Thanks for all the replies, folks. It's encouraging to get other peoples perspectives on this. Practice really is the best way to get your head around something new.
this is one of the reasons i've never changed.. in (gulp) 21 years....
21 years! That really does put things into perspective. It makes you wonder what DAW's will be like in 2032.
it's a matter of practice
Completely agreed. Practice, time and a bit of patience which is sometimes difficult to summon in the right measure. Nothing is going to happen overnight though. Trying to keep that in mind.
Have you tried the "Tambourine Therapy" Charlie?
Tambourine Therapy isn't a familiar name. It sounds very....therapeutic. What is it all about?
For that reason, I'm about to overhaul everything and try to make the best of both worlds (ancient simplistic tools vs malleability of new fascinating products)
I'm scared sh*tless. I'm probably the least techy guy to graze these forums, and the scary part is not about learning new techniques or tools (that's actually pretty fun and interesting) it's the idea of having too many possibilities.
So much of what you said made absolute sense. It was really tempting when I upgraded, to just set everything else aside and focus solely on the new software. And this achieves very little in terms of developing creatively. If anything, it's a huge step backwards. Why not combine old, reliable sources with clever, new things?
Too many possibilities. It caused me to skim over things instead of learning them properly. Amassing plugins for the sake of it has inspired similar feelings in the past too. Good luck with the overhaul. Sure it will go well.
Max5 upgrade - there were a lot of great features that I just didn't touch for a long time, now I don't know what I would do w/out them.
Max For Live is what I've been struggling to get my head around. And Ableton too. Initially, it all just seemed so foreign and different.
On a side note, hope you get that Qwartz award, Billy. "Flyover Sound" is sublime from start to finish. Truly deserving.
life is too short to be wading through manuals and help forums when there's music to be made.
So true, so true!
Too many choices, options, etc!
It really is. There's no arguing with that. Not just in music, but everywhere.