Are you tired of reading about this? Don’t worry, this is my last post on this.
At least for now. 😉
So, I’ve been going on and on about how great the new system is, and how much Tim has learned and I’m starting to get the hang of it… But I became aware of a problem this past weekend.
I really need to get a little more familiar with the program myself instead of relying solely on Tim. Because, for example, what if the system were to freeze while we were playing on a Sunday and I had to reboot it myself.
What would happen?
Well, I can tell you what would happen. I would try to play, nothing would sound, then I would try to do everything I knew how to do (to no avail) and then I would stare at Tim–who is currently playing the Bass guitar on the opposite side of the stage–until I catch his eye, trying to not be too obvious, but obvious enough to him that I need help. Then he come across the stage with his Bass guitar and stand there with me at the keyboard while the rest of the band tries to keep hobbling along until we no scratch that, Tim can fix it. It took the better part of one song to get it all back online. And it wouldn’t have been such a big deal except I had the intro to the next 2 songs, so I really needed to have sound!
Ugh. What a mess. I was embarrassed and disappointed with myself for not knowing how to fix without Tim.
But now I know. It’s time to learn a little more myself. And this week I’ve practiced turning the whole system off and on and reloading all the songs by myself. 🙂 See, I’m making progress already!
I suppose, such is the nature of relying on technology. It’s so fantastic, until it isn’t working. It’s just like my Zoom piano lessons. It’s so great to be able to continue doing lessons virtually through all of this craziness– until the technology freezes or the internet is boggy or the sound cuts out– and then it’s so frustrating!
One more nice feature though, before I go. I don’t want to end on a negative note. 😉 The system is built in such a way that I can have the click track (metronome) programmed right into my songs. That means as I end my song and scroll down to my next one the click will auto adjust to the new tempo. Isn’t that fun?
Oh, and one more thing! They have FANTASTIC free tutorial videos to help you learn the new sound patches. So, even though it may take me 30 min to learn the new song, I know EXACTLY what to play to make it sound amazing. I love that I don’t have to figure that out on my own.
Overall, both Tim and I are quite pleased with the sounds and user friendly format.