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DoctorG
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These tutorials are a neat idea, but the execution leaves something to be desired. I took the time to review the first three, and here are my observations:

1. If these are intended for newbies, they will probably have trouble getting them started and following the presentation. Since a Show must be loaded, if a newbie forgets to save to USB whatever configurations that have already been made, all their work will be erased when they load the Tutorials show. Moreover, if they saved their show once,l it will be named SHOW0000, and copying the Tutorials to the same USB drive will try to overwrite it. I renamed this file to SHOW0003 before I copied them over to my drive. The same comments probably apply to the individual files in the USBMTK folder. Since I hadn’t saved any multitrack audio files, I could just copy these over as-is. These issues need to pointed out in the instructions, or the recommendation should be made that a separate USB flash drive be used for them, and they take up 5.35 GB. (This may not be as much of an issue as I think it is; I just considered it could be a problem and took steps to prevent it.)

2. The presenter in these tutorials has a very pleasant voice with a pronounced British accent and good diction. However, he speaks very rapidly, and some words are pronounced quite rapidly and tend to trail off. I found it difficult to follow him at times. I would miss an important word, and before I could figure out what he had said, he was two or three sentences further in. It also is somewhat difficult for someone with minimal experience with the LCD screens to follow him at his rapid pace. If I needed to pause the presentation from another screen, I usually would have repeat part of it. It should be pointed out in this regard, that it is possible to move backward and forward in the track by moving the blue time slider.

3. The first Overview tutorial says nothing about selecting the Scene for it. Perhaps it isn’t required the first time because it is part of the recalled Show. Subsequent tutorials start by telling the listener to select the proper Scene. My initial thought is to suggest that instructions should say that a Scene be selected first, so that one would know the topic for a given track, which are only identified by a number, so one could select the track for that topic.

4. It might be helpful top point out that the speaker is on channel 16, although the meters show this. If listening with headphones, by pressing the PAFL key for channel 16, you can eliminate the background music, which I find distracting. If not using headphones, one can just mute the other channels with music tracks. I don’t know if later tutorials depend on having the music tracks active.

5. I have only listened through tutorial 3, but I did find a problem with the instructions on that track. Toward the end, an explanation is given about saving the PEQ settings in a library. However it misses the step where the user should press the User Library touch button, if that is necessary.

Based on these observations, I think that more directions should be supplied up front. For example, the user should be reminded to be sure that the current settings have been saved in a Show before loading the Tutorials.

It might be worthwhile to have these tutorials re-done with a presenter who speaks at a more deliberate pace while considering what the user has to do to follow him. (I seem to recall a comment about the rapid speech issue with the online tutorials. Apparently, A&H didn’t see fit to implement that suggestion.)

I have to admit that I don’t have a huge amount of experience with our QU mixer. If there are problems with what I have said her, I hope that more experienced users will point them out.