New York Recording Connection Reviews
My mentor did a great job going over this chapter.
“Week 18 was about acoustics and monitoring. My mentor did a great job going over this chapter. Not only did he explain in detail the importance of acoustics, he also showed me how the studio is set up. He showed me the diffusers, absorbers and reflective devices in the main studio. He also went as far as to show me how I could better set up my home studio. After the in depth overview of this chapter, my mentor then helped me mix one of my songs that I’m working on. He has a good ear and showed me some of his techniques that he uses when he mixes. Great week!”
— Rian German, New York, NY
Live your dream.
“Today was my first day with my mentor. I have to say I was nervous most of the time but they made me feel comfortable and I enjoyed myself a whole lot. I met a lot of cool people. Learning the basics about mics, speakers, what’s done at the studio was interesting. I had the pleasure of sitting in a recording session with an engineer name and it was amazing. I even caught chills stepping into the space lol it was like I’m finally living out my dream.”
— Judy Theodore, Brooklyn, NY
Put Yourself in the Right Place to Reach Your Goals
“I wanted to ‘intern at a recording studio and get hands on experience’ and I like that (the Recording Connection) isn’t a classroom…I graduated hight school a year early, I think I’m the youngest one interning so this is my first (time in a studio). I had an M-fast track audio box since 2009 and I would do some recordings on that and I would mess with them to make them sound better and I can play some guitar, bass and vocals.”
“My goal has always been live sound engineering and I definitely wanted to learn recording basics too because you have to learn the specific microphones and everything so if I had to record a live concert I want to know everything I have to do it right, which is why I took this program.”
— Lilly Carey, Verplanck, New York
Work and learn hands-on in a professional recording studio.
“Today when I arrived I got right to work at the front desk at my mentors’ studio. My mentor was busy working on other things so I sat at the front desk and re-wrote my notes from last weeks’ training session. I wanted my notes to be organized and clear so I could just look anything up at a moments’ notice if needed. Re-writing my notes also helped me remember everything from the week before to jog my memory and keep it fresh in my head. Not too long thereafter I went into one of the studios and kept practicing my training from last week by opening up a new session and setting up a microphone for recording. I did it bunch of times to really get some practice in. I actually started getting a little bored with doing it, but tell you the truth, this is such a good thing because it just means I’m getting used to it. I feel very confident with setting up a microphone and opening up new sessions. The next day, which was today, was an absolute amazing day! I was in the studio for hours and I really learned a lot. Besides learning a lot, my mentor went over my Lesson assignment with me and I got it all right! I loved today because my mentor introduced us to “Logic Pro” as well, which is an amazingly awesome program. My mentor showed me how to open a session and record on. There are some differences between recording in “Logic” and “Pro Tools”. It was very interesting to see how both programs work. “Logic” is really cool and I learned some basics. I truly cannot wait to just mess around with it and learn. I also learned how to record a live electric guitar totally on my own for the next 3 hours straight! I got to record another apprentice (extern) playing the electric guitar. He put a little beat together and we added guitar to it. I really felt like an engineer. I recorded him numerous times and was creating playlists and doing the actual thing and again really felt like an engineer. I also felt really confident, and even though I still have a bunch to learn, I feel that I’m getting the basics down a very well. I successfully set up an amp and successfully recorded an electric guitar, continuing to be very eager to go further and further in the music industry.”
— William Coors, Shirley, New York
Learn by assisting professional musicians.
“This week we worked with an artist named Margo. She is in a group called The Ivaders. They wrote the song Wild Ones by Flo-Rida. I hear that song on the radio all the time, everywhere, and I have such a special connection to the song. What we did in the studio was a reality show. They wanted to document the creative process and the recording process of the song. I was so happy to be a part of that. The whole group is super friendly.”
— Alicia Smith, Central Islip, New York
Understand the nuts and bolts of recording.
“My real breakthrough was in the areas of Acoustic Isolation, Frequency Balance, and Studio Setups. I have a much more in depth view of studio construction on the carpentry end, as well as a better understanding of crossover networks. I really hope to be able to build an even greater understanding on this subject and eventually design my own studio space to better progress my own sound.”
— Gregory Castro, Middletown, NY
Learn from the pros.
“It’s been a nice environment to be around. We have lots of conversations about music techniques, the business, different avenues to make a business through music.”— Nicholas Ruminjo, Brooklyn, NY
Achieve your goals and jumpstart your career.
