Recording Connection Success Stories, Page 38
June 15, 2013 Student Quotes
Observe real recording sessions with professional musicians.
“My first lesson went great. When I came in my mentor was recording a musician playing the cello. I watched as he moved the mics around and tweaked knobs to get the best sound possible for the musician. We discussed how different engineering has changed over the years and what it was like when he first started engineering. Having to use tape rather than digital like today to record, and having to get the perfect take. I have a much greater respect for engineers now especially those who’ve been doing it before the advances in technology. We also talked about wave forms and the difference between attack, decay, sustain, release. I look forward to my 2nd lesson at SWAN 7, and learning as much as possible from my mentor.”
Learn from a professional music producer, not a professional teacher.
“My mentor rick is teaching me a lot and not just from the book but from his experiences which makes me feel more comfortable that I am learning from a true professional.”
Gain a deeper understanding of the music you listen to.
"Wow I have learned so much – my mentor has been a great help, I’ve been working on getting my own music made and we again discussed my choice in music. I explained how I wanted to be an engineer then own a label, and how I plan to make a band as well as how I want to own a venue. He gave me guidance and told me that if I needed help with anything for me to call him."
Apply the course curriculum at the studio.
“Just came back from my second lesson and I gotta say, I learned a lot. I went in depth on how important it is to have a well balanced studio in order to have accurate sounding mixes and recordings. From where the speakers are placed, to diffusers and bass traps. It’s not just who has the biggest and baddest sounding system, it’s more of how your music environment is set up and having a flat room. I now know the important factors I need to start building my own home studio. I can’t wait for my next lesson!”
Continue to delve into hands-on work with the professionals in the recording industry.
“I am very happy with the way this course is going, and I’m just as excited every single time I get asked to come back. I am looking forward to continue building my knowledge of this industry with my mentor.”
Learn as you observe and participate in real recording sessions with famous musicians.
“I was in for a special treat at my last lesson: I was able to sit in on a recording session with the producer present while they were adding piano and organ to some of the tracks, with one guitar track as well. They were using a Yamaha S 80 key board and a Hammond C3 organ with the Leslie. To say the least, the Hammond sounded so sick and the guys were playing some really cool Reggae skank beats layered in on the tracks. Then they plugged in a Marshall into the expression tower of the Hammond and played it through the Leslie it sounded so good like a guitar organ distortion. They then added some MIDI Clive tracks that sounded super funky, and also used an arpeggiated synth on a track. It was really cool to see how he manipulated the time signature to match the triplets to the BPMs. It was definitely an honor to watch a professional musicians and their producer at work.”
Learn from a professional.
“I have a lot of confidence in my mentor’s expertise and ability to coach and support me on my path to music. I really like his experience as a musician before becoming a music producer. I’m excited to actually have something that I’m passionate about to work for as a goal.”
Receive personalized instruction from your mentor.
“Yesterday, I met with my mentor at the studio. We went over the lesson and I asked him to explain the purpose and use of some of the equipment in the control room again because it all seemed vague to me. He helped me get a much better understanding of the mic preamp, compressor, EQ, etc…Then he gave me a quiz on microphone identification. Overall, I think I did very well. Afterwards, we did a little hands-on signal routing with the patch bay, compressor, and Pro Tools. It was a fun, learning experience and, as usual, I am looking forward to my next class/session.”
Get your foot in the door.
"I have already begun recording my first client- my mentor introduced me to them and once I recorded the first session, he was so impressed that I am now his producer for his upcoming album (release is set for this winter). I have also applied for an internship position at MilkBoy, a recording studio in Philadelphia. "
June 8, 2013 Student Quotes
Receive personalized instruction from an industry veteran.
“My mentor was very helpful and patient with me on my first lesson, we took a tour of the studio and he showed me where the plugins for mics and headphones were throughout the studio and was very detailed on how the studio was designed. He then showed me how to hook up the mic and how to bring it up on ProTools. It will take some time for me to learn how to work the equipment but I am ready to learn and very excited for what is to come!”
"After finishing my first session, I was more hopeful for the future than I ever have been in the past, feeling quite motivated to go home and jump back into the workflow! My mentor taught me a lot going in depth on just about everything, even helping to guild in improving how to improve achieving the ideal setup"
Real Sessions, Real Musicians
“I really enjoyed the musicians on this session. We recorded guitar and drum parts for about 5 songs. One song in particular took a long time to record. We couldn’t get that perfect sounding tone on the guitar, it just took time and patience to eventually figure out the sound. I also got to help set up for the session which was pretty fun and I actually felt like I was helpful”
Your mentor will personally guide you through the curriculum.
