Recording Connection Success Stories, Page 20
July 12, 2014 Student Quotes
Week 12 at Chung King Studios was about mixing.
“Week 12 at Chung King Studios was about mixing. My instructor and I went over basic mixing ideas and discussed in depth that there is no exact way to mix. We played different songs to listen for differences in mixing and he encouraged me to do this with more music. I find myself now listening to songs differently and pointing out certain things that I previously wouldn’t have paid attention to.”Rian German, New York, NY
July 5, 2014 Student Quotes
This chapter seemed fairly important
“This chapter seemed fairly important because it consisted of all the different cables, connectors, inputs and outputs that make up a studio whether at home or in a professional environment. Signal flow or the path a signal takes from beginning to end, seems to be the main subject consisting of all the different connectors mentioned in this chapter. Anywhere from standard audio connectors, analog cables with balanced and unbalanced connections, digital cables, and patch bays were all mentioned in this chapter. All in all, I think the most important is getting to know all the different cords/wires/connectors and their purposes and all that comes with time in the studio.”
It was very interesting to learn
“This week’s lesson was on the basics of electricity. Although I had already taken 2 1/2 years of Electrical Engineering I never learned about Digital Circuitry, it was very interesting to learn how digital circuits send information instead of electricity. Either way this chapter was a good refresher of electric circuits and I enjoyed it very much.”Mashearelly Solis, McAllen, TX
Once again, thank you for the times I have had.
“With two studios I have been offered to work out of, a very flexible schedule, and an ever growing amount of support that surrounds this little dream that could, I pray “thank you” every day to my main source of creativity. Can’t wait to have my Certification Posted in the front of the building I someday own as my Personal Studio, where other dreams can be chased and possibly grasped. It has been an amazing road thus far and I cannot wait to see what He has in store for me next as I continue to make more connections, cultivate my every changing sound, and venture off into college. Once again, thank you for the times I have had.”
A lot of things made sense after we did some hands-on learning.
“Yesterday was different compared to all the other lessons because I finally got to meet other students in the program. There 3 other students I met, and it was definitely a learning experience. It was a workshop day, so I learned how to properly turn on all the equipment and set up everything for an upcoming session. The mentor broke down everything really well and went over the material in the textbook. So a lot of things made sense after we did some hands-on learning.”Victor Gutierrez, Fredericksburg, VA
I was surprised by how much I learned from one evening
“My mentor and I went over how electricity is used in the basic form, but we went into detail about how circuits can be built to greatly affect the sound through its current. It was a great experience and I was surprised by how much I learned from one evening of sitting and watching.”Anthony Sellers, Gardenerville, NV
We had a drummer come in to play on a few songs this week.
“For my lesson this week we spent most of the time going over compression and EQ. I was running Pro Tools and Thomas talked me through doing the gate, EQ, and compression for each part of a drum kit. I also did some recoding for a personal project Thomas was working on. We had a drummer come in to play on a few songs this week. I watched the whole process of micing the drum set.”
I can really say I am enjoying myself
“Just reading chapter one I have learned a whole lot of things I did not know about sound and hearing. I have not yet work in the studio with my mentor but I am looking forward to. I can really say I am enjoying myself in this learning experience.”Brandon Monroe, Natchitoches, LA
I am enjoying the learning style
“Going into the second week of being enrolled in RRF, I am enjoying the learning style of one on one lessons. I cannot wait to continue my learning and start working on pro tools.”Sidney Hill, Aurora, CO
I have so much motivation and inspiration
“Learning to be a recording engineer is very interesting now that the whole role is coming into play. Having to know the ins and outs of all of the equipment, maintaining the cool vibe in the studio and also just having fun. Making amazing albums and records is my dream and I feel that I am that much closer to it. I have so much motivation and inspiration, that this is going to be a great journey.”
June 28, 2014 Student Quotes
Can’t wait for chapter 2!
“After reading chapter one, I found most of the content interesting. Learning the physics of sound and the way we hear sound I am more than excited to continue learning. Also, the videos and pictures were helpful. Can’t wait for chapter 2!”Sidney Hill, Aurora, CO
Today’s lesson was simple but important nonetheless.
