An idea for avoiding GAS - what do you think?


#1

I had an idea recently for avoiding GAS - tie any new purchase to first having created and released something.


e.g. I keep wanting to buy either a Volca FM or Elektron A4, but won’t let myself until I make and release at least a 3-track EP.

Anyone tried something similar?

#2

Like it, I’ve always made myself sell gear to fund the new stuff. Really makes you think about purchasing. Sometimes you realize what you got is worth keeping.


#3

I do something like this - no gear for me until I’ve completed a challenge. It works for getting challenges completed.


#4

same! i always buy used too, so if i change my mind i can usually get most if not all my money back on the flip.


then its like i paid almost nothing to borrow a device for as long as i wanted to. made some cool beats on it.
win-win-win.

#5

@johnl Thats the process I work with - nothing new happens unless I make/finish something with what I have or its (eventually) not for me and I flip it on eBay. The latter does lead to GAS though, which may not be ideal…


#6

Seven years ago, I bought way more gear than I should. Since then, I keep on selling stuff before I buy anything new. I will do this until I regularly use 100% of my gear on all my musical projects.


#7

@johnl Nice idea, but you are forgetting: you always need this exact piece of gear (that you don’t have) to finish your current project. And then another one … :wink:


#8
Seven years ago, I bought way more gear than I should. Since then, I keep on selling stuff before I buy anything new. I will do this until I regularly use 100% of my gear on all my musical projects.


@johnl Nice idea, but you are forgetting: you always need this exact piece of gear (that you don’t have) to finish your current project. And then another one … :wink:

These are both great pieces of advice. Another one I can add is try to have at least 75% of your GAS fund be from music income.


#9

I never buy stuff at release (or, god forbid, pre-order). The decision will be colored by marketing and hype. Odds are your needs don’t correspond to what’s trendy today anyways. Buy everything used as music gear isn’t worn out. Learn every piece 100 %. Never hope for additional features through updates and read the manual pre-purchase. Face yourself (do some psychedelics maybe) and ask if you really need more stuff. Odds are you would be much better off spending funds on free time developing skills than on another shiny new thing.


#10

I lusted after a MS-20 mini and an Analog 4 for years and resisted all the while watching the prices rise, both new and second hand.

I imagine a few people have done this with the OP-1…


#11

It’s nice to wait for a 4-6 weeks period after a new GAS episode, before buying anything. During that period, you can figure out ways to get similar sounds/options within your current setup and also think about global integration and potential issues.