Work with a professional mentor when you enroll in the Recording Connection.
“This week my mentor and I went over the third Lesson assigned to me by the Recording Connection: Introduction to Digital Audio Basics. The day started right away with my mentor, where we went over the Lesson reading, as well as quiz, in detail. I really learned a lot from this lesson, especially about sample rates and bit depths, which was our main topic of discussion while I was in the studio that day. Moreover, I also go to move on and learn more about the differences between Analog and Digital Signals. My mentor taught me a simple and very helpful way to distinguish between the two. Later that day I moved on to train hands-on, as I was part of a recording session my mentor had later that day, which is always a treat. I’ve actually been assisting on sessions quite often now, as the weeks continue to progress in the program.”
Work with the music industry professionals.
"Spent several hours this week in the studio training on Lesson 4. It was very interesting this week, and at first, seemed a bit complicated. However, my mentor gave me an in-depth detail review of the Lesson reading assigned to me by the Recording Connection, talking a lot about the Patch ay and Signal Flow. I now understand that signal processing is accomplished through the use of a Patch Bay, as well as that the Patch Bay can actually be configured in 4 ways: Open, Half-Normaled, Normal, and Parallel. At my mentors’ studio he uses Half-Normal, which may seem complicated, however, it is basically self explanatory. The Signal must go somewhere, so in order for it to do so, you must correctly place the proper wire according to the set up and according to the Patch Bay that is set up. After the Lesson my mentor invited me to stay for a session, which was a Live Band Recording session, in which a Drummer was laying down the track where they were Comping the mix. It was a very awesome experience and I am very grateful to be able to sit and have the opportunity to be around these amazing people."
Work full-time in a real recording studio.
“The first day this week I sat down with my mentor in his studio and reviewed the 10 questions in the Quiz for lesson 2 assigned to me by the Recording Connection. After my quiz he moved on to explain to me how to actually construct an acoustically designed room, as well as what materials are used to build them as well as why they are used. He also explained to me Monitor Placement and what kind of products are used in order to keep the control and the tracking rooms quiet. Two days later I had the privilege of joining my mentor in a 6-hour recording session as he mixed up some lead vocals for a kind of country style song. I also got the chance to record him as he added some Honky Tonk piano to the song. It was a great experience.”
Learn the recording industry by working hands-on in a professional setting.
“I spent all day learning about Signal Flow and Patch Bays from my mentor. After seeing how a recording session works for the first time, I realized there was a lot more that goes into recording than just putting up a microphone and getting sound to a speaker. The Signal Flow and Patch Bay lesson helped me get a good understanding of what is truly happening to a signal when it is recorded. These terms and concepts were somewhat hard to grasp at first, but the more I saw and asked the more I understood. My mentor and the other engineers were very helpful as usual with explaining everything that goes into Signal Flow and the idea behind the Patch Bay. The session comprised of a Pro Tools lesson, where I learned how to set up a basic recording session and how the board and Patch Bay coincide with Pro Tools. This was a very interesting lesson and really gave me a much better understanding of the studio and recording.”
Work side-by-side the professionals.
“I have now learned about Patch Bays and Signal Flows with my mentor. I remember it was a quick lesson discussed because they had a lot going on in the studio. Reason is, I spent several hours on Lesson 5 with my mentor, which was the Introduction to the Console lesson! The studio I was placed in by the Recording Connection has an 8-track digital console. It looks very complex when you first look at it, but it is not very complex at all! My mentor and I went through the lesson while being shown examples on the board in the studio. I needed a lot of help on the homework, but my mentor and I went through everything and guess what, I had everything down right by the time I was ready to turn it into my mentor. The next day I went into the studio to continue my Lesson 5 training. Here I learned more about the Console and setting everything up. After my lesson review I jumped right into the daily activities of the studio, as it was pretty busy. We were not able to be shown examples on the Console because it was being used. I kind of feel like this is a lot to take in at first. However, I know it will all come together and make sense.”
Really understand the ins and outs of the Recording field.
