Freedom within rules – weird but true

I have to admit I’m quite the fan if Scott Diaz and his latest baby, Nitelife Audio. The sample packs are actually decent and useful, and the tips are also practical and sensible. It’s all presented properly as well – no nonsense.

This particular tip resonated with me.

As anyone who produces music can tell you, there’s well and truly no end to the number of options you’ve got these days. Others may consider this as a blessing. I consider it to be a curse.

It’s far too easy these days to move on without making some kind of commitment or investment of time. There’s countless free VSTs out there for anyone who to download, and if you don’t get the hang of one straight away, no harm done. Simply delete it and move on to the next one, right?

Possibly, but this is ultimately time that’s being wasted. Time spent scouring the internet looking for software is time not spent making music. And as a music producer, isn’t it kind of in the job description that I should be, well, producing music?

This is why I have a couple of VSTs that are my go-to on almost every track and remix that I make. I’m not going to provide an exhaustive list, but as an example, the TAL Uno-62 provides the bassline sound on almost everything that I do. I have one or two other things just in case I can’t get the Uno-62 to sound right, but that’s very rarely the case.

There’s really no need to make things more complicated when they have to be. Music is, for many including myself, about escapism. Why would I want to make that more complicated than life already is?

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