Hmm. I mean, I don't think companies have ever had a platform like the internet (and social media) before. It's so powerful, so pervasive and ubiquitous and just...it's everywhere. I open up messenger to talk to a friend, bam, NI advert. It feels like every website I visit knows exactly what I wanna see. When I watch a video on YouTube I get adverts from plugin developers, or the content I'm watching may be a sponsorship dealy so I'm being wowed by personalities I like/trust with amazing production values.Exowildebeest wrote: ↑21 Nov 2018Excellent tip on digging through your plugin list and finding something "new" for "free"!
Talking about free, there's also the nice developers giving stuff away for free on Black Friday - also a form of marketing of course, but worth checking out
They have got better - they're so good you don't even realize it
So I think it is harder these days to exercise restraint, unless of course you recognise when and how you're being targeted. Or you have adblock
But absolutely I'm putting the brakes on buying new things. The only thing I would pay for at this point is functionality updates to my DAWs. When I was doing my accounts a year or two ago I was absolutely stunned at the amount I'd spent on racks. I mean thousands. And the kicker is, I just did a huge tutorial on Reason 10, and so I had to basically dive in from scratch and explore every feature and I was finding out things I didn't know about the *stock* devices. After this many years! That's not even counting the hundreds of racks I have, that probably do things I've yet to discover.
So yeah I would say get to know what you have, inside and out. Chances are if there's something you need to accomplish, you have the tools to do it already.