Its no secret that I am a sound engineer (live). And I have been for the last 11 years or so….
I have listened to various mics on very different instruments, some because we could, and others because that was what the budget depicted for us. So we are always comparing and trying to get the best sound possible for everything.
Which causes many people to tout their mic as the latest greatest piece of equipment this side of the globe, and we should drop everything and buy this new one. And lets say we actually test the mic, and find it does sound “better”.
Which is where I want to pause for a bit today, its not always better, sometimes its just different.
Most times that turns out to be the case and just ends up a huge distraction or simply people who have no idea but have a say (management) ending up accepting the marketing of the products.
Sometimes its shiny object syndrome (I confess to having that ha ha ha). We always after the latest greatest toy.
So the question is….. And I do not mean for us to discard all new things or to improve on the current.
The reason I mention this, is when things come up, we can then evaluate it, rather than just accept it because its the new way.
We always hear clamour from marketing gurus that this is the way to go, forget the way you are doing it.
Even in sound recording we seem to be chasing our tails sometimes. Early days everyone used valve microphones (because there was no other way), but then the transistor came out and made it cheaper and “better” as they put it.
Well, today we buy valve and ribbon mics at top dollar because we know them now to be the better mic. Only now its not cheap. It was a long and expensive road to end up where we were before.
Change that is made just for change’s sake is not always for the better….
I hope we do not do this in life…..