Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff, It’s Almost All Small Stuff

Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff, It’s Almost All Small Stuff

One of the saddest things I get to see while spending a considerable amount of time on audio forums and in pro audio groups is people focusing on minutiae. Things that are so small, that no one will ever see the difference. Of course, in our case, it’s no one will ever “hear” the difference. It’s the same concept.

Of course, we all swear that we “can” hear a difference. And that every tiny bit matters. That it adds up. But really. In the end. It just doesn’t. I can fill up this page with a list of hits that were recorded with lesser equipment and less time than most of us have. And yet. They were still hit songs.

But more importantly. As I hate to constantly bring up the “hit” word, these recordings “connected” with an audience. And they didn’t wait to get it right. They put it out there to be received.

I see people worry about the right type or brand of cables to wire their studio. What digital clock to use. Plugins. Preamps. The list is endless. But you have to stop and realize what you’re doing. You’re creating something to occupy your mind while you avoid the worst thing for a recording engineer. Rejection.

So you toil over getting everything in your studio perfect before you even hit record. Before you give people a chance to say they like your work or they don’t. You’re putting it off for as long as you can.

But I’m telling you right now. It’s a mistake. It doesn’t matter. Get on with it. Make some music. Be judged. Go thru the process. Get better. Force yourself to produce something with what you have. That’s what people have done for decades.

Don’t sweat the small stuff. And it’s almost all small stuff. Good Luck!!

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I hope this message finds you well. Kenny Gioia