“I worked on making complex guitar edits. Everything from swapping a chord from a different section in the region to changing the timing. I would cut and drag the section from the region and add a crossfade to smooth it out. Also having two extra people in the room watching my every move added a little more pressure but I enjoyed the challenge, it really helped me break my threshold..”
Knowing the basics will make doing the complicated tasks much simpler.
“Chapter 9 was very helpful to towards taking my baby steps in Pro Tools. The fundamentals are always great to know and that’s what chapter 9 explains conveniently. Now knowing the basics will make doing the complicated tasks much simpler.”
Glad to be back at school.
“Today my mentor and I went over Chapter 7 which talked about Tracking. We went over what Bleed means which is an outside noise other than the noise coming from instrument in which the Mic was assigned to. We went over Line Check which is to make sure that the signal is going from Mic to the cables. I was also able to do a little Instrumentation which was fun to do. Also glad to be back at school.”
Chapter 20 Final
“I like to think I had a very creative approach to my final mix assignment. It helped to have overall ideas on where to pan the tracks, what types of plugins to use, and what kinds of time-based/send FX to use for the final touch. Also, knowing the frequency range that best compliments each instrument/track speeds up the mix process and provides a resonant clarity.”
I had a great first night at my mentor’s studio. It was so much fun!
“My first day with my mentor was great. We did a walkthrough tour of the studio so that I would get acquainted with it. My mentor and I went through all the different recording and control rooms. The consoles and gear that I saw were beautiful. I also met two other engineers of the studio as well. We spoke and began getting to one another. After I had gotten acquainted we went over my first lesson. He tested my hearing with different sine wave frequencies to see where my hearing would drop. He tested me with up to 20000Hz. I had a great first night at my mentor’s studio. It was so much fun! And it’s only the beginning of a great experience for me.”
I can’t wait to apply the knowledge I’ve gained
“This chapter was very helpful to show me different ways to approach the use of these plugins while mixing a project. For example using the “write” setting on the bus and muting and unmuting to apply delay only to particular areas of a recording rather than the entire piece. That was cool to learn along with many other little new key pointers such as solo safing, grouping mixing levels together, and so on… All in all, this chapter was very helpful and I can’t wait to apply the knowledge I’ve gained to future projects.”
The intro to Pro Tools was fun.
“I’m excited to learn how to use my digital audio workstation. Just being to set up and optimize your system for the installation was fun. But also to learn the history behind it and know how it made it to the point where avid is today was interesting. To be able to use anything to the best of your ability you have to know how it was made and where it came from.”
Like in any project, it’s all in the preparation.
“Chapter 4 starts off by diving into some of the hardware used in the studio for recording. It mainly talks about the cables involved, both analog and digital, as well as some protocols and path bays. Depending on the instrument, vocal or patch bay different cables are needed for different jobs. Choosing the wrong cable can affect the quality of the recording or even completely ruin your session. Like in any project, it’s all in the preparation. One wrong input may even cause you to reset everything, making time and profits go out the window.”
I did not expect to learn so much so quickly!
“You think you know what you need to know until you actually read a book about it and figure out you knew close to nothing. But that’s why I’m here, so far so good and I like where I’m going with this so far.”
I am excited to elaborate on this more in the future.
“In the studio this week my mentor explained to me the importance of understanding digital audio. As a seasoned electrical and audio engineer there was a lot of good information that he was able to share with me. He explained how a computers sound card is so relevant to interpreting this type of data, and we would not be able to record so easily without it. We also tackled some issues together such as clipping, quantization error, the nyquist theorem, and common digital audio practices in the industry today. He showed me how he runs his studio at a slightly higher sound quality than is the standard, creating extremely high quality recordings. This lesson will continue to expand and come to light the farther we go in to the recording process, and I am excited to elaborate on this more in the future.”
Boo-yah! I got an A!
“Well that’s because I thought this chapter was really cool. Reverb is a time based effect that allows you to direct your listener’s ears. Church choirs record in music halls because they are naturally reverberated. The hall has a natural echoing sound that adds a nice density to the music. People sound really good signing in the shower because it’s naturally reverberated. Before we were able to recreate reverb on our DAWs we used echo chambers. The bounced around sounds would be recorded from the room and added to the tracks to produce reverberation. The sounds recorded from the room are known as wet, and the original sound is known as dry. It’s so easy now-a-days to add reverb to your tracks via audio plug-ins. Some other time-based effects are flanging, chorusing, and phasing. What make these three effects different are the delay times. A delay happens when the audio signal is stored and set to play back at a certain interval of time.”
