November 2017 09:50 PM

Ask yourself- "how productive am I being with what I've got?" Productivity to me used to be how much money my purchases brought back in. Nowadays, it's how much and what quality of music am I making to share with the public(?). Do you buy gear to collect or actually make music with?

Deleted b598644 1st December 2017 12:11 PM

i know i am more productive with half of what i once had.

FlappyD00 13th December 2017 02:54 AM

Thinking long term when it comes to finances.

For example, if I can stop myself from spending 1-2k a year on gear for the next 5 years then I'll have an extra 5-10k in the bank. Already got a perfectly good setup, so I'd rather have the money.

Deleted 6ccb844 13th December 2017 04:03 AM

I just need one more compressor, just one more.... *Shakes*.

hardwarepimp 13th December 2017 11:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Deleted 6ccb844 (Post 13012566)
I just need one more compressor, just one more.... *Shakes*.

Same here. I’m like hmmm I could just get one EQP-KT for mono duties. It arrives and i’m like, now a stereo pair would be great for mastering.... Then I’ll be GAS’ing hard on it until it arrives....

matucha 14th December 2017 12:02 AM

Well if you bought bitcoin when I sent my post in this thread (two weeks ago), you'd be up 2x. You could sell half to get your investment back (and buy your compressor) and let the rest fly wherever this things going to fly in the next years.

Yep, it's more risky the higher it goes in this run. So be careful.

hardwarepimp 14th December 2017 06:46 PM

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Originally Posted by matucha (Post 13014189)
Well if you bought bitcoin when I sent my post in this thread (two weeks ago), you'd be up 2x. You could sell half to get your investment back (and buy your compressor) and let the rest fly wherever this things going to fly in the next years.

Yep, it's more risky the higher it goes in this run. So be careful.

I wish I bought $100 in Bitcoin whenever i first heard about in 2008 as I’d b worth a fortune right now...

joeq 14th December 2017 07:21 PM

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Originally Posted by hardwarepimp (Post 12976390)
Jaysus Ive been buying gear like a crack ***** and am now feeling a bit sick of all the GAS’ing. I’ve built an amazing setup

the question is: what are you doing with that setup?
are you recording, like all the time?

or are you "waiting" until your setup is completely "there" before you embark on your most important projects?

if you are using the gear, I don't see a problem
if you are just amassing gear, I see a huge problem

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What are your tactics on avoiding buying gear you don’t need?
I am an engineer. I keep an eye on my bottom line. I buy things on the basis of needing them to do the jobs that I get. I would 'like' to buy a remote recording 24 channel black box recorder, for example, but I don't get enough of those kinds of jobs, so I don't. I bought some new really nice SDCs because I have been getting more classical recording. It was justified because that's what I am doing. And they come in handy for acoustic guitars and so on.

I don't have any crap, I have at least one good thing for every 'position'. But not a lot of 'extras'.

I look at it like: how many gigs does it take to pay off that new mic? Every time I can take a job and not need to buy anything new to do it, it's a sort of mini-victory for the old bottom line. A confirmation that my kit is 'complete' even if it is not yet (and never will be) 'perfect'.

psean1991 14th March 2019 09:11 PM

Addiction 101... sounds like we fit the criteria. Just replace drugs with equipment. Just as expensive and the high is still temporary :/

Delmarva 18th March 2019 01:57 AM

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Originally Posted by hardwarepimp (Post 12976390)
Jaysus Ive been buying gear like a crack ***** and am now feeling a bit sick of all the GAS’ing. I’ve built an amazing setup, but feel totally burned out with buying gear! First world problem, I know. It’s not like I rich or anything, i’ve just sold a lot of stuff I didn’t need to buy a ton of gear that was on special (I’m a sucker for deals).

A part of me wants to sell everything, but I just need to focus on other stuff. What are your tactics on avoiding buying gear you don’t need?

These days I ask myself if I will do right by the gear. What I mean to say is, as a new age soundtrack hobbyist dude, do I really need all this stuff for my output. I look at some guys who have awesome gear lists and as far as I know produce nothing but soundcloud noodlings. If they feel good about that more power to them peachh For me I'd feel like a fool. It's overkill. I wouldn't buy a corvette so I can go grocery shopping. bumpkin