Hello, this is my first post. I've just recently dived in to the world of production, but I'm having problems regarding equipment. I've wanted to make music for so long, and this year I finally acted on it. My problem is regarding the sea of hardware and software that exists in production. For a beginner my setup is fairly decent, but I continue to feel like I need more. I feel like i'll be limited or somewhat inferior to other people making music. I feel that I will not be able to achieve the sounds that I want to make, that I won't be able to make music that I want to make. This in turn, makes me spend hours searching for gear instead of focusing on making sounds. Rather stupidly, I look to the artists I love and try to find out what their using (some use hardly any equipment, mind). I wish that I would have faith in the equipment I have, rather than constantly looking for more. My setup is:
I-Mac, nio 2/4, rokit krk's, novation nocturn 25, korg nano kontrol, tascam 4 track portastudio, Zoom h2 field recorder, Korg Monotron, Fm3's, Logic Studio, Ableton Live Suite 8, Max 4 Live, Audiomulch, Circle, Synplant, and a host of plug-ins.
I constantly feel like i'm limited in someway.Maybe it's a confidence thing. Maybe it's because i'm new to production. I have recently purchased a good amount of literature to help me learn: Live 8 Power, Electronic Music and Sound Design in Max, Music Theory for Computer Musicians, Music Composition for Computer Musicians, Synthesizer Cookbook, Digital Musician, Listening Book etc.. And also a variety of video courses.
Can anyone talk any sense into me? I'm into abstract/noise/drone/metal/electro-acoustic/avant-garde/. I'd love to be able to focus on what I have, rather than searching for hours. I'd love to adopt the the "less is more" approach. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated