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Cure for GAS?

Post by justchillingggg » Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:07 pm

Does anyone here have also uncontrollable GAS? I’m not talking lightly here. I used to joke about this and laugh when someone mentioned it but now it is becoming quite serious and I don’t know what to do about it. I have a decent amount of gear already but every time I satisfy myself with new modules, the next day there is another module, then I buy to satisfy, then comes ANOTHER. It will never stop. Please help or I’ll become a poor man extremely quickly.

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Re: Cure for GAS?

Post by mor4sso » Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:13 pm

start using the shit you have...

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Re: Cure for GAS?

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Post by papz » Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:14 pm

Get to know all the modules that you already have in depth.
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Re: Cure for GAS?

Post by justchillingggg » Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:15 pm

I do use the things I have though ... but it’s become a habit, every time just before I go to bed, I start searching for new shiny modules

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Re: Cure for GAS?

Post by Gringo Starr » Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:17 pm

Stay off of sites like Muffs and Gearslutz. These are gas-stations.

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Re: Cure for GAS?

Post by electricfence » Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:18 pm

Spend a few hours messing around on Reverb trying to sell the stuff that you once had to have but actually didn’t get around to using. That mostly worked for me.

(But while you are here, check out my great selection of lightly-used modules in the BST forum. :miley:)

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Re: Cure for GAS?

Post by Yes Powder » Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:21 pm

Start taking hard drugs.

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Re: Cure for GAS?

Post by Red Electric Rainbow » Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:25 pm

Yes Powder wrote:
Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:21 pm
Start taking hard drugs.
when i did that i sold off almost the entire studio.
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Re: Cure for GAS?

Post by comacomfort » Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:27 pm

invest your savings into GIC's like a 2 year one, you cant get the money, so you cant spend it, guaranteed interest.

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Post by lisa » Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:28 pm

Compulsive disorders are real and there is help. I'd suggest that you read a bit about it. This page has some information and a simple, classic self-assessment test: https://www.psychguides.com/behavioral- ... addiction/

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Re: Cure for GAS?

Post by newrun » Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:30 pm

Gringo Starr wrote:
Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:17 pm
Stay off of sites like Muffs and Gearslutz. These are gas-stations.
I would add modulargrid too.

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Re: Cure for GAS?

Post by Orange » Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:35 pm

comacomfort wrote:
Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:27 pm
invest your savings into GIC's like a 2 year one, you cant get the money, so you cant spend it, guaranteed interest.
^^^^^^^^
This....
Or invest in your house. new kitchen, new bathroom etc. etc.
Reward yourself with new gear afterwards and invest again. :cloud:

It won’t cure the GAS though :hmm:

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Post by cptnal » Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:39 pm

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Re: Cure for GAS?

Post by Back Down the Path » Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:42 pm

justchillingggg wrote:
Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:15 pm
I do use the things I have though ... but it’s become a habit, every time just before I go to bed, I start searching for new shiny modules
It’s an addiction like any other and it’s pretty insidious because it’s an addiction to potential artistic inspiration. It’s hard to tell yourself that it’s destructive when it’s part of a creative process.

Selling stuff helps. The satisfaction of paying down cards helps. Also, when starting a rack it’s pretty common to way overspend trying things out and seeing what works for you. There is a point where the volume drops. I’ve mostly hit the point where a purchase would be replacing something else in my workflow, but impulse buys are deadly and difficult to avoid (excited about my Castor & Pollux preorder!)

Good luck out there.

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Re: Cure for GAS?

Post by cinnatoastg » Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:49 pm

Delete reverb, stop using modulargrid, try and make the absolute most of what you have. After you see a few cycles of gear trends the GAS starts to fade. Try to focus on your creative process as opposed to your tools.

