I have fruity loops, presonus audiobox, m-38 monitors, a basic AKGp120, a bass an acoustic and a Roland Juno-60. my sound is lame but my ideas are original and solid minus the production. does it seem like my equipment should do it and my diligence is low, or would you recommend anything to help with the quality of sounds I am getting. I've been doing this for 3 years and feel like I've learned so much yet can't get past some hurdles in getting the sounds as loud and thick as most people seem to be able to even with boring "already been made" sounding music.

Ott responded on 03/10/2017

There's nothing wrong with your equipment and only you know if your diligence is sufficient. How many hours a day do you put in? Do you treat it like a full-time occupation or is it a weekend hobby for you?

From 1983 to the present day I put in a full day every day trying to improve my skills. Never a day went by when I didn't push up some faders and ask myself "How can that sound better?"

Music is a fun and rewarding hobby and the availability of the tools has allowed many more people to enjoy doing it.

Doing it for a job is a totally different proposition and requires [in my experience] ridiculous amounts of effort and commitment.

The first thing you need to do is to honestly ascertain which of those two scenarios applies to you and then you need to commit, either to many hours of solitary work in obscurity, with the possibility you may never get there, or to enjoying making music as a hobby.

Either is ok, but you can't do both.

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