My mentor is amazing!
“Tonight’s lesson was awesome. I recorded a band at my studio at my home and brought the recorded track to my mentor and we mixed it down together. Wow what and amazing sound I have to my recording! My mentor is amazing!”
I thoroughly enjoyed it!
“I just had my first remote Pro Tools session with Brian at recording connection! I thoroughly enjoyed it! I cannot wait to get my copy of Pro Tools and start creating. I have a Mac Book Pro and it comes with Garage band. I’ll be using that for now until I get my copy of Pro Tools.”
Familiarizing my way around the studio is pretty educational
“Familiarizing my way around the studio is pretty educational, lots of things to learn still, I met a couple of musicians as well as the engineers, and while I watched and listened to the multiple sounds vibrating my ear holes in the recording rooms reading the chapter first helps! And I am sure the weeks to come sound even better and reading/learning even more.”
I was able to learn more about mixing
“My first session of the night just finished and it was great. I got the chance to work with the incredible jazz singer Cathy Kelly. She was an amazing artist to work with and I was able to learn more about mixing when dealing with jazz sessions.”
Can’t wait to get started recording!
“I just received the software in the mail so I’ll be able to get my hands on it this week and start experimenting. Mainly this chapter focused on Pro Tools organization which seems to be extremely important after saving so many audio files over time. Also, key commands are something that seems important and I’ll be working on memorizing each of the keys and modifiers I choose. In conclusion, can’t wait to get started recording!”
The first week solidified that I had made the right decision to get enrolled!
“If I wasn’t already beyond stoked to get started in the program the first week solidified that I had made the right decision to get enrolled! The first chapter felt slightly like a trip back to high school science/biology class as worked thru the chapter. The videos included in the text helped make things that were slightly gray very clear and easy to understand. I am very much a visual learner, so I definitely appreciated that. Bottom line is I feel like I’m finally on the right path in life and excited to continue on and keep learning from the best to get to where I want to be.”
It was really nice to get some hands on learning experience
“It was really nice to get some hands on learning experience without it having to be under the pressure of an actual recording session or live sound event and with a professional engineer. I feel a lot more comfortable about working on this console now after actually using it first-hand opposed to just reading about it in the manual, and I think I understand how it works much better now.”
He’s going to have me mix a track. Psyched.
“I met with my mentor yesterday afternoon. After he clarified 1 thing that I really didn’t understand (the Fletcher-Munson curve), I took the chapter test on which I got 14 out of 15 right. I’ll be meeting with him again later in the week. At that session he’s going to have me mix a track. Psyched.”
The remix is almost done and I’m excited to go back and finish it!
“During my second week, I got to work with a lot more gear and learn some more about pro tools. John let me bring in a remix I am doing for a contest so we could track acoustic guitar and learn how to produce it through pro tools. It’s pretty similar to Ableton live as far as the commands and such, but John has a ton of VST plugins that I don’t have so it’s fun and new to me in that sense. The remix is almost done and I’m excited to go back and finish it!”
So it was my first time being at the studio this week.
“So it was my first time being at the studio this week. I went with my mentor to help with some recordings that we did at this oil company BP. The experience recording at a live setting in an office was pretty sick!”
My first session was terrific.
“My first session was terrific. My mentor showed me to studio A and left me alone to explore and to get a feel for everything surrounding me. I was fortunate enough to take a selfie with the mixer board. A highlight to say the least.”
I’m one step closer to getting my home studio.
“I had a student workshop going over the lessons of processing and tracking. The main engineer led the class for the night. It was the most fun class yet because not only does he get to the pint he enjoys himself as well. We went over the basic plugins such as the EQ and Reverb and played around with different varieties. Dave went over the basic functions of running through a session and also went over the past lessons as well. It was a great day because I also bought my own Apollo Twin interface; I’m one step closer to getting my home studio.”
It’s all about getting the right tone to produce the right sound!
“This chapter was awesome because it makes me feel like I’m getting closer to finally working with Pro Tools and engineering first hand. The main basis of this chapter was planning before a session that away there is no problems. It focused mainly on the basics like being prepared with notes of each song such as the instruments used, bpm, song length, gear info, etc. It was cool to focus even more on determining the right mic as well. There are so many different little keys to creating the best sound within instruments such as drums, keyboards, guitars and even vocals within a mic that I wasn’t too aware of. It’s all about getting the right tone to produce the right sound! Therefore, when engineering, experiment, use your ears, and embrace what sounds good.”
My mentor’s knowledge of music seems fathomless
“I just finished the first lesson with my mentor and I experienced moments in which I realized I am doing exactly what I need to be doing. My mentor’s knowledge of music seems fathomless; I will learn a great deal from him!”
This lesson was awesome
“This lesson was awesome and I learned a lot about aux sends and how to utilize them. I also went over how to save files and save them to other versions of pro tools! So, I can bring your files to other studios that are running different pro tools versions, besides current updated applications.”
Session four was a lot of fun!
“Session four was a lot of fun! We went over my tests, and then headed to the studio to go over some microphone placements. We talked about stereo and mono, recording with certain mics and how you can get the close to perfect sound quality. We also talked about what mics are good for certain instruments and certain situations.”
The studio was a lot more under my control.
“This week in the studio was a lot more under my control. We were recording a cover song and tracking a lot of guitar parts. I was able to set up all the tracks, record; do punch-ins, and other helpful things. I can’t wait to work on this song some more and see where it goes.”
This week went by pretty fast.
“This week went by pretty fast. The chapter wasn’t that long which was great because there wasn’t that much reading however the material was pretty dense. I got a little bit confused on the labeling of certain concepts but I was straightened out by my mentor Steve. After reviewing the chapter we started to dive a little bit into how Ableton software works and how to shortcut your way into saving hours of time. One of my favorite parts was when Steve showed me Ableton Push which is the controller/launch pad that Ableton created as a tool that would work seamlessly with their software. I couldn’t believe that we were actually kind of making beats in the studio. It may have been simple examples so I could grasp the reality of this dynamic machine but it was still a great feeling. I also have a friend who just got a brand new DJ set up that he has been letting me come and jam on with him. I am very excited to continue the program and I look forward to chapter 3.”
Week 13 was all about EQ.
“Week 13 was all about EQ. My mentor went into depth explaining high and low pass filters, as well as showing me what he uses when he is mixing. He did an awesome job using actual recording sessions to point out the differences while making EQ changes. He encouraged me to start playing around with EQ so that I can start to train my ears more.”
My mentor and I went over my chapter 1 quiz
“My mentor and I went over my chapter 1 quiz and made sure that I understood everything that was on it. This included auditory masking and acoustic beats which I had been getting mixed up. He showed me how some sounds can get blocked out by others on a guitar and also explained why sounds don’t travel as far through thin air when the air molecules are spread out.”