Quotes from Our Students
July 16, 2016 Student Quotes
Definitely a great start for me.
“It was so exciting to be in the studio for the first time. The best way to describe it is it was a natural high for me. Just to be there and to witness professional working in that environment is very special. I learned so much from the first chapter. Things like the anatomy of the ear. Learning how sound is created by the movement or air molecules pushing into one another and causing vibration and how that travels through the outer ear (finna) and into the ear canal and into the tympanic membrane. Then traveling through the Malleus, Incus, and Septa and into the cochleae and into the brain. Another valuable thing found out is that there is an optimal volume to mix at. 85-95 db spl is the ideal level because at that level it is loud enough to hear what you need to hear, but also a safe volume to listen to without damaging your hearing. It was so exciting sitting in on a recording session with engineer Ryan and see what all it entails. Vocals just are not laid in one take, most of the time. The artist goes over the vocals several times, laying them then adding layers or adding harmony such as tenor, falsetto and bass. While in session, The artist actually ask me several times what i thought about it. I gave my two cents and he even took my advice on a siniging part that he was having trouble with. That was the highlight of my day. Just to see the artist light up and be happy with the song and a tip that i gave him. Definitely a great start for me.”
May 14, 2016 Student Quotes
I’m now going into my third week in the program.
“I’ve learned a lot these past 20 days. I walked into that studio meeting my mentor for the first time so clueless and not knowing what to expect at all, I’ve never even been in a real studio before that. But now I already recorded and mixed my first song. Having such a better understanding for all that goes into making quality music only 20 days in makes me excited for whats to come 17 weeks from now.”
“OK… I haven’t posted in a little while, things have been hectic in my personal life and this is part of the reason this style of learning has worked so great for me!
This past Sunday was Mother’s Day so my mentor wasn’t working… but worked out good for me as I really have a TON of projects going on at home at the same time.
The courses have really started getting fun and interesting! Really getting into the actual process and putting some of the learning into actions. I’m enjoying the heck out of this and looking forward to working with my mentor again this Sunday going over the next chapter!”
Getting into the studio was an experience that I am blessed and thankful for.
“After starting this internship with Detail and his staff I am beginning to learn not only the basics of production but also the importance of how you make people feel and how to turn your creative talents into a form of business. Success is clearly the goal with my production and I would assume is the same with most other producers. However, it not only takes time but I am beginning to learn how much effort it takes and how much work your willing to put in greatly affects the quality of your franchise. After my second week with Detail I am also learning production itself and the basics of making tracks and how there are many variables that tie in with just a single track. It is all new to me but I very much enjoy every new lesson that I am blessed to be learning. Everything has been going good so far and I am excited to continue at Detail’s studio.”
My mentor made everything clear.
“This lesson was a little confusing when positioning a specific mic to a specific instrument. When i went to the my mentor Matt’s studio, it all came to me. He showed me how to position the mic based on preferences. Such as a fat dynamic mic would be positioned to a kick drum or a bass at about 3-8 inches away. It shouldn’t be facing directly at it but more slightly around it. I went to a live session where Matt positioned the mic to a drum set. It was an awesome experience because one I haven’t seen anyone play drums that good and two it felt like the real world where people do business but at the same time in a playground.”
July 16, 2016 Student Quotes
I have been working on music constantly
“I haven’t been the most active on this blog, but I have been working on music constantly from the moment I started this program. I have enjoyed it thoroughly and not only learned a lot, but met a lot of people I can say I enjoy working alongside. That said, I’ve never been more focused and eager to work on the lessons and assignments I have been given, and now that mixing is starting to be an actual part of the lesson, I know that it is time to deliver what I can bring to the table as well as learn and retain more information than ever before. Chapter 12 gave me a mixing assignment, and I can’t wait to get started on it.”
Jeffrey Pegno, New York, NY
Job Assistance and Resume Advice
“Looking forward to your critique and input on how to make my resume stand out, and how I can be successful searching for a start in my career!”
Cole Holden, Lake Elsinore, CA
Connections are Everything.
“Mastering Engineer Dan Millice and Gabe Mg. These 2 guys have made a huge impact on my engineering career, as well as Edwin Ramos”
Chris Litwin, Hartford, CT
July 2, 2016 Student Quotes
Wwhat I need to be successful
“You guys already gave me what I need to be successful. To be in the room with a working professional. No one believed in me or was willing to show me how to do it until I came here!”
