Develop your career within the music industry.
“Today we began our Thirteenth Lesson in the Recording Connection, which was more of a review session concerning previous chapters, which was great to get a moment to go back to review all that I have learned, as well as ask any questions that could be lingering. My mentor re-introduced me to the sound flow of the send from a mic, eventually coming out of the speakers into the control room. I had been familiar with this idea prior to the Recording Connection due to my having experienced it working and, and failing, first hand. In studio B the voice sends back wasn’t working correctly. However, this did not stop me from recording. I saw how the send travels through the Patch Bay to the Monitors and in order to fix it the Console would need to be dissected. At this point I have been working with my own equipment, Pro Tools 10, for some time now in the program. This is no problem because I have the opportunity to use much bigger versions of these in the studio than contain multiple inputs and outputs. Although they are present in both studio A and B at his mentors’ studio, I along with my mentor know that you can get the same, if not more, precise effects using the computer only. I got in the booth shortly after completing the quiz assigned to me today, where I recorded and edited a track at which point the session ended. Also, I have great news. I just got a job mixing for a friend of my mentors’. I hooked up his Pro Tools so applying it to friend. Also, I got to record for a little bit, and apparently, it sounds very good. This lesson was mainly dealing with synchronization or the perfect alignment of possible sounds and videos in a production. Sound and video once being separated are now being combined in perfect sync to complete any type of project. My mentor made sure I had no trouble in understanding that these separate important factors are now being combined more than ever, making it almost impossible to find one by itself.”
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“I spent the entire night at the studio with my mentor last night, where we went over the lesson and had an extensive introduction to a DAW, which is the Digital Audio Workstation. We also began to go over some of the questions I had in detail, which was very helpful as well to review. After the lesson I was invited to stay for the recording session that was about to begin. Both the producer, as well as the client, a rap artist, was in the studio for the recording. They both were very kind, down to earth people. During this recording session I was taught how to understand the standard protocol of the studio and how I can help to ensure things run smoothly. I went back in the studio a few days later and here was an actual music video being filmed for the rapper G-Fella. He was a cast member of the Television. Show, The Sopranos. I was a very interesting process, and throughout I did. Everything in my power to both please the clients and keep everything running smoothly.”
Learn all about the professional recording equipment used in recording studios.
“This was my very first week with my mentor, where I went over Quiz #1 that had been assigned to me. We then discussed his equipment and a little about the signal flow of his set up. We then spent a lot of time talking about different aspects of the recording industry, listening to some different recordings and listened to in and out of phase tracks. All in all was a great initial first lesson with my mentor and I am excited to continue with my mentor at his recording studio! I have never worked with any of this equipment before but my mentor is very good about explaining what each piece of equipment does and what the flow is through them. The Recording Connection program at first, when I saw the Website, I thought “Wow this is awesome”. However, I was also was skeptical that it was legit in what it offered. But after researching the website and talking to the people who were actively enrolled, I thought “Well maybe this is worth trying.” So I signed up and met my mentor at the studio. At that point on I realized this is definitely going to be fun! We talk about all the things it takes to make an album, how things work in a recording studio, the equipment, and it is just really great! This experience is great and I look forward to learning all I can with my mentor!”
Work hands-on by applying your book course to real live professional recording studios.
"This week I went into the studio and went over the mixing boards with all the input and output controls. Here we went into detail about both EQ, as well as impedance. My mentor went into the studio and we discussed music, as well as how analog is an older type of mixing compared to digital, including the characteristics of them both. It was really exciting to go into the studio because I’ve been reading so much about it. It was cool to be in the studio because I am now getting more hands-on experience and saw how everything worked. We are working on mic placement and getting to know the instruments and where to place the mics for each instrument. I am feeling good about it all, and I will be headed back in the studio later on this week. This weeks’ session I went into the studio and was able to hang out with some people for a while and start learning a lot more about the board and Pro Tools. Giving me the basics of the board and all the controls really help me out with the book, puts a better over view and understanding to everything."
