December 2, 2020
Working with T-RackS 5
Could be more helpful with more "why" instead of who, what, where and how.
I just bought T-Racks 5 after watching the first couple of your tutorials about it. It appears to be the best product I could find to Master my songs in Cubase 10.5. Luckily it was on sale for this Black Friday for a big discount after waiting to get it after about 6 weeks seeing it for the first time in your Class.
Immediately I watched all of the tutorials.
To be honest I have to say that I am not certain this was as helpful I hoped.(Note I have been recording In Cubase since Ver.7.0 came out 13-14 years, using the Cubase EQ, Compression etc. plugins. More recently I decided to try Mixing and Mastering my songs more professionally.)
I found the lessons helpful enough finding the buttons and some of the 38 plugins capabilities, graphs and such but not much more than that.
I ALMOST ALWAYS FIND that trainers whether training about Photoshop, Microsoft Windows, Web Design, Cubase ( they are the best I think), Toontrack products, even music lessons like guitar playing or piano etc. all do the same thing whether in video or in books.
Trainers show us the who can use it, what it will do, where to find what it does, but seldom "why" to use that function over another setting.
For example...The 2nd lesson about metering shows me where to look at the numbers, the graphs, the options, the buttons etc. but not why an acoustic guitar sound should be using a different setting for different reasons. There is an assumption that a person wanting (for example) to buy and learn about T-RackS 5 already know sa lot more about Compression, EQ, Limiters than they may not know and why they need that setting changed. The trainer is showing sound examples as he is quickly making changes and only saying "that is better" but not why. Also I know that everyone hears differently, wants a different sound etc. and that is subjective. Therefore a trainer should explain why he thinks "that is better" and should also be able to explain "why it is better" in his example. I think taking 1 or 2 plugins, like EQ (as simple as they are) to show "why" it would completely the change an acoustic guitar sound with out having to figure it out after hours of listening. Listening to complete songs with vocals, bass, drums, guitars, keyboards etc. doesn't help with these plugins alone.
Maybe you should do a series of T-RackS 5 plugins for individual Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals and Bass tracks to help blending and mixing those tracks first before Mastering a final version.
After watching this course (I'm starting again)I had to review a PC Music Magazine I bought 12 years ago (when I couldn't afford a lot of expensive plugins), to understand what the key purposes and differences they were. Cubase lessons didn't help either in their tutorials or the manual.
Thanks for reading my thoughts.