Recording Connection Success Stories, Page 48

August 25, 2012 Student Quotes

Don’t just get taught, get taught by talent.

“This lab was a challenge because I am learning how to play a new instrument while also having to create my own song. Really putting my brain power to use. I am enjoying this lab as it presents a challenge but at the same time I am learning to be a true musician which is really cool. I asked Dick to show me how to create electronic music without using pre-recorded loops and he is teaching me just that and so much more. I am grateful that he is so gifted and talented at his craft because he is an excellent teacher.”

Find out what the myths are, and what the truth is.

"The best part of the studio today was Theo was feeling self-conscious and I like to read my musicians vibes. So I told Theo I noticed how he was feeling and he took defense to himself and said, “ Nuh, uh, I’m the $hit!” This helped cause a reverse psychology effect and Theo played with more confidence. I used another tactic of having the other intern assistant audio engineer, record Theo when he thought he was taking practice run. He felt less pressure and performed much cleaner. I like to think being an engineer/producer is much more than just listening to the music. It’s observing the emotions and vibes from everyone in the room to get a true understanding of how everyone’s feeling the music. I also read the writer’s (Greg’s) faces and I noticed when he told Theo he did good, he really didn’t mean it and I pointed it out to him later and this caused him to decide something he’s been debating for a while now. People have to have honesty to actually appreciate and be completely satisfied with their own work. I think being a woman I have disadvantages, but I don’t feel today showed me any at all. I also helped the musician by counting his beats for him and helping him know when to really start and stop. Whether these are normal jobs for an assistant engineer, I feel going above and beyond for any musician is helpful to the whole team. Today was fun! We shot a video for Greg’s Making of “World Dance CD”. I felt very lucky to be a part of such a fun project! Thanks again RC!"

August 18, 2012 Student Quotes

Learn what it’s like to be in studio.

“This was such a great experience and I loved the vibe from it all. I really got to see my mentor in action and how it’s down, but not only that I got to help mic setup and interacting with the clients. Me and Brian both agree that it felt natural me being there. Can’t wait to see what the future brings. Along with everything I did in the studio with my mentor, I have been recording myself making songs, practicing my mixing and editing skills and have been trying to get my own clients to work with. I am really glad I chose to do this school.”

Develop a relationship with your mentor as a person – not just a teacher.

“After we were finished talking about monitors, Garin and I just talked about all the different kinds of music we both listen to then he had showed me some stuff he had mixed and recorded that was still on the computer. The session was great and I love being in this program.”

Introduce yourself to professionals and create opportunities.

“After we graded the final we worked on some music by a gentleman under the performing name DB Cooper. Although I am complete with the course I will be going in next week to overdub some guitar parts for him. This course was a great way to get involved in the recording aspect of music. I learned a lot and I plan on using this knowledge to help me find a career in this field one day.”

Apply what you learn at a real studio to your work at home.

“I have been running little sessions at my house with a coworker where we record things and it was awesome to see a professional and get tips from him and see him work the equipment.”

Let the experts show you the fundamentals.

"I have learned that knowing the most basic things about recording are by far the most important. It’s the little things that can make all the difference and it is best for you to have a good environment and a good microphone in order to get a good sound (for the most part). I learned about the uses of microphones and my mentor showed me in depth on how they worked and functioned."

Learn by example.

“We went over the architecture of studio rooms, as well as the materials used to create a properly tuned room. My mentor had a lot of example materials and foam designs from Auralex to show me and explained to me what each of them do. He’s not a big fan of foam, but he did a very good job explaining how our studio is set up and why it was set up that way. The second half of the lesson involved monitors, and the difference between speakers in general. It was fun learning about the different types of speakers, and as I expected how to determine which monitors are better is just what each individual likes more.”

Be in the right place at the right time for making industry connections.

"Week three has been busy and very productive, I have begun to use “logic” and I have been getting my name into the industry. I am really starting to realize what exactly my career base is going to be. Before I came to Sanctum Sound / Serenity East, before I got involved with the recording connection. I started listening and getting into this hip-hop artist by the name of Moufy. He is a local Boston Hip-Hop artist, who is independently making albums and releasing them to iTunes for purchase. The artist has a fan base that is pretty much limited to the East Coast at the moment but is trying to spread himself and his music to the West and even further. After the third week of being in Boston I saw an online flyer advertising Moufy performing at the Paradise Rock Club here in Boston, I right away bought a ticket. Once I got to the show I met and spoke with some of the opens for Moufy, was later introduced to the sound guy for the show, and was actually able to be in the sound booth and be some assistance for the show that night. From that point on I knew I wanted to be a huge part of Moufy’s music and management crew.

