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Re: The Echoplex Manual

Title: Re: The Echoplex Manual
The EDP is a complex and versatile device. Its software is unusual in that it has been evolved with an "end user" rather than a business mentality.

What you have is a device that can have a range of distinct characters depending on your starting point. In order to have a comprehensive and linear explanation you would need a number of different sub-manuals.

For instance each "interface mode" has implications on how you would apply round, quantise, sync, legion insert functions etc. Using a pedal for feedback likewise.

Thanks Kim, Matthias, Andy, beta testers etc. for keeping this amazing tool evolving and providing such a wealth of information and support to help us all use such an elegant and musical tool.


From: Kim Flint <kflint@loopers-delight.com>
Reply-To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 23:24:33 -0800
To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
Subject: Re: The Echoplex Manual Sucks and the Guy That Wrote It Is an Idiot
Resent-From: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
Resent-Date: Mon, 1 Nov 2004 02:25:48 -0500

At 09:07 AM 10/13/2004, Larry Cooperman wrote:
>On Oct 13, 2004, at 7:50 AM, Travis Hartnett wrote:
>>Perhaps I missed it, but what exactly are you having problems with
>>regarding the EDP?  Between the manual, the online FAQs and knowledge
>>base here, I think there's a ready answer to most questions.
>My problem is the free association and lack of organization of the
>thing.  The language is secondary but it is a bit idiosyncratic of an
>artist which makes Kim more respectable to me but not while I'm reading
>the manual.

Getting back to this whole controversy over the Echoplex manual and my
manual writing skills or lack thereof, I never was able to understand
exactly what problem you have with the manual. You wrote a lot of nifty
words and interesting literary references in order to say "the manual
sucks". So far I've found this unhelpful, because there is a complete lack
of specifics.

Can you give some specific examples of how or where it sucks? Exactly what
was wrong with it?

And if I were to improve it, what exactly would I do?

I wonder, is your problem with the manual one of expectations? Do you think
a manual for a looper is going to teach you how to play the instrument and
be a looper? It won't do that. Mostly, it will only explain the details of
how the features operate.

Or, compare to another context: Did you learn to play guitar in one
afternoon by reading the manual that came with your guitar? Or did that
manual only explain how to adjust the bridge and change the strings, and
you learned to play from teachers and years of practice?


Kim Flint                     | Looper's Delight
kflint@loopers-delight.com    | http://www.loopers-delight.com