Today I’m going to write about a more controversial subject.
You need all the hardware you could get, all the gadgets, all the monitors, which cost a lot and help a lot in increasing the quality of the sound, and of course the other hardware devices which are as necessary as oxygen!
So, besides this enumeration, I want to ask you a question:
What if you could get a high quality product only with a laptop and a headset? If would be too good to be true!
Your musical knowledge vs your hardware!
It’s true that a simple PC and a monitor which may cost less than 100 Euro is no match for a recording studio in terms of quality.
Producers are no longer kids that believe in Santa Claus, and we also do not live in a SF time in which the computers got intelligent enough to allow anybody to make music of a remarkable quality.
Completely true so far.
But I believe that you could get to 90% or even more of that quality using random music software.
You don’t really need that much hardware, I believe that it’s enough a powerful PC with a good enough soundboard and some headsets or some monitors with a linearity as close as possible to 0.
This type of headsets don’t cost that much.
Good, but not enough, am I right? The difference is that you need some knowledge about sound architecture!
When you know what you are doing you can make a higher quality sound that you could ever imagine!
In conclusion: your knowledge about sound and music is by far more important than the hardware you do posses!
To create the sounds that I work with, I use a lot of math to do the necessary modifications. I measure the sound and I modify it to make it fulfil my needs.
Each sinusoidal must respect an equilibrium so that it doesn’t affect the human hearing, which is a very sensible sense. It feels even the tiniest mistakes.
I know it’s a lot of work but you don’t need to edit each and every frequency.
It would be crazy and very hard. You need to edit only those parts that need to be modified and modify them how they need to be in order to fit in.
This means to know exactly what you are doing, and to know very well the structure and nature of the sound.
Believe me, there are only a few that know the secrets of this job! Those that know what is a sound composed of, make the most of their work!
As you may know, hardware is useless without the knowledge necessary to actually use it.
If you have a supercomputer and you barely know how to turn it on it won’t help you at all. You need a guide to use it properly.
Most likely, the first time you’ve tried a music production software, you didn’t know how to use it at the beginning!
It’s normal! But slowly, you started to see real progress and you were beginning to understand some aspects.
I do not know if the well known producers use samples or presets or if they choose to make their own sound library.
Besides the very well trained relative pitch, I also know some secrets.
When it comes to these secrets, not even the most advanced VST will assist you!
Everyone has some kind of connection with music, and has some basic knowledge of music theory from the schoolbooks!
Music theory is like child’s play in comparison with the real knowledge.
Well, most likely you will start asking what is this knowledge, and what makes some projects made by some people to sound more professional, and other projects, made by people that work a lot to sound like something simple made in a few minutes.
I’ve unravelled some of the secrets here and I won’t write about them again, because today I want to speak about hardware, and the correlation between hardware and quality.
Without professional sounds you won’t achieve anything!
Sounds shocking, even a bit negative, but I’ve experienced these things.
You can try whatever you want, work a lot, and for nothing, because if you work without quality sounds, all the work you put in your projects will be for nothing.
Bad quality sounds,besides giving you headaches when mixing them, won’t really help you get something melodic and spectacular.
You will see everything collapsing, and you will assist unable to do anything at the downfall of your own dreams and ideas!
But, fortunately, there is a solution, or even more to this problem!
You just need to follow and to apply what I will explain in the future articles that I will publish.
These will also have clear examples as proof to the theory.
It’s a fact that, the moment a theory is not backed up by some authentic proof it doesn’t have credibility.
Even the opposite, most likely it will make your work harder!
Ok, but what if you work with pre-made sounds?
If you use presets like the well known sound banks from reFX Nexus which, in my opinion, are the best at the moment you have both advantages and disadvantages.
Why? Because you need to choose them to fit the context.
And whatever we do we get back to the beginning!
You need advanced musical knowledge!
I’m sorry but I can’t get rid of this! I’m sorry if I’ve repeated this phrase too much.
I’ll try to be a bit more friendly and to explain further what I am talking about.
Even if you have professional sounds you still need choose them wisely! To make the best choices you still need some audio knowledge.
You can’t throw in random elements, because music is not like lottery.
And if music would be like it, then the chances to win would be very small.
Maybe the final of the article is a bit off-topic, but what you need to understand is that what you know about sound and music is far more important than the hardware you do posses.
And your music material depends of the quality of the knowledge that you have accumulated over the years.
I want to tell you another thing: don’t be afraid!
There are a lot of solutions and answers that you can use to increase the overall quality of your products.
It’s enough to follow a few articles to learn some tricks which may aid you in becoming better!
I need your opinion so don’t forget to leave a comment in which you could tell me what is more important for you: hardware or knowledge?
Thank you for reading!