“Today was my second day as an extern for House studio in DC. My mentor went over the basics of the Pro Tools keyboard. Previously, he told that many engineers are so eager to start that they forget about the basics and skip to the more advanced part of engineering. He told me evidently that hinders them in the long run, because they miss the basic steps and get tangled up when something goes wrong and they have no idea and it’s a minor problem. So today’s lesson was about shortcuts on the keyboard and the importance of time consuming. Shortcuts are ideal to maximize production in a session. Something so small as being able to cut back 15 seconds every time you touch the keyboard and mouse makes a difference. Shortcuts remind me of cheat codes for games and it’s better to know these cheat codes to have an advantage. Today’s lesson was simple but important nonetheless.”Victor Gutierrez, Fredericksburg, VA
After the band was mixed, I focused on the orchestra.
“After the band was mixed, I focused on the orchestra. Actually, we don’t have the whole orchestra going on. Only brass and strings. So I used an EQ on each instrument to place them in a sweet spot inside the spectrum. I also created two audio buses in Logic: one for strings and one for brass so I could control their overall volumes in the mix. This is actually my second mix for the same piece. I did the first one when I was not an RRF student. And I really like this second one better!! I guess the lessons are good then!”
Get hands on experience with Pro Tools
“I started learning the key commands a few weeks ago in the studio, so now that I’m learning other key commands I will be able to put them to use.”
I got sit in on some great musicians!
“What an awesome night at the studio! I got sit in on some great musicians! My mentor has made these guys sound absolutely amazing so far into their project. I got to watch the master in action when he was editing a bass line that was done on keyboards and inserted it into the actual bass line. WOW I was blow away at how he makes it so easy. I am so honored and excited to be learning from such an amazing producer/engineer that I look forward to the next lesson and studio time with him. Thanks recording connection for making this possible!”Chris Litwin, Pahrump, NV
This chapter was fun.
“This chapter was fun because we went through various plugins and how are used in the mix. We learnt about Pro Tools offline audio suite and worked on the sine wave project.”Joshua Nixon, Gainesville, FL
Great first day, can’t wait to learn more!
“It’s hard to really illustrate what my first day was like to me. It wasn’t bad, not even close; it was pretty great. I learned a lot about the physics of sound and things such as attack sustain, decay, etc. Also learned about CD sample rates, the range of human hearing, all of which are fascinating. I wasn’t comfortable in the environment however, but I don’t blame my mentor. Rather, I was just so…intimidated by his knowledge and my lack of it. Overall though, great first day, can’t wait to learn more!”Jason Alexander, Topeka, KS
Last week I met with my mentor at the studio.
“Last week I met with my mentor at the studio in San Francisco. Most of the time we went over the fundamentals of Digital Audio. It was good to talk one on one with a professional who has a great understanding of this topic.”Brett Robinson, Novato, CA
I know I will gain the skills to become a great audio engineer
“My mentor helped me out by giving me pointers on how to improve my mix. I am improving from these small sessions rapidly. This course is great, I am learning so much. And I know I will gain the skills to become a great audio engineer in the future.”
I learned a lot about sound waves
“First chapter was very informative telling about how sound is produced through vibrations in the air and how our ears work in receiving these sounds. Overall, I learned a lot about sound waves and how we perceive sound.”Mashearelly Solis, McAllen, TX
Focus your efforts on what you really want to learn.
“I was actually spending some time at the studio with my mentor and he’s too cool. We went through the lesson and he made sure I understood what was going on. After that we just talked for the rest of my time there. He was really just trying to see how much I already knew about engineering and what I really wanted to learn!”
The studio is awesome!
“I am really excited to have learned what I have and the things I’m still learning every day. The studio is awesome!”
June 21, 2014 Student Quotes
After some time and experience, things went a lot smoother.
“Week 3 began pretty fast as my mentor let me control a lot of things on the computer. He showed me a lot about editing certain instruments to keep from hearing bleed from other mics. It’s amazing how different a song can sound with some simple edits. I am also getting used to controlling the board better. At first, it seemed confusing trying to sync what was happening on the computer to what was happening on the board. But, after some time and experience, things went a lot smoother.”Sawyer Reel, Iron Station, NC
I now have a deeper appreciation for electronics
“Before the start of the Basic Electronics session, I had zero knowledge of how electricity moves, how much moves, and the components necessary to move it. I now have a deeper appreciation for electronics and the personnel who try to evolve this process and make it as smooth as possible. I can also appreciate that electrical engineers and anyone who specializes in working with electricity are brilliant people.”Christopher Washington, Framingham, MA
This week’s lesson focused on microphones.
“This week’s lesson focused on microphones. I enjoyed this lesson because it was the most hands on lesson so far and because it really is getting at one of the most important parts of doing audio engineering and recording.”Chris Caldwell, Salt Lake City, UT