My mentor is an awesome producer/engineer.
“My mentor is an awesome producer/engineer. My first lesson was awesome. I enjoyed watching and listening. The first 30 minutes of being there I knew more in 30mins than I did reading a book for four hours. I am happy to be learning!”
Learning about microphones was a little tricky at first.
“Learning about microphones was a little tricky at first, but it was a lot easier to understand once it was explained by my mentor. After we went over microphones we started to mix on a project I was working on.”
It was very intriguing to see how electronic circuits are configured.
“In Chapter 2 I learned a lot about how electricity is moved from one place to another and how our homes across the world are powered. It was very intriguing to see how electronic circuits are configured and why they use certain components. In the Studio it made more sense to me as I observed different cables and outlets realizing how the electricity flows and how it relates to signal flow.”
There is no wrong way to automate.
“My mentor and I addressed different ways and types of automation. I told him that my favorite way to automate was using points while his was real time fader automation. In this current state of technology we have no idea how lucky we are when compared to the old way of doing things. For me I use automation more for editing for things such as a song fading in or making a word fade out. Creatively I have used automation to change pitch in a breakdown. Whatever you decide, remember that there is no wrong way to automate.”
Your mentor will help you achieve a professional sound.
“I made tremendous progress with my sound! My mentor acknowledged my work and I’m feeling confident to work on bigger projects!”
This program is awesome!
“This program is awesome! This last chapter on mic placement was super insightful because the studio I’m in we are constantly micing up for horns and acoustic so I feel like I just took a huge step in understanding what’s going on in the studio. Tomorrow is especially exciting because we are micing up for a big acoustic guitar player who will be recording for a week straight to release his album which will be in every book store in the country! I can’t wait for the experience and can’t wait to learn more! I also can’t wait for pro tools! That’s really going to make things fun!”
Had a great time and this summer is going to be great!
“We had an awesome session today after a pause so I could finish UNM. We talked about details of my project and decided some things about it. We also decided to cover a few special things in the next two sessions. I had been talking about audio work for movies and things like that so we will be practicing ADR and working on some fun new stuff just for kicks. Had a great time and this summer is going to be great!”
Four more chapters to go
“This week was a nice one. Got a crash course on MIDI and how it works in a DAW (Pro Tools and Cubase) almost finished with my bachelors program at this point! Four more chapters to go and I’ll be on my way!”
I got paired up with someone who’s perfect to guide me on this journey.
“It was great meeting my mentor. We sat and just talked. He told me about how he got started in music in general, from the days where he started out with the pause button on his tape player to the days where he worked with Puffy (P.diddy for the younglings out there) and his Badboy label, along with The Wu-tang to Suave house and Cash money. It was funny that he got started in production and engineering the same way I got into making music, with just some instrumentals, some snippets recorded from The Quiet storm on K97 (back in the day) using the pause button on a double cassette player (my first sampler/drum machine) to put together tracks. So it was apparent that there was a connection from day one and that I got paired up with someone who’s perfect to guide me on this journey.”
Life is cool and the harder I work, the cooler life gets.
“We only spent about 4 hours with Madison but she moves quick, and managed to write all the lyrics and record scratch vocals in that time. When we finished I really started to comprehend this girl’s potential. It was her first session ever and she managed to accomplish more than some of the experienced artists I’ve seen. The whole experience that night was nothing short of electric. I can’t wait to go back and develop my skills with the guys over there. Life is cool and the harder I work, the cooler life gets.”
I can’t wait to go in again tomorrow!
“All and all I really enjoyed my lesson. It was sweet to get some hands on practice using a big controller rather than just clicking the faders on my laptop and he showed me some stuff I never knew about so that was pretty cool. I can’t wait to go in again tomorrow”
I look forward to recording and mixing more in pro tools.
“My mentor and I reviewed sections from the book. I learned a lot about mixing, and working with pro tools. I learned some things to make a mix sound better, and learned how to use tools, audiosuite, and how to setup a session in pro tools. I look forward to recording and mixing more in pro tools.”
I love every second of it.
“The plugins I have been playing with have been awesome. I am now recording my own music and using the plugins and it’s great to get familiar with the plugins. My mentor keeps telling the more you mess around with it, the more it will become second nature. I hope to get some more songs recorded and see all the plugins I haven’t messed with. Pro Tools is becoming much easier to understand and I can navigate it much better. I know there’s a ton to still learn but what I have learned already has been so much fun. I love every second of it.”
Once again I was left in the capable hands of Doug Boulware.
“Once again I was left in the capable hands of Doug Boulware. We spent some time going over Lesson 3 which was all about Digital Audio; a chapter that had a lot of information that I knew and a lot that I didn’t. Doug and I spent some time going over Sample Rates and Bit Depth and Doug gave me some examples on the computer in Pro Tools of the same song compressed in different formats (eg MP3) so I could hear what was being lost in the process and the explanation behind that.”
This week I learned many things about the characteristics of sound
“This week I learned many things about the characteristics of sound as it travels and collides with different objects. I learned how to find the optimal listening position. Soft, rough, porous materials make the best sound absorbers and hard, metallic, flat and dense materials make the best reflective sources. Bass traps are used to absorb low end frequency and are commonly found in corners of a room. Foam makes a good absorber and diffuser but does not dampen the sound completely.”
I always wanted to learn this kind of stuff
“Lesson four taught me a whole lot more about the actual workings of cables and what makes a difference between them. I always wanted to know about this kind of stuff but was never able to find any books or get into it. Before this chapter all I really knew about was rca, midi, firewire, usb, usb2, instrument cables and speakers.”
I’m starting to the hang of it!
“Obviously practicing a lot is important but my mentor told me to compare my mixes with those of some of my favorite artists that I listen to most often and are really familiar with their sound so I can figure out how I want mine to sound. So that was super helpful and I’m excited that I’m starting to the hang of it and we’ll be closer to being well on my own in a few months!”
This chapter was very enlightening.
“This Chapter was very enlightening. I was already aware on how to use time based effects, but I didn’t know that there are multiple ways of putting an effect on a track, you can send it to a bus, or simply insert a plug in on the track its self. This is going to be very useful to me when I need to automate data because now I know how to adjust the effect just by using a fader. I also have a better understanding of delay and chorus and am really excited about trying out the new techniques!”
Learn the essential tricks of the trade.
“Week 6 at the studio was all about microphone placement. In addition to my mentor teaching me about microphone placement, another audio engineer from the studio also talked about his expertise in how he would go about miking various instruments. They both explained the different techniques used to mic different instruments and why it’s important to first know the type of microphones you’re using. After going through microphone placement, my mentor listened to another Pro Tools session I worked on. He showed me an alternate way to send & bus via an aux track so I could get the “call and response” effect without having to manually do it for each track. Cool trick of the trade!!”
All the guys here are really excited for us to achieve.
“I’m really liking it in the studio were starting on Pro Tools and I’ve been working really hard on making some beats and getting to know the crew at the studio. I hope we get closer in the next coming months so can collaborate more and I hope to get more involved in the studio. I keep getting more excited to do this and I can’t wait to see where it goes. I’m trying to spread my wings and meet more people but I think getting the experience is a little more important right now. All the guys here are really excited for us to achieve too they all want us to do great things.”