Recording Connection Success Stories, Page 50
June 30, 2012 Student Quotes
Work around your schedule when you join the Recording Connection.
“Well I finally finished school for summer, and I had my first studio lesson with my mentor! Life is good. Needless to say the studio went great! Since it was the first lesson, we just went over the material in the first chapter of both books. My mentor played some audio representations of human hearing phenomenon. I had several questions to ask, and I learned a lot about my mentor’s past and how the music industry has changed throughout his career. It was hilarious hearing about how people actually, literally, had to splice and join cassette tapes. I had some car troubles this week so I couldn’t make it on Tuesday, but rescheduled for Saturday, so I’m so glad the Recording Connection program works with my schedule as well. We have been talking mostly about studio design as I enter into this week, and now we are getting into microphones in great detail. I really enjoying all the questions I get to ask, as well as all the knowledge I am gaining from observation. I learned a lot about the nature of sounds, and ways to diffuse sound to make a better recording environment.”McCaffrey Barr, Jacksonville, Florida
Work with well-known bands.
“My progression through the program is continuing smoothly. This week was even better than last week, if that is even possible. I was already in Nashville early that day, where I happened to be really close to my mentor’s studio, so I was just able to walk to it whenever the time came to go work with my mentor. The more time I spend in Nashville, the more I fall in love with it. Anyways, at the studio I got there a little early so I was looking at the pictures on my mentor’s wall and noticed this signed photo of a band called “Seven Nations.” This happened to be a band that I was a big fan of and soon found out that my mentor actually recorded them, making the experience even better than it already was. Once we got into the recording room, we talked further about how the room was designed. After elaborating on that, we talked about monitors and tweeters, as well as cross fading. I look forward to going back next session as I continue in the Recording Connection program.”Austin Benedict, Glasgow, Kentucky
Work right alongside leading industry professionals.
“I have been working my tail off since I joined the Recording Connection, knowing that I will be the one being rewarded once I earn my certification as an Audio Engineer. I have been pushed to learn and have sought to learn in many situations. Setting up drums and micing it with a plethora of microphones that can buy a car is no problem for me. Client relations and hospitality have always been a strong suit for me. I try to stay invisible when sitting in on the recording sessions, but at the same time, I am always there when help as needed. The session that just passed with my mentor was great. I sat in a session for a link rock band that consisted of past “MISFITS” members. The same day I also sat in a morning session for a jazz-fusion solo project. I set up both sessions, breaking down the session afterwards as well, putting everything away. Bigger responsibilities have been trusted to me since I joined the program as well. An example is handling artist gear and equipment, which doesn’t seem like much. But when you’re dealing with a HARP from the 1800’s that literally has gold fixtures in it, it becomes a big deal. That same day the studio building was hit by lighting and fried a laptop and the Internet router. The owner quickly reacted to the console health and risk of damage. We then went and set out to find any other equipment that could have been damaged or shut off. Having your building get hit by lighting during a session is something no book or traditional school will prepare you for. I was relieved that nothing major happened to the hard drives or any Studio A gear. But I was ecstatic to have experience d this scenario, of an absolute calm and smooth sailing recording session, then having pretty much a panic attack and frenzy for 15-20 minutes. A story will like this outweighs any words in a resume. I have been given tasks of dealing with many artist and clients. Some lovely kind people! Thank you to the Student Services department, as well as the entire Recording Connection Team. You all could have found me a fancy and large studio that goes by the book and where I will be seen maybe once or twice. But instead I was set up with a tight knit community, which has become very close to me. I will continue to work and try to overachieve in every aspect I can.”Yosimar Gomez, Brooklyn, New York
June 23, 2012 Student Quotes
Learn what it takes to work in a recording studio.
