mmmmmmmm…I learn something that is indirectly related but potentially valuable to music or technology, Something that is music related but not directly about sitting and writing a track. It triggers ideas. And usually gives you a skill that you will need at some point…
Some random seemingly little things i have learned in the last 20 years when ive hit writers block that came in useful down the track.
- What a circle of 5ths is !!!
- The noise cancelling genius behind a shielded twisted pair cable.
- How to Solder
- Ohms Law
- Compression Techniques
- Guitar Chords
- Guitar Scales
- Mix Techniques / Gain Structure / Eq
- Piano Scales
- What a D.I. Does and Why
- Mid Side Mic Techniques
- Hot to change a Pot / CR2302 Battery
- How to make a MIDI controller in a DAW
Nothing at all mind blowing, but it gets your head thinking in different ways and the skill eventually comes in handy. There is always something to learn and even if its a basic, it can change your direction in an instant.
Also sometimes i go back and RTFM from synths i bought years ago to see if there is stuff i just clearly missed of have forgotten. Im still finding un explored ideas in the Access Virus and Roland JV1080 Manuals, that after using the synths for a decade i never considered due to habit (or overwhelm when trying to learn a synth)