Recording Connection Success Stories, Page 10

February 28, 2015 Student Quotes

These were a long two days but were so much fun!

“I set up the drum set, mic, and amps and watched the engineer set up all the mics. I’ve never actually seen how to mic up a drum set and always heard that people don’t always do it right, but the engineer explained why he set them up the way he did. He explained that the sound from the drums comes from the body of the drum and that’s where you want the mic, not on top. The first day we got the scratch track and tracked drums, bass and guitar. The next day we did leads and vocals. They were long 12 hour days but I feel like I learned a lot in those 2 days.”

This past week was full of exciting things.

“This past week was full of exciting things. I got to get some hands on experience in looking at the inside of a cable to see where the positive and negative current goes through. I also learned what can be done in the case where a cable is lacking to get its signal through. We also mic’d up a drum set to get prepared for a session drum session. That was awesome because I got to see where all the mic’s get set up, where they are plugged in and how they ran through the interface and into Pro Tools. Lastly I learned how the recording industry has evolved so much from using a console to doing everything digitally.”

I look forward to next week!

“This week my mentor walked me through the process of EQ and showed me the use of cutting out or boosting certain frequencies piece by piece in the mix without massively affecting the balance of the mix as a whole. It was insightful to watch second engineer apply EQ, delay, reverb and compression after guitar tracking to achieve the artist’s specifically desired tone. Most of the parts were recorded quickly with 2 or 3 perfect takes. I look forward to next week!”

I loved reading this chapter and going over it with my mentor

“When listening to a song or playing an instrument, I never thought about how it is set up to be recorded before actually listening to it. I loved reading this chapter and going over it with my mentor because it was very intrusting to me how many microphones are needed to make a simple recording. I assumed there were a few needed to record, for example, a drum session, but was extremely surprised that there could be up to fourteen mics used while recording drums. Although not all of them need to be used in the song it is ment for it amazes me that there can even be that much space around the drums to have that many. Going into the studio this week I got to breifly see where a few mics go with a drum set, speakers, piano, and guitar. I hope to soon be able to set up a session myself and memorize each placement of a microphone and the best mic used for the instrument. “

Sampling and connectors!

“Watching how the sampling process works is amazing and makes huge differences. I’ve recently had the chance to work with an artist named Jerry Hart and sampling vocal harmonies in one of his songs was a blast! I also learned more about analog and digital cables and how some of them work!”


“I am halfway done with my course! It has been an amazing learning experience so far! I have met many fellow engineers at the studio. It really has been a fun time for me at the studio. Just a few more weeks until I complete my program!”

Chapter 6 was pretty was pretty cool

“Chapter 6 was pretty was pretty cool in the way that all the knowledge I’ve acquired about microphones is starting to come together with placement. When I came into the studio my mentor had all the different styles of placement setup for me to identify. We also discussed how different mics work well together depending on the placement form.”

February 21, 2015 Student Quotes

Thanks again Recording Connection

“I could tell all my hard work in the mixing phase had really paid off because the clarity was unmistaken. The Mid and High frequencies literally jump out the monitors. Thanks again Recording Connection and Atmosphere Recording for helping me achieve my goals of becoming an Audio Engineer.”

I am enjoying my time in the studio and intrigued by what I have been shown.

“It’s the end of my first week in the Recording Connection program and so far I am enjoying my time in the studio and intrigued by what I have been shown. I have spent most of my time doing studio sit in’s with my mentor John, the first session on Wednesday he worked with a client putting vocals on a Hip-Hop track. The second session on Friday was the same process but more R&B I feel.”

I’ve been working on the remix for my mentor.

“This week I got to work on my own music a lot, I’ve been working on the remix for Jessie. This week I also got to help determine the best songs on an album that the studio is producing so they can have an idea of things that need to change to make it better!”

Everything is going really well.

“Things are starting to become a little easier for me. I understand things a lot better now that all the info I’m getting is coming together at the studio. Tony showed me a little more about sound waves and to avoid phasing. Everything is going really well.”

I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the Recording Connection

“I can’t believe how much I’ve already learned just in the first two chapters. When I first started, all this seemed like gibberish to me. But once I started getting’ into it, it became much clearer. Audio is very complex; I never really knew. But it’s also very interesting. I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the Recording Connection & I can’t wait to see where it takes me. Talk to ya’ll next week!”

He seems to really care about the quality of the information he’s teaching.

“I’ve just completed my first couple of sessions with my mentor Dick Orr at John Wagner Studios here in Albuquerque, NM. I have to say, based on these two sessions alone, I’m even more excited about this experience than I already was. From my initial meeting with Dick I realized he was the right mentor for me. His wealth of knowledge and experience in the audio and film industry was apparent from the get go. His method of teaching has already provided me with in-depth explanations based on his own personal experiences and how the material from chapter one relates to not only the work done in the studio but in our everyday lives. He seems to really care about the quality of the information he’s teaching and just generally seems to be a genuinely good person. He is allowing me to learn at my own pace while encouraging me to ask any and all questions no matter how insignificant I might think they are.”

