Bought my OT over a couple weeks ago from Sweetwater. One of the many reasons I deal with them is their 30 day no questions asked return policy. After reading about the OT’s steep learning curve, I knew I had to throw myself into the deep end fast to decide if this was going to work for me or not.
I’ve put at least 40 hours into working with it (not counting time studying/highlighting the manual and watching Cuckoo, Carl Mikael & other vids). The learning curve has been a rough road. One day I’d make good progress and think the OT might be just what I needed, the next I’d get nowhere and experience strange behavior I couldn’t explain and thought I’d be returning it. I finally got over the hump last week and now know for sure it’s a keeper
What made the difference? I started documenting step by step how to get things done making my own lists and then testing my steps to make sure they provided expected repeatable results. One of the unusual things about the OT is the way it automagically stores settings and changes without requiring me to manually run a save…even through a power cycle. That really threw me for a few days. I couldn’t get things to work the way I thought they should…likely because I had set them up in a previous session which was inherited in my new session. How in the world do I reset this thing to a blank setup to start over?
Anyway, here’s something I came up with that gave me a repeatable starting point with my preferred settings:
- FUNC - power cycle
- Option 2 (Empty Reset)
- MIX AB-DIR = 127
- Memory: Flex & Recorder: 24 bit, dynamic rec=yes
- T1 - T8: REC1: NoCD, TRIG = ONE2
- T1 - T8: REC2: FIN/FOUT = 0.063
- System:Personalize:Record Quick Mode: Yes
At that point I created 2 projects…1 a master backup and the other a working copy. When things go off the rails, I can reload the working copy. If that doesn’t help, I can change to the master backup. If that doesn’t help I can always do an Empty Reset and start from a completely clean slate.
To all new users who are completely overwhelmed by this machine, break things down to a simple goal (recording to a flex machine, stacking effects through neighbors, loading & triggering samples, etc), begin with a reboot and Empty Reset to make sure you have a clean slate, and write down each step until you get a repeatable result. That’s what’s turned my OT from a possible return, to a definite keeper