Learn at a real recording studio.
“Today was the first day I actually got a chance to do some work in the Beacon Hill studio. It’s a very nice and professional studio that will give me a better understanding how an engineer will do his own personal work. Chapter 1 was a good understanding of sound and how is made and how sound differs in wave length and frequency I never knew how many factors sound really has to it and how these factors can make your sound more clear and more understanding.”
One on one educational approach.
“My mentor and I went through the textbook and he answered all of my questions on balanced and unbalanced audio, all the different types of cables and what they are useful for, and patch bays. After going through all of my questions he had me patch in a microphone into a pre amp to pro tools break it down then set back up again and I had to explain what I was doing thoroughly.”
Yesterday I had my first session with my mentor.
“Yesterday I had my first session with my mentor. My mentor and I started by briefing over the content I learned in the first two chapters and going over that which I didn’t fully understand. We then went on to talk about everything that was going to start happening very soon; we did a little talking about understanding electronics and how good connections between them are very important. I stoked to get back in the studio next time.”
“So far I’ve been learning so much! I just finished up connectivity and wow! I had no clue what all went into a cable! Far from simple! I now have a whole new look on the studio. I’ve also been learning about just how powerful Protools is also! Amazing stuff. Now to find people to record!”
I’m looking forward for what is to come!
“Very exciting and mind blowing. Learned about basic principles and how music/vibrations/sound is heard, processed and measured. Learning how my ear takes in all the sound and transfers to my brain was really amazing. My mentor, Sebastian stressed how frequency (Hz), level (dB) and time (in seconds) are the three core components of recording. Since I’ve always had a love of math a lot of this came pretty easily to me but at the same time putting all the principles together can be tricky. While having my lesson at ACME studio, I spoke with the owner, Steve McNally, and he gave me a lot encouraging words and stressed that what I put into this program I will get out of it. All in all, it was a great experience and I’m looking forward for what is to come!”
The HD192 is like the brain of the Recording Console
“Today my mentor and I went over chapter 4 Connectivity. We went over the different type of wire connections. We also went over the functions of the Patch Bay and how it works hand and hand with the HD192. I’ve learned that these 2 components provide the sound in recording sessions. The HD192 is like the brain of the Recording Console and the Patch Bay is like the circulatory system providing the sound for all wire connectors. I was also able to do a little mixing. Can’t wait for the next class.”
And just think, I’m not even done yet!
“The mix assignment was so much fun to work on. I had to listen to each track and decide which ones I wanted to put an EQ plug-in on. An edited soloed track might sound great on its own, but when combined with the other tracks, hmm…not so much. So far I have an electronic song that has gained some edgy guitar riffs. You know what? I like it! It just adds something awesome to the song. It’s so cool how you can take a flat song, add some EQ, and you’ve got some magic going on. And just think, I’m not even done yet! For the next assignment, I’ll be adding compression.”
I’m slowly learning that art by watching my mentor.
“The combination of John’s mixing and mastering turned a “good” sounding song into a final polished product with all the in-your-face attitude that any decent electronic song should have. I listened to the final master file back at my house with my monitors and headphones individually and it sounded very clear and crisp, yet ambient. John did a great job of developing a stereo image of the song. That was my biggest issue with my original mix. It sounded good, but a bit too mono. I always have a hard time deciding what to pan where but I’m slowly learning that art by watching John do it to my own song. Most of the session was concentrated on finishing the track once and for all until it sounded professional.”
Steve is having me edit the rest of the instruments in the mix.
“I’ve been getting drum editing assignments, and found them not too hard so now Steve is having me edit the rest of the instruments in the mix. It’s definitely trickier and more painstaking, but I can really hear the difference it makes tightening everything up by hand rather than with a time stretching process. As a heavy Ableton user I’m very used to warping things, but I’m starting to think I won’t be able to ever fully go back after hearing Pro Tools.”
Not only did it teach us how to repair equipment, but also in-depth signal flow charts, and more.