Work with professionals in the music industry
“During lesson 2 this week with my mentor, I learned the basics of digital audio. Moreover, we discussed various sampling rates and the most important, that 44.1 kHz is the standard sampling rate for most compact disc. While continuing with our session my mentor and I went over two of the most basic characteristics of sound: Frequency and Amplitude. We also went over the digital recording and rerecording process. Last but not least, we went over several different digital transmission standards and the protocols being used today in the audio industry such as, AES/EBU, S/PDIF, and SCMS. Also I would like to note that after my one-on-one training with my mentor I was asked to come back and sit in on a mixing session. It was amazing and I felt so privileged to be there just looking and listening to the entire professional recording process.”
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"This week I started off by observing how my mentor mixes a song for his band. Every time I sit down and watch him mix and edit, I learn something new. At this point I understand most of what my mentor is doing, which is a great feeling. I have taken the extreme challenge of music editing head on. I find it very difficult to edit with precision. However, I have been paying very close attention to how my mentor edits, using the different edit modes. For example, when my mentor edits using Grid, as opposed to Slip, I now understand that Grid allows me to move a Region as it snaps to the grid. Slip tends to slide too far to the left or right of where it needs to be placed. For this project we are working on now, my mentor was dragging and dropping multiple grouped regions in and around the timeline. I had never thought of having to make an edit move like that. It certainly opens me up to bigger possibilities when editing in concerned now that I have begun training with my mentor. When my mentor finishes a mix, he usually records a separate pass in the session of the mixed song, its instrumental version and a vocal only version. I asked how I could record a mix down similar to what he did. My mentor suggested I solo the tracks I desire then bounce them to disk. Once I do that, I can re-import them into the session as an Audio file. I put this into practice when editing my final commercial and created my own signature layered sound effects. We arranged for me to drop by the studio and review the changes I made to the Doritos commercial with have been working on. I was thrilled to know that my mentor liked the changes I made. A few days later my mentor and I screened my latest version of a commercial I’ve been working on. After making all the little necessary adjustments he requested from our last meeting, he gave very high praise for my work. We edited the music together since I’ve been struggling with that process. Most importantly he pointed out that I should choose the sections of the music I like most, then paste them together. He was using the Command E keys to create edit points for the parts we liked. This was a total revelation since I was not editing in this fashion. My method was quite sloppy compared to what he showed me. A very important tool used to stretch out a few seconds of music was Time Compression Expansion. I was a bit familiar with it from watching the tutorial DVD that came with my MBox the Recording Connection provided me with. Putting that technique into practice made a lot of sense and could see that being very helpful in my editing future."
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“My life has been very busy since the last time I touched bases with the Recording Connection program. Things are going awesome at the studio the Recording Connection assigned me to! My mentor is an amazing teacher, with a tremendous wealth of knowledge; it really works well for me. For example, when I did not understand compression ratios he told me to graph them out. Now I get it, haha! All in all, things are awesome!”
Learn by doing.
“Now we are starting to get into the thick of things at the studio. Learning about Patch Bays is like learning how to fly a spaceship and it is a bit intimidating knowing that I need to learn everything! There are so many things that need connecting in the studio and the Patch Bay is the heart of getting it all pieced together. We also were recording a musician that day so I got to help set up mics and then see what mic is patched through which pre-amp. I had a blast learning this stuff and it seems to all be making more and more sense to me. After having put some time on the Patch Bay, it was time for the first lesson of the Console. The Console is the brains of the whole operation and the things you can do on there are limitless. Once again it is rather intimidating sitting in front of the Console but when we broke it down into sections it became clear to me what does what and where it goes. Learning the difference between Analog and Digital and Balanced and Unbalanced and how “grouping” or “buses” work it’s amazing to me that I’m learning all this in the first five weeks. I’m also getting along with everyone in the studio and am helping out a lot more!”