“Over the past few weeks I have learned a huge amount from my mentor in the Recording Connection. I have done everything from learning the Patch Bay to mics, and even setting up sessions for my mentor. In the past few weeks my mentor has continually quizzed me on how to set up the Patch Bay. He gave me a track sheet and had me set up the Patch Bay for the session. The next day he gave me a track sheet he set up his self with a couple trick questions. I got it though, and the next week I helped my mentor set up a session or I should say a rehearsal, he taught me how to speak with the clients and how to run things around the studio. The following week we discussed mixing and mastering techniques along with different microphones and polar patterns along with mic placement. In this last week I personally went through the mics at the studio checked them off and gave a brief description on how they work what kind of pattern they had and what they’re good for. This week I have been helping edit and master a project with my mentor. This week should be fun!!”Nate Aills, Oak Lawn, Illinois
Recording your mentors’ clients.
“Today was such an interesting day in the studio with my mentor. My mentor and I were working with the same band we have been working on for a few weeks now, finishing recording the last pieces to their album. The starter of the band has a quartet with one violist and a cellist, which is what we recorded today in the studio. I helped my mentor set up the microphones and I understood the meaning on the placement of each mic. Along with the quartet came their own director, who during the recording was paying close attention to every note they were playing and corrected them to make it perfect. My mentor was watching for the high and low notes making sure the song played through smoothly and kept the same texture throughout. He really knew what he was talking about I always make sure to pay very close attention to him after each take and learned a lot about breaking up the song into sections, listening to the dynamics, as well as the flow of the song. They were very talented so the recording went smoothly and quicker than expected. After everything was finished my mentor and I started going over signal flow with Patch Bays and how everything went through the different equipment. He showed me around the studio to all the different Patch Bays he collected through the years and explained how different ones were wired and put together. Once we were back in the studio he allowed me to experiment with the Patch Bay and I was able to connect a signal through different pre-amps, condensers and other equipment. After that I was able to really understand the signal flow process very well. This upcoming week I will sit down with the same band again and we will mix and master there album. It will be my first mix so I’m really excited to see how it works!”Mike Dudek, Export, Pennsylvania
Work hands-on with professional recording equipment.
“My mentor started off my very first day in the program today by showing me how to properly wrap a chord with the “In & Out” technique. He also stated the importance of leaving a loop on both ends of the chord so to prevent the pulling of the chord connection if someone were to trip the chord. I learned that the male XLR connector is the output and the female XLR is the input. My mentor and I used a 3 prong XLR connector for the mic today. Then I got to hook up the AKG 414 Condenser Microphone to the wall outlet and mic chord. The Condenser mic needs Phantom Power at 48 volts, the power knob for this is on the console in the control room. We then booted up the interface racks for the Pro Tools, analog to digital-digital to analog, and I ran through my Signal Flow drills. I am still trying to learn the correct terminology but I remember what to do and can visualize it as if I were in front of the Console. I also learned that the headphones cue are always in pre-mode so that way the clients in studio don’t hear the mixing and adjusting of levels that are being done in the control room. I then moved onto Lesson reading assignment and Quiz 1 is done and my mentor graded it. I believe I missed 2 and he went over the corrections with me, really making sure I understood everything before moving onto the next question in the Quiz. We used some effects from the rack like the Yamaha SPX 1000 and Digital Reverb Lexicon 224. I got to listen to some really cool music by “Blind Faith” and “Chicago”. First time I’ve heard of Blind Faith and I was diggin’ it!”Kirk Mangum, Grand Prairie, Texas
Develop a working relationship with the professional in the music industry.
“I spent all day in the studio today with my mentor learning all the different plug-ins about TDM, RTAS, and more, for Pro Tools. Also I was able to understand the use of plug-ins and the different uses of them all. We also went into great length about Reverbs, EQ, Compressors, Delays, and Flanger, including what each one of them can be used for. Different instruments need certain plug-ins, or else they do not sound very good with certain plug-ins. I also discovered delay on a piano doesn’t always sound good. I was able to track what my mentor had done, and he let me mess around with it, such as adding d-verb to the vocals, or bomb factory compressor to the guitars, or EQ and delay for the drums. The Recording Connection is exactly what I was looking for when I started researching what program I would join online. I have a real cool mentor in a relaxed atmosphere.”James Painter, Volente, Texas
Learn how to record in a professional studio.
