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NOT TO BUY MORE GEAR

Last time, we looked at six reasons to buy new gear for your studio. This time around, we’re taking the opposite course of action and looking at six great reasons why you shouldn’t upgrade, splash out and spend just for the sake of it…

We all know that a part of the appeal of music production – and one of the reasons this very magazine exists – is the allure of the technology that goes with it. It’s the way that this technology eases your path to music glory, provides the sounds you need, or helps you attain a professional edge. Plus, of course, it also has something to do with how a room full of gleaming new hardware just looks so darned good. But the call of that technology siren can lead to depleted bank accounts, too many options and the divorce courts. Yes, we’re as guilty as the next person when it comes to upgrading and have probably done it more than most, but in doing so, we’ve also learned from our costly upgrade mistakes and can bring you this definitive list of six reasons why you shouldn’t do it. Do we practice what we preach? We’re not answering that…

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Making music is an expensive pursuit. From monitors to microphones, DAWs and plug-ins: before you know it, just getting your creative space in order has made a serious dent in your bank account. But it really doesn’t have to be this way. In Andy Jones’ in-depth cover feature this month, he dives head-first into this ocean of free software, highlighting the best of the best and detailing how to use it effectively to build a track – for free! Elsewhere this issue, we’ve got the first in a new A-Z series, detailing some of the oft-used, key terms that you’ll likely hear and need to understand in the music-making world. Alongside all this, we’ve got our usual range of reviews, tutorials, tips and a complete guide to the vast high-tech world of controllers. We’ve also, very excitingly, teamed up with the best studio in the world with this issue’s free Abbey Road calendar. We hope you enjoy the issue.