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“I am now officially accepted into the Recording Connection and was able to go in for my first session with my mentor, which went great. We went over the Lesson assigned to me by the program in about an hour, where we discussed what the Lesson consisted of, ensuring I understood it. The first half hour was kind of building a relationship, which was excellent to get to build that foundation. Then from there, we jumped right into it. We went over transducers, the differences between phase and polarity, as well as the correct mechanics of the two. We went over from the first strum of the guitar to how and why sound travels from point A to point B. From sound pressure to electrical signals to analog to digital.”
Learn by doing.
“My fourth week with my mentor was directly focused on the Patch Bay. I felt this lesson was a little confusing to me as I read the lesson prior to reviewing it with my mentor. My mentor definitely cleared up my questions and made me feel more comfortable using a Patch Bay. I still feel like most of my learning will come when I get my hands-on work the Patch Bay and use it in the recording sessions as the Recording Connection continues. Later that day, my mentor had me solder together and XLR cable. Once completed he then showed me the connection to the Patch Bay and solder this together. This was the more difficult solder. I went ahead and soldered it together along with another to make a normaled connection. Guess what. My mentor said that it was the fastest he had seen anyone do it for their first time!”
Truly understand the Digital world of Recording.
“Lesson two in the Recording Connection made me now fully understand the way Digital world is built. Between sample rates and bit depth, there are tons of information traveling. There are numerous types of digital file formats, such as mp3, wav, wma, AAC, and AIFF. Wav is the best digital format if u want to export a file to have the same original recording with no Compression. CD quality sample rate is about 44.1 khz. The Nyquist Theorem system is the base rule for the Sampling process. My mentor said he feels that I have a nice head start in Recording so before we finished my training for the day I actually got to plug up a microphone through a pre amp, in the rack patch, to the Pay Bay to connect in the board. This was awesome! I never used a Patch Pay before but I joined the Recording Connection. However, after my training at the recording studio with my mentor I realized how many cool things I can setup once trained correctly/”
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"Today was my first day in the Studio. For the first lesson with my mentor we began with Sound and Hearing. Today was really my first real introduction into my mentors’ studio, and I walked around the studio to get a feel for my new Learning/Work environment. The main topic my mentor and I covered was Decibel's and the threshold of hearing. I learned that an average conversation is about 60-70db. I also learned the human ear is a nonlinear device, I was also told Vibration makes sound. Some equipment I saw today was the 32 Channel mixer, I was briefly introduced to this piece of equipment for now. In the meantime I’m just going over the information I learned before I move on to the next subject. Really excited about my next session. I have to say, my first Lesson with my mentor was very exciting. I feel comfortable in the environment and for the first time in my almost 26 years of living, I feel this is the right profession I’m am embarking on, and thank you student services for the Recording Connection for all of your advice."
Work hand-in-hand with your mentors’ recording artists.
“Today I was at the studio all evening, from 5:30pm to 10 PM at night. This was at my mentors’ studio for my official Lesson 2 one-on-one time review, as well as my first recording session with a female recording artist. I arrived at the studio a little before 5:30 PM and was informed that I would be greeting the artist when she arrived. When she did arrive, a friend of a cousin who was recording for promoting the studio, arrived I greeted her, as well as her connections, in the hallway, showing them into the recording room. Then my mentor and I cleaned up the recording booth and set up mics for her acoustic guitar without a pickup. Set up two mics for stereo about the length of the guitar apart. We then checked sound and then went over to the client’s studio where I went over my one-on-one lesson with my mentor. Then it was back to the recording session where they were finished with recording the guitar, and we set up for recording the clients’ vocals. We recorded her with a Neumann U87, including a shield in front of it. Adding some reverb to her voice. My mentor let me know to be careful when using Pro Tools because you can quickly make a mess of things. After recording we mixed down the 3 songs quickly, as it didn't take much to make it sound good. Once we had the clients’ approval of the sound, my mentor then mastered the tracks. My mentor informed me of how you need to keep in mind the Fletcher Munson Curve when crushing tracks for mastering, and make sure the gains for each frequency were correct. Then set up the songs for CD gaps and burned to a CD. The whole time keeping conversation with my mentor, the clients, as well as the producers. I presented the client with business cards to promote the studio and thanked her for her time. Then my mentor and I wrapped everything up for the night, locked up the studio, and left around 10 PM. Productive day.”
