On Tue, Apr 08, 2014 at 12:55:56AM +0300, Paul Davis wrote:
> This doesn't fit with what I've seen in live mixing situations. I
It would no longer be 'the best designed mixer'.
You need to see values when setting things up. With a bit
of experience you know e.g. what sort of EQ will be needed
for a particular channel, and being able to prepare such
things or set them very quickly without too much trial and
error makes all the difference. If you need half the sound-
check or rehearsal time to do that there's a problem.
Once the show is running you typically only make small
changes. What is important then is being able to find all
controls quicly without having to search for them, and
preferably without having to take your eyes from the stage
for longer than a split second. Which is where the ergonomics
come in. Of course it's reassuring to be able to see all
settings. But you don't need to see all of them all the
time, what matters is how and how quickly you get acces
> In addition, live sound and the editing+mixing workflow are two different
That is very clear today, when a DAW is used not just to record
and mix (by a sound engineer) but to actually 'compose' a piece
(by a musician), and the whole workflow is essentially based on
random acess on the time axis.
In the 'tape' days there was much less difference between 'live'
and 'studio' work. The mixers we used (Neve, Harrison, SSL) where
all 'studio' ones, and they were perfectly suited to this kind
of work. Consoles like Digico are different because they are
build for PA which has its own requirements. But I wouldn't want
to use those to mix a live broadcast.
It will all depend on the type of editing that is required.
Blind users could easily edit tape, and also use the early
generation of hard disk recorders before these developed
into full-featured DAWs. These couldn't do the sort of thing
a DAW can do today, but for some types of work they were
A world of exhaustive, reliable metadata would be an utopia.
It's also a pipe-dream, founded on self-delusion, nerd hubris
and hysterically inflated market opportunities. (Cory Doctorow)
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