Does Better Equipment = Better Beats
Yo yo what up MM! Your man AG here with another one. A lot of us are guilty of gear lust, including myself. Being that The NAMM Show 2014 (show where vendors introduce their upcoming product releases to the public) is right around the corner. I want to know how many of you think that better equipment will help you make better beats? Or are we just making manufacturers rich off this BS mentality.
Throughout my years of producing thus far, I’ve had my fair share of experience with a lot of production equipment. But what I’ve noticed is that all that did was confuse the hell out of me. See I never really stuck with one piece so I was constantly learning versus perfecting my craft. Looking back that probably molded me for what I do today, but that’s another story. My point is too much can actually be a hindrance. That’s why I think a lot of the older cats stick to what they know. If they made multi platinum hits on the limited equipment they had back then, its more than possible for us to do so with one software program today.
It’s cool to stay current with the latest and greatest but is it really helping you develop as a producer? I think workflow should be the main focus. Once you find equipment, whether it be software, hardware, pots, pans etc.. that allows you to turn your ideas into music quickly without losing the feeling, that’s the piece to stick with. I’m now a firm believer in the phrase Less Is More. I’m totally cool with doing everything “in the box“. Most of the time I use Maschine to do everything I need to do. Just because it can. Not saying that it’s the best thing out now (on some fanboy shit) but it gets the job done quickly and efficiently for ME. As I’m sure the MPC Renaissance, Ableton Push etc. would do for others.
So do I think better equipment will help you make better beats.. NO. I think practice, finding your style, and mastering it will. The equipment is just a tool that may or may not help you produce better quality beats depending on how its used. Try a little exercise where you only use one piece of gear for a set amount of time and see how much further along you get. If it doesn’t help with your skills it definitely will with your wallet! Check out this vid I did a couple years back (skip to 4:40 sec) and see how far I’ve come since then using this technique. Hope this helps and until next time catch me everywhere @AGGOTBEATS