Learn to use Pro Tools while working in a live studio.
“I arrived at week 9 in the Recording Connection: Introduction to Pro Tools. We discussed about how Pro Tools came to be, how it’s differs from other recording programs, and what programs this equipment is compatible with. I got an overview of all the files, including audio, video, and fade, which are heavily involved with the program, what gets stored in them, as well as how to access them. My mentor next taught me about how to start a new file and save them, which are the fundamentals that I must understand as I continue to learn the Pro Tools equipment. I got to see a several more of the different plug-ins involved with Pro Tools and how to access them in a timely manner. A few days later, Sunday to be exact, my mentor invited me to come to a live show his band was having. Here I got to watch their sound technician and engineer, helping in any way they needed. I had a blast and learned a bunch too this week in the studio. “
Work with the professional to develop your skills in the recording and music industry.
“In my official week 2 with the Recording Connection my mentor and I went over how sound is transformed from vibrations in the air into digital audio wave files, also covering how digital audio is sampled, quantization, clipping, and a lot of basic formulas that illustrated how digital audio can be manipulated. Almost all time in the studio that week was my mentor lecturing and training these topics, as I drilled the concepts into my brain. We also went over a lot of basic electrical circuit diagrams to get me familiar with circuitry before we jump into microphones. The following week we started going over microphones and how they work mechanically. I really enjoyed this section, as this is something I was always curious about, and it turns out to be quite simple and easy to understand. My mentor and I went over dynamic moving coil, dynamic ribbon, condenser, electrets condenser, and even old carbon mics! We really got into the circuitry of them. We went over polar patterns, frequency responses, as well as the importance and applications of each of them. Then my mentor explained the different basic mic placement setups he has used in many different recording situations, and why he approached each situation as he did. I got to check out some of the mics they have at the studio like the Sure SM57 (dynamic), AKG C1000(condenser), AKG D112 (Large diaphragm dynamic), the Neumann, as well as the U87, which is the large diaphragm condenser. In week four of the Recording Connection program we went over signal flow. My mentor started this section by showing me the blueprints of the mixing board he uses there. We went through the entire thing, starting with a channel input and flowing through the entire thing like a signal, making sure I understood what happens at each part and why, like at inserts and buses. Then we got into the Patch Bay and external equipment, like the preamps they use at the studio, and headphone preamps but he also went over the possibilities of effect racks and Midi. My mentor then let me record him reading a phrase with each microphone to hear the differences. This was a lot of fun because it was the first time I was able to really use and experiment with quality microphones, but best of all got to hear the major differences in them through studio monitors. Awesome!”
Learn what there is to know about working in a live recording studio.
“My first session at the professional recording studio with mentor went incredibly well. I was informed of the basics of sound and hearing, as well as multiple job opportunities that are available in this field. I learned the basics of sound, such as sound pressure levels, compression, rarefaction, and wave propagation. Among these things, I learned many different waveform characteristics. Last, but certainly not least, I learned that this field is not only a career or trade, but it is a way of life and it is very time consuming, not to mention, the job opportunities are endless and the learning process is going to be an ongoing thing. During my second lesson with my mentor in the Recording Connection I learned the basics of digital audio. Moreover, we also discussed various sampling rates and the most important, that 44.1 kHz is the standard sampling rate for most compact disc. While continuing with our session my mentor and I went over two of the most basic characteristics of sound: Frequency and Amplitude. We also went over the digital recording and rerecording process. Last, but again not least, we went over several different digital transmission standards and the protocols being used today in the audio industry such as, AES/EBU, S/PDIF, and SCMS. Also I would like to note that after class I was asked to come back and sit in on a mixing session and it was amazing and I felt so privileged to be there just looking and listening to the process.”
