We had a drummer come in to play on a few songs this week.
“For my lesson this week we spent most of the time going over compression and EQ. I was running Pro Tools and Thomas talked me through doing the gate, EQ, and compression for each part of a drum kit. I also did some recoding for a personal project Thomas was working on. We had a drummer come in to play on a few songs this week. I watched the whole process of micing the drum set.”
I can really say I am enjoying myself
“Just reading chapter one I have learned a whole lot of things I did not know about sound and hearing. I have not yet work in the studio with my mentor but I am looking forward to. I can really say I am enjoying myself in this learning experience.”
I am enjoying the learning style
“Going into the second week of being enrolled in RRF, I am enjoying the learning style of one on one lessons. I cannot wait to continue my learning and start working on pro tools.”
I have so much motivation and inspiration
“Learning to be a recording engineer is very interesting now that the whole role is coming into play. Having to know the ins and outs of all of the equipment, maintaining the cool vibe in the studio and also just having fun. Making amazing albums and records is my dream and I feel that I am that much closer to it. I have so much motivation and inspiration, that this is going to be a great journey.”
Focus your efforts on what you really want to learn.
“I was actually spending some time at the studio with my mentor and he’s too cool. We went through the lesson and he made sure I understood what was going on. After that we just talked for the rest of my time there. He was really just trying to see how much I already knew about engineering and what I really wanted to learn!”
Today’s lesson was simple but important nonetheless.
“Today was my second day as an extern for House studio in DC. My mentor went over the basics of the Pro Tools keyboard. Previously, he told that many engineers are so eager to start that they forget about the basics and skip to the more advanced part of engineering. He told me evidently that hinders them in the long run, because they miss the basic steps and get tangled up when something goes wrong and they have no idea and it’s a minor problem. So today’s lesson was about shortcuts on the keyboard and the importance of time consuming. Shortcuts are ideal to maximize production in a session. Something so small as being able to cut back 15 seconds every time you touch the keyboard and mouse makes a difference. Shortcuts remind me of cheat codes for games and it’s better to know these cheat codes to have an advantage. Today’s lesson was simple but important nonetheless.”
After the band was mixed, I focused on the orchestra.
“After the band was mixed, I focused on the orchestra. Actually, we don’t have the whole orchestra going on. Only brass and strings. So I used an EQ on each instrument to place them in a sweet spot inside the spectrum. I also created two audio buses in Logic: one for strings and one for brass so I could control their overall volumes in the mix. This is actually my second mix for the same piece. I did the first one when I was not an RRF student. And I really like this second one better!! I guess the lessons are good then!”
I got sit in on some great musicians!
“What an awesome night at the studio! I got sit in on some great musicians! My mentor has made these guys sound absolutely amazing so far into their project. I got to watch the master in action when he was editing a bass line that was done on keyboards and inserted it into the actual bass line. WOW I was blow away at how he makes it so easy. I am so honored and excited to be learning from such an amazing producer/engineer that I look forward to the next lesson and studio time with him. Thanks recording connection for making this possible!”
This chapter was fun.
“This chapter was fun because we went through various plugins and how are used in the mix. We learnt about Pro Tools offline audio suite and worked on the sine wave project.”
Great first day, can’t wait to learn more!
“It’s hard to really illustrate what my first day was like to me. It wasn’t bad, not even close; it was pretty great. I learned a lot about the physics of sound and things such as attack sustain, decay, etc. Also learned about CD sample rates, the range of human hearing, all of which are fascinating. I wasn’t comfortable in the environment however, but I don’t blame my mentor. Rather, I was just so…intimidated by his knowledge and my lack of it. Overall though, great first day, can’t wait to learn more!”
Last week I met with my mentor at the studio.
“Last week I met with my mentor at the studio in San Francisco. Most of the time we went over the fundamentals of Digital Audio. It was good to talk one on one with a professional who has a great understanding of this topic.”
I know I will gain the skills to become a great audio engineer
“My mentor helped me out by giving me pointers on how to improve my mix. I am improving from these small sessions rapidly. This course is great, I am learning so much. And I know I will gain the skills to become a great audio engineer in the future.”
I learned a lot about sound waves
“First chapter was very informative telling about how sound is produced through vibrations in the air and how our ears work in receiving these sounds. Overall, I learned a lot about sound waves and how we perceive sound.”
Can’t wait for chapter 2!
“After reading chapter one, I found most of the content interesting. Learning the physics of sound and the way we hear sound I am more than excited to continue learning. Also, the videos and pictures were helpful. Can’t wait for chapter 2!”
Get hands on experience with Pro Tools
“I started learning the key commands a few weeks ago in the studio, so now that I’m learning other key commands I will be able to put them to use.”
The studio is awesome!
“I am really excited to have learned what I have and the things I’m still learning every day. The studio is awesome!”
After some time and experience, things went a lot smoother.
“Week 3 began pretty fast as my mentor let me control a lot of things on the computer. He showed me a lot about editing certain instruments to keep from hearing bleed from other mics. It’s amazing how different a song can sound with some simple edits. I am also getting used to controlling the board better. At first, it seemed confusing trying to sync what was happening on the computer to what was happening on the board. But, after some time and experience, things went a lot smoother.”
I now have a deeper appreciation for electronics
“Before the start of the Basic Electronics session, I had zero knowledge of how electricity moves, how much moves, and the components necessary to move it. I now have a deeper appreciation for electronics and the personnel who try to evolve this process and make it as smooth as possible. I can also appreciate that electrical engineers and anyone who specializes in working with electricity are brilliant people.”
This week’s lesson focused on microphones.
“This week’s lesson focused on microphones. I enjoyed this lesson because it was the most hands on lesson so far and because it really is getting at one of the most important parts of doing audio engineering and recording.”
He is the best mentor I could’ve been paired with.
“My mentor also went more into depth about phasing and masking, showing me that they both can be used to express different sounds from a recording. The last thing we discussed was how much there is to learn about every aspect of recording and mixing. It’s a never ending lesson but if the passion is there, then the success will come with the small things. My mentor and I have hit it off quite well and I feel he is the best mentor I could’ve been paired with.”