"This week I had a quiz during my Lesson 14, which covered Equalizers, Compressors, and other Dynamic effects. The quiz was pretty easy and was mostly review of things I have already learned with my mentor in our previous Lesson. So this was to really make sure I have understood what I have been work on in the Recording Connection program. Lesson 15 moved on to cover Studio Design and Monitor Systems. My mentor and I discussed the ideal materials in building studios and he showed me the materials and techniques that he used in building his studio. For my hands-on externship time this week I mixed an old song that he recorded at his studio and applied hardware compression, noise gates, and reverb through the analog console, along with applying plug-ins within Pro Tools. I have definitely come a long way since I started the Recording Connection program. My knowledge of the recording process, certain techniques, and how to use the equipment properly has definitely grown. I knew a lot of the basic principles of recording coming into this program, as I have had a home studio for close to a year now. However, this course has taught me a lot, and continues to teach me as time goes on. I have really enjoyed these past 15 weeks, I can't wait to finish up the last 5, and eventually become a professional audio engineer myself."
Business network with the music industry professionals.
“This was my first lesson in the Recording Connection program with my mentor. The lesson 1 information was all review for me, but nonetheless, a great review. Square law and the way our ears hear specific sounds, most importantly how acoustics play such a huge role in designing Recording studios. An important area I learned more about in this Lesson was simply how many people and how much time and money have to come together to actually produce a good quality, great sounding, studio album. The following day I spent the entire working day in the studio with my mentor. I am really making progress, meeting new people, and learning new techniques. It seems as if everything is slowly falling into place because of my persistence and hard work. I am very excited to return to the studio for lesson 2 with my mentor, eager to continue learning more and more in the Recording Connection.”
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“My externship day this week with my mentor involved more hands-on training in mastering. A lot of my mentors’ workload is mastering these days, which is great training. He does write music whenever he gets some free time to do so; However, mastering really pays the bills and is relatively easy, by his standards. We’ve been discussing what I should do when the Recording Connection program concludes, and I become a certified audio engineer. From there our conversation naturally led to externing. He had some great stories about interns in Los Angeles, California, and what studio managers look for when taking on interns and externs. I’ve compiled a good two pages of notes on what to expect should I extern in the future. Next was our Lesson review, which is part of the Recording Connection course program, and I also turned in two beats my mentor had me make. The first one was a beat actually built off of a piano sample that I turned into a loop. The other was made with my bass, guitar, and midi keyboard. There was only one other extern that showed up today at my mentors’ studio. So, I got to work as a team, as well as had a great discussion in my one-on-one time with my mentor. I am getting more and more comfortable with Pro Tools as the weeks go by with my mentor assigned to me by the Recording Connection.”
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Learn by doing.
“This was my official second week in the studio with my mentor. I am beginning to feel much more comfortable with him and the learning environment. This week we talked mostly about the basic fundamentals of digital audio. The reading this week at first was a bit deceiving to me because it wasn’t nearly as long as the previous lesson. It wasn’t until I sat down and tried to tackle it that I understood why. This week was much more dense in information than the previous week with my mentor. I bet I read every sentence in the section at least twice just to get a good grasp of the information. We talked a great deal about the differences between analog and digital audio. The terms Sample Rate and Bit Rate are becoming much more common to my vocabulary. I finally feel like I understand how the process works. This was big for me because I had been trying to understand this topic prior to being enrolled in the Recording Connection and now I feel like I finally understand with clarity. This is a milestone for me for sure. We talked briefly about analog tape machines and how the switch to digital audio workstations has greatly impacted the industry. He actually pulled out an old reel of analog tape and showed it to me. I hadn’t ever seen one of these before. We discussed how analog recording worked and how the basis of digital is the same general concept but with so much more possibilities and capacity for creativity! Once again this week, he invited me to stick around after the session for a client coming in. This guy was a solo artist who wrote his own music which was largely electronic based. It was a very interesting style and I hadn’t heard anything that he really sounded like it before. It was abstract almost. My mentor worked a lot with pulling in parts that the client had brought in from other musicians that had recorded their parts to his songs in different locations. Later on, we recorded some vocal tracks with him and I helped my mentor get the mic and headphone mixer set up for the client. This was actually the first time I had actually been in the live room. All in all, it was a very successful and beneficial day in the studio.”
Receive the professional training needed to succeed in the music industry.
