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Detroit Recording Connection Reviews

Learn how to use professional recording equipment with live demonstrations.

“The fourth week with my mentor was all about the Patch Bay. I am really thankful to have a great mentor like the one the Recording Connection assigned me too. I’m reading all of the books and looking at all of the pictures in the books before my lesson and I’m just thinking, “What does this even mean? It’s all Greek to me,”. However, then Alan I go over it in detail with my mentor, who puts it into words that I can understand, showing me examples of how it works and then I’m thinking, “Oh, that was easy.” I personally have always found it is challenging to learn anything by solely reading the books. I have learned the I myself learn better by somebody physically showing me how something works, doing it myself as well. This is exactly what my mentor does and lets me do. The one-on-one lesson with my mentor will be on the introduction to the Console. My mentor tells me that this is one that he especially wants me to bring my brain for. He says this lesson is going to put my brain through the wringer, but I’m ready for it. The more I do, the more excited I become which means the harder I work.”

Wesley Waibel, Royal Oak, Michigan

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“Today I got to learn about compressors, limiters, gates, and expanders! These are all things that I use very often in Pro Tools, but I’ve never known exactly how they work. My mentor showed and explained how everything worked in great detail. Since I had already been using these things before it wasn’t very difficult to understand what he was telling me, and now that I know more about how these machines and plug-ins work, I can use them to their full potential and make my recordings sound better when I use them. Next week I get to learn about reverb, delay and all kinds of other cool stuff. It is very exciting because I use these things all of the time when recording and mixing, but I’ve never know how they work, and now that I do know how they work I can make my music sound better. It’s great! I am learning from the best of the best so I know I’m being taught everything correctly. Every week I go for my lesson, I grow more and more excited for my next lesson. The Recording Connection program is making all of my dreams a reality. Today my mentor taught me about be the basics of the Console and more about Signal Flow and the Patch Bay. Understanding the Console wasn’t too difficult for me because I have had some experience with mixers and soundboards just from being a musician, but my mentor showed me many new things and helped me understand even more about it. With every passing lesson I keep expanding my knowledge of recording. I look forward to the day when I can have my own studio and be recording bands and artists on my own.”

Wesley Waibel, Royal Oak, Michigan

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“When I arrived at the studio today we had our lesson in a nearby conference room near the studio offices, here we went over Lesson 2 in great detail. We talked about digital sound waves vs. Analogue sound waves, quantification, sample rate, adding dithers, and the different aspects of converting an analogue sound to digital. We also went over file formats and what each is used for. Having planned to be in the studio, we were going to go over some of the stuff on Pro Tools like sample rate and dithers, but since it was occupied we went ahead and began to talk about microphones from lesson 3. My mentor showed me different methods for mic placement on different instruments, as well as different types of microphones and the directions of sound that they pick up. We also talked about condenser mics versus dynamic mics and what each is used for, as well as phantom power and how it is used. It was a great lesson. My mentors’ widespread knowledge base continues to amaze me and I enjoy learning all I can from him since I joined the Recording Connection.”

— Matthew Wagner, Flushing, Michigan

Work with professionals as you learn.

“I’ve been very fortunate in that every week, I not only learn from the text and lessons, but also from the incoming artists and producers I am working with.”

Alexandra Haskell, Lapeer, MI

Work in the studio alongside the professionals.

“The Recording Connection program has been great! I’ve learned a lot and I think my mentor is a really great teacher and you can really tell he loves what he does, which I’ve found has always made for some of the best teachers. I’ve got a pretty routine schedule going with the sessions and my mentor has been helping me with any of that along the way! This week we went over the basics of how recording is actually made possible, which is through the use of binary digit system, transducers, how the signal is processed by a computer, and such. I asked a lot of questions!! There was a lot I didn’t understand from the lesson reading at first but my mentor explained all of it very well. My mentor showed me some very cool tips and tricks for Pro Tools that I’ve already tried and had some success with. A few days later I got to attend a vocal harmony recording session with a rock band. The session lasted about 2 hours during which time the vocalist/guitarist of the group tracked harmonies to three pre-existing group demo songs. The session went very well, and the guys from the group were very nice. I also learned a couple of other tips and tricks about Pro Tools from my mentor at that time. The next day we moved onto Mics! This lesson was ALL about mics! How they work, their construction, all the different kinds and what their applications are. I brought in a couple of my own condenser mics and had my mentor show me exactly what the different switches on the mics were for. He also showed me a few they had in the studio and explained them to me. We also had a few people come in to do a voiceover on an existing song. Pretty simple project that was actually being done for use in a Cafe Talk show. This session I learned, again though, something I didn’t know how to do in Pro Tools which was changing the view on your waveform to be able to see automation lines. Very cool!”

