Today I received an email from Mr X:
“I began with the program Logic pro X. But i have a problem: I want to get some plug ins for this program, i’d like to get it for free, because buying it is too expensive for me at the moment,
so i like to download it, but it’s so hard to find it…
I need the following plug ins:
[followed by a list of paid VST-plugins]”
First of all, Mr X, please forgive me for using your email as an example. I get these kinds of requests regularly so it could have been any one of them.
Now, there is something quite big at play here, something that is especially difficult to understand when you’re first starting out in music. That is why I want to address this publicly.
This is what I replied, word to word:
I won’t be able to help you with downloading paid plugins. I only use legit software myself.
Your email reminds me of myself when I was younger. I admit I used to download loads of pirated plugins. It was just too easy, and there was not much peer pressure against it where I’m coming from (in fact, quite the contrary).
So trust me this comes from personal experience:
It’s a trap. You’ll be much better off using legit software.
Having a limited set of tools makes you value them more. You will learn your tools inside out and apply them properly (instead of “fast forwarding” through loads of plugins and then forgetting about them).
As a result you will see faster improvement in your skills. I promise. I wish I had known that sooner.
This is also part of why making music using hardware equipment can be so rewarding. Because most people who do it have a limited set of equipment to work with and they’ve involved themselves in the process by investing their money into it. It’s really no different with software, except the fact that illegal software is easy to obtain makes people fall into the trap.
Through the process of limiting, being legit and investing in what you use, you will build a sort of situational awareness. You will begin to understand where you stand and what the blind spots are that you still need to expand on. This process will greatly help you in discovering your own voice.
If you choose the path of mindlessly downloading loads of stuff, you get none of those benefits. You only end up more confused and without proper focus.
Besides… When you’re legit you will feel great for doing the right thing…
…and the creators get paid for their hard work.
Logic X is a great package and you should really learn to make use of all the great tools that come with it. You really don’t need anything more when you’re getting started. Like I said, it would only serve to confuse you.
Learn Logic first, then expand with the great free plugins I’ve recently listed in the blog.