I am so glad to be continuing on to the Advanced Program
“In my opinion, I feel mastering is easier than mixing from the Pro Tools portion of it all. That is mostly because there is more that we can do with the program in mixing. I am so glad to be continuing on to the Advanced Program to really dig deeper into the knowledge, technique and art of audio engineering and music producing.”
It could not be much simpler!
“My mentor broke it down to the core on May forth he went through signal flow the difference between balanced and Unbalanced. He also touched on the difference between a tip sleeve and a tip ring sleeve and patch bays. It was an interesting session on how he elaborated with explanations. He brought out cables that were identical to the ones in chapter four he went into detail and explained what a two prong (tip sleeve) cord looks like, and then the three prong (tip ring sleeve). It could not be much simpler!”
Learn how to achieve the perfect sound for every genre.
“My mentor explained that the way they used to do tbfx’s was much more of a process than it is now. They used a Tape machine. Delay was achieved by manipulating distance between play and record heads. He gave us the assignment of researching echo chambers, plate reverbs, and spring reverb. There is a lot of info on the web about these vintage sounds as well as tutorials on how to build your own for a more authentic reverb sound. Now there are sophisticated plugins that mimic the original reverbs. Mr. Rooney walked us through the delay Reverb Plug-ins in Pro Tools. He also showed us how to automate mute as a preview to the automation chapter.”
A challenging first step toward your dream career.
“On Tuesday, Mark went into audio distortion and how to avoid it through hardware and within Pro Tools. Some of the material was a little technical for my current level, but overall I could follow along and learned a lot.”
Another fun week at the studio!
“I learned the importance of determining the type of mic that is/will be used in a session, as certain mics are more sensitive and should be handled more delicately. I also learned about phantom power and how that also can affect the sensitivity of mics. After I took my quiz, my mentor opened up one of my pro tools sessions and showed me how to shift the entire song at one time vs shifting each track individually. Another fun week at the studio!”
Learn what it takes to design your own studio.
“This past chapter was interesting with a lot of in depth terms. This really clears up some of my questions about what it takes to set up a studio the right way. Sound absorbers will definitely be used in the home studio!”
This expanded my knowledge even more!
“Learning about the different types of microphones has helped me understand the visual aspect of frequency response that I was not fully aware of before. Although I had a general idea of what different microphones looked like and what they might be used for, this expanded my knowledge even more!”
My mentor helped me understand everything better.
“Chapter two was interesting to read about. Once I got to my session my mentor helped me understand everything better. Once we finished going over the chapter, he showed me how to import audio tracks into Pro Tools. I made a song in Logic so I exported all channels as audio tracks and once they got into Pro Tools he showed me how things work in there.”
He had a lot of interesting things to say and it was great to learn.
“This was the first day of the program, and the second time meeting my mentor in the studio. We looked at the chapter and went over the change in frequencies from 100Hz to 2000Hz on the dashboard. Talk about the ADSR and its wave form. Also listened to the different tones on the speaker, he had a lot of interesting things to say and it was great to learn.”
My initial experience with the course has been fantastic
“My initial experience with the course has been fantastic to so far and is progressing well. I have been to the studio with my mentor multiple times and we reviewed various equipment, such as control boards, instruments, and microphones. He has substantially helped with each chapter in helping me fully understand every aspect.”
Build upon your existing knowledge and experience.
“My mentor went over EQ in more depth with me; he also talked to me which I had a pretty good understanding of already. Also enjoyed learning about the distribution amplifier and power amplifier, also went over signal flow again which was a nice brush up.”
My first lesson went very well.
“My first lesson went very well. I really like my mentor and feel comfortable around him. We went over my test and he re asked the questions from the test to make sure I understood them. Over all it was great and I cannot wait for my next lesson!”
Another great studio visit.
“Another great studio visit. During the last session, I had the opportunity to sit in while my mentor worked on a mastering project. It was great to have a chance to see a real “master” of the art at work, especially for my very first time seeing someone master. Very much looking forward to learning more about that process in the weeks to come.”
Yay, I got another A!
“Yay, I got another A! I’m meeting up with my instructor tomorrow, and hopefully we can go over some more cool stuff. I mean, ultimately, I’m doing this course so that I can get my hands on some analogue recording equipment, and maybe record some stuff of my own. I’m going to ask my mentor how some of the artists I really like got the particular sound on each of their respective records. That way I can kind of get an idea of how I’d like to record my own projects.”
Today we discussed Pro Tools!
“Today we discussed Pro Tools! My mentor and I went over some basic commands in Pro Tools on his workstation. After he showed me some basic commands he gave me a packet of commands to study for both pc and mac and then showed me how to clean the heads on the analog. Pretty awesome stuff!”
I learned how to mic new instruments that I’ve never seen in person.
“This week was a good week. I got some awesome new things to use in Pro Tools. I also got to work with a folk artist. This is the first time I ever liked folk music and saw how it is recorded and it was a very different experience, in a good way. I learned how to mic new instruments that I’ve never seen in person. It was a great week!”
To be hands on in live recording sessions are a far greater benefit that sitting in the classroom.
“Over the course of the past few weeks I have been blessed enough to be behind the scenes in one of Atlanta’s most premiere studios. Icon Studios Atlanta and its connection with RRF have jumped started my music career in such a way, and I am taken back by it. Over the past weekend I was able to sit in on my first session here. I received more hands on knowledge in four hours than I have in the past four years. No disrespect intended to any former mentors or schooling, but to be hands on in live recording sessions are a far greater benefit that sitting in the classroom.”
Another great session! It’s all starting to come together!
This week’s session was awesome, informative and insightful. My mentor broke down the importance of acoustical room treatments, reflection, absorption and diffusion. I could go on and on…but you had to be there. Another great session! It’s all starting to come together!”
The more practicing I do, the better I’ll feel with using everything available to me.
“Last week’s lesson blends right in with this week’s lesson. Continuing with my current mix, I have been adding plugins to beef up the sounds I want and don’t want. Taking things a step further, I have slowly been sending tracks to aux channels and creating completely different tones and sounds. Learning through my mentor, as well as the chapter guides has shown me what may be useful in future mixes. Along with signal processing and time based effects, I was able to brush up on tools like mid/side mixing. Techniques like these are great when needing/wanting to tune different frequencies. It has been handy having all of my different I/O buses organized so that I can send whatever audio I need quickly and efficiently. The more practicing I do, the better I’ll feel with using everything available to me.”
Study under a professional engineer.
“I struggled this week with microphones but I learned a lot but at the same time. Knowledge of which microphones to use in certain situations is one of the most important skill sets of a good engineer!”