Have too much gear and no time to read all the Owner’s manuals?
I will use the text to speech processor built into all recent versions of Adobe Acrobat - Open up a new PDF User manual and let the computer read it out loud to me. I may use my 900MHz wireless headphones and be mobile around the house.
If I’m doing other tasks, (like cleaning, laundry, bachelor stuff) In this manner I can grasp functional concepts of the new gear much faster, then - when I’m finally able to sit down and play with it later - i have a head start as I use “Find text” in Acrobat to fine tune my knowledge and master the unit in question.
FWIW - the Mac with OSX (and any IOS5 device - iPhone, Ipad, Ipod Touch) can read aloud any text you highlight on the screen , and read entire documents with a much clearer voice I can understand 90% of the time I do that all the time - rather like having a “books on tape” version of my all my Owners manuals.
Prior to my iPhone, i would make MP3 recordings of these - so i could listen on headphones at work at my day gig.
But the recent IOS5 has a method of enabling text to speech right on the device.
Agree. The notion that the musician can be everything: all music, engineer, producer, marketing…something has to suffer, rather, each discipline suffers from dilution and improper attention. They used to hire a seperate guy to play the tamborine.
I speed read faster than I can be read to.
Side note. I used to work for an organization that recorded text books for blind kids. Many of the kids used to play back the text books at 2x even 4x - their equivalent of speed reading.
Tambourine. Very valuable instrument. The machine hasn’t been invented that will emulate it. Under-rated and heard all over the best music of the 20th century. One should ONLY use a separate guy to play it.
Only downside is it hasn’t got a manual to instruct the casual musician on the 8 + ways it can be played.
Years ago here in Oz, we played some shows with Bo Diddley and he had a ‘dedicated’ tambourine player he picked up travelling with him. She could’nt play for shite but was great looking, ‘was some sort of a ‘comfort’ thing for ol’ Bo on lonely nights… !