A post in the listening room by one of the professionals raised a question that has been percolating in the back of my mind for quite a while. The question concerns the techniques developed / discovered by people with their samples and DAWs and other equipment.
My question is about the etiquette of what is OK to ask and not to ask. When I hear some posts I listen in awe and think "I wish I could do that" but I don't know what is considered a reasonable question by a hobbyist like me and what is considered rude.
For example, I know that if I go to a restaurant and love a meal, it would be inappropriate to ask the chef for the recipe - it is the specific key to the intellectual property that attracts the business, and that is completely understandable.
But what are the "rules" in this case? I do not wish to offend by asking "for the recipe" but how is an amateur hobbyist ever going to get the best out of any tools if he/she doesn't know how to find out?
Any comments on what are considered reasonable boundaries would be welcome