"My mentor is doing a great job of making sure I understand the Lesson assignments before moving on to any other curriculum assigned by the Recording Connection. This week we began to discuss Signal Flow, next moving onto Microphone Placement. My mentor and I worked with about a dozen of his different microphones, setting them each up as though we had a band ready to record. I learned which microphones are best used for each instrument in various situations and how different micing techniques get different results. It was great to start applying what I've been learning into actual recording activities."Jesse Holst, New York, NY
Work with your mentor one-on-one.
"This week was my first week in the Recording Connection. I completed all of my reading assigned to me by the program, as well as finishing the Quiz. Not only this, I did additional internet research and note taking on 3 topics of interest from my reading: the mix down process, the mastering process, and techniques for taking care of my hearing. My mentor and I reviewed my Quiz, talking in great detail about the different career opportunities that are offered to me in the music industry. We looked at several waveforms using Pro Tools, discussing the concept of wavelengths, as well as how they appear in a DAW. We discussed the decibel and how it is VERY important to mix at a moderate decibel level. We discussed the Flethcher-Munson curve and how it applies to sound engineering, as well as the sounds of everyday life. I also watched several YouTube videos explaining some of the basic functions and "hot keys" for Pro Tools. My first session with my mentor was GREAT! My mentor is a great guy with a very strong work ethic. He did a great job explaining the entirety of the Lesson assigned to me by the Recording Connection, also doing a great job answering the additional questions that I had prepared for him prior to going into the studio to work with him one-on-one. He is very knowledgeable and I can already tell that I am going to learn a lot just being around him."Matthew Baker, New York, NY
“These lessons with my mentor have been very exciting for me. My mentor had me patching things on the Patch Bay as well as recording live audio with a vocal mic. Next we went over the Lesson assigned to me by the Recording Connection, where we talked a lot in detail about it, as well as put it to practical use. He even let me mess around on Pro Tools after we recorded as well. When we did this my mentor showed me everything about how their board at the studio is wired, including which inputs are where in the Patch Bay and how to route those to Pro Tools. We set levels on the board for our vocal recording and then recorded it through Pro Tools. Afterward, I did a few things on Pro Tools with our audio clip we are working on together. This week, there was also another student who was coming in for his first Lesson ever as a Recording Connection student. My mentor asked me to stick around to meet the guy and give some of my input during the Lesson. It was exciting to see another student just starting out in the program. I stayed for his entire Lesson as well and we all left together. I do really enjoy my mentor. He is a super cool guy and I am really learning a lot from him. A few days later I was able to go down to the studio for the grand opening of the Bar/TV studio/ Concert stage downstairs underneath the studio. It was great! I got to meet a lot of people associated with my mentors recording studio and he showed me all the details of the sound booth for the stage. He mentioned having me run sound on the weekends at his studio once it gets up and running to perfection. I have been very involved in the studio with my mentor since I joined the Recording Connection and it is a great experience. “Matthew Wagner, Flushing, Michigan
June 16, 2012 Student Quotes
Work with well-known producers and artists.
“Last week my mentor and I started making a sample library. He explained to me how important it is to be organized while dealing with music. In result of the sampling sounds I was also learning the different techniques to mic an instrument. This was all very helpful because the way you mic an instrument may change the sound dramatically. I then was instructed to mic up a full drum set. I tried many different techniques like putting a krk rokit behind the kick drum mic and recording it, this way I would get the kick as well as the feedback from the kick, creating a very nice drum kick. I also got to engineer my first track for an artist named “Little Beat”. This artist does children’s music, and you can even look him up online at Little Beat Music. Even though he does little kids music, let me tell you, this was not an easy task. He brought kids in to have them record tracks, after they were done then he recorded. It was the introduction to his album that he will be performing at the White House this year. Little beat told me I did great for my first time engineering and that made me feel great!”Jasmine Charleston, Lilburn, Georgia
Work hands-on in multiple recording studios.
