Read. The. Effin’. Manual.

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I get a lot of questions.

I like answering most of them. You give me a lot of fodder to create valuable advice for other readers.

Those great questions help not only you and my readers, but they also make my writing easier.

But.

And there’s always a but.

Some questions have already been answered in the user manual of the device you’re trying to figure out how to use.

You see, when I started out I used to ask my professors, my mentors and those who knew more than me all sorts of questions.

About everything. Even the simple stuff that I probably could’ve found in the manual.

And you know what they said?

Read. The. Effin’. Manual.

It’s so much easier to leaf through the manual to find your answer instead of waiting for the same response from a busy mentor.

Now, I’m not gonna grumble and be annoyed at you like my mentors were. But emailing me with a question might not be the easiest way to get your answer. And chances are if I don’t get back to it’s because the answer is probably in the manual.

Don’t get me wrong, I think you all have valid and valuable questions.

And remember. there really aren’t any stupid questions. If you have a question that just means you don’t know something that’s hindering your audio production. It’s just that sometimes the answer is right there in front of you.

Or in the trash because that’s where the manual immediately went after you opened the box to your new gear.

If you can’t find the answer in the manual, by all means throw a question my way. Who knows, it might make for a great blog post, or even a chapter in a future eBook.

Come to think of it, a lot of the material I cover in Recording & Mixing Strategies are directly inspired by the questions I’ve been asked in the past. I’m sure there are a ton of answers to all your production needs in there somewhere.

Go here to grab a copy:

www.audio-issues.com/strategies

And if you don’t like it, there’s a 100% money-back guarantee. No need to throw it in the trash with all those manuals. Better to put it on your digital bookshelf.

Björgvin

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