Learning – Needs Time! 😊


TL;DR: Read the manual.

A lot of us spend hours searching for resources to help us get onboard with a new software. I've seen people google search for hours looking for that one video that'll just show it all. I've been there too. And then one day, I decided to take a step back and read the documentation.

So yea, for everyone who has been bugging me for an RX tutorial session, this is the trick. Go READ THE MANUAL.

Yes, the creative part and techniques would come later on. You'll eventually discover the psychoacoustic fact that "consistent noise is no noise in the right context (IYKYK)" and you might be able to figure out how to achieve that using the modules available to you, but knowing that such a module even exists would need some homework.

Why is it an efficient way to learn?

  1. You'll get a thorough and TRUE information of what's going on in the background – something that only the creators can share, and they do.
  2. When you discover something on your own, it's a far better learning than someone showing it to you. You may learn how to make a specific sound preset in Serum for example, but is the Cut Off parameter doing just that, or is it also adding some color?
  3. You get a structure to learn from. It's tedious to go into the rabbit hole of YouTube and switch videos any time a new keyword shows up in the tutorial, which you realise you know nothing about. Documentation generally has a hirierchy that makes most sense to the developer, and more so to the user, thereby making it a much better source.
  4. Who would you rather ask about the recipe of a specific dish? The chef, or the food critics who have eaten it a bunch of times and have their own interpretation of how it was cooked?

Now that you know the secret, what stops you from doing so? It's probably the 'reading' aspect of it. We are so used to jumping onto things that we don't feel patient enough to first understand the basics.

This isn't completely the fault of the reducing attention span though. We behaved in a similar way even when it came to reading the printed manual of the new TV. Why waste time when you can plug it in and press some random buttons on the remote?

Well, in most cases that approach works too. Afterall, it's kind of an exploration. True. If that's your style, go for it. But at SOME point, do consider coming back to the manuals, because it's highly likely that that's where the answers are!