“Going in I was a little stressed because I didn’t quite know what to expect, but shortly I was at ease from the relaxed feel my mentor gave. I’m already learning the way of the biz and what it takes to be successful just on the first day.”
No matter your experience level, there is always more to learn.
“My first lesson at the studio was no less than amazing. Basically we just went over the material that was all fairly common knowledge to me due to my back ground in home recording and broadcasting from collage. But the stuff my mentor showed me about EQ was very helpful. I watched my mentor run a session to see how it’s done, and afterwards he also explained all of the stuff in the rack system that he was running to me and how it works. Overall I love this so far and can’t wait for the next week”
You can’t learn this in a school classroom.
“I left the studio feeling inspired, educated and excited about what I will learn next!”
Get your feet wet at a real recording studio.
“Last week was pretty awesome. I was a little worried before going into class because I didn’t feel ready for it. Once the lesson started, though, it felt great. Learning all about Pro Tools and all the key commands was a lot of fun. We actually recorded some music and edited it a little”
“Right now I feel like a sponge, I’m ready to absorb any information that is given to me. So far, each week, I’ve been introduced to something new which is exciting.”
Nothing can duplicate what you will learn at a real recording studio.
“I recently helped my mentor set up equipment so he could record and mix the bass guitar for a song. There were some problems with the sound of the bass at first, but after much frustration, he minimized the “white noise” it was producing and made it sound really good. It was a long and frustrating process, but I enjoyed watching and learning some of the other aspects of being an engineer and producer.”
Real Sessions, Real Musicians
“At my last session an MC came in and did a few verses for another artist. With me being a songwriter I pay close attention to the words in songs and for me I like to make sense of them. A producer that she’s working with came in and the MC worked on some of her own material. The track was really nice and the concept of rapping (fast) to singing (slow) actually worked for the song even though at first I thought it was a little weird. She didn’t completely write the entire song yet and when it came to the hook she got stuck as to what to write. After sitting for a while and getting a feel for the beat, I asked if it was okay if I write the hook. She told me sure and so for the next 10 mins I thought about the concept of the song and the lines right before it and I wrote her a 16 measure hook that meshed well. I sang it to her and sent it to her to use for the song. That so far has been my best moment in the program, getting a chance to do that. I was in my creative and innovative zone and I was able to connect with the music and her lyrics. I put it upon myself to become a part of the song and it was great!”
Learn from a seasoned professional.
"Last lesson, my mentor and I talked about other kinds of digital effects like digital reverb, and how you can create different halls, chambers, plates, and acoustic kinds of reverb, all within the computer. Doing this program has made me realize it's pretty amazing how we have changed so much because of the digital era we live in!"
Learn the fundamentals as you extern.
“I have mad respect for engineers because now I truly understand the process/buildup of a beat from the ground up.”
Real Sessions, Real Experience
“I enjoyed myself so much this session that I didn’t notice were the time had gone. My mentor told me I could leave around quarter to ten. I left the studio with much anticipation for my opportunity to sit in on the next musician.”
Build confidence in your abilities.
“I have reached the midpoint of the program and things are going really well. I was also able to do a mix down of a hip-hop song and by putting my knowledge to the test in the mix it came out very well. I am very pleased with the experience I’ve gained!”
Learn by working with real studio equipment.
“My most recent lesson was about compressors, how they work and the proper ways to use them in mixing. My mentor has a lot of awesome compressors including an 1176, LA 3A, and a Fairchild compressor. He showed me all the different settings on each one and the unique things that each one did. He also showed me the Lindell compressor he had just received. It is meant to emulate the 1176 with the output and gain knobs as well as the side buttons. Seeing all the outboard gear he has is awesome, before I had only worked with plug in emulations of those!”
June 1, 2013 Student Quotes
Observe real recording sessions with professional musicians.
“I just witnessed my first live, vocal, recording session! It was a couple hours later than scheduled, but once the guys got there, it was cool to kick back watch how it all went down. Overall, it was a fun, learning experience, but I hope I get to see more than just vocals next time!”