“So this week my mentor and I continued talking about Consoles. I actually started this week’s discussion by talking with my mentor about a recording job I had done over the weekend. We discussed the mic positioning and general setup that I used. It was good to get a professional opinion on what I do for fun, and the cash doesn’t hurt either. After that we dove into the quiz review on the Quiz I had taken before I got to the studio that day. We talked about amplifiers at great length, and I mean GREAT. He started by explaining to me the way Greek amphitheatres were basically acoustic amplifiers. The way they designed their stages and theatres in such a way that a single person could be heard by thousands without the use of electronics was amazing to me. He broke down the whole process to me, down to the pots full of ash to compensate for delays, genius! Then we went on to discuss current P.A. systems and how they work today. Very, very interesting. We covered high frequency distortion, which may not always be audible, but could cause discomfort in the listener. We also went over tubes and how exactly they work, and how they are similar and different from transistors. I have been playing tube amps for years now and I never knew quite how they worked until today. I had an idea, but now I got the nitty gritty specifics. I also found out how and why they wear out.”
Meet industry professionals as you learn on the job.
"I got hired during my third month at the Recording Connection to do live sound. Warren Huart of Swing House is my mentor. Last month, I got to work on Aerosmith's new album with him. Along the way I've met Johnny Depp, Steve-0, Marilyn Manson, Jack Douglas, Tony Hawk and more while I've been working at the studio. I'm now working at Swing House as a drum tech."
Get all your questions answered when you join the Recording Connection.
“I’m doing very good in the Recording Connection, as well as with my mentor in his studio. I now have the chance to tour the city of North Carolina with my band, so I am also getting familiar with the area since I just moved here to Charlotte. My Lesson this week also went very well with my mentor. He and I really do talk a lot about digital and analog Consoles. I wasn’t too sure on what the term ‘insert point’ really meant but my mentor made sure to explain it to me in detail and I am really starting to understand it a lot better than before I joined the Recording Connection program. After this Lesson review my mentor had a hands-on project that he needed to do and he wanted me to mix the drums in Nuendo. So I did that and finished it for him with ease. And since we actually still had time before his next extern came in he let me record him on bass! Things are flowing very well since I first began the program and was assigned my mentor. We also have started spending time going through each mic pattern and I am starting to understand it a lot better now. I am looking forward to our next lesson this week with my mentor.”
Run recording sessions ALL on your own and become a professional audio engineer.
“Today was by far the best externship day ever with my mentor. Today there were only a few externs in the studio, and it was a drum day!!! I took the reins. One of my mentors’ good friends, a drummer named who is a super metal dude, came to track drums over two of my mentors’ songs. The first one went on without a hitch, however the second song was highly technical and strange in timing. Without me there I feel that they may not have even gotten it traced because my communication with the drummer was solely drum influenced. The drummer and I talked about the timing and changes and how to play it and eventually got something decent that he can listen to and learn more fluently. I feel very proud that I had run the show ALL day and later on I was able to relax for the first time in several days and not work for someone else. I decided to hang out with my mentor, as well as his new clients who is a new Model/Rapper. The client laid down some hot beat and I jammed out to it for an hour on the kit, than she tracked some raps to it. This was the first time I was LEFT ALONE in the studio and I really felt very good about being in charge of millions of dollars of equipment so I tracked drums to the rap, still need to edit them.”
Get to know your mentor on both professional and personal level.
“Today I went in to see my mentor at for my third week in the studio. My mentor and I spent a lot of time going over my previous lessons we covered. I really feel as I progress I’m learning more about things I never used to know before joining the program. The basic principles of this lesson was microphones, both design and response, including Dynamic and Condenser. This was really all great review and I say again its some things that I didn’t know as well. I am becoming a sponge and my learning capacity has increased dramatically. A few days later the weekend hit, and I went in all Saturday and Sunday. My mentor had scheduled for me to help out during a gig in Denver! At around 11:30 am I met with mentor and we went to an equipment distributor to pick up a light system. Shortly after we arrived at the gig, and began setting up the Power and Amplifier and Lights Systems. There was about a good 3-4 hour time period where we were doing almost nothing but troubleshooting, but our hard work paid off. Overall the gig went great and again was a great learning experience for me. I also feel a lot more connected with my mentor on a personal and a professional level. P.S. There’s also more talk of me doing a couple more gigs soon, everyone I can get is beneficial!”
Learn from the professionals in your industry.