“One area of the engineering world that I would like to explore more is in Studio Maintenance. I’ve always been fascinated by not only the equipment that we are able to use, but I also like to know the pieces that make them. At my last school I took a Studio Maintenance & Electronics class where we studied schematics and built our own pre-amps. Not only did it teach us how to repair equipment, but also in-depth signal flow charts, and more.”
I learned the basics of patching hands on.
“In the connectivity chapter I learned about the various cords needed to run a studio depending on what equipment you’re using and the kinds of connections made by these cords. I also learned about patch bays and how every electric connection transporting some sort of audio energy or information ends up at the patch bay. In my one on one lesson with Noam I learned the basics of patching hands on.”
Every great career starts with the basics.
“This week I was able to learn about circuits and the components that allow them to work properly. I was able to see a circuit and identify every component and understand their purpose!”
I feel very lucky to have been introduced to such talented and knowledgeable mentors.
“On my second week as I was asking how everything connected at the studio they ran into problems. It was a great experience for me to see that even as professionals, no matter what, you’ll run into electrical problems. My mentor had the chance to explain how it all ran. When he got stuck he had shown me little tips on how to trouble shoot problems with the board. Finally when we got it working all was well and he had shown me how he produces beats and how to compress sound. Also he showed me how he connects and syncs his entire program. As a student here I feel very lucky to have been introduced to such talented and knowledgeable mentors.”
I love that some clients are willing to let an audio engineer paint pictures with the music they create.
“This client, a talented 14-year old girl who has such a unique voice, I honestly think has potential in the world of music if she’s really serious in pursuing it! I would love to have a client like her one day if I ever get my own studio. My mentor really wants to embellish her song with strings and drums and all that jazz. I love that some clients are willing to let an audio engineer paint pictures with the music they create. I hope I get to do that one day.”
I was amazed at all the different frequencies of sounds that could be achieved
“I learned that sound travels between 740-770 mile per hour, and that changing your ADSR can make a huge difference when working with instruments such as synths. Today I created different sounds on a keyboard synth and was amazed at all the different frequencies of sounds that could be achieved by changing the attack, decay, sustain, and release. I can’t wait to EQ all of my instruments in my tracks on logic and create more crisp sounds.”
Learned the importance of being someone who can deliver on work.
“Went over lesson on connectivity. Discussed the signal paths and different ways of recording things ( using plug ins or hardware) Spent hands on time in ProTools, messing around with vocals on one of Joes tracks. Learned basics of Busing, adding inserts, sending dry tracks to others for effect, played around with some of Joes favorite ProTools plugins and techniques for recording vocals mainly. Sat in on rehearsal with Joes lead singer for his band and watched them build backing tracks for live show/decide what to do live and what to take out of/keep in backing tracks. Talked about business side of Industry and the reality of it all-possible politics, potential issues etc. Learned about how to navigate my way through it all-importance of being extremely valuable and someone who can finish things and deliver on work. Great Week!”
It shows you how to build relations within this business.
“Me and the class also went back to the patch bay for further practice with correctly patching everything together correctly so that we can get the signal into pro tools. My mentor also had us conduct some research as to exactly who Steve Manning is in more depth so that we can know what we are talking about and know how to approach a person like Steve Manning. This is also crucial because it shows you how to build relations within this business.”
This week we went over the intro to Pro Tools.
“This week we went over the intro to Pro Tools. My mentor showed me how to set up my Pro Tools the way his was, and taught me some of the key commands. He also showed me some of the synths that came with Pro Tools, and a little bit of sound design with them. After this I showed him a new track I was working on, and he gave me some tips on synth design so that it didn’t sound so generic.”
I was able to see each different compressor with my own eyes in the studio.
“I was so happy this week because I finally got to look deeper into the mysterious world of compressors. Now for some reason it has always been a challenge for me to wrap my head around this unusual contraption. That was until I was able to receive a raw lesson from my mentor (thanks Evan!). Not only did we go over the chapter itself within our Master’s Program handbooks, but I was able to see each different compressor with my own eyes in the studio.”
Every day I learned and saw so much
“This week was a good week, I was able to get into the studio almost every day I learned and saw so much. Monday we had Rick Burton come in and had a vocal tracking session.”