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Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by audiokid, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff

    Mar 20, 2000
    BC, Canada
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    I'm curious to hear what members think about paying for Pro Audio video tutorials and where they think this is all going?

    Personally, I think its a scary path to try and make a business out of it. As a test, I allowed a company to link to our forums last year and I don't believe one person bought a title online ( and not because they were poor). There were about 4000 hits to the site, but I was told no one bought into it from our site. It doesn't surprise in a free internet world which takes me to my next line.

    If I was a manufacturer of example: Reaper, I would develop my own tutorials and publish them for free on my own youtube channel.
    Samplitude as another example does this extremely well already ( I see 187 videos). See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qs8Gzi6g4BY

    I'm discussing this right now because I have been approached by another company that plans to do higher res videos (but for FREE) and would like us to link them here.
    Note: There is no direct ($) involved for RO so its not a question focused on money for us. I would do this for an added benefit to learn and/or support a better circle of friends.

    In search for "who's out there doing recording / pro audio video's" I've found this one:
    I posted this link on another thread but wanted to expand and discuss the topic " who would support this" and/or does this interest you.

    Here is a company (groove3.com ) charging for their tutorials. What do you think?

    Take a look at the Reaper Introduction:
  2. HaHallur

    HaHallur Active Member

    Dec 31, 2007
    I've seen great free tutorials and bad ones as well.

    I've seen great paid tutorials and bad ones as well.

    I have to say though that there's a huge number of tutorials on youtube made by people who think they know something and are basically distributing false information. So the free bad ones are usually way worse than the payed bad ones.

    I have to give kudos to Groove3, I got their Reaper tutorial as well as a tutorial on mixing a rock song and those two are the very best I've ever seen. It was perfectly paced for my taste, not too slow, not too fast and you got everything quite easily.

    There are so many DAW tutorials out there and almost everything you need to know about a DAW can be found for free.

    What I personally would pay for are in depth mixing tutorials made by real professionals, much like the one I saw from Groove3.
  3. FlyBass

    FlyBass Active Member

    Oct 31, 2007
    Central Indiana, USA
    The paid tutorials I've bought are usually comprehensive and well made by professionals; the free tutorials tend to be short and specific to one topic -- not a bad thing.

    I download or have a DVD of the paid tutorials, so they are available for easy reviewing. However, I often need to review several "YouTube" videos to get the best information/instruction on a topic.

    So for casual or specific topic instruction, I'll search the web, but if I'm more serious about learning the whole DAW application or various advanced techniques, I'll purchase a tutorial (or go to Lynda.com to see if they have training).
  4. DrGonz

    DrGonz Active Member

    Jun 24, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Hey why pay when you have such greats out there explaining the trade>>> like this guy >>>
    YouTube - art of mixing part1

    So funny to watch this one!! lol
  5. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Blacksburg, VA
    I'll start out by saying that I personally prefer learning from text to learning from video, so I'm not the best judge of this. But my guess is that there is at least some market for high quality, well organized, comprehensive set of video tutorials. Free videos (other than those put out by the manufacture - which really aren't "free") are usually on isolated topics. You never know what you are going to get. Another possible source of "value added" with paid tutorials - you can include tracks that the student can work with and apply the techniques taught in the video.
  6. leopoldolopes

    leopoldolopes Active Member

    Mar 12, 2010
    Portugal, Lisbon
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    Even in forums... you get what you see... good and bad information! If you're paying for something you are sure that you'll get at least valuable and trustful information! Ifyou consider to have this kind of information linked to your website you'll have to make sure that it's good for you and your readers/watchers!

    Meanwhile gathering the best and valuable information and compile it on a subscription forum and opening a forum for that, like having tutorials, recorded material for mixing and even mastering, articles, tips and tricks and so on... that could be nice... the hard work that goes on compiling so good info that runs on this forum and concentrate it on one forum and making it grow... that must be paid... at least a subscription!

    Hope this idea make you think about it!
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