Hi again @fingular
LOL - Yes, I moderate the forums & try to help as much as I can. Don't hesitate to leave comments & ask questions if something's not clear to you in a tutorial.
That's the right way to go TBH. Learn your DAW and the plugins & tools you already own. There's also a lot of great free plugins available on the market, I suggest you take a look at Protoculture's "Top 5 free plugins" series.
Just type in Top 5 in the search field using the top-right magnifier icon on the tutorials page.
It's a great place to learn IMO, with a load of content covering all genres & levels as well as many cool tips & tricks and more technical topics.
S.A did a complete revamp of their website not so long ago, you should watch this video to get the most of the new features : https://forums.sonicacademy.com/t/sonic-feature-new-site-features-845/34903
It's also a nice community, the forums is part of it but be sure to check S.A YouTube channel & socials. Since a few month, Chris & Phil are doing a weekly Live Stream which is very entertaining to watch and they also provide nice content covering news & different production topics as well as giving feedback on user's tracks.
More about this here : https://forums.sonicacademy.com/t/live-stream-announcement/34958
You can also watch the past episodes either on S.A website or on YT.
And finally, if you're on Facebook, there's also a S.A private discussion group, feel free to join us there too, just don't forget to answer the 2 questions about "DAW of choice" & "Fav Music" so that me or an admin can grant you access.
You'll find the group here : https://www.facebook.com/groups/295362341294315/
Hope this helps & wishing you happy learning & a nice weekend
PS: No need to reply, let's keep this area for the tutorial comments as it's intended in first place