2011 was a great year for Audiotuts+. We published over 500 times - tutorials, tips, articles, open mics, workshops and quizzes - and were visted 39% more often than in 2010. But 2011 is over. What do we have in store for 2012? Read on to find out!
1. In 2012 We'll Expand Our Focus
When Audiotuts+ came into being, it had a narrow and specific focus. It provided tutorials on a short list of DAW applications. Since then we've experimented with adding content on other related topics - music theory, musical instruments and mobile music, for example.
This year we'll expand our focus even further. While we've been focused on a short list of specific DAWs - Logic Pro, Reason, Cubase, FL Studio and Pro Tools - this year we'll start accepting tutorials and quick tips that cover more DAWs. Are there any in particular that you'd like us to cover?
Then there's instrument tutorials, which we started toying with last year. Most of these were about guitar, but we gave you a couple about drums, and picked up that you were keen for piano/keyboard tutorials too. We'd like to make these more prominent in 2012. Would you like help learning your instrument of choice? Which instrument would you like to see covered?
We're also planning to produce more regular product reviews, in terms of both gear and software. What type of review do you find most useful? A post that covers just one product in detail, or a comparison of several similar products so you can see more easily which you should choose? And what types of products should we cover?
Finally, since 2008 we've covered an impressive range of topics. But we haven't covered every topic. And those we have covered we haven't exhausted. This year we'll become more strategic in choosing our topics. We don't want to keep repeating ourselves - we want to cover every relevant audio topic and subtopic as helpfully as possible. Which topics are we missing?
2. In 2012 We'll Broaden Our Appeal
Many of the tuts on Audiotuts+ are geared at the intermediate user. An absolute beginner won't know what to do with them, and an expert might find as many new insights as we'd like. This year we're aiming to provide more content for both absolute beginners, and experienced gurus.
Firstly, we'll schedule two Basix tuts every month, and these will be aimed at those who have never produced music before, or have just started. We'll choose the most important topics for the absolute beginner to understand, and make sure they're the ideal resource to get them on the right track.
Secondly, we'll aim to post advanced material more often. If you consider yourself an advanced audio geek, what types of topics would you like us to cover?
And finally, we'll publish videos and screencasts on a more regular basis this year. I personally love written tutorials, and there will always be a place for them here, but sometimes there's no better way to learn something than to actually see it being done. If you're a visual learner, we're planning more content for you this year.
3. In 2012 We Want More Community Involvement
We want to get you more involved this year. Think of it as us giving you some homework. I think we've kept our loyal readers far too passive - and most people learn better by doing than just reading.
So we'll do something about that this year. In the first half of the year we're planning to run two community projects. This will involve giving you the opportunity to actually create something, and then show it off to the world.
For example, the guys over at Aetuts+ could throw together a video sequence, and you could produce the soundtrack or foley track for it. We'll show off your submissions, and maybe get everyone to vote for the best. We could throw in some nice prizes to get you motivated.
What do you think? Would you like to get involved? Do you learn better by being more active? Can you think of any cool projects? Let us know in the comments.
4. In 2012 We'll Build a Better Premium Program
I'm really proud of our new Premium site. It's been a lot of work, and a long time coming. But it's more than worth it. This year we'll be aiming to take our premium program to the next level.
One thing I'd like to ask you. In 2010 and 2011 we cut down on the number of sample/loop packs we offered our premium subscribers, offering more tutorials instead. What do you think? Would you like to see a monthly audio pack, or do you prefer getting more tutorials? What do you see as best value for your money?
Well, thanks for reading - and for commenting. We'll take your feedback very seriously. I'm really looking forward to 2012. Hang on for the ride of your life!