Posted 11 March 2011 - 09:07 PM
Dear Jerry and all:
First Jerry: Hey, I understand your pain guy, been there, done that, it is frustrating, and, it is frustrating when others do not understand it's frustrating.
Hang in there, the software is worth it.
You are not incorrect, it does have a stiff learning curve.
To all: I spent 30 years as a professional audio engineer, it is quite common for me to use a mixing console that costs anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 bucks, I have trained others.
One of the things I learned was that what seems simple, intuitive, and and easy for me, are sometime the things that are absolutely overwhelming for others who did not "grow up with/in" the industry.
What I can do as part of my normal workflow is so automatic that it allows me to think "about" the sound, what I am hearing, the technology is not in my way, it is almost an extension of myself.
When a "newby" comes up, usually they are completely overwhelmed by "all the knobs", even more so today in the digital realm, they are overwhelmed by the control surface.
It takes time and patience on both the mentor and student.
I cannot just "throw them in" concerning the operating of the platforms, to do so will mean a ruined show, loss of clients/business and, there is physical danger.
They have to be taught, mentored , brought along, they have to get to the point where they can use the "platforms" well enough they can think about the job-or- get to the point where they can use the tools so well they can think about the music/sound and do the job correctly.
Biblical software is no different, not one bit.
It is a tool, a platform and as long as one is trying to learn "how" to use it, they will be distracted from the work they are trying to use it to complete.
In the music industry, it is us, the final users, who are consulted on : what we need, how to implement it, how to make it easier to use.
The manufacturers/designers then take that input and try to make products that do more, with better workflows, and easier access/usability.
As someone who has worked with signal flow most of my life ( since very young actually ) I feel qualified to say this: Accordance is an incredible program/engine, but it's workflows are poor, non-intuitive, sort of---jumpy.
It's a "piece of cake" for those who have been doing this for years and years, it is an invisible tool in your hands, you can use it without actually having to think much about "it", just as I can with most consoles, but this does not mean it is easy, and, does not mean the access to the tools is always right for good workflow.
I can still get on older consoles, that fit like a good pair of old walking shoes, so comfortable, yet immediately realize: wow, we certainly have come a long way from where we were, we can do so much more with less movement, less "looking around" , everything is grouped better, saves time etc.
Thus, For whatever it's worth: Accordance is a really powerful tool, much like some modern fighter jets/bombers.( OK, it's an analogy-smile)
Many of the modern fighter jets/bombers, without computer aids in the pilots workflow, only some of the very best test pilots could fly these planes (some cannot be flown without computer aid), however, with computers simplifying workflows by making thousands of adjustments " according to pilot input ", even the "average" fighter pilot can qualify in this incredible technology.
It is my position that Accordance faces some of the same issues, it is incredible software, but there is no way to provide "one to one" mentoring for everyone new, and then, for a long enough period of time.
Thus, Accordance really needs to work on simplifying tasks, grouping things in categories that are within human behavioral expectations and making the software more accessible with a shorter learning curve for the "average user".
Win this person, you win indeed. ( apple has always been correct on this issue)
This needs to be done without limiting the scholars , but instead, actually making their workflows better as well.
Accordance is not easy to use, but worth the effort to learn, it is, in my opinion, the very best out there, nothing beats it on speed and results, it is just difficult to learn how to properly use this tool.
Enough from me,
Grace and Peace to all,