oldschool outboard audio gear explanation/tutorial vids – should i? (long post)

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    • #81648
      ,Struktcha
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      TL:DR should i make tutorial/explanation vids for old music gear?

      sorry in advance for the wall of text. i tried to keep it short but i failed.

      thinking of doing a video or two explaining how i use old school outboard gear in my studio.

      i’m no master with this stuff but i do like to fire some breaks at the akai s2000 via scsi and smash an overdriven 808 into the emu from the mackie and see how it turns out.

      never done anything like this (tutorial vids) before but surely least one person would find it interesting.
      any thoughts as to whether i should do this or not? would you imagine anyone would be interested? i have this crazy cautiousness that i may well just be laughed at for trying. but then i guess why would that happen, its a pretty innocuous thing.

      i guess there’s not much risk involved so should probably just do it because i kind of want to.
      i think it would help cement my knowledge of the gear i have now, just by explaining it and running through the various bits of kit.

      i’ll put a link in this post to a short video on youtube of a recent muckaround jam video in the studio.
      if i were to make audio gear tutorial videos it would be hopefully a more concise talking and to being the point, and hopefully keep the vids short and sweet and try not drag it out for longer than necessary.
      talking (but not too much!) and some actual explanations of how i use the audio stuff. i could do a series of short videos one piece of kit at a time i guess which might be easier, i dunno.

      for example there’s Mikey’s lengthy run down of the akai s2000 sampler on how to use it on youtube. he knows his stuff and makes awesome jungle using super oldschool gear, but yeah he just took way too long while to explain the bare basics of the sampler in that vid. i did watch it anyway and it did help me learn how to use the poor 2000 which has the shittest tiniest screen so its a bit limited. but i have the hang of it now even if it is just all numbers.

      SCSI for sample transmitting is great, using an old version of ‘recycle’ on windows xp machine with a scsi card to pipe one or two breaks into the s2000 when i feel like it. cant imagine trying to chop a busy break easily and accurately with no waveform to look at, unless just pitching it down so you can hone in the start frame number and then once dialed in, restore the pitch. i don’t really do that though cos i have scsi. zip disks are cool and useful too, even if there is a stigma about them failing with the click of death.

      i like to think i could be more concise and have much quicker but shorter but still helpful or intereseting videos. i guess the only thing putting me off is potentially getting a negative response or laughed at. but i guess really it would probably go down just fine. speaking of keeping this post brief, i realise the irony of saying i’d make short videos when here i am ranting on on a forum post.

      akai s2000, emu e6400, virus ti, and eurorack mutable instruments plaits module were used in this quick clip of a sesh just messing around jammin with a simple tune. the ableton project for this tune is a mess of ill-coloured midi clips with different midi channels for each bit of kit/element but there’s no sounds coming from my pc, just midi out.

      got the drum breaks on akai s2000 on the first two bus channels, then the emu doing bassline wobbles in mono (only two bass voices/samples in the whole tune!) and the eurorack mutable instruments plaits being massively underused, its just triggering a little percussive high hat *tink* but it worked well. unfortunately turned off the modular setup without thinking to save that noise but yeah when i turned it back on the patch sounded way different. boooourns. i used the virus for the ramp-down lfo’d synth that skips octaves here and there.

      i better wrap this up because it’s getting novel worthy, if you read it all then that’s awesome thanks.

      I dubbed over the video with a recording of the track, so as to avoid relying on having to crank speakers to get the phone mic to pick it up and even then it sounds shit on the video.

      heres the studio jam vid with just the music, no talking or explanation, juuust a jam. peace

    • #82506
      ,Harry
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      never done anything like this (tutorial vids) before but surely least one person would find it interesting.
      any thoughts as to whether i should do this or not? would you imagine anyone would be interested? i have this crazy cautiousness that i may well just be laughed at for trying. but then i guess why would that happen, its a pretty innocuous thing.

      i guess there’s not much risk involved so should probably just do it because i kind of want to.
      i think it would help cement my knowledge of the gear i have now, just by explaining it and running through the various bits of kit.

      My opinion, do it.

      I’m of the school of thought that when you share knowledge, it can and often will improve your own understanding, and you build off of that. There are definitely people interested. I had done a few quick EMU videos a while ago, and was getting lots of messages & questions. I wasn’t doing anything earth shattering IMO, but I was sharing some practices of mine. I even ended up collaborating for a couple years with another artist who is very EMU-focused.

      "Knowledge kept is knowledge lost." - Bobbito Garcia

    • #82878
      ,Fake
      Participant

      The link doesn’t work but from what you’ve said it sounds like something I’d definitely watch! It’s really cool seeing how people work hardware into their workflow in different ways, I wouldn’t worry too much about uploading tutorials as videos though. I imagine it’ll pretty nerve-wracking to begin with but realistically the only time you’ll get negative feedback is if you’re just redlining everything lol

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