“Going through this apprenticeship (externship) has given me a clear understanding on what I want to do with all this new information! I have been able to create better music, and I have a new fire under me and it doesn’t matter how long it takes but one day I will be able to say that a career in the music industry is not only a dream but a reality. This has been one of the best experiences that I’ve ever had in my life. I learned soo much about engineering, how a studio operates with actual hands on experience, and I met some amazing individuals that I hope that I can keep in contact with as I go through my journey in music. For all who I’ve met, I hope we all accomplish all our goals, and I hope our paths cross. God bless!!”— Cancey DeJean, Wyandanch, NY
Learn what is available to you within the music industry.
“My lesson this week with my mentor was where I learned about the variety of career opportunities that are available to me within the field of music. I never knew how many specific jobs can spring off out of the industry. From the mastering engineer, to the artist themselves, there is a surplus of opportunities involving music. Next, my mentor and I talked about the technological aspects that an engineer must be knowledgeable about, such as the recommended volume for mixing and the actual scale for measuring the volume of a sound, which is the decibel. After my one-on-one lesson, I got to watch a brand new aspiring artist record her first song. This was an experience I will always remember. Just getting this one experience was already worth the money spent. Its one thing to watch videos at home of artists and producers who work in the studio, But, to witness it first hand was surreal. I learned it takes time getting each verse the way you want it and hitting each note can take quite some time. Watching the artist sing was so inspiring and watching the engineers help and guide her through the process was unforgettable.”
— Joseph Cannavo, Rye, New York
Receive hands-on training from your very own mentor.
“Upon arriving at my mentors’ studio for my first day of apprenticing with my mentor, I quickly realized that it was going to be a full session, as in full of things going on in the studio. Right away my mentor had me watch some of the other apprentices (externs), who were further ahead in Recording Connection assignments, set up mics to record a drum sequence. My mentor introduced me to and went over a few different types of microphones, including a Shure Beta 91, which was his own and he then went on to explain how it was originally used in broadcasting but was excellent for picking up the kick drums and the wide range of pickups. As soon as all the mics were set up, a few of the other apprentices (externs) started setting up the patch bay and were trying to explain some of how it works to me. My mentor showed me what a “Gobo” is, and how they are all around the live room to help absorb sound and is also used in the isolation booth. Another thing my mentor showed me was in regards to Preamps, which is obviously something I’d be learning about more in future lessons with my mentor. However, today was such a full-packed day I was shown tons of things and it definitely didn’t just get thrown over my head. Everyone was very helpful and quick to explain everything and anything to me. And finally once a recording session began, my mentor introduced me to Pro Tools and the basics of making sure everything is in order even before recording. Things like making sure all of your tracks are in place with the right levels, making sure that nothing is “clipping” or getting distorted and at last making sure that everyone is carefully monitoring the levels during the recording. At the end of the project he made sure that I knew to always save all projects in 3 places, because that’s the best way have a 100% backup. All in all, my first day was more than what I expected by far from the Recording Connection program. Thanks for placing me here with my mentor!”
— Alex Ahn, Brooklyn, New York
Learn by doing.
“For this lesson my mentor showed me how various Mic combinations produce different sounds and the different methods of stereo recording. First we tried using two sets of two different mics on a grand piano. His assistant played while we listened in the control room and compared the different recordings to see just how they stand up against each other. Though it was hard to hear a difference at first, after a while the accentuated frequencies started to shine through. Then we went over M/S micing, which was an ingenious, yet an odd way of obtaining a fake stereo recording. After exhausting the methods of stereo, we tried an omni-directional mic on the piano to see how it held up against the wide range of frequencies and it didn’t do too badly. The next day I went in to see my mentor again and we tried a guitar amp, micing it with two different mics and putting it through a DI box, then blending it all to get the best sound. My mentor was recording some of his own work so I was able to get behind the console and punch him in when he needed, so I got some lessons behind the desk. He showed me a good amount of how Pro Tools work and how to bring up new tracks and playlists. I also worked a bit with the patch bay, connecting external preamps to the EQ and so forth. Things are really going great, I’m learning a lot in the Recording Connection program.”
