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thumbpicker
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Jan 10th, 2016 03:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Does anyone else here get lost in all the myriad things our gear does and lose sight of the actual playing? It seems I have acquired so many different sounds,synths,guitar effects,midi whatnots over the years that I get overwhelmed by it all and have to spend too much time digging through manuals etc. to actually enjoy the process anymore. Just wondered if I'm the only one?

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Jan 10th, 2016 04:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

For me it's a frequency (or infrequency) of use. I'll learn, then often have to relearn. Most of it has to do with in-program related stuff (Pro Tools).

One thing that helps is keeping a spreadsheet that I keep building as I learn new tricks, shortcuts, etc. I can later search it as the fog of time gets in the way. I hate searching manuals as they are never laid out in my process of thinking.

The objective is to avoid being overwhelmed by the tools. I've oftened likened it to being a carpenter and having to spend a week training on how to cut one board.

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Jan 11th, 2016 07:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Does anyone else here get lost in all the myriad things our gear does and lose sight of the actual playing?"

Constantly. There's a lot to said for just writing the song and THEN recording it. Unfortunately, for me, it usually doesn't work that way. The writing and recording are a simultaneous process. Like littleleuch, I don't do it often enough to remember some of the technical things I did the last time.

Tyrone Shuz

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Jan 11th, 2016 11:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

As for outboard gear (non-software) I try to buy knowing what it does. Newer stuff, like Line6 products, there are often many other functions which I may or may not use, but I learn what I need to first. I do have 1 or 2 things where if something goes awry and I need to reprogram, yes, I'm manual-digging.

For the DAW--in the old days, I had post-it notes all over my monitor reminding me, usually about remembering to adjust the Windoze Mixer settings. That's where I would screw up. That's not an issue anymore, and there are no more sound cards per se.

The best solution is to practice using the gear. The more you do it, the less you need to go manual-diving.

But I still recommend post-its to save you the trouble.

reverendrob
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Jan 11th, 2016 01:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Take it simple. Have setup that makes it simpler - I have a DAW template that opens up the normal inputs I use for sketchpad stuff, has levels preset to safe volumes, and armed four tracks (one each amp, plus room).

Can be in and recording within one minute of sitting down assuming guitar is in tune, which is a huge deal given my health.

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Jan 27th, 2016 01:10 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"For me it's a frequency (or infrequency) of use. I'll learn, then often have to relearn. Most of it has to do with in-program related stuff (Pro Tools.)"

Yup, same for me and Reaper. Now how did I set points on the track lane envelope so I can drop the volume in the selected spot? Then I spend about 15 minutes re-learning how I did it.

Another one is the cool synth pad preset on the guitar synth. I might spend a good 20 minutes scrolling through the lists.

reverendrob
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Jan 27th, 2016 02:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Presets are pretty easy, I re-arrange them to sections, and for the factory stuff, I usually just open the PDF manual and search on the title.



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