I've recently been helping a trumpet player get to grips with a computer-based recording/editing system, and it occurred to me that the whole digital music-making environment is the polar opposite to playing brass.
From an operational point of view, a trumpet has three 'controls' - plus that vitally important 'interface' the mouthpiece - but the quality of music created depends on not only an artistic sensibility but co-ordination of probably hundreds of muscles simultaneously.
A computer-based recording system typically has hundreds of features and adjustable parameters, none of which necessarily require a great deal of co-ordination to manipulate. But it can be a very intimidating environment, especially when new users are confronted with manuals that are factually correct but don't take account of what they really want to achieve.
As someone who has worked professionally in brass musical instrument making and hi-tech sound production for decades, I feel more than a bit slow in asking this question: Do forum members feel comfortable or uncomfortable with computer-based recording? And have there been things that were glossed over in user manuals, where you needed more input?
I'm curious about this because it's easy for people who write manuals (that includes me) to make assumptions about the user.