If you are reading this blog, you are interested in growth... of your knowledge, your talent, your ability, your skills, your business, etc.
All too often these days, everything you read or watch in the online education space is trying to get you to learn something faster, better, CHEAPER, etc. You've heard the expression "there's an app for that?" Well, it is true that technology can help you do things cheaper and faster BUT it's not always going to lead to you doing it better or understanding it better.
If you are trying to learn something that involves creativity like recording music or you want to have a career in recording, rarely is there a quick or cheap path. You have to invest the time. And more importantly, you will have to invest the money.
Invest in quality tools and education that will support you on your journey. All too often we are tempted to find the free or cheap way to accomplish something... OR find an illegal copy of something in order for us to try out this hobby that we might want to turn into a career. I'm not going to say I haven't tried cracked versions of software before, but I always had to buy the full version to make things work consistently and to get the full benefit from them.
I believe that going for the cheap or free option is the wrong path to take. You need to spend money on quality proven tools and on quality education from professionals. While this will likely save you some headaches, I believe there is a more important psychological reason for spending good money on quality.
If you don't invest good money, you are communicating to yourself that you aren't serious. You're dipping your toe in the pool and saying that if it's too cold, you aren't jumping in. You can't succeed that way. You have to jump in the deep end and take some risks in order to be successful.