• Tom DuPree III

Making The Move To Mobile

Today, I want to talk about adopting new technology, specifically, adopting new technology when it comes to music creation.

If you watch my vlog, which you should, you will have seen that a couple episodes ago, I talked about updating my software and updating my workflow to include a little bit more of a streamlined version of everything.

What I am after is trying to become more mobile in my music creation, not just for the sake of mobility but so that I can have the same work flow no matter where I am.

I think that's important because I fully believe in learning an efficient and productive workflow with the tools that you have. I am not a big fan of constantly updating your tools because that means you're constantly having to learn a new system, and if you're constantly putting brainpower into educating yourself on a new system, you are not optimized to use that system efficiently and effectively out of the gate.

You're constantly playing catch up.

I'm not a big fan of that, but I do believe in adopting new technology when you can. I view it kind of like getting a new car.

Getting new gear as a musician is a lot like getting a new car. We can't all just afford to sell our car and go get a new car that comes out that we like, right? That's why it takes years and years, decades to introduce new technology into the marketplace, especially when it is an expensive piece of technology. And for the most part, musical equipment is expensive.

So I think that it's not important to try to adopt everything right when it comes out. What I do think is important is, anytime you find yourself in need of a new tool, whether you are replacing an old one or you're updating to a different system, to ask yourself the question, "what is going to be the best way to pursue this need and fulfill this need for the future?". And also, "now that we live in an increasingly mobile and connected world, what is the best way to serve my mobility and interconnectedness for creating music with other people?".

Now the good news is there's a big difference between getting a new car and getting musical equipment. Cars remain expensive. Also, cars depreciate in value. Massively.

If I have a 2005 car and I want to get a 2015 car, the 2015 is going to cost way more than I can get for the 2005. But when it comes to music gear, if you want to update to something that is more mobile and more technologically advanced, odds are it's going to be digital and it's going to be in the box.

New gear will likely be either iOS- and Android-based or computer-based. And if that's the case, it's actually probably, in all likelihood, going to be less expensive than if you were to, say, buy a new keyboard to replace your old one.

Now, I'm not saying go sell your keyboard, switch to an iPad, and call it a day.

You can if you want. I'm a fan of that.

But what I am saying is if you find yourself wanting to improve or update your workflow, don't buy a new, expensive piece of physical gear to replace an old item if your needs can be filled by moving over to something that's software-based, and that sounds great as well.

Listen to the podcast: https://anchor.fm/tomdupreeiii

Watch the video: https://youtu.be/qonkwcjzLfw

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