Later that week when I got back into the studio, I told my mentor all about Moufy and the show, explaining to her that I want to produce and work with Moufy professionally. Chrissy (my mentor) knew I was onto something so she offered me the chance to get Moufy into the studio free of charge. Right away Chrissy started teaching me how to use the program “Logic”, after only a couple hours of using the program I felt very comfortable and began making beats. I am now working on a solid beat and have been meeting with Moufy and his manager going over ideas and logistics. I am very excited to see where this relationship will take me and I can’t wait to see the outcome."

The benefit of one-on-one mentorship

“My mentor gave me real life examples to understand some of the concepts of signal flow discussed. For instance, if your turn up volume of a home sound system with no music playing you can still hear a hiss sound or ‘noise’. Every piece of equipment has a sound naturally and it is the job of the engineer to recognize when a noise adds to the mix or degrades it, and then make the necessary adjustments.

Seeing the diagrams and discussing them made the lesson easier to understand. Boo explained how knowing the signal flow will help in troubleshooting issues that arise while recording. I actually saw Boo does figure out a problem in one of our earlier sessions, when had to figure out why he was not getting any sound on one of his output channels for one of the drums.”

August 11, 2012 Student Quotes

The benefit of one-on-one mentorship

“My mentor gave me real life examples to understand some of the concepts of signal flow discussed. For instance, if your turn up volume of a home sound system with no music playing you can still hear a hiss sound or ‘noise’. Every piece of equipment has a sound naturally and it is the job of the engineer to recognize when a noise adds to the mix or degrades it, and then make the necessary adjustments.

Seeing the diagrams and discussing them made the lesson easier to understand. Boo explained how knowing the signal flow will help in troubleshooting issues that arise while recording. I actually saw Boo does figure out a problem in one of our earlier sessions, when had to figure out why he was not getting any sound on one of his output channels for one of the drums.”

Find work more easily upon graduation, with major production credits already on your resume.

"I just took my final test exam and got all 35 of the questions 100% correct. I have already worked on many projects and according to my mentor I will be receiving assistant producer credits for a recent project for MTV."

"I will look over the Job Assistance Program resources and build my resume and cover this weekend."

Sit in on real studio recording sessions.

“I was so excited to be able to see a session in a real live studio! Before attending the Recording Connection, I had never been in a real professional studio and the fact that I was going to be able to see a session, blew my mind! I got to the studio at 5:30pm and we began to go over the lesson like any other lesson day. He showed me how the digital console looks like in Pro Tools and how I was able to program different machines into the inputs digitally using Pro Tools. After we went over the console, George told me he had to record a bass line for a song he was working on and asked me to help him record it. I was happy to get a hands-on lesson where I was able to work with Pro Tools. He showed me how to record in Pro Tools, what buttons and short cuts I could use, then we recorded. George played the bass and we recorded it in a couple of takes and that was that.”

“After we had recorded the bass line, George showed me how to master the track so we can have a final version. It was about 7pm when we finished everything and George had a client come in. It was the moment I had been waiting for, my FIRST session in a professional studio! I was really excited to see how everything worked. Jeff Rosenburg was George’s client for the night and had come in to record some vocals and guitar for a couple songs of his. When he came in, my mentor was quick to introduce me as his intern and told me that Jeff was our client for the night. This made me feel special and welcome in the session. I felt really comfortable being in the room with them and excited to make some music”

Gain knowledge you can only get at a working studio.

“We first talked about the different types of monitors in the studio. I needed a good bit of help with this because I didn’t understand most of the really technical differences in the monitors; just really that they were different sized speakers to produce the different pitches of sounds better. I also didn’t realize he put so much effort into the angles and height the monitors were at to make sure that he was in the center of the sound at his main listening position. That part fascinated me because I never even thought to consider that when mixing things.”

