Here is a nice clip of Chad Hugo & Pharrell Williams from the Neptunes talking about how to get started in music with 'only' $10,000. Their advice: Piano lessons, a ProTools rig and learning to DJ. Obviously, there are cheaper ways to start - like build a studio for $27 or $500 (Warning! Old, dusty links...) More Neptunes on YouTube: Here is Chad showing you round his studio (Andromeda, Voyager, MicroKorg, and what might be a little Doepfer modular?) Here is Pharrell & Justin Timberlake's studio samba school. Here is a long, rambling studio session with Pharrel, a bored singer and a really irritating cameraman.
Posted by Tom Whitwell.
Wow... for every musical endevour I've been involved in, it'd be totally beyond the bounds of possibility to finish with $10,000, never mind start out with it!! :)
Uh, hrm. None of those things would factor in to my plans for 10k worth of music gear. It would be wall to wall toys, starting with a buffed up laptop/firepod/controller rig and ending with a cwejman/eurorack modular of epic proportions.
Props to them - that's actually pretty sound advice.
Blessed is the teenager stuck with minimal gear who pushes it past its limits and ultimately creates some phenomenal music. Blessed really isn't the older gear junkie who can't stop hoarding and ultimately has forgotten to actually make music.
And kinda glad there were no Korg mentions - those guys are Triton junkies, right?
"How about building your own instruments from modified toys and using freeware like Audacity to record your shit! Then drop $10,000 on some dank weed for making terrible squeaking noises played through a delay patch sound great! How 'bout dat!"
"Blessed is the teenager stuck with minimal gear who pushes it past its limits and ultimately creates some phenomenal music. Blessed really isn't the older gear junkie who can't stop hoarding and ultimately has forgotten to actually make music."
Very true words. I find myself pushing all of my musical equipment to the fullest extent. I'm broke, and can't afford vintage/spendy synths, and have to rely on softsynths ... and I am awfully jealous of those who can afford such nice toys. So I end up trying to milk the hell out of my equipment, and it's a damn good feeling at the end of the day.