I’m glad I chose to make a change and take the program!
“Being new to the course is very exciting and the aspects of sound and hearing are awesome. I had a lot of fun learning about it and was very surprised on how deep the program takes you. I look forward to other chapters of the program and I’m curious to what I might learn next. I’m glad I chose to make a change and take the program!”
If I’m going to be learning from these guys I’m going to be awesome!
“In week two I got to sit in on another session, this time it was a hip-hop artist that was recording. I didn’t catch his name, but he was rapping on a track that had Gucci Mane in it. During this session for the first time, I saw what a music engineer truly does. I saw how he utilized all of the different plugins to make the track go from a guy on a microphone to something that sounded truly amazing. If I’m going to be learning from these guys I’m going to be awesome!”
Today was very straightforward
“Today was very straightforward and easy. Patrick and I talked about how we get sound from one place to another. For example, learning how the audio from a a singer’s mic connects to the mixing board or having a guitar amp in one room while the guitarist plays in a completely different room. We also talked about ADSR and Patrick used a synthesizer to show me an example of each individual section. Lastly we talked about phase and used Logic to see examples of cancellation, phase shift, and how the sound waves move when the frequency is changed.”
Learned a lot this last week.
“Learned a lot this last week. My mentor taught me more than I ever thought I could learn in a week. He even had me sit in on the recording/editing of an audio book. I wasn’t expecting so much so soon and I can’t wait to get back in there and learn more.”
I met a few new artists
“Love this chapter! I use a lot of time-based effects, delays, beat repeats, auto filters, and reverbs in all of my tracks. It was very cool to read about the echo chambers and what typed of reverb you can create. Yesterday at the studio was busy work. We helped Rick move a new work table and chairs into the media room. There were a few late night hip-hop sessions booked, so I met a few new artists like Jay, a female vocalist, who gave me some tips for saxophone gear. I also re-read the chapter on compression since it is something I think about a lot. Toward the end of the night, I worked on my mix assignment and talked to Rick about the studio business and how it works in a way that is beneficial for the artists, the producers, the engineers, and the studio.”
I’m super excited to begin this new journey with the Recording Connection
“I’m super excited to begin this new journey with the Recording Connection as an extern and take myself to the next level as a musician & producer. While I have experience with Garageband and Logic Pro, I’ll begin learning Pro Tools with Zach. Pro Tools is the music industry standard DAW. DAW is an acronym for Digital Audio Workstation, which is a platform that allows us to record and edit audio within a computer workspace. I haven’t used Pro Tools since i think version 4 or 5 was released. It’s been a long time, but I’m looking forward to learning all the new features it has to offer. More to come.”
I really enjoyed being able to watch Joe mix.
“Almost every musician has dealt with cables throughout his or her musical career, but I’m sure that very few properly know all the names and functions of the different types of cables and connections. Joe and I talked a lot about the importance of the Patch Bay, which acts as the hub of any good studio. The main levels include mic, line, and speaker. All mic cables, patch cables, and XLR are balanced and all instrument cables are unbalanced. During the session after the lesson, Joe focused on a vocal mix. I noticed that he enjoys using an EQ, and compressor, then another EQ, and a De-Esser. He then will send the vocal part to a reverb and delay bus to taste. I really enjoyed being able to watch Joe mix because that is currently my main focus regarding music production.”
I’m beginning to feel more comfortable.
“I have learned a lot in these past five weeks. Ty has been an excellent mentor, and I have also been learning a lot from Nick. I’m starting to learn what some of these plugins do, and I’m beginning to feel more comfortable. The finally let me behind the boards, and Ty is drilling short cuts in me. Your speed and efficiency is viable so that an artist does not lose his or her mojo during the recording process.”
This was my first time seeing Pro Tools in person.
“I enjoy the textbook as it also has videos and sound bites instead of reading only. My first session in the studio went really well. As I arrived early I was able to meet and talk with some other students in the program before we started. Everyone seemed to be in good spirits and ready to get things going. This was my first time seeing Pro Tools in person. It was fascinating to learn about and see the things I would eventually be doing myself.”
I really liked this chapter!
