Real world experience will help you find a job.
"I have recently been hired to another studio called Soundclash studios."
Find a job after graduation.
"I was hired by Platinum Nations recording studios in Allentown PA!"
Your mentor will personally guide you through the curriculum.
“Today was a great learning experience for me and a real challenge especially towards the end when my mentor asked me to write out the signal flow and I was stumped. My goal this week is to get the signal flow down so next time I’m prepared.”
Learn by doing.
"The program is going well for me, and I am always learning something new. This lesson I was given the opportunity to set up the channel path and monitor path of the signal flow, and I really liked being able to do it myself and seeing it for myself instead of solely knowing it in theory. I look forward to more opportunities like these and working with more types of equipment."
Get your foot in the door.
"I have already begun recording my first client- my mentor introduced me to them and once I recorded the first session, he was so impressed that I am now his producer for his upcoming album (release is set for this winter). I have also applied for an internship position at MilkBoy, a recording studio in Philadelphia. "
Observe real recording sessions with professional musicians.
“My first lesson went great. When I came in my mentor was recording a musician playing the cello. I watched as he moved the mics around and tweaked knobs to get the best sound possible for the musician. We discussed how different engineering has changed over the years and what it was like when he first started engineering. Having to use tape rather than digital like today to record, and having to get the perfect take. I have a much greater respect for engineers now especially those who’ve been doing it before the advances in technology. We also talked about wave forms and the difference between attack, decay, sustain, release. I look forward to my 2nd lesson at SWAN 7, and learning as much as possible from my mentor.”
Apply what you learn at the studio to your own projects.
“The feeling I have thus far into the program is excitement for what’s next to come. I’m excited to work on Pro tools and start recording some beats.”
Learn from a professional music producer, not a professional teacher.
“My mentor rick is teaching me a lot and not just from the book but from his experiences which makes me feel more comfortable that I am learning from a true professional.”
Gain a deeper understanding of the music you listen to.
"Wow I have learned so much – my mentor has been a great help, I’ve been working on getting my own music made and we again discussed my choice in music. I explained how I wanted to be an engineer then own a label, and how I plan to make a band as well as how I want to own a venue. He gave me guidance and told me that if I needed help with anything for me to call him."
Apply the course curriculum at the studio.
“Just came back from my second lesson and I gotta say, I learned a lot. I went in depth on how important it is to have a well balanced studio in order to have accurate sounding mixes and recordings. From where the speakers are placed, to diffusers and bass traps. It’s not just who has the biggest and baddest sounding system, it’s more of how your music environment is set up and having a flat room. I now know the important factors I need to start building my own home studio. I can’t wait for my next lesson!”
Continue to delve into hands-on work with the professionals in the recording industry.
“I am very happy with the way this course is going, and I’m just as excited every single time I get asked to come back. I am looking forward to continue building my knowledge of this industry with my mentor.”
Learn as you observe and participate in real recording sessions with famous musicians.
“I was in for a special treat at my last lesson: I was able to sit in on a recording session with the producer present while they were adding piano and organ to some of the tracks, with one guitar track as well. They were using a Yamaha S 80 key board and a Hammond C3 organ with the Leslie. To say the least, the Hammond sounded so sick and the guys were playing some really cool Reggae skank beats layered in on the tracks. Then they plugged in a Marshall into the expression tower of the Hammond and played it through the Leslie it sounded so good like a guitar organ distortion. They then added some MIDI Clive tracks that sounded super funky, and also used an arpeggiated synth on a track. It was really cool to see how he manipulated the time signature to match the triplets to the BPMs. It was definitely an honor to watch a professional musicians and their producer at work.”
Learn from a professional.
“I have a lot of confidence in my mentor’s expertise and ability to coach and support me on my path to music. I really like his experience as a musician before becoming a music producer. I’m excited to actually have something that I’m passionate about to work for as a goal.”
Receive personalized instruction from your mentor.
“Yesterday, I met with my mentor at the studio. We went over the lesson and I asked him to explain the purpose and use of some of the equipment in the control room again because it all seemed vague to me. He helped me get a much better understanding of the mic preamp, compressor, EQ, etc…Then he gave me a quiz on microphone identification. Overall, I think I did very well. Afterwards, we did a little hands-on signal routing with the patch bay, compressor, and Pro Tools. It was a fun, learning experience and, as usual, I am looking forward to my next class/session.”
No matter your experience level, there is always more to learn.
“My first lesson at the studio was no less than amazing. Basically we just went over the material that was all fairly common knowledge to me due to my back ground in home recording and broadcasting from collage. But the stuff my mentor showed me about EQ was very helpful. I watched my mentor run a session to see how it’s done, and afterwards he also explained all of the stuff in the rack system that he was running to me and how it works. Overall I love this so far and can’t wait for the next week”
You can’t learn this in a school classroom.
“I left the studio feeling inspired, educated and excited about what I will learn next!”
Learn from a seasoned professional.
"Last lesson, my mentor and I talked about other kinds of digital effects like digital reverb, and how you can create different halls, chambers, plates, and acoustic kinds of reverb, all within the computer. Doing this program has made me realize it's pretty amazing how we have changed so much because of the digital era we live in!"
Receive personalized instruction from an industry veteran.
“My mentor was very helpful and patient with me on my first lesson, we took a tour of the studio and he showed me where the plugins for mics and headphones were throughout the studio and was very detailed on how the studio was designed. He then showed me how to hook up the mic and how to bring it up on ProTools. It will take some time for me to learn how to work the equipment but I am ready to learn and very excited for what is to come!”
Get your feet wet at a real recording studio.
“Last week was pretty awesome. I was a little worried before going into class because I didn’t feel ready for it. Once the lesson started, though, it felt great. Learning all about Pro Tools and all the key commands was a lot of fun. We actually recorded some music and edited it a little”
Learn the fundamentals as you extern.
“I have mad respect for engineers because now I truly understand the process/buildup of a beat from the ground up.”