The title of this thread says it all but before answering I think knowing my background and what I have done so far as well as my experience to date is relevant. So please bear with me.
I’ve been doing studio recording for over 35 years. I started with a Teac A3440 and a Moog Sonic 6.
35 years later, after having put together a $20,000 hard wired recording studio, I am switching over to PC based recording.
Needless to say, this has been major culture shock for me. I knew there was going to be a learning curve here but having extensive understanding or input/processing/output using old fashioned keyboard, sound modules, effects processors, mixers and mastering hardware, I was confident that I’d be able to do basic things relatively quickly.
This is what I have done and discovered so far.
Watched ALL the video tutorials. They are okay but only help so much. The biggest problem being, when they say "Bring up " you really can’t see what they’re doing. The video resolution is just too small. Plus, my memory at age 55 isn’t what it was at age 20. I find I’m going into the software after watching the video and saying to myself “What was that menu option again?” It’s slow and it’s frustrating. I simply can’t learn from the videos. I’ve tried.
Gone through pages and pages of this forum. The problem there is everything is random. And using a search function doesn’t help much if you don’t know what it is you’re searching for to begin with. Plus, many threads have very few responses so are only so helpful regardless of the topic.
Started going through the PDF. I have found that the explanations don’t go into enough detail to make them useful enough. Plus, I’m still not finding them helpful when it comes to just finding where functions are. And with a piece of software this immense, there are hidden functions multiple layers deep. I feel like I’m swimming in the Atlantic Ocean.
I am up to the point where I can create a midi channel and assign a loop to it and play it back. I can’t, however, figure out how to route that loop to a different sound such as CineBrass in the Kontakt player. The loop still plays the default sound that comes with it. I don’t even know if what I want to do is doable.
I keep trying to fall back on what I know but it always comes back to, “Okay, what button do I push to do that? Does that button even exist? If it does, where is it?”
Ironically, through trial and error, I’ve figured out a lot of the processing such as mixing, adding effects and so on. This software is incredibly flexible. It is much more complex than any hardware processor I’ve ever used. My Boss 8 track recorder is like a toy next to this. So I hope everybody understands that I totally recognize the power of this software and know that once I learn it, I’ll be able to do things that I used to only be able to dream of doing.
But how do I get there? What’s the best way? As I said, the videos, going through this forum and even trying to get through the PDF manual have proven to be inadequate and frustrating.
Is there a better way? I’m thinking that the answer to that is to have an expert come to my house and teach me. Unfortunately, that is going to cost me thousands of dollars if I’m lucky and that’s if I can even find somebody in my area who truly understands this software.
One thing is for certain. I can’t keep going about this the way I’ve been. I’m progressing at a snails pace, sometimes only grasping one new concept in 2 or 3 days. As I need this functionality for my new business venture (creating royalty free music) I can’t afford the wasted days. I need every single day to be a productive one. In the past, every single piece of equipment I ever owned took me no more than a day or two to master. With Cubase, I am not even out of nursery school yet.
Any learning tips outside of 1) videos, 2) forums, 3) manual are welcome because those 3 things just don’t work for me.
Thank you for your help.