It helped me understand how the microphones I use in my home studio.
“I liked this chapter because it helped me understand all the kinds of microphones and gave me a very good background history of how microphones go to where they are today! Microphones have changed a lot of the centuries and have got a lot better over time! It helped me understand how the microphones I use in my home studio and at my schools studio work and helped me understand the differences in microphones period! But it was a very good chapter! I enjoyed learning about the microphones that they use in a lot of major radio stations and studios around the world.”
Lesson 8 can’t get here fast enough!
“The last two Pro Tools sessions have been very informative. We’ve talked about frequency, pitch, and amplitude. Brian gave me a frequency chart to study in our 3rd session. It shows which instruments (vocals included) work well together at what frequency. Today we talked about the difference using certain types of microphones can make in your recording. Also, the room you record in is very important. We always sound good singing in the bathroom because our voices reflect off the walls and builds upon itself. Recording studios use foam inserts on their walls to absorb extra sound. If you need to take out the echoing in a track you can use the reverb tool in Pro Tools. Once again, I can’t wait to get my copy. Lesson 8 can’t get here fast enough!”
He can clarify a lot of questions I have with ease, which helps.
“My mentor was able to give me some tracks that were recorded by a band that had been in the studio earlier in the week, so I could have something to work with as these chapters went along. Brad has been mainly working with me throughout the past couple of chapters since he may be a step ahead of Rob when it comes to the interfacing aspect of all this. He has been a big help in also breaking everything down to a simpler way of understanding all this. He can clarify a lot of questions I have with ease, which helps.”
I really like my mentor and the knowledge he shares with me.
“I really like my mentor and the knowledge he shares with me. I got to sit in on a session he was doing with a band. They were pretty cool guys who were really good musicians. I made some connections while networking and just chatting with all of them. I have been inspired to learn more about music theory from these guys. Loved it.”
The time has finally come for me to take the final and…..I got an A!!
“The time has finally come for me to take the final and…..I got an A!! 91%, I’ve never done this well on a final before. I’m so happy and proud of myself for doing this well on the final, I’m actually having a hard time writing how I feel about it. Part of me is ecstatic for finishing the e-book, and getting much better grades then I ever received in high school. But on the other hand I’m also a bit nervous to be done. Not a bad nervous though, I just want be able to show my knowledge and all the progress I’ve made these past 6 months in my future job. I’ve had some of the best training I could have asked for with my mentor and the Recording Connection though, so I guess I can’t be too nervous! It’s still kind of hitting me that I’m finished the program but I feel like I’m definitely ready to make the next step. I just want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to everyone who made this possible, from my parents fully supporting me and helping me pay the tuition, to Joey who has just been the best teacher I could of hoped for, and the recording connection for setting up this program and for having my back whenever I had a question about ProTools. The next step is job assistance, so unreal!”
I like being able to participate and getting a say in things
“Overall it is a very relaxed environment and already better than college was for it is so hands-on and engaging. I like being able to participate and getting a say in things, learn by doing.”
Woohoo! I aced this quiz.
“Woohoo! I aced this quiz. I aced the last one too, but I’m more excited about this one for some reason. So as an audio engineer, you are kind of an electrician as well. To get the live sound from an instrument onto your Pro Tools software, there is quite a journey it has to make. Learning how to connect the cables properly will serve its purpose when troubleshooting needs to be done. With practice and experience you should be able to pinpoint the issue if something sounds off.”
I can’t wait to go to the studio tomorrow
“In this chapter I feel so good I’m finally in protools and reading this chapter make everything more clear. I already have been doing some minor recording with my mentor he been showing me some basics things. I can’t wait to go to the studio tomorrow to use some things I have learned”
It really showed me the history of microphones
“In this chapter I learnt about frequency response, and different types of polar patterns. It really showed me the history of microphones.”
I should understand it more clearly as I move on.