100% agree with lisa, asking yourself those questions would at least be a good exercise. I've gone through pretty intense bouts compulsion/FOMO/however you want to describe it due to music related gear. The best advice I could give on that front is just take a step away from all commercial outlets and go make some music. Get in flow.
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Post by Chris Willocks » Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:53 pm

justchillingggg wrote:
Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:07 pm
Does anyone here have also uncontrollable GAS? I’m not talking lightly here. I used to joke about this and laugh when someone mentioned it but now it is becoming quite serious and I don’t know what to do about it. I have a decent amount of gear already but every time I satisfy myself with new modules, the next day there is another module, then I buy to satisfy, then comes ANOTHER. It will never stop. Please help or I’ll become a poor man extremely quickly.
I think limitation is the key. By limiting your sonic palette to a small set of modules or setup, then it will force you to be a lot more creative. Modular synths are just a tool to make music, but it is very easy to get engrossed purely in the gear itself, rather than composing tracks.

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Re: Cure for GAS?

Post by ATW » Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:54 pm

Gringo Starr wrote:
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Re: Cure for GAS?

Post by nios » Tue Feb 09, 2021 3:02 pm

If you can't cure it, then perhaps get used to reselling modules that aren't quite fitting your fancy to fund getting new ones. That way there's a lot less of a hole in the wallet as your money will go much much much further, and you'll get to see many of the random things you were curious about, just not all at the same time. Buyer's remorse is also not as big a deal when you can just put it back up for sale the next day and move on from it. Many modules are not hard to sell anyway. Popular, competitively priced modules generally go within a few days or weeks.

I mean if you really wanted to exploit things a bit to try a lot of things, then you can buy and constantly return modules if you don't like them to sample, although some of them take some time to really get a feel for and I'm not sure if there are any kinds of consequences for doing that too much. I've not tried this as generally I judge if I really need a module by whether or not I'm ever actually-using it over the course of a couple months at least before selling it, but as I tend to fundamentally know if I like something or not basically the first day I get it, I'd imagine a lot of people could make quicker calls. There are a lot of modules that have tons of features technically and so entice people, but when you set them up they turn out obscure / confounding to use, and you may get kind of spoiled wanting everything to not take looking up a manual to get to do anything at all.

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Re: Cure for GAS?

Post by Artaos » Tue Feb 09, 2021 3:17 pm

Is it causing harm or destruction in your life? (financially, relationships, etc.) If not, then just relax and use some of the advice above. If it is harmful, I suggest you read up on compulsive behaviors and addiction, and potentially seek professional help. I say this with a lot of respect and sympathy.

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Re: Cure for GAS?

Post by enno » Tue Feb 09, 2021 3:19 pm

I also find spending time explaining modules to friends and making music with them helps, because you're basically re-discovering stuff you already own.

Also, other hobbies with similar GAS potential can help. Bit of a bait and switch I guess, but I can judge GAS on hobby A more rationally when currently hunting stuff for hobby B. Which in turn helps to put hobby B into perspective.

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Re: Cure for GAS?

Post by Voltcontrol » Tue Feb 09, 2021 3:21 pm

newrun wrote:
Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:30 pm
Gringo Starr wrote:
Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:17 pm
Stay off of sites like Muffs and Gearslutz. These are gas-stations.
I would add modulargrid too.
Actually MG has cured my GAS in part.

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Re: Cure for GAS?

Post by Tonefloat01 » Tue Feb 09, 2021 3:32 pm

mor4sso wrote:
Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:13 pm
start using the shit you have...
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Re: Cure for GAS?

Post by Naenyn » Tue Feb 09, 2021 3:57 pm

Run out of room. Worked for me.
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Re: Cure for GAS?

Post by Raindeer » Tue Feb 09, 2021 4:05 pm

enno wrote:
Tue Feb 09, 2021 3:19 pm
Also, other hobbies with similar GAS potential can help.
So... if you find you’re spending too much on eurorack, just choose another exorbitantly pricey hobby instead! Exotic pets perhaps, or classic cars. Problem solved.
Voltcontrol wrote:
Tue Feb 09, 2021 3:21 pm
Actually MG has cured my GAS in part.
Yes it’s good for me too. When you can experiment and visualize a future setup then the planning itself becomes more fun. I’ve also started noting down patches I want to try with my existing setup which I’ve found is a really good way to shift attention away from new gear.

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