If you’ve never spent any time with Graham Cochrane, don’t waste any more time. Graham, from from TheRecordingRevolution.com, makes videos which impart very honest and helpful advice about recording in a down-to-earth way. He goes out of his way to debunk the idea that you need the best gear to make the best recording. Instead, you need to be the best possible engineer and producer you can be by practicing your skills.
In this video he talks about the 5 essentials for a home studio. You are probably thinking that the essentials are fancy pieces of gear that you’ll have to save for years to buy, much like I did. The truth will surprise you. Check out this video and many others by him that share the tips and tricks it takes to be an accomplished producer, no matter how famous you are.
At about 14:50, Graham says a few things that show just how sincere he is about making recording accessible to everybody. Here he is speaking in reference to the 5 essentials for home studios:
Don’t worry about price. Don’t worry about brand. Just pick something that fits in your budget, that seems to get decent reviews. It’s going to work great for you. The rest comes with using it and learning it.
In a field where you can spend millions of dollars and still make terrible recordings, this advice is refreshing. The bottom line is that if you want to get better at audio production, stop dreaming about fancy gear and get some practice. You can learn more from Graham in his many amazing videos.