Owners Manual & Set-Up Supplements are your Friends
Learning how to use your software or hardware to create digital music can be confusing. When you look at programs like Ableton or Traktor, you should realize that what you are looking at is a tool, not a machine. Think of it like this – there are more than twenty different types of wrenches you can use to turn a bolt or screw in a nut. Some of those wrenches won’t work because something around the bolt is obstructing its path, and some of those wrenches will work for more than one situation – but one of them is almost always preferred over another.
Basically, there’s a right tool for the job – and knowing how the tools works will help you find the right one.
This analogy goes for those who are just learning how to use a DAW. These workstations contain many tools, some which are better suited for one purpose to another. If someone handed you twenty wrenches and you had to decide which one best suited your needs – it would help to know what each wrench actually does. Here’s a hint: read the manual. Blazing through software will work up to a certain point, but actually knowing how a function or tool works will help you find the right one for the job.