— William Szent-Miklosy, New York, New York
Learn Pro Tools with your Mentor
“This week with my mentor I went into the studio and learned their entire filing systems, book keeping system, and computer system where they keep their invoices and other financial documentation. Next, I got to sit in with one of my mentors and go over Pro Tools. Now, I am starting to get use to the shortcuts offered by Pro Tools, which will help cut time during real recording sessions. The next day I learned how to record, and once the weekend arrived, I got to sit in on a real recording session with my mentor. This recording session was for a producer, as well as his artist. It was really inspiring to see my mentor do her thing.”
— Onyetta Williams, Jackson Heights, New York
Makes your goals become a reality with the assistance of your own mentor.“When I got to the studio on Tuesday, the first thing I did was watch my mentor help another man record steel string guitar solos onto a track. I looked around the studio and saw several acoustic panels on the walls, with my mentor later explaining to me how they absorb some of the sound in the room so that you can’t hear any echoes on the song. After this, we went through lesson 1 assigned to me by the Recording Connection, where we listened to the sound of different wave forms seeing how they come together to make different noises, as well as why. My mentor then moved on to give me several examples and thoroughly explained Lesson 1 to me, even applying some of the terms to live sound, which was really helpful because we talked about how that was my goal for the future! Everything that I read in the curriculum assigned to me by the Recording Connection that I do not completely understand is always clear to me once my mentor and I go over it in detail and I am very excited to start lesson 2!”— Lilly Carey, Verplanck, New York
“I just got home from my session with my mentor. We reviewed Lesson 14, as well as spent time with Pro Tools analyzing and breaking down a couple of sessions that my mentor had done in the studio. It is all very interesting and motivational!”
— Glen Petri, Bronx, New York
Work with the leading professionals in your industry.
“My mentor and I went over the basics of Pro Tools, how to start a session, as well as the difference between audio files, file backups, adding new tracks, setting inputs and outputs and basic recording techniques. I think it was a great decision to join the Recording Connection and work as an apprentice (extern) for my mentors’ studio. I definitely have gotten a strong understanding now how the studio functions, and starting to get familiar with how Pro Tools works.”
— Ben Wiener, New York, New York
Review in-depth recording procedures required to be a successful engineer.
“This week with my mentor, he walked me through the important parts of the lesson reading from the Recording Connection. We went over the amplifier processes, from operational to digital, while my mentor emphasized things in great detail. We also discussed capacitors and resistors, all the while my mentor explaining in detail what their function was, and how they were used in preamps. My mentor then even pulled out an old preamp and showed me the various parts, and how they work. After our reading review, he spent a huge amount of time dedicated to describing what the amplifiers and equalizers in the studio do, and where they are located in the signal flow and on the main board. I’m really happy with my mentor, and he’s doing a great job! He really enjoys what he does and it shows in how he describes things. My mentor is very energetic, even when I know he is exhausted.”
— Ernest Perez, New York, New York
Learn how to work with professional equipment.
“I really enjoyed my 4th week with my mentor where I learned how to patch a mic in and out to different plug ins. My mentor showed me how to patch a U87 mic into a SSL 4064 console and how to assign it to whatever track I want in the future. She also showed me how to patch it into a 1176LN compressor. Next I learned how to bus a number of tracks on to one track. My mentor has a simple guide line that she told me to remember for patching mics and equipment, which was very simple to remember. She went over the Time Code system, which is the number system based on frames, as well as how it’s used to sync different pieces of equipment together. Once again I really enjoy this lesson because it was more hands on.”
— Ray Spears, Bronx, New York
Learn on the Job
“This lesson we started the week with all three apprentices (externs) in the studio and we were back to running full speed. We continue to record guitars but this time we added condenser room mics AKG 414s to give the sound a different color. Also my mentor brought in a Vox Mini Nighttrain 3 watt amp that was amazing for us to use. Only this time we were to set up everything without his help and he would then come and verify our work. He played through both and showed us the different micing techniques that each amp and sound require. As also the way that he would work them out on the console. My mentor let us power up the studio in order to ease the process of proper start up procedures. Then we got to patching up all the mics we set up, running them through the DAW and various pre amps. After we got everything to work we all took turns setting a take on Pro Tools and running the session in a way. My mentor was always there when we needed help or had a question. However, more importantly he wasn’t hovering over us. He gave us breathing space and let us make mistakes to later show us how to trouble shoot them. Great session..!”
— Yosimar Gomez, Brooklyn, New York
Work as a team with the real recording professionals.
