Your mentor will make sure you understand the curriculum.
“I was a little intimidated by the hard numbers and measurements of sound and its components. I am confident that with time (and my mentor’s guidance) I will be able to get the hang of converting the numbers and using them to my advantage to find the perfect placements for sounds to come out more crisp in the mixing process.”
From day one, you’ll be learning from an industry professional.
“The first lesson went great! We sat down and discussed our plans for the program and our scheduling as well as planning for an upcoming music festival happening for 4 Fridays starting on the 13th of September. We made a list of what gear to order for these events and after a couple of hours finished everything and made plans for our next lesson which is this upcoming Saturday at 2pm. I have a couple chapters of homework to do and an extra assignment with radio ads that my mentor assigned. I can’t wait for the next lesson!”
The best way to learn audio engineering is at a real recording studio.
“The lesson for this week was over signal flow and patch bays. I liked this lesson a lot because I’m really starting to see how audio engineering works. On day one my mentor introduced me to the patch bay. The patch bay is used to route signals to any gear in the control room and back to the stereo bus. I was a bit intimidated at first but he broke everything down in a way that was easy to understand. He explained all the patch points, how they route signals, and the uses for them. For me this was the hardest part of the lesson because there are so many of them and they work in different fashions, so he gave different examples of the patch points and how they can be utilized in different situations. To demonstrate this he explained the chain in which an audio signal is tracked. It all starts with the microphones that plug into the wall box, which is connected to the patch bay, which is connected to the console. Once the signal reaches the patch bay you can route it to a compressor, effects processor, etc. then back to the console.”
Learn from a pro.
“This week, my mentor and I discussed more consoles and we talked about more of the details that you could do with them. It was an amazing experience!”
“Today we discussed more of signal flow and patch bay configurations. One of the inputs on his patch bay wasn’t connecting properly so he bought a new one. We were able to look more in detail at the components inside of the patch bay and how they operated it was really cool and interesting. Then, we discussed the lesson and my mentor quizzed me on the microphone test, and I aced it, I was super stoked. After the quiz we listened to some of the mixing his engineers had been working on a new album, and it is sounding so incredible it’s crazy. It was a great day in the studio.”
Real world experience.
“I arrived and went over the lesson from last week and observed the micing of a drum set again. My mentor showed me some of the cool functions on pan with different tracks. In speaking about MIDI I told him of a jingle I wrote years ago and that I made it on an app on my iPod. He listened to the melody as I explained what was supposed to happen. There was a rapper coming in for a session and I listened to some of his lyrics and they were very meaningful and metaphorical. I heard him record 2 songs but I had to run before the 3rd.”
Your mentor will teach you how to succeed.
“My first lesson at the studio went really well. It was from 12-7pm and I really enjoyed it. I had a few questions for my mentor from the readings and notes I took and he was able to clear up the confusion I had. We went over the ground work of being in this business and how the networking and connections are what get you working and clients, and the more variety you are able to create for yourself the more open doors will come for you. It was really nice to be able to open up some of his session and show me hands-on inside his professional work, it made the lesson go very smooth and easy to understand.”
Find your calling.
“I had a meeting this week, another mixing lab and I chose to work on jazz. The group I mixed was a 3 piece (drums bass and keyboard) with a girl with an incredible voice on top. I seriously had these songs stuck in my head for the next 2 or 3 days. This was the first mix lab that I began to use plugins to make the tracks sound how I wanted them to sound. It’s one thing to read about EQ and compressors, but it’s quite another to actually use them and see how helpful they are to find your desired tone or levels. I was initially pleased with my choice to pursue the area of sound engineering but now, a few months into the program, I am without-a-doubt convinced that I made the right decision. This is what I want to do with my life and I couldn’t be happier.”
Become an insider.
“The studio was recently hired out to put a house band together for the Dana Carvey, Dennis Miller and Kevin Nealon comedy tour. It just so happened they needed help recording the show, as well as set-up and tear down- and they asked me to assist them that night! I even got to meet and chat with the comedians, that is something I will never forget!”
Real projects, real deadlines.
“Last week during the shooting of the music video for Lauren Ashley I learned so much! Not only do I now know what it feels like to work two twelve hour shooting days I know how time management and crew participation can make or break a project.”
The fast track to a career in the music business.