“We then went over the construction of the studio. This part was really cool because I never thought that you had to take so many precautions such as a floating floor and ceiling to isolate the sound. It was even more amazing that he built most of his studio himself so i was very impressed. I always just thought you would stuff the walls with fiberglass or something to make it isolated from the outside so learning all of the techniques that he used to achieve that result was really awesome because again, I never thought that so much detail would be taken just to build a wall or a floor.”

Get individual attention from your mentor.

“We had our lesson on signal flow and kinda unexpectedly got into the consoles lesson as well this past week and this by far was the hardest one for me once we actually got into the patch bays, but i stuck with it and finally got some practice with it and got it down for the most part. We started off the lesson by going over the quiz for the week. I had a couple answers that Ryan thought were right but not “textbook” answers. Then we started going over patch bays more in depth. Like I said, it took me awhile but i eventually got it. I kept getting the normaled and half-normaled confused but Ryan was pretty patient with me and I finally got it. He then listened to some of the stuff I had recorded during the week just to hear what I was working on and gave me a few pointers on how to make things sound better.”

See how people in the business work together.

“Intermittently throughout the session we would stop and analyze the audio together and discuss what parts needed improvement and what parts were fine as is. This process was very helpful because I got to witness how a professional communicates with a client.”

Learn ProTools, the industry software standard, inside and out.

“I had fun learning all the keyboard shortcuts and began seeing all the cool things you can do with Pro Tools. I enjoyed learning about all the cool things Pro Tools has to offer such as: a 48-track mono or stereo audio recording, editing, and mixing (up to 24-bit/96 kHz fidelity), how to shape sounds and add effects with over 70 included plug-ins, how to compose music with full MIDI and score notation tools. The Automatic Delay Compensation looks cool and allows great-sounding phase-accurate mixes. You can even talk/collaborate with other Pro Tools users in studios around the world.”

Experience song creation from start to finish.

“This session, Andy had a client in the studio for a while, laying down drum tracks for a project that he had been working on for some time, including several of our earlier lessons. This was great for me, as I have had the opportunity to see the guitar, bass, and now the drums for the same project being recorded and mixed, over the span of several weeks. To witness the evolution of the song from its “bare-bones” stage to the finished product was quite enlightening to say the least.”

August 4, 2012 Student Quotes

Learn beyond what’s in the manual.

“We went through the lesson in depth and discussed important topics to ensure I understood the material completely. I learned a lot about the effects of different sampling rates and bit-depth when recording as well as bouncing a track. After discussing these topics it really put the information in perspective for me. After taking my quiz I had some one-on-one time to talk about the engineering/producing process in general some different things I can do to get ahead and reach my goal faster. Chad offered a few websites he uses as well as podcasts that have really helped him in the past. These have proven to be very useful and I research these resources daily in addition to my bookwork.”

Learn from experienced professionals in the industry.

“In my first session with my mentor, we went over all the book work and the first lesson. He thoroughly went through all of the vocabulary that I was having trouble with, and applied them in scenarios in which I would be able to understand them better. He comes off as a very laid back guy, but through talking to him for the time that I did I could tell he was amazingly brilliant and had a lot of background in music and the production/electrical aspect of the industry.”

July 28, 2012 Student Quotes

Learn how to be highly discreet while recording artists.

“This chapter focused heavily on signal processing. My mentor went over the quiz with me and we dove deeper into what he had showed me the week before. We spoke heavily about equalizers and he drew out a bunch of diagrams for me to look over. I re-drew them so that I knew what was going on a little more. After a while he let me play with the levels for each filter again. Then I sat down with one of the students who had been there longer than me and went over some more notes that he thought I should have. This was also the week of the secret sessions party that my mentor throws every month. There was a nice turnout, and my job was to make sure that everyone was accommodated and that everything was clean. I also took care of door duty for a while, along with running out and grabbing items that the party may have needed. Another great time!”

Work in a steady progression to build a steady foundation for the industry.

“Between work and the studio, I am very busy, but everything is going great at the studio! My mentor and his team are just great and a big help. Anything I need help with, they are glad to answer the question. Soon I will be setting up my first session with an artist I know. I talked to my mentor about it and he said yes, anything he can do to help so that’ll be set up in the next month. I am currently on Lesson 15. I handed in lesson 14 on Monday, and the hours at the studio are getting longer now that I am going more into depth with certain topics. The hours vary during week depending on what we are going over. I’m actually going in today at 1 pm so I’m about to go get dressed and ready but everything like I said is great lady! Thank you Recording Connection!”

