Of course, everyone who makes music by DAW in the computer are supposed to watch the display while making.
Today I write the amazing effect of avoiding to watch the display.
Human is depending on the sense of vision than we expected.
Then I sometimes even feel it’s seems like not making music by my ears but by my eyes.
That’s nothing new.
Even in the old days when there were only piano and music sheet as the tool for composing, the composers were suffering from the strong visual effect that key of the piano and the notes on the music sheet would make.
Even it’s more now a days.
This sound has to be small since the meter rise only little.
This sound has to be compressed so much since the threshold is located very near the bottom.
Like this you can expect many things without listening the sounds.
In the result, sometimes we notice the bassdrum is too strong, after bouncing an audio file and listening it from your iPod.
Sorry, this is an extreme case, but the small mistakes are caused by operation depending on visual information.
That’s why reducing to see the DAW is an important factor to develop composing and mixing quality.
In this matter, there are many of the method.
Today I introduce 2 of them.
1, Turn off the Display
Is it too straightforward? But the effect is huge.
Especially for dance music creator.
So you check the groove or dancelike while turning off the display.
Why is this so effective?
Because only if we see the midi and audio data going through from right to left, we a have strong impression as if the songs are going on.
Or only if we see many knobs and sliders on the plugin synths, it looks like having enough amount of information on that song.
Then turn off the display.
Or open the internet browser ahead of DAW.
So, you can know whether the song really is going on or not.
2, Blind test
The blind test goes well with A/B test I wrote in another post.
In short, not looking the meters, knobs and sliders when you compare settingA with settingB.
Further say, in comparing, you should make the situation that you cannot know whether A or B currently.
For instance, now you are bout to compare the 2 setting.
Which is better…?
In this case, Waves Plugins changes 2 stats (A and B) with your pushing “Setup A” button.
You are suppose to repeated pushing this button to decide the better one.
1.Make 2 setting to compare with each other.
2.Change A/B several times with seeing the plugin.
3.Close your eyes.
4.Don’t move the mouse or pointer. And change the A/B randomly while closing your eyes.
5.Now you cannot tell which is which?
6.Here, you make a decision with changing A and B without Looking.
No matter how amount, meters and knobs of plugin make a big impression from visual side.
And of course, the listeners or the Audiences won’t see the meters.
This method helps so much for DAW composing and mixing.
Also, you will be able to recognize many information which you couldn’t catch.