We all have opinions. That’s what makes us unique. Getting feedback from other engineers, producers and musicians on our music, mixes, gear, plugins and new technology is invaluable. But some people offer opinions when they really shouldn’t…
I was watching Warren Huart’s live stream on Saturday and one of the fantastic points he made was about “gear snobbery”. To elaborate and paraphrase, Warren was saying that some people refuse to acknowledge the quality of some gear or pieces of equipment even though they haven’t used any of it themselves.
This, in my opinion, is as damaging as “the race to the bottom” on mixing rates. Why?
If the only large diaphragm condenser microphone you’ll use is the Neumann U87 because “it’s the best” and you won’t acknowledge the quality of a Rode NT2-A, or something similar, you’re creating an elitist attitude towards music creation.
Even worse, is someone who recommends a high end product and has never used it!
This article is not about criticising or condemning people or what one piece of gear is better than the other
Rather than that, it’s a call to action.
You will only ever hear me talk about gear that I have personally used and recommend. If I’ve gotten great results with a piece of gear or plugin or I’ve had better results with something cheaper, I will let you know about it. I’ll let you know about it because I have had experience using it.
None of us have any business recommending or reviewing a piece of gear, plugin, guitar or tin whistle we have never used. That’d be like reviewing a Ferrari when you take the bus.
So, by all means please continue to be supportive and offer opinions on all of these things but only on what you know and have used.
By spreading information about great gear and being positive about it, more and more people will be able to make music
If you take the example above and the message is that the only microphone that you can record vocals with is the Neumann U87, then not a lot of people will be able to afford that microphone and therefore can’t record vocals.
Luckily, that isn’t true.
There’s a community of incredibly helpful people on this site and I’m very grateful for that. Some of the opinions and recommendations that have been put forward on techniques, gear and plugins are really though provoking and powerful. Why?
They come from a place of positivity and experience.
So, please. Following up on Warren’s great point… let’s put an end to “gear snobbery” and continue having great discussions on the equipment and techniques we use based on our personal experiences.
Now I’d love to know…
What “cheaper” piece of gear or plugin do you use that you think would surprise most people?
Leave a comment below!
professional sounding mix every time…