Spend That Extra Penny

Trust me, it will save you time, and that’s time you can spend creating.

Sometimes, as hobby creatives, or starving artists, we are faced with a choice; spend money on better equipment, or go grocery shopping this week. I’m hear to tell you, get ready to eat Ramen for a little while, because you should spend your hard earned dough.

Being a creative, our only job is to birth art in which we are invested and believe in. Whatever format you choose, that art must be born of confidence and consequence. The confidence comes from your belief. Our equipment may be the bearer of such consequence, whether of cost or quality. Popular point of view, quality comes at a cost, and sometimes that cost is well worth it.

A few years ago, I jumped into the world of DIY home recording. I’m a musician with a little of spare time, and no sign of a burgeoning budget. As it was back then, I chose to buy the PreSonus Audiobox Preamp for recording vocals, bass and guitar. It cost a crisp Benjamin, and I chose it because the next comparable piece of equipment was the Scarlett 2i2, but it ran $150 used, $50 more if I needed it new. I chose the cheaper of the two to save that extra penny, when I should have been spending it.

So what did I do?

Years later, I sold the PreSonus after struggling to record, jumping from computer to computer, with no luck. Plug-and-play my ass.

I sold it and put that money towards a Scarlett 2i2, which had dropped in price for used, but still, I could have saved so much time and effort had I just splurged that first day, instead of trying to save fifty bucks.

My purchase failure was drastic blow to my motivation, and cost me years of potential productivity. Also, I’m lazy, so that doesn’t help.

All I am saying is, if you read reviews for two comparable pieces of equipment, and chose the cheaper because of that fact, you may find yourself with a wasted experience ahead of you, unless it is to show yourself the simple fact I am pointing out today, and if that’s the case, then I definitely can’t help you.

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