Austin Recording Connection Reviews
Work every day with the professionals in your industry.
“Thursday was lesson three for me with my mentor in the Recording Connection. Now we are finally getting into subject matter other than the physics of acoustic sound and digital theory, which was a welcome change of pace. I already had a pretty solid understanding of microphone design and typical uses. I did well on my end of chapter exam, only missing one question. However the real learning came after the one-on-one lesson. Being well versed in Pro Tools and understanding the basics of routing on a Console, my mentor let me make a few adjustments to the stems of a mix and print the 2-mix from the Console. I then bounced the print to an MP3 and emailed it to the client. Nothing to serious, but when my mentor returned to the room to tell me the mix was accepted, I had a great feeling come over me, very inspirational. As the next week approached I have found myself swept up in a maelstrom of recording sessions for 10 days straight, from the ten in the morning until ten at night, and I could not be happier. I learned things I can’t even put into words. How to really listen to a sound; the way a good artist communicates with a producer; the way a good producer communicates with an artist. My mentor has been conditioning me to be his assistant and even sent a couple of sessions and smaller jobs my way. I will be credited in assisting the mastering engineer on his clients’ new album, which is enjoying some label attention. I will run my own session within the next two weeks for a local hard rock band, and I will be sitting in as a session pianist soon. Things are happening fast, and I could not be happier.”
Fine-tune your skills while training in a professional recording studio.
“My mentor got a few new students this week so I met all of them this week and we spend the morning tidying up the studio. There was a recording session the previous day and everything was left out so there was a lot of work to be done. We put up all the mics, cables, and other equipment lying around. Next my mentor and I went over my last lesson assigned to me, and I must say, and he was very happy I got an A. Then my mentor had me work on a mix of my own. He opened up a session he recorded a few weeks ago and I spent the entire afternoon working on it, getting comfortable with using the Console. I attempted to use every signal processing devices, however, ended up running out of the time. In the end my mentor was also very happy with my mix, saying I had used the reverb unit in a creative way on a steel guitar track. This Friday I came into the studio again, where I had to set up some mics for an individual artist to come in and record some acoustic guitar and vocals. In the afternoon I helped my mentor install and set up more signal processing devices. Both were very productive days in the Recording Connection!”
— Jeff Wesneski, Georgetown, Texas
Learn all there is about microphones, as well as the use of each.
“Today was my 18th week in the Recording Connection. Wow I have been extremely busy!!!!! I am recording in my own project studio as well as going to my mentors’ studio nonstop!!!! I love everything I have learned from him! Especially when it comes to this lesson because everything I’ve learned has given me wisdom on what microphones to buy for my own studio project. When choosing the proper microphone for a certain instrument or voice bottom line, it’s the engineer and producer’s job to pick wisely. Then of course, afterwards, make sure one’s client is pleased. I love the mid-side technique. I love how we can truly put that pan left and right presence to the listener and artists. It will always be my favorite and most sought after techniques. Of course there’s also XY, which really just gives one that true stereo sound we are all used to hearing. It gives that good “UMMPH!” which is also known as emphasis. Space pair is also a wonderful technique. It’s often crucial in certain settings because one needs to get the big picture. Binaural micing is awesome; it picks up the sound exactly how the human ears would. Neumann actually makes a microphone for the purpose and it’s shaped like a human head. With ears and everything. When we mic drums over heads, as well as a room mic are KEY!!! But we must also individually mic the toms, snare, kick, and sometimes high-hat. When I mic up a guitar amp, I always grab a dynamic and a Condenser. I know dynamics are the proper choice but I like to get as much as I can and make sure the sound always comes out correct. Recording direct and micing up the guitar amps really give us the secure feeling of capturing the sound. I wouldn’t have any of this any other way!!!”
Learn how to assist the professionals during recording sessions.
“Last week with my mentor I was afforded the opportunity to actually sit in the recording session and observe a musician record at my mentors studio. Prior to his arrival, my mentor explained to me that I needed to be a fly on the wall when he was there so I could really observe everything, soak it all up, and right down questions I had so he could talk to me about it once the recording session concluded. I did a good job in doing this for my mentor. The musician we recording this day was a rapper; He was a really cool client, and seemed to really understand what he was doing, and had all his lyrics and beats figured out before he got there, which my mentor and I did appreciate it. It was great being able to help out with the process of recording, as well as to observe very interesting techniques by my mentor, who was screwing a lot, which means turning the octave down on the clients voice track. My mentor was also doubling the voice tracks, which gave the clients’ voice a more layered and more dimensional kind of sound. I really enjoyed watching and being a part of the process of crafting some great songs. I was able to try and create some interesting sounds on an already recorded track on a session, which my mentor pulled up on the computer. I was not able to come up with any “magical music moments” this week, but I am growing more familiar with Pro Tools. For example, I learned some new shortcuts for moving in and out from my grabber tool to my selector tool, using the F6 and F7 keys. For my Lesson one-on-one review with my mentor, I actually baked my mentor a pie to celebrate the midway point in my Recording Connection program! It is just so cool that I have been able to learn this much so far, and I am only half way through the Recording Connection program.”
Learn the difference between book rules and real world rules.
“I’m seeing the importance of all these microphones, because each project asks for different specific things. It could be that a certain track requires a Condenser or Dynamic Ribbon with a Cardioid or Figure 8 Polar Pattern. It’s important to understand that there aren’t any rules but guide lines that need to be implanted with knowledge of the equipment and artistic intuition of what it might sound if it is done a certain way.”