The Great AudioBus Forum Collab Thread: Your tools are only as good as you are
So I've spent the last 6 weeks or so since Black Friday wrestling with my addiction to all things new and shiny. I have to admit - I love me a new app. I do - it's glorious to open a new app that everyone here is raving about and get it to make all sorts of space noises. That being said, I really need to cut myself off for any number of reasons that I don't need to go into here.
I've been struggling to get my head around a lot of threads with names like:
"Is XXX app good for XXX (style of music)?"
"Is XXX synth any good?"
"Is iOS a true music-making platform?"
"Desktops are better because I can't do XXX on iOS"
etc., etc., ad nauseum
Here's the issue I've been taking with these threads of late: Your music doesn't come from the tools on your iPad/iPhone: the tools are there to facilitate your music making. The music comes from you, not whatever apps/workflow you're using. These are simply tools to help make music.
I'm not trying to invalidate these threads - hell, I participate/benefit from/start them as much as anyone. And hey - that's what we're here for. I just think that the musicians here have forgotten about all the thousands of great sounding records made with a single microphone in the center of the room.
Since I went to school to be a recording engineer, I got many lessons in the history of recording audio, and it's thoroughly enlightening and informative. It also illustrates just how much can be done with so little and still sound incredible. I am trying to remind myself that I have MORE than enough tools in my box to create album after album of any style of music I can imagine - I DON'T NEED MORE APPS. Not only do I have to figure out how to use the ones I have, but I then have to actually MAKE something listenable out of them.
In the spirit of this reflection, I'm resolving to make 2018 more about actually making music than buying tools. I'm actually going to get my YouTube channel off the ground, finish this [email protected]#%ing album I've been stuck on, get some new generative ideas completed and generally put into practice all the apps/ideas I've purchased and crafted throughout 2017. I also want to get back out and start gigging regularly again, hopefully with the iPad integrated as well.
So - in the interest of jumping off the cliff:
Who is in the San Francisco Bay Area and wants to meet up and jam? Not just sit around and shoot the shit (as much as I love doing that too) but actually collaborate? Anyone on this board have unfinished ideas kicking around that they want throw me to mess with? Live jamming? Co-composition?
IS THIS THING ON?!?!?!?!
Ok - I'm off my soapbox. I hope to hear from you all. This means you @johnfromberkeley