Demario Townsend, Demario Townsend
“This program has gone above and beyond my expectations- it’s been amazing!”
Stephanie Lozoya, Sacramento, CA
Having Fun and Learning
“I am learning a lot in the studio and I enjoy being a part of this field. I just talk to people and network myself and I’ve built up some connections that are actually doing something in the music business.”
“Last week got the chance to assist in a featured film recording session at Esplanade Studios along with my mentor Misha”
Attending Optional Sessions
“It’s so awesome what all you can learn by just sitting in and attending these optional sessions. I would advise every student to attend as many of these sessions as they can”
Rohan Soloman, New York, NY
June 25, 2016 Student Quotes
Chapter 2 Completed
“I am super excited to be working with Sean Evans as he is doing a lot of the work that I plan on primarily focusing on such as: foley art, SFX, sound design, and voice over”
May 28, 2016 Student Quotes
Learn as you take part in local recording sessions
“[Matt] did invite me along on a 3 day excursion assisting a session in Burbank last week, it was very cool”
My upcoming record
“I just finished writing and pre-pro for song 7 of 10 for my upcoming record”
Final Mix Assignment
“Joey is helping me with my final mix assignment and I will be turning that in shortly, we are also writing music on the side for different music libraries”
May 21, 2016 Student Quotes
You and RRFC have definitely exceeded my expectations
“I honestly appreciate the help. I was pleasantly surprised at how helpful and prompt you’ve been. I wasn’t expecting that. Never really sure when reaching out through email, especially since I’m alumni rather than a current student. You and RRFC have definitely exceeded my expectations”
June 4, 2016 Student Quotes
“This curriculum session was amazing! He showed all of the different digital and analog systems they have in the studio”
” Thank you for the help on my resume and job assistance relocating to Orlando”
Diquan Mentor, Orlando, FL
“I have been working on a couple projects making my own music to mix and edit. In addition to that, however, I am helping one of my classmates, Darnell, to record his reggae band”
January 23, 2016 Student Quotes
Before The Venture
“I have completed reading the inductionary portions of my Active Textbook and I’m ready to begin my journey into the world of professional audio engineering. At first I figured I’d give RRFC a go because it appealed to me as an economically sound alternative to a university for getting some valuable knowledge under my belt. I quickly realized however that this course has the potential to be something far more significant to my future (I cannot say for certain at this point as I had just begun). To give you an idea of where I currently stand before diving into a single chapter: I have been recording, mixing and mastering tracks for myself and friends for the better part of 4 years now and I’ve been a music buff for far longer than that. I have my own formula and methodology for bringing ideas into this world as works of art as I imagine any self-taught individual probably would and I’m eager to finally work with industrial-grade equipment in a professional environment.
I plan on becoming a full-time audio engineer within the next 2 years following my admittance into RRFC. I also plan to kick off my career as an artist in the Hip-Hop industry as a side project. I am fortunate to have stumbled upon RRFC as a doorway into my dream career by running through my Facebook feed oddly enough one day. I am a fairly logical person so I presume it to be lucky chance though even I am inclined to believe that higher powers are at work here. I plan on keeping a rather detailed account of my experiences throughout this course from the eBook, to the studio and beyond, as a testament to the quality of education that this course has provided me as well as maybe a few good tips and tricks others may find handy with their craft.
I look forward to everything RRFC has to throw at me and I’m determined to break into the industry at whatever the cost. I would also like to thank the staff of RRFC in advance for working with me patiently to make this opportunity a reality, I really owe you guys!”
Nathan Jones, Kaufman, TX
January 30, 2016 Student Quotes
I learned SO MUCH in a matter of minutes
“OK in a matter of words I will try to contain my excitement…. Well I tried. I was super excited to walk into the Record Plant and began working with my mentor Patrizio!!!! I learned SO MUCH in a matter of minutes watching how the professionals do it. Let me tell you it was a huge eye opener. I was given an assignment to do and based on what I observed I went home very excited to begin work. The 1st visit was 1 on 1 training.
