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    Default Interesting discussion about my article on Why Gear Doesn't Matter

    Fascinating to see how people responded, especially since it's an electronic music forum. I never really thought about that angle. Would Walter Carlos have been able to make Switched On Bach without a synthesizer? I don't think so.

    That was a case where the talent was key but the gear really did matter.

    https://www.gearslutz.com/board/elec...r-article.html
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    My favorite quotes:

    The author Lynn Fuston is full of BS.
    So stop being so religious about it... or do, and be a silly zealot.
    (Told to Bob Ohlsson)

    Yes, I have to go by youtube and billboard charts to determine what quality music is. If I went by what I personally enjoyed I would look like a snob.
    I am significantly dumber now after reading that than I was before...thanks.
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    It IS fascinating that the responses range from "He's absolutely right" to "He's full of ____!"

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    I think the reality is in-between.

    Certain sounds just can't be had without certain gear. Can you make a modern metal record with a single coil Tele and a Champ? You might use that for some sounds/parts, but the core tone couldn't be had with that combo.

    But that's the "artist" side of the equation. The artists needs the tools to get the sounds that they want.

    So what about the "engineer" side of it? We all have preferences. Can we make due without a wall of outboard? Sure can. The better engineers can make amazing records with humble gear. Could those records sound "better" with different gear? Probably...But "better" is subjective. I do feel that certain gear has sonic characteristics that could be useful in our quest for the sounds in our heads.

    Use what you got. When you find a tool that makes your life easier to get the sounds you want, buy it.

    Pretty simple really.

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