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"This lesson was on Compressors/Limiters, Expander's, and Gates. So, my mentor took me through each one of his machines, showing me exactly what they did and how to use them. As we went over the questions I had, seeing as we had touched upon this subject earlier in the program, he put music through and had me basically test out each processor to get a feel for the changes they made to a signal. The compressors were a rather subtle effect, unless of course, crank up completely. However, a Pro Tools' compressor is a lot more distinct, as it is a lot harsher than a "normal" compressor. We talked about situations that would call for something like a Gate, such as a live performance in order to keep other band members out of the vocal mix when the singer isn't singing. My mentors’ Gate had remained unused for some time, as Pro Tools apparently does it better, and it might be also less of a hassle controlling it. Working with the "de-esser" was fascinating as well, although the technology seems to be a work in progress seeing as it really just cuts out the higher frequencies. My mentor and I have actually been talking a lot about the basic principles of electricity as it relates to the subjects we cover in the program, and let me tell you… This is a heck of an education. Next week my mentor showed me how various Mic combinations produce different sounds and the different methods of stereo recording. First we tried using two sets of two different mics on a grand piano. His assistant played while we listened in the control room and compared the different recordings to see just how they stand up against each other. Though it was hard to hear a difference at first, after a while the accentuated frequencies started to shine through. The following day I went into the studio and we tried a guitar amp, micing it with two different mics and putting it through a DI box, then blending it all to get the best sound. My mentor was recording some of his own work as well that day so I was able to get behind the Console and punch him in when he needed, so I today I got some lessons behind the desk. He showed me a good amount of Pro Tools work, as well as how to bring up new tracks and playlists. I also worked a bit with the Patch Bay today as well, connecting external preamps to the EQ and so forth. So things are going great, I'm learning a lot since I have enrolled in the Recording Connection."
Learn by doing.
“I have been going into the studio a lot since I last touched bases with the Recording Connection, also attending two recording sessions as well. Both times I made sure to show up an hour and a half early to have one-on-one time with my mentor beforehand so we could go over the Lesson assigned to me by the Recording Connection program. When my mentor and I go through the Lesson work he always explains everything to me. Next, after the lesson work, the bands show up, as well as the producers. So, it is very good to see my mentor work with a producer in the room with me so I can learn how they interact with each other. I actually have recording twice with this band since I have been working with my mentor. This is great because I get to know them, feeling the interaction with the clients as my mentor wants me to. I’ve been learning a lot how to set up individual stations for instruments, as well as how to separate them in the studio to achieve the best sound. I will be receiving my Pro Tools equipment shortly so my mentor and I have started to mess around on Pro tools for a bit, just learning more and more about it. So, I first setup a recording session that had a set appointment time of 10 in the morning. My mentor went in to the sound booth and I set the program up. I got to mess with the preamp and compressor to get the right sound. Next the artist showed up and we got started. It was different, because there was a CD to go with a book on meditation. I got to handle the controls and computer for the whole recording!”
Learn how to record music by working hands-on in a professional recording studio.
“Today was my first mix down lab with my mentor. I must say out of all of the Lessons so far in the Recording Connection program, this has been by far the best! I loved sitting down and working with the DAW with an actual song that had been previously recorded in the studio. We started out by clearing out any effects, as well as other various things added to all tracks, in order to get them at their basic form. After this, I went in and set up levels, reverb, EQ, and several other things. Although my mentor sat by me and coached me through most of the session, this was a really unique experience to be able to get in a professional recording studio and really go hands-on.”
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"Today was my first day in the studio, Lesson 1. When I arrived my mentor and I started off by getting to know each other a little better since the last time we met, which was my initial interview with him at his studio. Next, we jumped right in and went over the entire assignment I had completed from the Recording Connection. He showed me around the room and introduced me to the different instruments and equipment, as well as starting to understand what they are all used for. I also got a chance to check out some of the projects he is currently working on with his recording clientele, as well as introduced me to some of the other producers that are working in the same building. Looking back on the day, at the beginning of the day when I went in for my first Lesson I was a little confused about the reading I had completed at home. However, my mentor was able to demonstrate to me everything I read with examples that made me understand it a lot better. We talked about different sounds, how important your ears are, and the understanding of waveforms. We covered a lot in just one single day and I can’t wait for Lesson 2!"