This is a 367 page instruction manual for the Yamaha PM5D audio mixing console. It is a digital console with many built in features and can be very complicated to use. We were told to read this manual from front to back in our sound engineering class. Yamaha does a very good job with this manual. There is a instructional DVD also that is free through the company. You just sign up for it and they send it. I have the video as well. The manual is good though cause it comes in .pdf form and you can search for what you need to figure out in seconds. It is a very techincal manual though and is very specific. Not just anyone would want to read it for obvious reasons. I enjoy reading manuals though because once you fully understand a piece of technology you can do whatever you want with it essentially! There are many diagrams in the manuals to so if you need to fix something you can look up to see if it is an easy fix or not. There is a link to the manual if anyone really is interested in taking a look.
When I write papers in general I usually use an outline. I look through all my resources and organize all the information. After I feel that i am organized and have everything in order I start by just throwing down the info in order on page just to have it all on there. I start elaborating on some things and see what needs to be cited or not. Eventually I have a “rough” rough draft. I then go from there and have it just the facts proofed to make sure i am correct. Then the next draft after that I have checked for spelling and grammar. The only thing that I don’t like is having a set due date on a rough draft. I feel that as long as it is checked over by people at some point before handing in the final draft then I would be set. I feel that I rush things just to meet the deadline.
The one thing that i learned how to do better was search through article databases. There are a lot of publications out there too so it can be hard sometimes to find certain things. The data bases are usually huge and it was nice to learn to get right to the point when searching. It is the same as hunting through music archives. I couldnt imagine doing these types of searches using microfilm. Most magazines and newspapers are online now so everything is saved and easy to find if you look right. I will most likely use this new information outside when researching for my industry. Article databases can hold some very useful information that is quick and easy to find.
I used Google Scholar to search the web. It was great, found some great articles. If I couldn’t read the whole thing i just searched the web for the article and I could find it. The only problem i found with using it was that you would have to pay for some of the articles which you really don’t if you search hard enough. i don’t find the advanced search that great with Google. If you know what to type into the regular search then you are set. I was getting the same types of sites and articles with both. I myself find it very easy to search the web. I can usually find anything I want if I look hard enough for it. I DO NOT like a lot of the portals that are found on the net though. A lot of them are full of garbage and pop ups and bunk links!
Music copyright infringement has been a huge issue since the launch of Napster. Now with multiple peer-to-peer sharing applications and torrents the industry has lost control. With the release of Garage Band, Apple has created another monster. More and more people have the opportunity to learn how to use samples to create their own music. The question I would like to answer is this; With the wide use of peer to peer sharing of music over the internet how has the music industry adapted to this copyright infringement? I feel like it is a huge issue that needs resolving. The music industry as a whole has been in turmoil over this.
My biggest problem with the research is coming up with a question. I am going to have to come up with a harder one so I can’t answer it in 2 sentences. Finding information on my topic is not hard at all. Should our questions be a thesis? The biggest thing that helped me was looking up certain things if I really did not know what it was. Looking in certain university libraries that have departments that teach specifically about my topic. Most of the professors that work at that certain college may be some of the most highly knowledgeable people on that topic.