Work with the leading professional in your industry.

"This week I got the opportunity to spend two days in the studio with my mentor. On Tuesday we went over the digital representation of sound. I learned about sampling and quantizing of a sound wave when it’s converted into a digital signal through a transducer such as a microphone. I have learned the chain of operations when it comes to the recording/playback process. I know about the Nyquist theorem and how you must use a sample rate of twice the highest frequency you wish to record and how frequencies caught above the half, which is the Nyquist frequency. The sampling rate, would result in alias frequencies entering the signal band. I learned how digital is preferred because of the ability to manipulate sounds and produce new sounds via mathematical procedures. I learned about different Lossy compressed formats and lossless compressed formats of audio and how converting to a Lossy compression you lose the high frequency response and the dynamic range of the original recording. However, using lossless compressions can take a toll on your memory, as they tend to come as bigger files. We went on to cover dithering and how it can reduce signal error and distortion by being added to encode signals that are less than the least significant bit. My mentor invited me back to the studio on Wednesday to sit in a session. He was working with a band called “Fishbone” and I got to see mostly the drumming recording session. I watched him prepare future sessions by having the band members’ record scratch tracks. I was impressed by seeing how he was able to manage his time and tasks as more band members would come in to record. I got to watch him not only acting as the engineer for the project, but also as a producer providing the artists with ideas on how and where to make improvements to strengthen the recording. I thanked my mentor for the opportunity and asked him to please invite me the next time. Over all, I feel very confident in my understanding of Lesson 1 and 2 and I look forward to continue these sit in sessions to better educate me on how the studio ambient is like."

Have a career that you enjoy.

"Lesson 9 went real well for me today with my mentor. I really understood the concepts that were in this Lesson right off the bat when I first started reading this chapter. It explained how to start a new session in Pro Tools and what folders are automatically already in that sessions folders. Like the fade folders for all the fades you would use in that session and saves any fades made in that session automatically to that folder. Same with the audio folder it saves all your audio in that folder. It’s a really cool feature of the program that helps keep you organized. I spent a lot of time in the studio today, I think a total of 6 or 7 hours, and I learned a lot. We went over the signal chain and what everything does from the pre amp to the E/Q and compressors. My mentor also let me use his Pro Tools to record some people singing that were having a session today. Also, he showed me how to tell if it’s mono or stereo, along with how to use a bus. My sessions are going great, and every week I spend more and more time in the studio and learn a lot. My mentor and I get along great and he says I pick up things really fast, which is a good thing. I really enjoy what I have been learning and putting it to good use. My parents are really proud that I am doing something I like which makes me feel pleased. Thank you for all your help Student Services."

Learn hands-on in a real recording studio.

“This was my first day in with my mentor. He showed me around the studio. I was very excited to begin my first journey into becoming an audio engineer. My mentor and I first went over the assignments and he explained to me the different career in the music industry. He broke down what the audio engineer specific tasks in the studio. This day has only allowed me to be more excited and motivated to move on with the program. On my second day, we went over the different sounds and how sound is observed. I had a better understanding of how different object have their uniqueness in sound making and how sound engineers need to have the ability to differentiate between different sound forms and wavelength is used to measure the distance from the beginning and the end of the cycle of the wave. I also learned about waveforms and how it is used to the amplitude of sound. Velocity is also how fast the sound wave travels through a medium such as air, water etc. I also learned about the different characteristics of sound known as timber. My third lesson was on Microphone Basics. This lesson has made me realize that I didn’t know much about microphones before this day. I learned about the three basic types of microphones, which are the Dynamic, the ribbon, and the condenser microphones. I learned how each microphone is used for different types of recordings. The microphone we use at the studio is the condenser microphone and it has a lot of features on it. The condenser microphones are widely used for vocals in music recording. This specific microphone at the studio has three features on it. It uses patterns of omi-directional, bi-directional, and cardioids. I also learned the mic setups. The dynamic mics are usually used in conferences, radio stations, and podcasts. We did a few mic tests in the studio in order to understand the different sounds a microphone creates when using the various patterns. It was a great experience. I felt like I learned a lot at the studio in just this first day since I joined the Recording Connection.”

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