I came on here years ago because I couldn't figure out why my Lexicon interface didn't show up in mac, stuck around and learned a lot, but grew into a market that no one on here even cares about. I think I'm the only post and broadcast guy here (I could be wrong though), and you're the only one who's making any plugins. But who cares? So what? Call it what it is and stick around for the conversation. Why not? ...it never hurts to have a group of guys to bounce questions off of if you have them.
I started using RR as a repository to dump questions onto, sort of the way Ethan uses his audio expert forum, but I don't want to go to the trouble of managing it like Ethan does. A couple guys on Produce Like A Pro asked some questions about music law and copyright the other day. Since I'd gone to all the work of writing the citations and referencing case law, I dug up the answers and copy pasted them over on Warrens site. Its faster to dig info off this thing than it is my own hard drive lol. Its almost like having a blog, but there's no real pressure to upkeep it. I don't think the measure of the value of the site is how big it grows. Doesn't that only matter if you're trying to get paid for being here? Well...you are...so maybe it does...Dunno there.
I think the attempt to define a demographic eventually started hurting RR. Warren Huart has a lot of noobs but he also has some ridiculously talented pros. I think his resources cater to both, but the common thread is they cater to people who are serious, as the forum is a little deep and its too expensive for some hobbyists. But its badly understaffed, outdated, and doesn't work or function half as good as this one. Its actually in pretty abysmal shape for a place that costs $200/yr to even log into.
I wasn't with RR as long as some, but I think it eventually outgrew its initial target demographic and didn't adapt well. And I think it attracted a lot more aspiring professionals than Brandon anticipated, which had positive and negatives effects on his branding. When I got on there, I'd had some ridiculous career experience, but lacked a foundation in some of the most basic things you could imagine.
Why do you say that? Is it because you feel people on this forum are experientially incapable of providing the advice, or because its not obvious that we *could provide the advice? Maybe both?
I've dismissed that as a general mentality people choose to adopt. And the issues with that go way deeper than anything that has to do with recording.
Wait a minute...Forget Warren Huarts accolades and multiple grammy nominations. Totally take away the star power, and you still have a diverse mix of pros and non pros. If you don't look at Warren, and only look at the paying members of that forum, you have plenty of people there who have no intention of running an audio business. To me, thats proof that it is possible to have a community can reach out to both. So what is the real root factor here that you feel makes hobbyist vs pro target markets mutual exclusives?
At its most practical level, for Holster, both hobbyists and pros buy guitars, for yourself (I think), both hobbyists and pros buy plugins. Right?