AM I BETTER THAN MY TOOLS?... ARE YOU?
Am I better than the tools I use? Absolutely, positively not! There is so much more I could do if I only knew how. And that is a deep statement, I think, because it is not just technical mastery of all the apps, it is mastery of recording, mixing, and the most abstruse part... The creation, for me, of original sounding music that feels good.
Because of the Apple conference, I guess, the talk about tools seems at the double quickstep. The complaining is thru the roof, it seems. Of course, without this complaining there would be no vigorous and healthy debate... Not that it means very much, because on the bottom line tools can only do so much. How I look to them to help make a weak track stronger! a thin sound thicker! But I cannot fool myself when the music is simply not there.
There are many who view and post on this forum who take great pleasure in the techno toy quality of iOS music making. That is great. There are many who want to create a heartfelt pulse that makes you want to jump and shout. That is terrific. There are those who want to immerse themselves and others in a lush landscape of sonic textures. That is fabulous. It is all happening. Then what is the true source of the dissatisfaction with the tools that so often comes across? The lack of seamless interaction. The syncing and the routing, the crashing and the freezing, the virtual not being virtual enough. We want seamless syncing, rapid routing, instant interconnectivity, accurate acoustics and multi timbral saturated synths capable of leaping tall mainframes in a single bound. We want. Oh, how we want!
So what am I ranting about? Just this... For those who care about such things, do we investigate our musical souls with as much intensity? If we had better tools would our music be.... Better? Are we missing something organic with our fascination of sophisticated circuitry and far seeing algorhythms? Might the looking inward be as important as the looking out? How do we create to our true potential? With better tools? Perhaps... As long as you are better than your tools. And if you, like myself, are not better than your tools is there reason to be dissatisfied, angry and impatient with devs, manufacturers, platforms, limitations, inaccuracies, breakdowns, prices and foibles? I'm just asking.