Everybody approaches their equipment differently. Some people just like to dive in. Others will read the manual and any other available information before touching anything. I generally find myself somewhere in between that. I'll scan over a manual quickly just to get an overall idea. Then I'll go ahead and screw with it. When I get stuck, that's when I start hitting the manual harder. After all, certain pieces of equipment of certain genres generally have some things in common. If you have a talent for this, things make them easier to you. If you don't? You'll just have to work harder at it. And you may want to consider the many different professional opinions you'll receive here. There certainly is more than one way to do anything in audio.
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Mx. Remy Ann David