“I have entered into week 9 in my enrollment in the Recording Connection program while I work in my mentors’ professional recording studio. After listening to a few songs my mentor had recorded for some new artists the week before, he asked me to work on one of the songs as well! The tricky part was that I’ll be mixing the song and working directly with the song artist, which means whatever I do needs to be okay with not only my mentor, but the artist as well. This was pretty new to me since usually my mentor lets me mix the song the way I like it and then when I’m done he gives me feedback on my work. However, this time will be different. The artist will be sitting right next to me and watching every single thing I do. Fortunately when the recording happened the artist was a real cool guy and he loved the work I was doing, which was such a relief.
The next day when I went to my mentors studio it turned out the part of the book the Recording Connection had already assigned me was the same thing they were doing in the studio, so it wasn’t wasn’t anything new to me since I’ve already used Pro Tools tons of times, opening sessions and saving them. It was a thorough review, and reviewing definietely isn’t a bad thing.
In between lecture and applying the concepts hands-on on Pro Tools, the day went by pretty quickly. A few days later, that day an artists who writes poems came back in to the studio to record some more of her poems and short stories. She’s working on a CD for her brother’s birthday so all her material relates to her childhood with her brother so it was a nice and fun project to work on. Once again, my mentor put me in charge. I was to set up the recording room, the mic, set up the session and then let the client know when to begin. The session went perfectly and my mentor had some extra time to record a couple more of her newer poems.
As I was recording my mentor brought in a couple spectators to watch me work and let me know that one of them will be coming in frequently to watch me and learn from me, she just needs to become more familiar with Pro Tools and I don’t mind helping her out at all! I am quite surprised by how much progress I have made in the past few months in the Recording Connection program and I’m eager to continuing spending time at the studio. Working with my mentor has truly made me a better engineer.”
— Paul Saif, Vestal, New York
Learn hands-on how to become an audio engineer.
“This Saturday my mentor and I went right into setting up a drum set for a client session that was going to be held Monday. We were also joined by another apprentice (extern), who was near completion of the Recording Connection program. It was a breath of fresh air since he is a drummer and none of us that attend the Saturday classes are drummers. The live room was also a mess so after we set up all the drums we hurry to tidy up for the Monday client, which is extremely important.
My mentor gave me a session micing log and then from there, I went hard at work with the rest of the Recording Connection team, as I knew a majority of the mics and those few I didn’t I just Googled. We miced the entire drum set with the use of 13 microphones condensers, dynamic, and many others. I used some of the techniques that engineer in the studio had showed me in one of the sessions I’ve sat in with him when he was behind the Console, such as micing the bass drum at his preference and adding some foam isolation to the top snare mic. Especially since this engineer himself was the one engineering the upcoming session I was working on that day. I tackled the switch board in order to speed up the process but soon forgot the complexity ritual it is to properly arrange it. Thankfully I always photograph past patch bay configurations so with those I was able to much easily figure this one out.
The only curved ball was the engineer had asked for a different mic preamp than those we were accustomed to using. After my mentor showed me the proper form of wiring I quickly snapped a picture of it for future reference. Next came setting up the Pro Tools session which my mentor let me take the helm. With the levels checked and everything else labeled and neatly organized we went over what I have done and what I did wrong, as well as how to avoid it in the future. My mentor prompted that I ask the Owner for permission to join the upcoming session. So I emailed the Owner and was able to get in, time was of the essence since this was a high profile customer and only one apprentice (extern) was allowed to sit in the session.
Alton Fitzgerald White, who plays “Mufasa” on Broadway’s Lion King, was recording his first commercial solo record, and with the aid of a famous producer that all the studio engineers, as well as my mentors, were thrilled for. I ended up going iinto the studio early that morning as prompted, first working to help the engineers set up mics, stands, and chairs for the artists. I was pleasantly surprised hearing that my mentor had asked for me to come in, especially since he is very strict on students coming in on important sessions.
The whole session was a great experience and a true eye opener. Especially since Mr. White had songs that varied from Jazz fusion to slow ballads, and it was a contrast the last session I sat in with the last engineer, which was a Metalcore band. Truly a pleasure meeting all the artists, conversing with them, and seeing and hearing how much of perfectionist and creative a great group of artists can be.”
— Yosimar Gomez, Brooklyn, New York