In this chapter I learned all about microphones.
“In this chapter I learned all about microphones. I learned about the history about all different types of microphones. The first microphone ever made was a liquid transmitter mic. I learned how microphones work entirely. I learned how they are made and what microphones look like on the inside and how they are built. I learned that some microphones sound better in certain situations than others. I also learned how microphones pick up sound using them patterns called polar patterns, or pickups. Depending on the mic it could use either one pickup or several different pickups.”
A great experience once again!
“At the end of chapter six, with a better understanding of microphones and microphone placement, on February 3 I helped my mentor with the recording of an organ concert. When first arriving at the church we had the opportunity to listen to him rehearse. Moving around the church we found the desired location, to which we placed the mid-side. It was a challenging placement by the layout of the church and the direction of the pipes in relation to the audience and the seating; also there were pipes in the front as well as having remote pipes being played in the rear. The recording was done with a Sound Devices 744T digital recorder. The sample rate was 44.1 with a 24 bit depth on one track in a polyphonic wave file. A great experience once again!”
I am starting to understand everything a little more every step of the way.
“Now that I have officially begun the program and completed Chapter One after being at Engine Room Studios for nearly a week, I almost have a full understanding of this and am grasping information every time I go. With going over this chapter and taking the section reviews and the quiz, I am starting to understand everything a little more every step of the way.”
Joey Heir is the best teacher.
“My Time at Crystal Clear Studios has been awesome! Mr. Joey Heir is the best teacher.”
I continue learn every day in the studio.
“Pro Tools is getting easier for me to do what I need to do when it comes to making a track. From making a simple beat to now mixing is a pretty cool experience. My mentor continues to stress about file management and how important it is. My experience here is going well and I hope to continue learning and progressing every day in the studio.”
My mentor showed me a lot of examples
“This weeks lessons my mentor showed me a lot of examples on different room acoustics and how they can affect your mix. It was interesting to learn about how you can set up your studio with different acoustic treatments to get the best sound possible in your studio environment.”
Learn on cutting-edge studio equipment
“The sessions keep getting better and better as the hands-on training comes in! I loved talking about mics and why each of them is used. I can’t wait to start actually using more equipment than I have at my house!”
I’m looking forward to another studio lesson
“I went to my first studio lesson and found it to be very interesting. There were two high school students and a pianist there that song a few different songs together. They (one girl and one guy) were very good singers for their age and even though it was my first studio lesson I could tell right away. It was interesting to see the dynamics of how Hollis kind of sat back and let them do their thing. I’m looking forward to another studio lesson and learning more about the real life studio sessions and audio engineering in general.”
Next week we get into plug-ins where my mentor will show me how he uses his, I can’t wait!
“Like I had mentioned before that’s not how he is, he likes to educate you on why something would be appropriate. I am definitely taking his advice as always! After we spoke for a couple of hours with my countless questions, we went into the control room where I got to sit in and watch him master 4 songs for a Metal band. Although we haven’t gotten to that chapter just yet he discussed his approaches on how he masters. Mastering is on another level though; it’s a different specialty that I need to learn so I definitely can’t wait for that lesson! Next week we get into plug-ins where my mentor will show me how he uses his, I can’t wait!”
By the second day I was much more efficient at fixing the cables thanks to the help of my mentor.
“The most interesting was not in the lesson, but what my mentor thought me. My mentor thought me how to fix mic cables. In the lesson it told you how mic cables were made and how they worked, but when I went into the studio my mentor actually thought me how it all works and even let me fix a good amount of cables that needed fixing. It was a very interesting process. At first I had trouble because you have to be pretty precise and not burn yourself when fixing and assembling cables. After a few hours of trying I finally got it done and was fixing cables at a decent rate. I had gone in a second day just to fix more cables because I had found it very interesting. By the second day I was much more efficient at fixing the cables thanks to the help of my mentor.”
I sat in on a live session and watched vocals get recorded.
“This week I learned about digital audio how sound is converted in to numbers. It is very important as a good converter will produce better audio quality than a cheap convertor. I sat in on a live session and watched vocals get recorded. The two sisters that were recording vocals were all over the place. I watched my mentor work with them by helping them achieve the sound they wanted and pointing them to some options they had. I saw how as an engineer he helped manage them to record their songs to the way they wanted them to be heard.”
