Recording Connection Success Stories, Page 34
September 7, 2013 Student Quotes
Real world experience.
“I arrived and went over the lesson from last week and observed the micing of a drum set again. My mentor showed me some of the cool functions on pan with different tracks. In speaking about MIDI I told him of a jingle I wrote years ago and that I made it on an app on my iPod. He listened to the melody as I explained what was supposed to happen. There was a rapper coming in for a session and I listened to some of his lyrics and they were very meaningful and metaphorical. I heard him record 2 songs but I had to run before the 3rd.”
August 31, 2013 Student Quotes
Your mentor will teach you how to succeed.
“My first lesson at the studio went really well. It was from 12-7pm and I really enjoyed it. I had a few questions for my mentor from the readings and notes I took and he was able to clear up the confusion I had. We went over the ground work of being in this business and how the networking and connections are what get you working and clients, and the more variety you are able to create for yourself the more open doors will come for you. It was really nice to be able to open up some of his session and show me hands-on inside his professional work, it made the lesson go very smooth and easy to understand.”
Find your calling.
“I had a meeting this week, another mixing lab and I chose to work on jazz. The group I mixed was a 3 piece (drums bass and keyboard) with a girl with an incredible voice on top. I seriously had these songs stuck in my head for the next 2 or 3 days. This was the first mix lab that I began to use plugins to make the tracks sound how I wanted them to sound. It’s one thing to read about EQ and compressors, but it’s quite another to actually use them and see how helpful they are to find your desired tone or levels. I was initially pleased with my choice to pursue the area of sound engineering but now, a few months into the program, I am without-a-doubt convinced that I made the right decision. This is what I want to do with my life and I couldn’t be happier.”
Become an insider.
“The studio was recently hired out to put a house band together for the Dana Carvey, Dennis Miller and Kevin Nealon comedy tour. It just so happened they needed help recording the show, as well as set-up and tear down- and they asked me to assist them that night! I even got to meet and chat with the comedians, that is something I will never forget!”
Real projects, real deadlines.
“Last week during the shooting of the music video for Lauren Ashley I learned so much! Not only do I now know what it feels like to work two twelve hour shooting days I know how time management and crew participation can make or break a project.”
The fast track to a career in the music business.
“I can’t wait for my next studio session. It has been a great learning experience and a whole lot of fun so far. I am excited to learn more from my mentor and really enjoy every moment I get to spend in the studio, I think it is very interesting to learn how to build a recording studio from the ground up, what should be used, the best techniques to achieve the perfect sound, and all the work that goes into creating a great song. I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with my mentor and to be a part of something I really enjoy!”
You cannot get this experience in a crowded classroom.
“On Thursday, we had a few influential radio programmers at the studio to hear some new music from an upcoming album in the control room. It was quite an experience as he ran the control board to make it happen. My mentor played two fully mixed (un-mastered) singles which are what they (RCA) are planning to release to radio first, then several un-mixed versions of other tracks. He went through the process of creating the new songs and explained that it was a truly organic experience for him because he knew the music cycle was changing and things needed to be different.”
Work with real artists as you learn the ropes.
“Yesterday we had a guitarist come in He was great to work with he did guitar and vocals. This was a little more my realm in the music stuff, it was like punk with metal guitar. We ran his guitar direct through the preamp to ProTools with his digital effects pedal. I engineered the first song it was good. Got it done pretty quickly set up the U87 for him to sing consolidated everything and bounced it. It was really good learned some new stuff in the mixing and recording world like consolidation.”
Gain in-depth knowledge of the industry.
“Things are going well with some delays here and there. I’m in my 13th week of classes. Signal Processing, EQ, Compressors and Limiters! It was a lot of fun working with the EQ last week. Finding the boxy sounds and cutting out the bad sounds and boosting the tap and boom of the drums. Now I’m on to the compressors and limiters sections. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for me next!”
August 24, 2013 Student Quotes
Your mentor will help you understand the curriculum.
“This week we worked on input and outputs, how they work, and the importance of them to get our equipment to work properly. I practiced running a microphone to the input panel, then to the patch bay, into the mixer, and finally into pro tools on the computer. In every step I learned there’s an input and an output and that is how we get our signal to flow to each step in the process. I also learned how to troubleshoot if there is a problem. I did my first troubleshooting when 1 of our mics wasn’t being heard on the mixer. I learned how to follow our signal and isolate a certain area where I know the problem is. I can’t wait for next week and to learn even more.”
“Learning how to set up mics and other equipment. I have a lot to learn! I also learned how to set up tracks on Pro Tools. I realize that there is a lot to take in, but I’m ready for the challenge. My mentor is not hesitant to give me a chance to work the board or set up equipment.”