“I really liked this chapter! It was nice to get to learn all about the all of the audio formats and the different types of digital recorders that are out there. I also really liked the history lesson on the Fairlight CMI. One of the things I’ve always wanted to learn about the history of recording audio.”
Aced my midterm!!!
“Aced my midterm!!! Finally received my Pro Tools and now I’m on this ongoing high right now about my career as a recording engineer. I finally wrote a song just using my Pro Tools alone, creating a lot of my own unique sounds, and with a little help from my awesome mentor. I’m just waiting to hear what the school has to say about the song I wrote. Yay!”
Uncle Joey took me “Back into time” in a sense.
“Today’s studio session was pretty cool because Uncle Joey took me “Back into time” in a sense. He showed me some of the old audio units and devices that he used to use back in the day when he didn’t have pro tools and other digital devices. He also showed me how he use to cut the track literally and put it back together using scotch tape just to get a cough on a track. Makes me glad to be a part of the digital age but it just goes to show how long Uncle Joey has really been at this. Can’t wait for the next session!”
It was a really insightful lesson
“This week I went to a different studio than usual. It was a smaller studio on La Brea and I met with the head engineer Kyle. We talked a lot about connectivity, and he gave me a greater understanding of different wires and cables and how they work. It was a really insightful lesson and I would love to go back there soon.”
I feel I’m improving every time I’m in the studio
“I continue to learn something new every time I’m in the studio. I’m gaining more knowledge when it comes to microphone placement and selection. I continue to learn off pro tools and strive to perfect the drum machine and keyboards. I’m becoming more comfortable with the different kinds of mics that are used in the studio. I feel I’m improving every time I’m in the studio which gives me more motivation and confidence.”
I’m starting my first lesson next Monday so I will keep everyone posted!
“As I start this new journey in my life, I can’t begin to explain my excitement for this field. I’ve been into music all of my life since I was three years old and now I can finally begin to do something with it. I’ve been playing guitar for 8 years and have learned a multitude of instruments in between consisting of marching instruments to your more normal instruments like ukulele and mandolin. I’m starting my first lesson next Monday so I will keep everyone posted!”
So far the lessons are going phenomenal
“This was an awesome week at the studio! It was my first time being at the studio with an actual client. They were a local rock band. So that day, they were laying down the guitar solos for 3 of their tracks, which was amazing because the guitar is my favorite instrument. It was very interesting to see how much layering and how much detail going into just fifteen seconds of music. So far the lessons are going phenomenal and everyone at the studio is very open with answering my questions!”
It’s all coming together.
“It’s all coming together. And the experience of watching my track be mixed by a professional from the ground up is nothing short of enlightening. Even though I do not yet understand everything John’s been doing, much can be inferred just from observation. I am certain a lot of what I’m observing now will spontaneously coalesce in my mind in a flash of epiphany lucidity once I have acquired the necessary knowledge to solve the riddle that is professional audio.”
This step by step process will groom me into being the best engineer I can be.
“This lesson was very informative. Donny took me in the back and we broke out some cables and wire. We went over identifying the differences between mic and instrument cables etc and also repaired some damaged cords. Everything is going well; I’m soaking up as much as I can! It’s exciting learning all of this new tech stuff. And my mentor has been a big help. I love being able to learn hands on from someone as experienced as Donny. This step by step process will groom me into being the best engineer I can be. Let’s go!”
Asked to dress up for a Snoop Dogg music video!!
“I had no idea when I woke up on Halloween morning I’d be asked to dress up for a Snoop Dogg music video!! My internship is primarily in the editing process but just as in any career position, I am so grateful to see and learn about ALL of the moving parts because they are all key to the final picture that is painted. When you are part of a team you do anything that needs to be done in order to complete the shoot. Even if it means playing the part of a hooker in a music video!”
I’m excited to learn more and to start making this stuff really stick.
“Working with my mentor has really showed me that you can make a big difference in a short amount of time if you know what to look for. Also, having a few really good “go-to-plug-ins” helps a lot. This was my favorite studio session so far. I’m excited to learn more and to start making this stuff really stick. I want to get to the point where a Pro Tools session, from beginning to end, is second nature to me. I feel like once you know your way around the software and have a good understanding of your plug-ins, then you can really use those tools musically and tastefully, putting your own spin on it, and make it your piece of art”