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Old 7th August 2019
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Originally Posted by SYXCKO View Post
To get a top 40 sound you need gear. period.

To compete with the top 40. You NEED expensive gear & an expensive acoustic environment. Show me a top 40 song made on a scarlet solo and a rode nt1 or anything that wasn't made on a $10,000-$100,000+ setup in this last decade or hell since the year 2000.
Check out this guy:

Serban is by far the top mixer in the world. (There are weeks and weeks that go by in which every Nr 1 single was mixed by him. His longest Nr 1 streak was 5 months I believe). He is 100% in the box. I'm sure his studio has nice acoustics and monitoring but other than that, everyone has access to the exact same (or very similar) tools to him.

Here is another example: The current Nr 1 in the top 100 Billboard chart, Old Town Road, (for 17 consecutive weeks, the longest Nr1 in history btw), was produced in Fruity Loops by a Dutch 19 year old kid (YoungKio) in his bedroom. (And Little Nas X bought the beat for $30. Hah!)

In other words, there really are no excuses.