Since DSX broke down a while ago, it never recovered from its accident. When Designing Sound announced it’d throw a give-away, I remember that it got instantly filled with tons os questions and answers and then it faded away and got left behind. That said, I invite you all to contribute with suggestions as to what could be done to make this platform shine once more. I don’t know about you, but I really miss the interaction and community support it once had.
Firstly, some of us are not as advanced in sound as others here (one day I hope to be). i learn more through reading everyone else than asking anything myself. Perhaps a section where one can post news of a new plugin or the like would be in order? Not one’s music, or showreel, or cat pictures or the like. For instance how many people here know that Native Instruments just launched a big sale today? Presumably everybody who uses say Kontakt or Reaktor -but what about neophytes? Both of these changed my life forever – a place to post details of such an offer might light someone else’s day up.
The only reason I have personally stayed with Facebook is because of some of the groups I am a member of. Honestly one hears about whatever is new or on sale or even old -instantly. Perhaps having a “posting area” or the like would help fire up the Exchange machines again?
Who are the members of the Exchange? Sound designers? Location recording people? Sound supervisors? Sound artists? Composers? Performing musicians? What are they using (gear, DAWs, plugins, mic’s etc) and why (to what ends)? I think most of us have an inner geek and are fascinated by sound being designed -whether that be a multi-million dollar project at Skywalker Sound, or some kid on Ableton Live ripping the hell out of something.
The INA GRM reviews here on the site from 5 or 6 years ago are required reading no matter what one does -dance or render images for cinema. But how many people know about 1, the reviews, and 2, the GRM plugins themselves? Ditto for the Twisted Tools stuff and Generative 2 reviews. Personally, I bought Generative 2 and the INA GRM stuff because of what I read here (I was already on to Twisted Tools through Reaktor).
To sum up: perhaps we need to get away from “asking a question”?
I wish I could be of more help here as I think there definitely needs to be an online community for people like this. Personally I prefer more message-board style forums rather than Q&A, stackexchange style things. Lines (https://llllllll.co/) has a pretty cool looking forum. I find the process of logging into wordpress to comment and ask questions here confusing. But mostly I think it’s just about getting the word out and getting enough people here to constantly be contributing enough that it’s worth checking in more often.