Don't Do It. Trust Me. 

Think twice before you upgrade.

This is what I want to tell any musician who happens to use a computer for their music production and is eager to update their software when the latest version drops. I had to learn this lesson the hard way many years ago.

The newest version of Mac operating system had just hit and I immediately updated to it. To my dismay, much of my software and plugins that I used for everyday music production did not work. My digital audio workstation would open but would crash at random. Many of the plugins that I used all the time were missing or not functional. It was so frustrating. So I did what anyone in that position would do: I downgraded the OS. That was an even bigger mistake! I ended up having to completely wipe my computer and start over. It took well over a week to get everything back in order, and this all happened during a time-sensitive project. Boy, did I ever learn my lesson. 

It’s tempting to want the latest and greatest. But if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

It’s tempting to want the latest and greatest. But in the world of music production, it’s better to adhere to the old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” To this day, I’m two operating systems behind on my computer. Software and plugins are a different story. I always make sure to read up on any updates before I pull the trigger on them. With so many forums and groups on FB, there’s no reason why you can’t get enough information to make an informed decision on whether or not to update.

Currently I use a 2nd generation iPad as a remote for Omnisphere. And that’s the ONLY thing that I use it for. Why? Simply, because it works. I don’t update it, and I don’t change anything. When the time comes to update, I’ll be sure to have everything in order. I learned this from a friend who used to work for Integrity Music. He traveled the world recording everyone from Hillsong to Paul Baloche and more. The computer that they used for tracking all of these amazing albums was absolutely ancient. I asked why didn’t they use something newer and he responded, “because it works!” His reply stuck with me and I’ve held to that motto ever since. 


When you feel the urge to update to the latest and greatest…don't do it! Trust me. And if you just have to update, at least do your homework before you do so. It could very well save you time, money, and a huge headache!

Ryan is currently the Worship Director at The Church at Wills Creek in North Alabama. He has been the keyboardist for many Christian artists and has served with several churches including Christ Fellowship and Church of the Highlands. Ryan is the keyboard instructor for and also works as a producer, music educator, and studio musician. Ryan has two children, Josiah and Vivy, and they love spending time on their 100 acre farm.

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Hi Ryan,
how do I get on your lessons? I have been watching on youtube but after I joined
today I get the guitar guy coming up :)
Was wanting the tutorial for all of Joy to the world.
steps to get there?

thank you!

On your dashboard you should

On your dashboard you should be able to choose between the different instruments. Click on lessons at the top, then select the keyboard symbol. When you click on a song, you can select between all the instruments.

Upgrading too early

I did this recently. A big upgrade to MainStage came out (3.4.0), and it's just been sooo long since the last one.

So I upgraded.

And lost all my concerts. Every instrument turned into a Marimba.

I've recovered - somewhat. I had to open the broken concerts and export every patch, and then reimport. My custom layout was lost, and I still don't have Chord View working yet.. Wish I'd never upgraded! :) A lesson well learned.