It was a hell of a ride
“Nevertheless, it was a hell of a ride, and I’m BEYOND thankful for the opportunity to learn all this, and especially to have met and learned from my mentor. I’ve been given the tools to be successful with my music, and it may take some time, but I will be.”
I’m really starting to get the hang of things!
“Today my mentor and I worked more on acoustic guitar microphone placement. We used the SM-57 microphone to track and we played around with the placement of the microphone until we got a decent sound, I think I’m really starting to get the hang of things!”
Learning the fundamentals of professional recording.
“I learned a lot about the history of microphones and the specifications of different microphones, like a flat response microphone is a good choice for vocals, acoustic instruments, and strings because it doesn’t color or alter the natural sound of a vocal or instrument. I learned cardioid microphones are best for close micing vocals instruments because of its heart-shape pick up pattern, it is more sensitive in the front than the back providing great rear side noise reject.”
It was very hand on since week one
“The fun stuff began! I’m learning how to do the frequency wave chart and the basics. I also got to watch film going into detail how to break it down. It was very hand on since week one and I got to watch one of the producers in action so that was a good experience for me. Also my quiz grades are improving!”
All very informative.
“The past week has been very interesting. I’m now starting to dive more into the hands on training that the Recording Connection has promised. I went to the session where they recorded a drummer by the name of Danny. I was able to help out with setting the mics up for the drum kit, seeing what mics were used where and why, the different positioning of the mics and how they affect the sound either in a positive way or negative, etc. All very informative.”
This chapter was one of my favorites as far
“This chapter was one of my favorites as far as useful knowledge and physical microphone identification. I learned some different types and ways microphones work that I had never learned from past musician experience, as well as brushing over and re-defining knowledge that I had. It was interesting finding out the different polar patterns that I didn’t know existed, and VERY cool that it showed me different models of microphones in the real world that I can apply in certain situations”
I belong in a studio!
“I sat in on my very first recording session; a band session! It was truly a dream come true. For years and years I pictured just being able to look inside or stand in a studio, and I was there for a good 6 to 7 hours! I got my first good look at a mixer board and wasn’t lost which made me feel as confident as ever. I belong in a studio!”
Looking forward to my next visit.
“Learned a lot about various cords and connectors in this chapter. Patch bays was a little harder to grasp so I got a hands on look in the studio. Gained lots of new knowledge on the different cords and learned about the patch bay hands on! Also learned a little more on pro tools in the studio. Looking forward to my next visit.”
My mentor did a really good job explaining things
“Learning about how electricity works and all that like was like a throwback to freshman year physical science class in a way. My mentor did a really good job explaining things about how it all works.”
Another solid day in the factory.
“Had my second lesson and meeting at the sonic factory this past Thursday. Matt and I dove into basic electronics and how electricity in the studio worked. I learned a lot of valuable information on how the flow of electricity is transferred into the units and machines we use in the studio. Another solid day in the factory, and I’m looking forward to many more!”
Very interesting stuff, I feel smarter already!
“This lesson was the most direct and practically useful yet, covering signal flow. This is something I have always yearned to understand, how the different wires and cables work together. Even more so learning about ground, impedance, and how to figure out where unwanted noise is coming from, my mentor also explained how to best isolate the source of the problem, by splitting up the different parts of the signal path in half, much faster than the way I always did it with my guitar pedals to find a faulty pedal or a bad guitar cable. Very interesting stuff, I feel smarter already!”
Andy has been a really great mentor.
“Andy has been a really great mentor. I’m getting the hang of Pro Tools, setting up a session and recording so far. Learning about the different kinds of mics is A LOT because there are so many. I hope to one day have a huge collection of mics to have variety to choose from.”
I’m getting the hang of how things work in the studio
“This week in the studio I was able to work on many things! We worked on balancing out certain aspects of the song through different types of compressors and equalizers. After we finish the final touches, we began to produce a Christmas song for a Christmas department store using GigaStudio. The next day in the studio my mentor’s client, which I had worked with last week, had come in again to do some more recording. I was able to run a part of the session which was really awesome! I really feel that I’m getting the hang of how things work in the studio and can’t wait for more!”
This information WILL IMPROVE your music
“I can say that I didn’t know a lot of this stuff in detail but it definitely opened my eyes and changed my perspective of making and mixing electronic music to something greater than it was. Honestly, that is the reason I’m doing this course in the first place. This lesson may not seem very important but this information WILL IMPROVE your music, no matter how small you think the improvement may be.”
I love this school and my profession of choice!
“It was extremely exciting going through my first lesson being able to learn audio engineering, but to slip in a little anatomy to me is a plus. Music has been my favorite hobby for my entire life; a new beginning into a world where now I’m one of the people who can say they are doing what they love! Every lesson had me more and more engaged. I’m more than excited about what other experiences are in store for me in the future! I love this school and my profession of choice!”
My mentor explained everything very well
“This chapter was long and had a lot of information that is important and I have to say I have a much better understanding of it after this week of my lessons with my mentor. He explained everything very well such as the Nyquist theorem which states you should always record something two times greater than the frequency to avoid aliasing. We talked a lot about how each sample has two characteristics, bit depth and bit rate. I understand a lot about all the different compressed formats with them being lossless or lossy. This chapter had a lot of important information that I understand a lot more than before.”
I look forward to the challenges ahead
“I continue learning more every day from my mentor and others. Working more with pro tools and different programs continue to benefit me. The more hands on experience I have is making me more comfortable when it comes to working and being in the studio. I look forward to the challenges ahead and the things my mentor has in store for me.”
Looking forward to learning even more!
“I started off learning the fundamentals of basic electronics with my mentor. It was really easy to understand the way he explained. I also got to see several artists come in to record again. This was really fun. I definitely love being in the studio and watching the different aspects of the business. Looking forward to learning even more, advancing into the next lesson and going into my next session!”
It took a lot of time to make sure the vocals sounded correct.
“Today in the studio, we worked on making some a cappella and instrumental mixes. It wasn’t the hardest thing, but it took a lot of time to make sure the vocals sounded correct. We also learned the importance of file management. Some of the songs were recorded years ago, so having the files organized made it very convenient.”
This example really opened my eyes.
“However the biggest learning point for me was the example given on how electrical current is much like water flow through pipes. This example really opened my eyes and simplified the chapter for me. It was an instant understanding! I never knew that electricity traveled through so many different transformers before reaching its final destination.”