It was a lot of Info at first but I think it will come all together.
“My first session with my mentor was truly awesome. First we went over the quiz I took for chapter one. He explained why I had some wrong answers and went further in depth then what the book did. He explained phasing a little more with actually showing me on protools with some work that he was currently working on. He showed me around protools a little and told me what all the equipment was used for. He then had a client coming in so he asked if I wanted to sit through a recording session. I was really excited to be able to watch everything in action. I definitely have a lot to learn. It was a lot of Info at first but I think it will come all together. All in all it was a great first experience.”
In this chapter I learned about tracking in the studio.
“It is very important to plan before a session so everything is prepared for the artist. This is important because it will make the work time much faster and decrease the chances of things going wrong, and the artist will be much happier with you than if you were not prepared. Choosing which mics to use is also very important because you want to get the best sound for the artist. It is also important to have a plot map so everyone has their own space and you know where everyone is. In the studio with my mentor I set up the mics and pro tools session and recorded him playing guitar and bass. We recorded a few takes of each so I could better understand and get a grasp of things.”
This information is so critical to getting quality recordings.
“I have just finished my tracking lesson, but we have been working on set up and band placement for a while now. This information is so critical to getting quality recordings because no matter how much editing you’re capable of, the better the input is the better the final product will be. At the studio, we have encountered on a couple occasions that less mics on a drum can actually give you a cleaner sound sometimes, depending on the vibe/style you’re going for.”
The 5 Year Plan
“The RRFC has helped in great strides because now I know how to record and produce the stuff that helps to entertain. Now where do I want to be in five years? Maybe a studio somewhere, recording the next great rock and roll record, or voicing the next great American Audiobook. I think that’s the first step is to know that where you are where you want to be.”
I learn better from watching and doing.
“Week Three I came and we discussed what I had read. After my lesson we set the studio up for a recording with all the cables, mics, preamps, and all that good stuff. Watching my mentor helps me a lot because I learn better from watching and doing. It’s nice to read your material then come in and ask questions as I go so I’m learning more.”
The band was tight and had a great sound and lots of energy.
“This chapter was an introduction to Pro Tools. Sebastian showed me some basic functions and already covered of some of the material in chapter 9 including the 4 modes such as Slip, Grid, Shuffle and Spot. He also gave me a task, to choose microphones to mic some congas and a cowbell that we had Kenny, the studio manager play. He told me to look up different miking techniques on google and decide what I wanted to use. All in all, another great lesson! I also came back later in the week and sat in on a live session of a salsa band that he was recording. The band was tight and had a great sound and lots of energy.”
The demo along with my mentor’s insight definitely helped me grasp the concept of phase.
“Throughout the first chapter of the course I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’m coming into this program with no past knowledge of any recording techniques or terminology. I must say that after reading through, taking notes, and speaking with my instructor Tom, I am confident going forward in the curriculum. My mentor was very thorough with everything that I’d need in the near future as the program progresses. He helped me set up a Dropbox account and a “shared folder” in order to have easy access to any documents we may need. We also went over a demonstration in studio about phase and phase shift. The demo along with my mentor’s insight definitely helped me grasp the concept of phase. I’m looking forward to beginning the following chapter!”
In my opinion it was a great experience!
“Chapter 3 which may have been my favorite meeting to date. My mentor and I met up at another studio which my mentor had helped him put together. We helped him use the sonar program, teaching him how to set up instruments in sonar. We also did a little bit of slight playing around in Pro Tools, nothing huge however. We went over the basics of sound proofing as my mentor helped the student to understand how to better his studio. My mentor then got in the booth, and I got the chance to record my first session! I had to do quite a lot with layering, and panning, I even learned how to insert some effects on vocals in the program we used. In my opinion it was a great experience!”
My mentor is a great teacher and motivates me to become the best I can.
“Today was my second week in the studio with my mentor and it was another great experience. We went over briefly Chapter 2 and all that it entailed but we focused on the basics of Digital and Analog sound. Also we started messing with Pro Tools a little bit just to make sure that I have the basics down before we start getting deep into the lessons in which I’m looking forward to our shadows days coming up because I get to start recording and mixing my own projects. My mentor is a great teacher and motivates me to become the best I can.”