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Discussion in 'Gear & Equipment' started by budda, Feb 18, 2021.
very good point
The only thing I don't like about buying used gear, is they never have the manual with them. It'd be nice to have one for the Boss MD200 I just bought.
The good thing is you can download pretty much any manual online these days.
Not usually, as I'm quick to learn most things but definitely thumbed through the Kemper manual once I picked one up.
I mostly do read the manuals, especially on a completely different type of gear. For example I don't usually read the manual on amps with basic construction (no effects on the amp) and doing basic stuff, like plugging in, EQ'ing to taste and trying the different channels. I'll certainly read it if I can't get a decent sound for suggestions and if I want to learn more about the amp itself. For example I'd never knew the Egnater Vengeance has a switch in front of the PT that changes the first tube to V1 or the a solid state circuit to play in lower volumes. Or that it has biasing per pair of valves and it can take different type of pairs that it can be biased for!
Just found it and printed it off at work today.
No, I like simple stuff. I have a Katana, that says what the effects are on the amp, and I have a 4 channel, Peavey, but it's a normal channel, an effects channel, both channels in series, and both channels in parralell like a jumped Plexi.
You have no idea on how much money i would have saved if i would have been able to download a PDF manual over the years....
Answer is yes i look at the manuals...i do that before i buy in the last few years, even with downloaded PDF i still have to go to Youtube to learn..somethings are easy and some are not i.e Fractal ! Some people's personality on the YT i can understand like Leon Todd...on the Fractal stuff, big shout out to him !
I look at the manual... sometimes before a purchase or after messing around with it. Sometimes you want to know the tube layout or details about the functions. I'll research online too. It's nice to know all about tha amp.
I got into hardware sequencing (old school techno style) and there is no way around the manual reading. I have to study them like homework especially if it's Elektron.
Only after I've completely screwed everything up and have exhausted all other means of troubleshooting.
Some gear can't be used without the manual. I've owned my SoundSculpture Volcano box for wel over a decade now and I still have to refer to it. It does a lot more than just basic volume control. Awesome box, but you must have the manual or you're screwed. Highly recommended, best volume box ever.
I bought an Axe FX and it's exactly the same, no way am I going to read 1000 pages on a screen and while I could print it out, I haven't and probably won't. What's crazy is that I'd definitely get more out of it if I did, but I feel like I know enough to get by now.
If in doubt, just buy some presets and reverse engineer what they did / just use someone else's sounds.
When I got my Axe-FX II it came with a printed manual/novel. I guess they quit doing that at some point.
Most office stores will print out a pdf file
The day I DON'T READ the MANUAL, there will be some catastrophic nuance that I didn't know about....one sentence in the midst of familiar information.
I definitely do. I'm not a big pedal guy & like pedals that are pretty self explanatory/no manual necessary, but I definitely read the manual for amplifiers before I purchase to make sure it does what I want it to and to get set up easier, and then again to make sure I'm getting the most out of my gear.
Now that I'm into hardware synthesizers I DEFINITELY read the manual front to back. It's almost mandatory with some of these products to get the most out of each unit.
I read 'em. Online or hard copy. Inevitably I discover something I didn't know that's surprising and useful.
I even read the manual for my car.
Yup to DAWs and amps, channel strips, complicated stuff. I read those before buying.
Pedals: Nah, and a lot of their "manuals" suck. Like TC toneprint pedals, they don't tell you how to switch Bypass to buffered w/DIP switch, they just say "Set to desired setting"
I agree reading the manual before purchasing is pretty helpful in determining if it can do what you want it to do, but for more complicated gear than a tube amp, like multi-fx rack units I won't read every inch of the manual but instead look at the stuff that is pertinent to what I'm trying to accomplish with it.
Sometimes I see people have questions about gear on forum or video threads of gear I don't even have and I will look up the manual just to see if it has the information they are requesting.