More often than not if you know what a plugin or VST is then you own at least one DAW, and that DAW likely came with an excellent set of stock plugins. The temptation to want more however is a natural thing, but when is it time to upgrade, and is upgrade the correct word?
Albums appear insignificant, and the flavour of the month single gets all the limelight. Consumers are happy with taking in the whole story of a single, without sitting there for a whole album and riding out the journey with the artist.
Studio Reference Monitors are designed to expose everything, whereas speakers are designed to be a pleasant listening experience. If there's anything a little problematic, you need to be able to hear it. Of course the more you spend, the more apparent these problems become.
Many years ago when I was a teenager, hanging with my friends in my room, something happened that shaped my opinion on singing forever… I attempted to sing one of my favourite songs, accompanied by my friend playing acoustic guitar with a small audience of two or three people. One of those people will today serve as an example of what not to do.
My first mix, and every other subsequent mix over the following couple of years had problems. I wanted the punchy big kick that one of my idols seemed so effortlessly to achieve in everything he put out, I wanted the space and size of the ambiance in Noah Shebibs sound, I wanted the harshness and distortion to stop happening every time I finished mastering......