The best way to learn audio engineering is at a real recording studio.
“The lesson for this week was over signal flow and patch bays. I liked this lesson a lot because I’m really starting to see how audio engineering works. On day one my mentor introduced me to the patch bay. The patch bay is used to route signals to any gear in the control room and back to the stereo bus. I was a bit intimidated at first but he broke everything down in a way that was easy to understand. He explained all the patch points, how they route signals, and the uses for them. For me this was the hardest part of the lesson because there are so many of them and they work in different fashions, so he gave different examples of the patch points and how they can be utilized in different situations. To demonstrate this he explained the chain in which an audio signal is tracked. It all starts with the microphones that plug into the wall box, which is connected to the patch bay, which is connected to the console. Once the signal reaches the patch bay you can route it to a compressor, effects processor, etc. then back to the console.”