It was a really inspiring lesson and super thankful for this opportunity.
“We had a pretty overdriven slide guitar tone for the intro and chorus sections, a mellower neck pick up sound for the verses and a super driven tone for the solo. Steve seemed really impressed by the sounds I got that session. After I showed him the tracks he showed me how to do drum edits using beat detective. I split each the drum tracks into sections and captured them using beat detective and snap them into position making the drums a little tighter. I would add cross fades and color code each section I completed. It was a really inspiring lesson and super thankful for this opportunity.”
Today was probably my most enjoyable day at the studio so far.
“Patrick had me go get two mics and mic up a cabinet so he could play and record piano through it. After micing up the cabinet, I used patch cables to go through the mixer, compressor, and into Pro Tools. After making sure I was getting signal, Patrick played while I recorded and set the levels from inside the sound booth. After recording and setting levels, Patrick started showing me many possibilities of Pro Tools editing. Such as compressors or reverbs, etc.”
Week 4 – Pro Tools Techniques
“For week 4, my mentor hooked me up with his company’s copy writer Jeff; he wanted me to help him with a 30 second voice over spot on this recovery cent called Right Turn. It’s run by a former musician from Boston who happened to fall into some addictions himself. So he started a company to help people like himself. Jeff and I went over a couple ideas; I wrote some spots and we discussed what worked and what didn’t. Overall, it was a good experience working on a real project for a real company. Also, learning how minimize text in a small 30 second spot was a little tough of a task, but Jeff helped me through it, and I thought it turned out pretty good.”
I got to sit in on a really cool session that Howie Beno
“In chapter six I learned the importance of microphone placement technique in achieving any given desired sound, but also the rules for mic placement are few and loose. There is almost no right or wrong answer for how to place a mic though unorthodox placement methods will likely show in you final mix. Noam showed me hands on a couple different mic placements and combinations in my lesson. I got to sit in on a really cool session that Howie Beno, somewhat of a genius of a producer, was mixing for a talented vocalist!”
Fortunately for me, I’m blessed with more promising opportunities.
“With every week I get more excited to go to school. I tried the traditional route for a few years but fell on and off during that time. When I made the decision to commit to the recording connection I knew my passion would hold through the journey. Today I’m lucky enough to be also working in a place where passing this course can lead to a career. It’s hard to see people working or studying for something they’re not truly passionate about. Fortunately for me, I’m blessed with more promising opportunities.”
We looked into patch bays
“I just finished up my second session with Jim and it was awesome. We looked into patch bays and how they are wired we also did a little looking at sequencers all around it was just very interesting to see and I’m very excited to get through these chapters and get back in the studio.”
It’s really cool to have this opportunity to be around such great engineers.
“Life has been going by fast, but I’m doing what I can to keep up. I’m trying to learn anything and everything from anyone who can teach me something. All these guys around the studio are so smart, and have so much experience and countless stories. It’s really cool to have this opportunity to be around such great engineers.”
I can very well say that I am very excited for what comes next!
“For the first lesson we reviewed all of the main terms to know; frequency, phase, and envelope. The explanation of my mentor gave me a clearer understanding of why sound and hearing is very important when it comes to audio engineering! After we reviewed and discussed the lesson he asked me to help him to set up for the bluegrass band going in later tonight and invited me to the session! Unfortunately, I have to pass it up this ONE time because I have no one to watch my son while my girlfriend is at work and so I cannot leave him alone! Anyways! Some of the techniques he used to “phase” out the band’s live recording were actually pretty cool and very well thought out. He also showed me a huge project he worked on before I had gotten to the studio. I can very well say that I am very excited for what comes next!”
I look forward to the next lesson!
Lesson 2 was very interesting. It was fun to learn about basic electronics and how everything works all the way from conductors and insulators to material and gauges and how there measured. It also teaches about current, voltage, wattage, amperes, etc. It was fun to learn how it all works and is measured and how it should properly work. I look forward to the next lesson!”