Recording Connection Success Stories, Page 11
February 7, 2015 Student Quotes
I sat in on a live session and watched vocals get recorded.
“This week I learned about digital audio how sound is converted in to numbers. It is very important as a good converter will produce better audio quality than a cheap convertor. I sat in on a live session and watched vocals get recorded. The two sisters that were recording vocals were all over the place. I watched my mentor work with them by helping them achieve the sound they wanted and pointing them to some options they had. I saw how as an engineer he helped manage them to record their songs to the way they wanted them to be heard.”
It was a lot of Info at first but I think it will come all together.
“My first session with my mentor was truly awesome. First we went over the quiz I took for chapter one. He explained why I had some wrong answers and went further in depth then what the book did. He explained phasing a little more with actually showing me on protools with some work that he was currently working on. He showed me around protools a little and told me what all the equipment was used for. He then had a client coming in so he asked if I wanted to sit through a recording session. I was really excited to be able to watch everything in action. I definitely have a lot to learn. It was a lot of Info at first but I think it will come all together. All in all it was a great first experience.”
In this chapter I learned about tracking in the studio.
“It is very important to plan before a session so everything is prepared for the artist. This is important because it will make the work time much faster and decrease the chances of things going wrong, and the artist will be much happier with you than if you were not prepared. Choosing which mics to use is also very important because you want to get the best sound for the artist. It is also important to have a plot map so everyone has their own space and you know where everyone is. In the studio with my mentor I set up the mics and pro tools session and recorded him playing guitar and bass. We recorded a few takes of each so I could better understand and get a grasp of things.”
This information is so critical to getting quality recordings.
“I have just finished my tracking lesson, but we have been working on set up and band placement for a while now. This information is so critical to getting quality recordings because no matter how much editing you’re capable of, the better the input is the better the final product will be. At the studio, we have encountered on a couple occasions that less mics on a drum can actually give you a cleaner sound sometimes, depending on the vibe/style you’re going for.”
The 5 Year Plan
“The RRFC has helped in great strides because now I know how to record and produce the stuff that helps to entertain. Now where do I want to be in five years? Maybe a studio somewhere, recording the next great rock and roll record, or voicing the next great American Audiobook. I think that’s the first step is to know that where you are where you want to be.”
I learn better from watching and doing.
“Week Three I came and we discussed what I had read. After my lesson we set the studio up for a recording with all the cables, mics, preamps, and all that good stuff. Watching my mentor helps me a lot because I learn better from watching and doing. It’s nice to read your material then come in and ask questions as I go so I’m learning more.”
The band was tight and had a great sound and lots of energy.
“This chapter was an introduction to Pro Tools. Sebastian showed me some basic functions and already covered of some of the material in chapter 9 including the 4 modes such as Slip, Grid, Shuffle and Spot. He also gave me a task, to choose microphones to mic some congas and a cowbell that we had Kenny, the studio manager play. He told me to look up different miking techniques on google and decide what I wanted to use. All in all, another great lesson! I also came back later in the week and sat in on a live session of a salsa band that he was recording. The band was tight and had a great sound and lots of energy.”
The demo along with my mentor’s insight definitely helped me grasp the concept of phase.
“Throughout the first chapter of the course I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’m coming into this program with no past knowledge of any recording techniques or terminology. I must say that after reading through, taking notes, and speaking with my instructor Tom, I am confident going forward in the curriculum. My mentor was very thorough with everything that I’d need in the near future as the program progresses. He helped me set up a Dropbox account and a “shared folder” in order to have easy access to any documents we may need. We also went over a demonstration in studio about phase and phase shift. The demo along with my mentor’s insight definitely helped me grasp the concept of phase. I’m looking forward to beginning the following chapter!”
In my opinion it was a great experience!
“Chapter 3 which may have been my favorite meeting to date. My mentor and I met up at another studio which my mentor had helped him put together. We helped him use the sonar program, teaching him how to set up instruments in sonar. We also did a little bit of slight playing around in Pro Tools, nothing huge however. We went over the basics of sound proofing as my mentor helped the student to understand how to better his studio. My mentor then got in the booth, and I got the chance to record my first session! I had to do quite a lot with layering, and panning, I even learned how to insert some effects on vocals in the program we used. In my opinion it was a great experience!”
My mentor is a great teacher and motivates me to become the best I can.
“Today was my second week in the studio with my mentor and it was another great experience. We went over briefly Chapter 2 and all that it entailed but we focused on the basics of Digital and Analog sound. Also we started messing with Pro Tools a little bit just to make sure that I have the basics down before we start getting deep into the lessons in which I’m looking forward to our shadows days coming up because I get to start recording and mixing my own projects. My mentor is a great teacher and motivates me to become the best I can.”
January 31, 2015 Student Quotes
This was a good basic lesson
“This chapter reminded me a lot of some of the sessions I attended at Cape Fear Studios. I really caught on to most of this in the chapter by watching my mentor follow these guidelines and plans to getting a recording session set up and started from scratch. This was a good basic lesson, and JK Loftin was a good example of how a producer/recording engineer should behave according to this.”
The first week was certainly something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.
“First week was certainly something I’ll remember for the rest of my life, after getting through the struggles that life threw my way I was able to finally start Recording Connection after a year and a half. It felt a little overwhelming when I got in the studio seeing everything and how it was placed. Knowing I have two great mentors in Josh and Todd from Winterland studios will make my schooling much easier with being able to go to them whenever I need. Being somebody who wants to grasp something right away, it’s difficult to have to go through a process to learn everything but being able to watch the process of recording everything and being able to learn hands on with the possibility of connecting with artists just a huge plus. I ready to brace the ups and downs to succeed in this field that I am really interested in!”
