I was due for a new audio interface. That’s a device that lets you record audio into your computer: you plug in a microphone or an instrument and it converts the sound to digital signals that your recording software can work with.
So I did some research, picked one, and fired off an email to my friends Jeff and Tyler at Sweetwater Sound. The one I ordered is a brand new, latest and greatest kind of thing; lots of features, lots of bells and whistles. Also, a lot of extra software to download and integrate into your system. Not my usual approach, because I’m not all that techy, and installing drivers is not my idea of fun. I just want to plug it in and have it work, because, hey, I have projects to get out the door. Still, I was pretty excited about this thing, and it showed up at my house a couple of days later.
It’s not compatible with my five year old computer.
Well shit. Probably should have dug a little deeper during the research phase, eh? I was bummed out for a minute there, so I got quiet and then I started looking for a solution. Just return it? Get something different? Embark on a hair tearing, time consuming, high prospect of failure type of technical odyssey to try, against all odds, to make it work?
I even floated the idea of, ahem, hey Paula, I know! I could buy a new computer and you could have the old one! To her great credit, she was open to the idea and we kicked it around a bit, but … nah. Overkill solution if ever there was one.
I decided to return it and get something simpler that would be a little less taxing on my system. And my brain. A little more research, with a little more attention to detail this time, a few emails back and forth with Tyler, and I found an alternative that I trust will suit me better.
The complicated one went back this morning. The simple one will be here in a couple of days. I’ll report back.
The point? No point, really, unless you want to count the one about paying attention to the system requirements. The manufacturers are not joking in that area.
Oh, yeah, and this: centering, silence and trust followed by decisions and action. Works if you work it!