Work directly with your mentor’s clients.
“After the lesson my mentor had a couple of clients come into the studio and we tracked some acoustic guitar. This was awesome to see and we got to use the LA 3A compressors through the Grace pre’s for an awesome sound!”
There’s no better place to learn audio than at a real recording studio.
“For my fourth week in the course, I had the opportunity to learn about the different types of microphones and also the patterns that they have within them. First off, I had no idea there was so many different types of cardioid mics. That was so interesting to me. I also never in my life ever heard of carbon mics nor crystal mics. My mentor and I have a really good talk about what exactly a transducer is. Such as a human ear, microphone, speaker, etc.”
Work with artists from all genres of music.
“This week my mentor had a Christian rock band come in, they had an 80’s rock style and were laying down scratch drum tracks, and this was a perfect opportunity to see most of the studio’s microphones at work.”
One-on-one instruction from the start.
“My first day at a real recording studio as a Recording Connection student went well. My mentor is a really nice guy and I could tell I’m going to be learning a lot from him about the music industry and of course audio engineering!”
Learn by doing.
“I spent my class time in the studio with my instructor who went through all the individual mics with me. We set them up and listened to the difference in sound and how they looked when recorded into pro tools. We compared what each mic would be better used for and my next project is to choose, map out and set up mics for vocals and an acoustic guitar. Sounds like a super fun project and I can’t wait to get to it!”
Gain insider knowledge of the industry.
“The majority of the lesson consisted of how to get a great sounding room and different design techniques to do so. My mentor explained the importance of acoustic isolation and different sonic absorbers and how it played a significant role in getting the best performance. He also demonstrated how sound waves interact when they hit walls, diffusers and other wall treatments, which I found extremely helpful. The biggest thing that stuck with me was when my mentor us into the live room and showed us how walls and boundaries react and can give a completely different sound depending on the angle of the walls, the placement and the projected direction of the instrument, and if a togo is being used. My mentor also emphasized the importance on having an optimized listening environment, which is extremely important when in the mixing and mastering phases. The lesson was very exciting and taught me that there are a lot of variables that go into capturing the best possible performance.”
Learn from a pro.
“This was a very awesome experience and I learned a lot and was taught by a great mentor. I’m always going to find ways to keep learning and will humbled and thankful when I get a job in audio engineering.”
August 17, 2013 Student Quotes
Learn hands on.
“Did some work with hearing specific differences in types of microphones and mic placement. It was good to actually be able to hear things as I was tweaking the placements. The other time I went to the studio this week, I helped set up another recording session, much more simple and quick this time. I really like how smoothly things are running for me right now.”
Experienced professionals make the best teachers.
“Working with my mentor on lesson one was really cool because he gave me information about the basic knowledge of things such as frequency and decibels that I never thought I would learn. Being that I already have some background, my mentor basically did a brief review of the information I already knew and began showing me random extra things that I had questions about. I found this really productive because in a classroom setting, if you already know something the professor won’t change the lesson plan for one person. That isn’t the case with these one on one lessons. Overall, lesson one was a great start!”
“It seems like each time I go to the studio, I become more and more motivated to be the best sound engineer in the music industry. My mentors are very talented and I enjoy watching them work. They both have similar, yet different ways of working with audio and I’m trying to soak in as much knowledge as possible. I also learned a few new tricks with automation that I’m excited to put to use!”
One on one learning.
“This was an amazing first lesson to start off on. I have taken music tech classes before in my other colleges, but much of the time I was left confused and searching for answers about the very basic of sound. My mentor did a good job explaining to me what exactly a waveform is, and how higher frequencies correspond with waveforms that are tightly squeeze together. Where as opposed to lower frequencies have longer more spread apart waveforms. Also finally learning and understand what the difference between frequency and amplitude was very nice!”
Work with real studio equipment.
“This lesson was about amplifiers and more in depth with the mixing console. This lesson went pretty quick because I already knew a good amount of the info we went over but it was nice to review. I was really interested in console more than anything, I got to do a ‘fake’ mix just so I could get used to what each control does and how it effects the mix.”
Learn from a pro.
“Overall, I enjoyed my first time in the studio for my lesson. It is obvious that my mentor has a lot of knowledge and experience and will be a mentor I can learn from in the future lesson to come!”
Your mentor will take you under his wing.
“In the first session we learned about frequency and sound waves. We went over how every sound wave has a compression and a rarefaction, we also went over the different parts of the ear and how our hearing works. After the lesson I stayed a little longer to give my mentor some feedback on some projects he had been working on!”