“During today’s session with my mentor we started out by first going over the last part of assignment 1, which had been assigned to me before I arrived that day. My mentor proceeded to explain to me in detail how waveforms transduce from the acoustic sound to the microphone, or capturing device, to electrical voltage into analog form reproduced on the computer as a visual waveform and then spit out of the amplifier as sound. He then explained how the Amplifier is able to make precision movements, which mimic the patterns of the waveforms in order to reproduce the authentic sound of the instrument being played. My mentor also showed me on the keyboard how different instruments and synthesizers sounds create different patterns of waveforms. I had a great time in class. My mentor is a master at his craft, able to comfortably switch from one music style to the next without much hesitation. He is very knowledgeable and passionate about music, making it fun to learn the concepts, as he is able to explain things in a manner that is easy for me to comprehend. I look forward to my next session and eagerly wait to start making my own beats on the keyboard.”
Learn how to run a recording session from start to finish.
“I spent 4 hours straight this morning in the studio with my mentor. First we went over the Lesson assigned to me by the Recording Connection program, as well as go over the Quiz assignments that had been assigned to me. My mentor really helps me in applying what I am learning through our hands-on experience, using my mentors’ professional equipment, including the board and in the computer. Next my mentor and I had a voice over session, adding another track to an existing session. I set up the session in the “B” control room but we are planning to set up the client up in the ISO booth 1. There is a wonderful engineer in the studio who will be the lead engineer for tomorrows recording session. I will be there to assist him with everything he needs as his right hand extern. It really does feel good to be back in a recording studio, refreshed, and even more comfortable and confident in what I am learning now that I have my own mentor to work with! The following morning my mentor had me set up the session from yesterday and replicate the process to see if I could do it on my own with no assistance from him. I did good, figured out how to work the board, and send head phones through the mix. I have a small voice over session coming up soon, as my mentor will be doing a voice over for a video project. I will be lead engineer and we will track a whole new session. I learn how to create my own mix using a simple reverb “truverb” and 7band equalizer. Finish it up, put it on CD and also e-mailed it to him mp3!”
Learn how to become a successful producer and engineer.
“What can’t I say about 5.1 Surround Sound Systems and what they incorporate?? They are truly unique, often customized, and usually derived of 5 speakers, technically six when we count the Woofer. As engineers and producers we need to always order a test press before making a bulk order and/or copies to be printed. That way we can make sure our final master will come out a success, and hopefully blow away any competition on the billboard charts. Once one has bulk orders of great music, other great artists have no choice but to listen and collaborate. 5.1 Sound is actually a Six Channel Surround sound multi- channel audio system. Most common source of surround sound as a matter of fact. The use is found everywhere, including commercial settings, as well as home settings. The main foal of which is proper localization and equability to all acoustic signals. A lot of people don’t know that our average 80 minute CD has 2 MILLION pits. Another fact that all engineers and producer’s need to know, which I have now learned from my mentor in the Recording Connection, is that the Common Sample Rate is 44.1 KHZ. When we produce multiple CD’s it is done of one or two ways: Replication or Duplication. It’s amazing how many places CD’s can be mastered now. When an engineer decides to route multiple vocal tracks to a single reverb unit he or she must, and actually should, do so using and AUX track. A few days later I actually ended up going back into the studio to see my mentor again. I’ve actually played the piano since I was knee high, as well as years back I picked up the trumpet. Well now I just picked up the GUITAR!!! I just started not even a week ago, and I can play over 10 different chords! I am really enjoying every minute of life while going through my externship with my mentor. I am so thankful for the privilege my student services representatives, as well as the Recording Connection, have given me. I am absorbing and soaking up as much knowledge as I possibly can.”
Find out how to build your own studio from the ground up.
“This was an extremely interesting Lesson with my mentor in his studio this week. I got to learn how to create a studio in order to get the best sound possible. My mentor and I talked in depth about the primary factors governing control room acoustics so I now have a better understanding of how to sound proof a room. I was able to play around with the sound board, as well as some more hands-on mixing of a rap song to my liking. I had a great time doing this in the studio, and I feel like I am a real DJ making my music. I’m enjoying the Recording Connection more and more and really cannot believe I have come this far in the program. This was really a great and very informative Lesson.”
Learn how to record live shows with the guidance of your mentor.
“The show last weekend with my mentor went very well. It was a really diverse show. There were different techniques that were used to record the different types of bands, which I found very interesting and beneficial to learn. My mentor and I are really getting along great. We have similar tastes in music and sounds. He is also very good at helping me visualize terms and ideas that I do not fully understand when I first do the reading assignment before I arrive at his studio. Overall, he’s really easy to work with and I’m very comfortable in his studio the Recording Connection assigned me to.”