The Second Visit went very well, it made me happy to see Patrizio pleased with the work I had done. I was able to have 2hrs of observing him work with the engineer on a project. I watched every screen, effect, and plugin they used. I was so impressed with the workflow and how seamless the achieved the goal together. Afterwards 1 got in 1hr and a half of 1 on 1 time to go over my previous assignment. I was a sponge and put to use what I learned before. The next assignment is a bit more challenging so hopefully I will do well again. I love it!!!!!!!”
Jason Purifie, Cypress, CA
Intro to new software and a catchy jam!
“This week’s lesson material was an introduction to the very powerful software, Pro Tools. Pro Tools is the industry standard in audio found in music, TV, and movies. There is a chance that you hear something every day that somehow went through Pro Tools! Fun Fact- The first song to reach number 1 on the charts was Ricky Martin’s 1999 hit, Livin’ La Vida Loca. I don’t even know where to begin with what it can do! This seems a little bit overwhelming learning a new software after already working with FL Studio for 5 years already. I know that with the material, links, and help that Recording Connection provides, I know that I will be able to grasp this software after working with it over time! I received my copy of Pro Tools last week and am ready to dive into learning this software! After nailing another quiz this week, it was time to go back to the studio with Boo!
This week, Boo and I started off by working on mixing a drum track for an artist who has been out of the music industry for a good while now. I’m not sure if I’m allowed to say who this artist is, but he has new material to be released since his last release in the 80’s! We spent a good bit of the allotted time working on mixing the drum track for this song. I know that I’m ready for it to be released! I was tapping my foot along with the track the whole time. I still have the song stuck in my head! We also did some work on the vocals for the song, adding delay and fixing the automation levels. Once the work on the vocals was done, Boo and I recorded a tambourine track for some extra drive in the song. After we worked on this 80’s sounding rock track, a guitar player came in and recorded some parts for tracks that needed parts. We set up the amp in the recording room and patched the guitar in from the control room. The songs were originals and covers. One of the covers was one of my favorite songs from the 90’s, Hard to Handle by Black Crowes! It was another great week of learning with Recording Connection and Boo at Knothole Recording Studio!”
Here we go. This is what I’ve been waiting for.
“Here we go. This is what I’ve been waiting for. Since I was fifteen, when I knew I wanted to be an engineer and producer, I researched education options and found this program and couldn’t wait to apply and get started. Now I’m here! This journey is going to be amazing, an incredible experience with so much professional and personal growth to be had. I’m absorbing everything coming my way.
The first scheduled session with my mentor Pierre, who is awesome and super knowledgeable, was intended to go over lesson one. When I got to the studio I learned that a last minute tracking session was taking place. So instead of going over my lesson I got to dive in and observe the tracking session of an alternative rock band which was just as good if not better than the lesson planned! I got to see firsthand the workflow of an engineer and how the engineer communicates with the client to achieve the goals of the session. Pierre guided me through the moves he was making on ProTools as the band tracked which was cool, I got to see various plug ins and ask questions on what each plug in did to a track. Afterwards, when the vocalist was finishing up with Pierre, I pulled back the mics that were used for the drums and disconnected and wrapped the mic cables. After that I got to intern at the Rehearsal Works facility. Bo really showed me the ropes and I saw what his job is like at Rehearsal Works. We organized each Rehearsal space, making sure each room was neat and organized and had the proper equipment needed for bands to practice. We also moved a drum kit back into the tracking room in the studio. That first session was amazing because I got firsthand experience with the workflow of an engineer as well as familiarizing myself with the equipment.
The next session consisted of going over the first lesson: sound and hearing. Pierre showed me the patch bay of the analog console that is being rebuilt in the studio which was cool to see. We then started up the IO’s and the computer and dove into the lesson. That first lesson was great because Pierre helped me understand the concepts that I was having a hard time grasping such as phase, phase shift, mono and stereo sources and sound perception. He really explained sound in such a way that made sense in my mind, such as how binary information is turned into sound and how we perceive those sounds. Something really insightful that I took away from that first lesson was that as an engineer you have to be a critical listener, how are the dynamics, what instruments are you hearing, where are those instruments, are they in the front or back, left or right? This first lesson clicked for the most part and I’m very glad it did. I can’t wait to dig deeper and gain more of an understanding of this crazy thing we call recording!”