Of course you have to be able to open your ears, or rather, learn to hear what is going on as opposed to just listening. You also have to be able to differentiate between your senses, but you don't have to close your eyes, in fact in many musically very demanding situations you can't. Do you sight read music? If you do, you will know that a good reader blends the ability to interpret what is on the score he/she is reading from (requires using the eyes) together with listening to his/her own instrument as well as any other musicians or playback present and interpreting everything to make it sound nice. Oh, playing in something like a big band or orchestra, throw in having to keep up with both the score and conductor. Playing in any sort of live band, especially any sort of improvised music, you will have to watch other players, singers etc. very carefully for cues.to be great at anything musical, you gotta close your eyes and open your ears like a blind person.
Why not ask for it:shoulda been the first key command ever made.
Yes but you don't juggle tracks with a control surface. And you don't select a track that is far away while you work on one (your other question in this forum). On a decent controller you have 8 faders and some knobs and your arrange tracks are layed out to fit your mixing needs. Control surfaces are organized in fader banks (groups of 8 faders each). Mix the first 8 tracks, switch to the next bank and you know that the bass is on track 5 there. Volume up, back to bank 1, pan the trumpet on track 7 and so on. You simply know what is where and as long as you deal with volume and pan, you work almost as fast as on a hardware desk. Plugins are another story though.aint that about the most used control on a surface? select track X, level up, pan left?