Emily Burns, Oxford, Michigan

Record songs for your local artists

“My studio time with my mentor last week was great. We recorded a few country songs, which was a debut album from a local couple for a church. This definitely gave me much versatility, as well as working with different acts. My mentor and I recorded the drums, guitar, and vocals for both of the country songs, and I learned even more how to properly mic a guitar. I was also able to set up the microphones for the drums much more easily from last week’s experience of learning how to from my mentor”

— Alan Smith, Auburn Hills, Michigan

Sit In On Real Recording Sessions

“I sat in on a recording session this week of a small band recording an album for my mentor. While observing, my mentor and I touched on Pro Tools tricks and shortcut keys. We also discussed the way my mentor likes to lay out his sessions, as far as grouping and naming tracks go. Then, I got to set up some mics on the drum set and me and my mentor tried out a variety of different mics for different sounds. I feel that it is really important that I sit in on as many sessions as I can, just to observe and pick up on as much as possible. This is because I have begun to notice more and more of the importance of experience and a good ear.”

— David Barton, Imlay City, Michigan

Learn what it takes to successfully record an artist

“This week my mentor and I rerecorded the some artists in the studio. This was a very interesting experience, as the new recording sounded completely different from the old one. The original recording was done with different microphones, recording and mic placement technique. These musicians were very talented and we only had to do 3 or 4 takes. It was a great experience recording such classic songs and it gave me a wider perception of how everything is recorded at one time.”

— Alan Smith, Auburn Hills, Michigan

Become inspired by your mentor.

“In the very first lesson with my mentor I met up at his studio. He first started by asking me some questions to learn a little bit more about me, as well as giving a brief introduction about himself. In the first lesson we covered everything ranging from the studio itself, all the way down to specific roles in the industry, such as the producer, the engineer, and the manager. After this was over, my mentor invited me to stay at the studio and listen as he mastered some tracks for some of the less privileged children from a Mexican town that they are running a program for. Working with my mentor is a privilege, seeing that he is very knowledgeable at what he does. Things are going well and I’m absorbing as much as possible.”

— Tyler Hutchinson, Commerce Township, Michigan

Sit in on professional recording sessions.

“In week 4 with my mentor we covered signal flow and patch bays. We talked about the different types of patch bays, which are Open, Normal, Half-Normal and Parallel. My mentor showed me what the different configurations can do for you as far as recording and mixing. I was warned that this lesson and the next will be very tough and not as easy to understand, but the more I read and take time with the material, the more it starting to come full circle. My next session is coming up, and following my training for that week, I’ll be staying for externing so I can sit in on an artist coming to record. I’m very excited and ready to take a lot from this experience.”

— Michael Dibble, Rochester, Michigan

Learn how the professional recording sessions are run.

“My third lesson with my mentor mainly covered the different types of microphones, their different advantages and disadvantages, as well as the polar patterns of mics as well. This lesson was pretty easy to grasp and I’m having a lot of fun being here at my mentors’ studio. My mentor is really cool and he explains things very clearly. The following day I actually sat in on my first recording session as well. A local gospel singer stopped by to record. It was a really fun experience.”

— Nathan Zachar, Oxford, Michigan

Learn how to troubleshoot.

“Oh what a week this was. This was by far the most interesting week in the Recording Connection program to date, as I got to learn firsthand a crash course on troubleshooting. The studio I am working at has a bar/restaurant/radio station/stage on the first floor. At about noon a singer was to come on the radio and perform live. Well much to everyone’s surprise a whole 5 piece band shows up after everyone thought it was going to be just a singer/guitar player. Well being from Canada, they didn’t want to haul too much equipment over the border, so they opted to leave their keyboard behind. No problem, the studio happens to have one that they could use. So my mentor and I helped the stage hand get the keyboard set up for sound check. No sound. To make a long story short, 3 cables and 2 D.I. boxes later still no sound. We plugged it into the guitar amp using the guitar player’s cable and then it started working and the fun happened. But then the outlet the bass amp was plugged into started shorting out and the whole stage lost power, and smoke starts pouring out of the amplifier. Not good. Somehow in the middle of it all the keyboard starts working. So we plugged the bass amp into a different outlet and suddenly there were no more issues. Voila, crash course in troubleshooting. None of us know what exactly solved the problem, but all we do know is it was fixed and the show went on without a hitch from there on out. Easily the most random and messed up session I’ve had thus far, and can foresee having in the future. It was easily the best glimpse I’ve gotten thus far into what can happen when working in a studio full time.”

Michael Zanon, Wyandotte, Michigan

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