Funny discussion this morning.Woke up and found another sale ( which is quite a happy thing since Im new to the market and got only 4 tracks in the portofolio). Wife’s opinion? This AJ income will be a great addition to the holidays budget for next summer.My opinion?Can hardly wait to invest in some new tools!!!Question is…should I go for more sound libraries to enrich the diversity of sounds or should I work some more with the stuff that I have and really understand and exploit their possibilities to the maximum. In my opinion sound libraries are never enough but still you get tangled when you have too many options and have little time to explore them all.What do you think?
That’s why they call it “investment” – you invest with the goal to get back more than you invested. If you plan to produce more music and earn more from it, then I think it’s wise thing to invest in whatever you need, be it VSTs, sample libraries, hardware, or even snacks to chew while you’re producing
On the other hand, if you’re too stressed out (for example), holiday can also be a good (and wise) investment for you to relax, recharge your “batteries” and be able to produce even better music once you’re relieved after relaxing holiday.
It’s all up to you to decide what’s the most important.
P.S. But, in the end, women are the ones who decide, right?
I think that you have to find the right “spot”. There are some sound libraries that you must have to easily produce different styles, but it’s also true that you would never stop buying the “awesome new one” on the market. BUT…I’m telling you this without considering the Wife Factor
i have a advice for you, that’s the way i try to do it: Whatever you do, be one with your wife. I mean that not as a joke, but i experienced that there is more power in decisions when they are done together (of course that means not that you do what she wants… ). Regarding the Sound Libraries: I don’t know what you have and what you need, but a better sound library doesn’t absolutely mean that you sell more… it’s better to work good with a scrap library than the other way around!
Personally I think it’s really easy to get overloaded with samples, vst’s, ect and it’s better for me to work with one thing at a time. Otherwise I’ll spend so much time going through the samples and everything I don’t ever get anything accomplished. I am not saying don’t invest the money and time because I absolutely think you should. Better samples and better vsts give you the tools to make better quality music. So short answer I would work with what you are doing now and have mastered but start adding something new that requires a new vst or sample library. Just build it into what you are doing now which will give you that “explore time” and you can stay on top of the music your doing.
How much do you have now? If really not so much, then adding some material would be a good thing. Having too little can certainly be debilitating.
On the other side of the coin, I’ll write on a personal experience…
I started producing EDM 6 or 7 years ago. At first I had very little to work with. So I ended up heavily manipulating what samples I had and really delved into my soft-synths. Although quite amateurish, I really feel those tunes were some of my best. I didn’t think or even understand half of what I was doing. Just laying out tracks from my head.
Over the years I acquired a staggering amount of samples from all over the net. They were semi-well organized. In the end, I found myself spending too much time searching through the sample packs and collected samples. I kept looking for that “perfect sample” rather than just find something close and morph it to the sound in my head. OR better yet, create a completely NEW sound. IMO, that’s what really takes a producer to the next level: having your own sound signature versus using someone else’s sound(s).
So, I spent more time auditioning samples; less time building tracks.
In short, having too many samples made me lazy.
So I would say look at where you are now and decide if some new sounds or soft-synth will really benefit your craft. I would be extremely choosy. Pick something you absolutely know will add value to your work.
Maybe buy a piece of hardware?
Thanks for the thoughts guys…Of course the holiday thing I wrote was just as a funny fact.My wife knew she is marrying a musician and KNEW beforehand how things will work :)) Regarding the serious aspect,YES once you get into it you barely stop yourself from buying whatever comes on the market in terms of virtual instruments.But on the other hand, you do need to create kind of a basic group of instruments and really know their limitations or possibilities.And from there easily build up. Anyways I plan to invest as well into some better mics,better acoustic treatment for the room and than try to record more live instruments,specially traditional ones. Once again, thanks for your opinion guys!
@Buddhabeats Good points there mate. I do have quite a good range of libraries. It never happen till now to miss a specific instrument and as you well said, I also take my time into perfecting a certain sound and bring it closer to my needs. It happened though that I bought one library just because of 2-3 instruments that were there and I didnt have. Its amazing what products appear each month out there, but still, no matter how good they sound or how well they suit our needs, I guess they arent A MUST if you already have a cleverly made collection of instruments and also you put creativity,talent and lots of hours of work into them… Guess I need even more of these last three things before any other new library:)
Use and abuse what you have until you need something new. After 6 months of producing, come back to your shelved libraries and they sound new. Not just because you haven’t used them in a while, but because your ears will have gotten better at listening. There’s a lot of power in limitations though..