“In this lesson I started learning the basics of what every audio engineer needs to learn. It will take a bit for me to understand, but with persistence and amazing help from my mentor I should understand it more clearly as I move on.”
Last night’s session with my mentor was a success.
“Last night’s session with my mentor was a success. This was my second session of the day and I had an opportunity to network with up and coming Memphis artist. I’m looking forward to the next session and available opportunity to network.”
I am excited about this new endeavor.
“This first official lesson went by pretty well for the being both the instructor and the students first time within the RRF program. I can already tell that I have a lot to learn in a little time but at the same time it has me feeling worried and nervous, I am excited about this new endeavor.”
Much thanks to my mentor and the RRF crew for getting my foot in the door and making this happen.
“The first day in the studio was really good. It was kind of an ice breaker session between my mentor and I. I didn’t want to leave the studio by the end of the session. I’m excited for the sessions to come and learning the equipment. The basics and textbook were a little dry but once I got in the studio with the reference points, and being able to relate it was invigorating. I’m excited for this experience in the making but more so the hopeful career to come out of it. Much thanks to my mentor and the RRF crew for getting my foot in the door and making this happen.”
I don’t think I could have had a better teacher.
“This has been such a great experience! To learn from such talented people has been an honor. This program has been everything that I hoped it would be and much much more. I have learned so much in the last six months while at the same time having fun in the process. I’m so happy I chose RRF and I’m so lucky to have worked with Joe Gallagher. My mentor is one of the coolest down to earth guys I have met in a long time. He is very easy to get along with but at the same time, he keeps it very professional. I don’t think I could have had a better teacher. Thanks RRF for this amazing time!”
Microphones are my favorite!
“Microphones are my favorite! My mentor showed me his personal stash today in the studio. My mentor is currently recording with the Sony C800G with the Ribbon R121. It records so crisp and sounds industry ready without having to mix it. He also showed me the Shure smb7, Sennheiser md421, and the Neuman u87. A real beauty.”
I’m so happy for this opportunity!
“This evening I was invited to sit in on my very first studio session. My mentor was recording a very talented young lady. She is amazing! I love her voice and she has a great personality. I can’t wait to start learning how to use the equipment and get my copy of Pro Tools. I saw that everyone that was in the studio tonight has a true passion for what they’re doing. I’m so happy for this opportunity!”
Great week at the studio
“Week 15 was about time based effects. My mentor showed me some real-life examples of using delay and reverb with some songs that he was currently mixing. He showed me how to use an aux track in order to achieve the delay and reverb, as well as different parameters to using each effect. After our weekly lesson, we had some extra time to go over some basic production in Ableton Live. Great week at the studio”
Overall it was a really fun time at the studio
“This is one of the first lessons where I got a lot more hands on in the Studio. They took one of each of the three types of mics and recorded me playing the guitar with each. I got to see how the different polar patterns were capturing the sound of the guitar and how each sounded different. We also went over the different areas you can record on the guitar either in the sound hole (which could cause something called “proximity effect” which gives a boost to the low end), frets, or the bridge. Afterwards they let me record anything I wanted on my own which was a little confusing at first but I was able to get it at the end and worked faster. Overall it was a really fun time at the studio and the chapter was very informative on the different types of microphones.”
It seems like yesterday I was going through orientation
“The final chapter. I honestly can’t believe I’m already at this part of the course. It seems like yesterday I was going through orientation and now I’m writing this blog post about the mastering lesson and preparing for the final. Regardless, I feel very lucky to have been able to experience this book and learn what I have learned so far. This is only the beginning”
I feel like I am building a good report
“Thursday at noon has become the official studio day to be in the studio with my mentor Ryan Conway. It is great to have a set day/time as my schedule has become very hectic. Ryan has been extremely cool about everything from the get go. We went over the lesson and Ryan made sure I understood everything. He puts concepts into terms of actual situations that happen as a music engineer. I feel like I am building a good report with a person who clearly has all the knowledge I will need to learn to be successful in the industry.”