“I can’t wait for my next studio session. It has been a great learning experience and a whole lot of fun so far. I am excited to learn more from my mentor and really enjoy every moment I get to spend in the studio, I think it is very interesting to learn how to build a recording studio from the ground up, what should be used, the best techniques to achieve the perfect sound, and all the work that goes into creating a great song. I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with my mentor and to be a part of something I really enjoy!”
You cannot get this experience in a crowded classroom.
“On Thursday, we had a few influential radio programmers at the studio to hear some new music from an upcoming album in the control room. It was quite an experience as he ran the control board to make it happen. My mentor played two fully mixed (un-mastered) singles which are what they (RCA) are planning to release to radio first, then several un-mixed versions of other tracks. He went through the process of creating the new songs and explained that it was a truly organic experience for him because he knew the music cycle was changing and things needed to be different.”
Work with real artists as you learn the ropes.
“Yesterday we had a guitarist come in He was great to work with he did guitar and vocals. This was a little more my realm in the music stuff, it was like punk with metal guitar. We ran his guitar direct through the preamp to ProTools with his digital effects pedal. I engineered the first song it was good. Got it done pretty quickly set up the U87 for him to sing consolidated everything and bounced it. It was really good learned some new stuff in the mixing and recording world like consolidation.”
Gain in-depth knowledge of the industry.
“Things are going well with some delays here and there. I’m in my 13th week of classes. Signal Processing, EQ, Compressors and Limiters! It was a lot of fun working with the EQ last week. Finding the boxy sounds and cutting out the bad sounds and boosting the tap and boom of the drums. Now I’m on to the compressors and limiters sections. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for me next!”
Gain insider knowledge of the industry.
“The majority of the lesson consisted of how to get a great sounding room and different design techniques to do so. My mentor explained the importance of acoustic isolation and different sonic absorbers and how it played a significant role in getting the best performance. He also demonstrated how sound waves interact when they hit walls, diffusers and other wall treatments, which I found extremely helpful. The biggest thing that stuck with me was when my mentor us into the live room and showed us how walls and boundaries react and can give a completely different sound depending on the angle of the walls, the placement and the projected direction of the instrument, and if a togo is being used. My mentor also emphasized the importance on having an optimized listening environment, which is extremely important when in the mixing and mastering phases. The lesson was very exciting and taught me that there are a lot of variables that go into capturing the best possible performance.”
Your mentor will help you understand the curriculum.
“This week we worked on input and outputs, how they work, and the importance of them to get our equipment to work properly. I practiced running a microphone to the input panel, then to the patch bay, into the mixer, and finally into pro tools on the computer. In every step I learned there’s an input and an output and that is how we get our signal to flow to each step in the process. I also learned how to troubleshoot if there is a problem. I did my first troubleshooting when 1 of our mics wasn’t being heard on the mixer. I learned how to follow our signal and isolate a certain area where I know the problem is. I can’t wait for next week and to learn even more.”
“Learning how to set up mics and other equipment. I have a lot to learn! I also learned how to set up tracks on Pro Tools. I realize that there is a lot to take in, but I’m ready for the challenge. My mentor is not hesitant to give me a chance to work the board or set up equipment.”
Work directly with your mentor’s clients.
“After the lesson my mentor had a couple of clients come into the studio and we tracked some acoustic guitar. This was awesome to see and we got to use the LA 3A compressors through the Grace pre’s for an awesome sound!”
There’s no better place to learn audio than at a real recording studio.
“For my fourth week in the course, I had the opportunity to learn about the different types of microphones and also the patterns that they have within them. First off, I had no idea there was so many different types of cardioid mics. That was so interesting to me. I also never in my life ever heard of carbon mics nor crystal mics. My mentor and I have a really good talk about what exactly a transducer is. Such as a human ear, microphone, speaker, etc.”
Our mentors are awesome.
“Track Star Studios is currently writing music for the acclaimed MTV reality show Catfish but when you turn on MTV, VH1, CW network, CNN, NBC, TMZ, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, History, Ellen DeGeneres, Tyra Banks, Lopez Tonight, Extra and numerous others, chances are you may hear some of Track Star Entertainment’s’ music. As a prolific composer Josquin des Pres and his team have consistently maintained the respect of their peers throughout the music industry. Track Star Entertainment’s business success spans over 2 decades providing music for some of the World’s biggest TV networks and Music Libraries.”