I am definitely going to invest money into creating my own sound proof studio environment.
“This chapter was very informative about acoustic history and less about demonstrative skills on how to put these acoustic sounds and rooms together when creating a studio. However, it is helpful to know what I’ll need to create a more professional studio of my own. The room set up is very important as well as the placement of its instruments in order to create quality music with a professional sound. I know that I will need to invest in absorbers, trappers, new desktops and stands to hold my monitors at the right position (head height) from me. After creating music at home and recording a song in a professional studio last week, I realize how important sound proofing is in a studio environment. I am definitely going to invest money into creating my own sound proof studio environment. All in all, this lesson was great and I look forward to applying my knowledge of sound acoustics to the future.”
It was awesome!
“My first week at the studio was pretty awesome, even though it was short. I first went in to the studio on Wednesday, walking in on my mentor, Doug, and the head engineer, Jessie, trying to make a moog Minotaur work properly. It was having some kind of weird issues, so, right away I saw the problems that can occur when working in a studio. Later that day, I also got to play with some studio equipment by myself, when they wanted to take a lunch break. It was awesome! Then I had my lesson and I got to hang out for a little while longer, it was a great first day!”
Now to chapter 3!
“I just finished chapter two! Electricity was pretty interesting to learn about, I enjoyed it. I still don’t have any pictures to post though. I have been working a lot on some new music of my own lately, so that’s exciting. Now to chapter 3!”
Prismic Studios w/Dano
“In conclusion today was a great opening day for me at the Studio and I’m more excited than I was before to work alongside my mentor and learn the most I can which reminds me that he made a valid point today in which he said that Recording Connection and Himself and put me in the right direction but I can also teach myself more by studying on my free time and practicing every day.”
Chapter 1 – Sound and Hearing
“I’ve already learned so much from reading the first chapter in our E-book. I can’t wait to get in the studio in a couple of days and learn more!”
I found this chapter interesting
“I found this chapter interesting because I have used automation in the past when working on my beats so learning more about it and what it can do to your volume, panning or effects is really interesting as well as all the different automation modes in Pro Tools.”
My third session with my mentor was really informational.
“We spent a little bit of time going back over the basics, then we went inside the recording room and he showed me the different types of cords and connectors such as a DI box, instrument cables, balanced and unbalanced, amps and heads, etc. I was having trouble grasping some of the concepts of binary word codes but he helped me get the hang of it. I definitely am going to study more and get all of my vocabulary on lock.”
Then we edited the whole thing and had an overall successful recording.
“Today was by far the most packed day. Patrick brought his brother in again to record, but this time he put me in charge of the whole thing. This time we set up an electric guitar amp and mic’d it up. I set up a new session in Pro Tools and recorded the first electric guitar track. Then after set up an acoustic guitar and recorded that track. Finally, we set up a DI and laid down a bass track. Then we edited the whole thing and had an overall successful recording.”
January 17, 2015 Student Quotes
“Pretty soon I will be done with the RRF course. This will be a sad time but I hope that I get the opportunity to continue my learning in a studio! I really enjoy mixing, micing, and editing music! These past two weeks has been fun in the studio. My mentor worked us though several music sessions. I’m starting to really understand the mixing science! Looking forward to studio time this week. Happy Learning!”
My Seventh week at Atmosphere Recording!
“It has been yet another great week with Recording Connection and Atmosphere Recording this week has also been very educational and ground breaking. During the lesson session I continued working on my project and in the middle of enhancing a track I realized that I was just aimlessly wondering across my mix not knowing what to do and asking Jeremy my mentor every question that came to mind. Later on that evening I ran across a YouTube tutorial on mix bus compression posted by Rob Williams. Inspired by the tutorial I subscribe to Rob’s channel and found two more helpful tutorials. One of the tutorials titled the 5 drivers of mixing is where Rob covers 5 key factors in mixing and the second tutorial How to master a song – The 7 step formula he covers the 7 steps of mastering. After applying these notes I immediately heard a big difference in my mix. Once again I would like to thank Recording Connection and Atmosphere Recording for this opportunity.”
My first session with my mentor was very exciting.
“We talked and got to know each other a little bit and I think that we are going to mesh well together. Everything he said was very informative. I told him about my experience in the industry and my prior in-studio schooling which covered much of the basics; this helped so that we could skip some of the things that I had learned and used many times, in order to focus on the more relevant materials.”
Finally almost there to actually having my own pro tools!
“Lesson 8 was intro to pro tools. Finally almost there to actually having my own pro tools! As always went through the chapter and answered questions. Once we were done we jumped into actually using pro tools. He showed me everything I could comprehend at the moment and then little bits and pieces of editing and cutting things out and pasting them elsewhere. Also he showed me the various editing tools at your disposal. Once we went through pro tools with what I could understand once I get my own well get that going and ill definitely be better the next time.”
Time is Money
“Today my Mentor and I went over Chapter 8 introduction to Pro Tools. After the book work we got to the fun part, which was setting up a session for a Recording Artist. My mentor was the artist and I was the engineer. I learned how to prepare for sessions and how to name each insert involved in the recording process and troubleshooting problems that can occur. I also learned that the signal flow travels from the recording booth, to the Avalon and finally to the recording console. I learned how to setup tracks for a recording sessions.”