What else is knew? We are on Day 2 of spinning around in circles trying to get this software to work. I finally, FINALLY updated my operating system which meant rendering the protools software I've had for the past 7 years useless and obsolete.
After avoiding the inevitable for a couple days, I broke down and succumbed to the new version of Pro Tools. Which is a yearly subscription 😬 Something I'm increasingly not a fan of BUT considering this is a mainstay software in the one of the most fast-moving industries, it makes sense that it's set up to be easily updated on a regular basis and hopefully the money sustainably supports the staff and tech.
EXCEPT that it's now fighting my hardware, the thing that actually hooks up to mics and records. (Whining:) Why won't it recognize my hardware and how is it that I'm still, after all these years, having issues getting pro tools to function? I will say, to be nicer to myself, I am in a better headspace and handling this issue better. I don't immediately start crying out of frustration after my 56th attempt of clicking the playback and I/O setup buttons, trying to switch things around, re-downloading drivers and still not seeing my hardware pop up. I stop myself from spiraling into negative thoughts that want to affirm that something always goes wrong when I try something new.
I talked to my mom as I usually do when finicky technology threatens my mental peace and she simply said, you should talk the people and just ask for help. That's part of what you paid for, help for when you need it.
I mean yes, that's true, but I hate asking for help because I hate the feeling when the solutions turn out to be simple and I feel stupid or incompetent. As someone in the performing arts, you'd think I'd have no dignity left and feeling shame would be impossible but ALAS!
So, instead of staring at empty tracks on pro tools, empty because I can't record anything because my fast track refuses to be a team player because I'm still barely a producer and I need to be easy on myself because how can I know every. little. thing? Instead of doing all that, I'll just send an email early Monday morning before heading to my day job and hope for a kind, patient, non-judgmental soul that will guide me to the probably obvious solution. And I will thank them profusely and feel a sense of relief that I can get back on track and not waste any more time being frustrated.
Okay, now I'm irritated that I didn't email them yesterday to hurry up and get this over with.
Oh well, no sense in lingering on that. Let me go take a step way from my computer and take a much deserved retina break.