Are you experiencing a lull in creativity? Has the regular solution to your creativity become purchasing new gear, software, sound libraries and anything else you feel will take you to the next level?
The pressure to spend money is everywhere, and it's most oppressive when you feel that you need a plug-in or piece of gear that does something that the technology you currently have access to does not. To help you deduce whether a purchase is needed, I drew up a few things I ask myself, before I pull out the wallet.
1 - Do I Have Something That Does This Already?
Since the App Store landed in world economy, many smaller, more streamlined pieces of software have appeared that tackle one problem very elegantly, and that's it. In some cases, you may have an app, DAW, or plug-in that already does what you're after. A great way to determine if you already own something with pertinent capabilities? Go to the sales page of something you already have and take a look at its list of features. You may have missed something!
2 - Is it Just a Sound You're After?
With the way art, music, photography and movies are advancing, it's easy to think that a well produced patch bank holds the key to a particular '