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Just got the new Sweetwater catalog. There's too much good stuff in there. I just sit there for hours and imagine how I would interconnect and use all the different gear. How does one overcome this affliction and get back to making music with the gear one owns?
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[quote]Originally posted by TheWewus: [b]Just got the new Sweetwater catalog. There's too much good stuff in there. I just sit there for hours and imagine how I would interconnect and use all the different gear. How does one overcome this affliction and get back to making music with the gear one owns?[/b][/quote]Good question, my problem too. Three potential and partial answers. 1. Get in a band if you're not already in one. A perfect rememdy to Autono-DAW syndrome. 2. Commit to writing music or building skill on a single instrument. This is what I'm doing right now. The DAW is quiet, and my wrist is injured from inadequately warmed up piano bashing. Just as I was starting to make some breakthrouhs in independence. Now I can't even open a door without pain, much less play piano or guitar. 3. Create deadlines, natural or artificial, but firm. Artifical ones don't work for me. It's got to be a real-music-for-a-real-audience deadline to work. 4. Sell all of your recording equipment and use the proceeds to book some time at a nice studio with a good engineer. Make a CD. Repeat the process every decade. My own personal DAW revolution has been problematic. I like the qualities of my recorded product much better than what I made when it was me and an old Yammy 4-track, but it takes me literally about 10x longer to finish anything. Only deadlines work for me
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Wewus... sorry, one does not "get over" gear lust. GAS(gear aquisition syndrome) is a permanant affliction that is, in fact, incurable. It can only be put into remission for short periods of time by looking through gear porn, like the Sweetwater catalogue, and then buying stuff. Must buy stuff....must buy stuff ....you go now buy stuff..... aaahhhhggggg buy..stuff P.S. - finally hit "gold" -Whoopie!!!!!
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"If I could just get that sound all my troubles would be over..." GAS is an addiction, a disease. It's a good thing I don't have a lot of money these days. And a tolerant yet logical wife. We debate any purchase over $300. Her clothes and shoes, my gear. Hmmm... There are a lot of cool looking guitars out there for $299... No! Must stop! It never ends.
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There might not be a cure but there is some antidotes that'll get you by. One is doing part time work at a music store so you can buy things WAY cheaper (and see how much overcost you're paying for gear). Another antidote is coming to the realization how very ludicrous it is to think that buying that new yamasakirolandus unit is going to make your music sooooo much better. When in reality using the sheeeit you got will accomplish the same goals. And you still got money left to buy tires, new shingles, and money in your pocket to eat out anywhere in town! :)
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Using what you already have, conquers the need to participate... Sweetwater has a lot of stuff, but they also do not carry everthing...for a reason. They can only carry so much before the suppliy gets replicated. It's good to know many places offer these books to keep one apprised of the latest, but this board and the mags, do a broad version of same. If you want something special like a Korg Triton etc, it's cool but some gear, especially that which is not mainstrem, such as you see there, is available from other places.. The choices they have or make at the purchasing level are designed to maximize the bang to buck ratio and even the new stuff is more pop than sizzle, not always but how many times have you played the latest synth in a stor, only to find out the sounds are retweaked or version of what you can do with your existing gear and a good proscessor? Look before you leap... Try looking at Tape Op magazine, they have ads for stuff, really great stuff, one won't always find at the chains or internet stores... Not to say anything bad about the gang over there, but why do you think that cataloge looks so inviting? Marketing to you, to lust and own... Like I said, look at what you already have... If you in need, of cables, or a new pre etc, then of course, upgrading is always better, but on balance, sometimes gear lust can cost you in the long run. I know of at least three players who had so much lust, they ended up fileing BK because they got caught up in the frenzy for the latest... But there are others, who made a tidy living by upgrading, so it goess both ways. :wave:
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[quote]Originally posted by Hank The Cave Peanut: [b]There is no cure for gear lust.[/b][/quote]I am afraid this is true. I thought I had overcome my GAS problem, but I just got an Avalon 737sp so I think I may be having a relapse.

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Ya' know Wewus, the first step is admiting that you have a problem. So repeat after me. I am a Postaholic, Gearslut Cockmother... Again.... :D I am a Postaholic, Gearslut Cockmother... Again.... :o I am a Postaholic, Gearslut Cockmother... Again.... :mad: I am a Postaholic, Gearslut Cockmother... Again.... :eek:

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Research. I read everything I can find about every piece of gear I think I might someday buy and in this way find out which gear I can really live without. I say that if it passes this test, and I can't live without it, then there's nothing wrong with my buying it. Or, think of it this way. It's not gear lust, you're just doing your part to help the economy.
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[quote]Originally posted by TheWewus: [b] How does one overcome this affliction and get back to making music with the gear one owns?[/b][/quote]By visiting my gear "junk yard",you know,the stuff you would salivate over years ago just piled up in a rusted heap.Just imagine everything in the Sweetwater catalouge 20 years from now in the dumster,begrudginly so,but inevitably.
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I research like the dickens... I then pick the pieces of gear that I feel will benefit me the most and get the most usage... Then I pick from that list the best bang for the buck... Then I save my pennies! ;)

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[quote]Originally posted by C.M.: [b]I got my "Gear Encyclopedia" and I read it and drool as if it were Playboy. :love: I need help.[/b][/quote]There's a cure for gear lust... it's just that you might have to "get it on" with your gear. :p

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Sorry I couldn't post anything yesterday. I had to go over to some friends to eat dinner! ;) Sweetwater's gear directory!!! Yeah buddy! I can't get past the mic pres pages!!!

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[quote]Originally posted by Geenard Skeenard: [b]Posting on Christmas day??????? I can't believe it!!!! :) [/b][/quote]It's all part of the Gearlusting Postaholic syndrome. It's a sheer living hell Geenard! :D

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[quote]Originally posted by Jotown: [b]Wewus, I think we may have hit the bottom of the sheer living hell pit that is the "Gearlusting Postaholic syndrome". It's a real cockmother of a problem. :wave: [/b][/quote]So true JoTown. Maybe we should start an internet support group for over-posters.
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