I can’t wait to get in the studio and try this stuff hands on!

“This chapter was all new material for me. I never really thought about the concept of recording in mono just because I always assumed tracks were stereo so all tracks in them were stereo. One thing I found interesting was keeping the concept of phasing in mind. The three to one rule was important to apply. I can’t wait to get in the studio and try this stuff hands on!”

Everything I’ve been reading is starting to come together.

“Chapter 5 started getting more intense as I started to learn about the different mics. My mentor and I sat down and he showed all the mics his studio had to offer. It was a lot to take in, but the more I study them the easier it gets. Everything I’ve been reading is starting to come together now.”

In this chapter I learned all about microphones.

“In this chapter I learned all about microphones. I learned about the history about all different types of microphones. The first microphone ever made was a liquid transmitter mic. I learned how microphones work entirely. I learned how they are made and what microphones look like on the inside and how they are built. I learned that some microphones sound better in certain situations than others. I also learned how microphones pick up sound using them patterns called polar patterns, or pickups. Depending on the mic it could use either one pickup or several different pickups.”

February 14, 2015 Student Quotes

A great experience once again!

“At the end of chapter six, with a better understanding of microphones and microphone placement, on February 3 I helped my mentor with the recording of an organ concert. When first arriving at the church we had the opportunity to listen to him rehearse. Moving around the church we found the desired location, to which we placed the mid-side. It was a challenging placement by the layout of the church and the direction of the pipes in relation to the audience and the seating; also there were pipes in the front as well as having remote pipes being played in the rear. The recording was done with a Sound Devices 744T digital recorder. The sample rate was 44.1 with a 24 bit depth on one track in a polyphonic wave file. A great experience once again!”

I am starting to understand everything a little more every step of the way.

“Now that I have officially begun the program and completed Chapter One after being at Engine Room Studios for nearly a week, I almost have a full understanding of this and am grasping information every time I go. With going over this chapter and taking the section reviews and the quiz, I am starting to understand everything a little more every step of the way.”

Joey Heir is the best teacher.

“My Time at Crystal Clear Studios has been awesome! Mr. Joey Heir is the best teacher.”

I continue learn every day in the studio.

“Pro Tools is getting easier for me to do what I need to do when it comes to making a track. From making a simple beat to now mixing is a pretty cool experience. My mentor continues to stress about file management and how important it is. My experience here is going well and I hope to continue learning and progressing every day in the studio.”

My mentor showed me a lot of examples

“This weeks lessons my mentor showed me a lot of examples on different room acoustics and how they can affect your mix. It was interesting to learn about how you can set up your studio with different acoustic treatments to get the best sound possible in your studio environment.”

Learn on cutting-edge studio equipment

“The sessions keep getting better and better as the hands-on training comes in! I loved talking about mics and why each of them is used. I can’t wait to start actually using more equipment than I have at my house!”

I’m looking forward to another studio lesson

“I went to my first studio lesson and found it to be very interesting. There were two high school students and a pianist there that song a few different songs together. They (one girl and one guy) were very good singers for their age and even though it was my first studio lesson I could tell right away. It was interesting to see the dynamics of how Hollis kind of sat back and let them do their thing. I’m looking forward to another studio lesson and learning more about the real life studio sessions and audio engineering in general.”

Next week we get into plug-ins where my mentor will show me how he uses his, I can’t wait!

“Like I had mentioned before that’s not how he is, he likes to educate you on why something would be appropriate. I am definitely taking his advice as always! After we spoke for a couple of hours with my countless questions, we went into the control room where I got to sit in and watch him master 4 songs for a Metal band. Although we haven’t gotten to that chapter just yet he discussed his approaches on how he masters. Mastering is on another level though; it’s a different specialty that I need to learn so I definitely can’t wait for that lesson! Next week we get into plug-ins where my mentor will show me how he uses his, I can’t wait!”

By the second day I was much more efficient at fixing the cables thanks to the help of my mentor.

“The most interesting was not in the lesson, but what my mentor thought me. My mentor thought me how to fix mic cables. In the lesson it told you how mic cables were made and how they worked, but when I went into the studio my mentor actually thought me how it all works and even let me fix a good amount of cables that needed fixing. It was a very interesting process. At first I had trouble because you have to be pretty precise and not burn yourself when fixing and assembling cables. After a few hours of trying I finally got it done and was fixing cables at a decent rate. I had gone in a second day just to fix more cables because I had found it very interesting. By the second day I was much more efficient at fixing the cables thanks to the help of my mentor.”

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