I’m someone who’s always on the hunt for a good Gear related tutorial. After a while of hunting on YouTube you get sort of sick of it. You always leave with a sense that you didn’t quite learn, or take away, as much information as what the video promised.
This platform annihilates this premise for you. With more resources available then you could probably even count, this site is the holy Grail of modern music making.
Ew, Subscription Based..?
Wait, before you click away. I’m serious. Also, I’m a starving musician myself, so ever penny counts. I know where you’re coming from when you say, “Eh, I can just look it up on Youtube.” Viewing tutorials is a daily staple of my desire to progress further. This platform’s tutorials are on a wholly different playing field, though.
Ask.Audio Vs. YouTube
I believe the principle reason Ask is superior to YouTube is because not just every John Doe is allowed to post. I lose patience with YouTube quickly. There’s this middle-ground you need to reach that always gives me trouble. It comes when you’re in desperate need of that one damn puzzle piece you know you’re missing. The one which will bring everything together that is extremely scarce or boring as hell to get to on YouTube.
It gets said a lot on this website but for the sake of context I’ll repeat. I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer. It’s okay. Better to know your limitations in order to further yourself. I’ve come to terms with this fact and simply try is all. What more can you do? I digress. My reason for calling myself an idiot is to point out that music is one thing I know I understand in life. When surrounded by uncertainty and chaos I know I have Katie and Music to fall back on. Period.
Get to the Goddamn Point Already!
Sorry, I know I’m wordy. Personality flaw. I’m working on it, I swear. The point I was trying to make above is that I’m not the smartest but I’m not the dumbest either. YouTube videos have this tendency of skipping around at the educators behest at that critical moment when they shift out of novice mode, breeze right by your question and ultimately end up three steps down the line from your level of understanding. I’m sure you’re all familiar and hate it just as much as myself.
The difference in my preferred service is they cover everything. Soup to nuts, A to Z. There’s no weird pacing or consistent self-promotion like you’ll find on YouTube. This is purely educational. Since the educators are getting so granular within the topic you’re researching there’s no way you’ll miss that ever so important middle-ground you spent all day hunting down.
As far as credentials go
What’s the difference, really? If you hunt on YouTube for editorials or tutorials, do you necessarily care about aforementioned John Doe’s background? Exactly. At Least Ask. Audio is upfront with whom your tutorial is coming from. The Educators are in the industry in some capacity and know how to speak your language. Appears to me there’s a lot of talented musicians out there providing what they’ve learned along the way and do this a side hustle. I can only speak for myself but I’d prefer to gain my knowledge via someone who owns their own studio against someone else who is filming off their six-year old PC webcam in their Mother’s basement.
Even with that said I still feel inclined to stress that I don’t usually pay for Musicians services. It’s not that I’m cheap, but it lies more so in the fact that I never feel that I am getting the proper value for paid educational services. This platform forever changed my perception, though. I now feel as if I’m actually paying a laziness tax whenever I am not utilizing it. It’s that damn handy. I cannot recommend highly enough subscribing to their library pass feature, which gives you Total Access to a plethora of learning material with no B.S. limits.
More than just Music Videos
With topics ranging from EQs and filters, to mastering essentials, every one of the major computer programs you can think of to instructions on how to patch modular synthesizer systems – These folks cover the whole spread with no punches pulled. It doesn’t really come down to what they’re offering you, it’s more about you having the time to take in everything which they are providing.
Ask.audio’s Bottom line
The annual cost is a mere $10 a month if you pay for the year up front. In my opinion, this is a steal for what you get. I feel foolish for all this time which I’ve been a musician and this website has not been a part of my life. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Also looking at it from the angle of a ‘Fat Tax’ helps. You may or may not be familiar with the term but it’s a joke about losing weight while simultaneously having a Gym membership which you let sit in a cabinet drawer somewhere. Even if I don’t hold myself to as accountable as I should, at least I’m being taxed on my own laziness. I find this perspective quite helpful when seeking motivation.
Give it a whirl and please feel free to leave any feedback within the comments section of this post. Thanks for reading and keep on rockin’ and rollin’!