“I was invited to sit in on a tracking session at Vibe Asylum Studio in Waikiki by a friend of mine that just so happens to be an engineer at my mentors’ studio as well. We were able to get solid drum tracks for two songs, which was great. Then I helped run cables and set up mics on the bass and guitars. I got to set up the project in Pro Tools and learned about creating templates. I also learned some basic editing and quantizing midi drum tracks. It was a great learning experience and I think I will be sitting in on more sessions in the future. I realize this is not part of the program, but I just wanted to keep you abreast of all the experience I’m getting. I completed lesson 5 this week. I cannot say thank you enough for the opportunity. The Recording Connection program is exactly what I was looking for and I have already told 100 of my friends with similar interest about it. The value is immeasurable. Things are great over here academically speaking.”Jim Fox, Kaneohe, Hawaii
Work with your mentor and his clients.
“There was a lot going on at the studio this week: there were artists coming in and out checking out the studio and also recording. On Sunday there was a band recording at my mentors’ studio, which was great. The setup for them was fairly basic: drum kit, bass guitar, acoustic finger-picked guitar, and vocals all required mic-ing up. The drums had 9 mics, the bass went through an amplifier and was also DI’ed, and we had 2 mics for the guitar amp. Finally, we had a room mic and a vocal mic. The session went very well. The guitarist did a few takes and he doubled his vocals for a nice effect. For me, it was great to have a band in there so I could get some experience working closely with actual paying clients. They like to have things done quickly. Now the third lesson was on everything to do with Microphones. I first learned about the three different types: condenser, dynamic, and ribbon. Condensers are more sensitive due to their multi-polar pattern switches that allow them to be switched between cardioid, bi-directional, and omnidirectional. The different polar patterns are actually displacing the electrical charge in the capsule of the mic so as to change its pick-up pattern. I then began learning about mic-ing up a piano. There are multiple ways to do it and it all depends on what style of music the performer is playing. We discussed the sound holes, the hammers, and the strings and how each of those three elements produces a piano sound slightly different from the rest. I found this very neat. We had mics set up: 2 on the soundboard (sound holes), 2 on the strings (low & high), and 2 room mics (left & right). All of these mics picked the piano sound up in various ways: the hammers had a more metallic, percussive sound, the room mics of course had some natural reverb from the room on them, and the sound holes were more soft and expressive. Overall this was a fantastic week. Not only did I get to work with an actual band, but I also learned about micing a piano, which was always a particular curiosity of mine. Looking forward to Sunday’s lab and Lesson 4 with my mentor that was assigned to me by the Recording Connection.”Nick Aufiero, Brick, New Jersey
Work with your own mentor one-on-one.
“Had another great lesson in the evening time with my mentor. We went over the second Lesson on Studio Design and Monitors. I learned how studios are designed I also learned how to make a floating wall, a floating ceiling, a floating floor, and bass traps and when and why to use them, as well as learning how to build “a room within a room” and how and why to create a sound lock between all your rooms. I learned about why we build “barrier, air pocket, barrier” in relation to floating ceilings, walls, and floors, and to offset dense materials because sound travels more easily through dense materials. I learned about pink noise and how to set up a control room and use a spectral analyzer to get as close to a flat frequency as possible and the ideal set up of monitors, work station, and how to find where you want reflectors and absorbers and why. I learned how to make a rooms “liveliness” customizable utilizing hinged doors that have absorbers on one side and can swing to be either wood (reflector) or an absorbent so you can create a more dampened or lively room for recording. Overall, another excellent Lesson with my mentor, tons of information, and a great time as always in the Recording Connection.”Scott Steinberg, Monument, Colorado
Learn the ins and outs of Patch Bays.
“Today my lesson was an introduction to Patch Bays, how they work, and what their purposes are. This Lesson was a difficult lesson for me to understand, however, as always my mentor did a great job explaining it to me. The more I use Patch Bays and spend more time in the studio, the more I understand how they work. A patch Bay, or Patch Channel, is a rack mounted that houses cable connections. Patch bays let the engineer quickly change the select signal path without having to switch a whole bunch of cords and equipment by plugging or unplugging cords. On a Patch Bay you can change the path of the signal with simple short cords. Patch bays make it easier to connect different devices in different orders for different projects, because all of the changes can be made at the patch bay. Patch bays can be used in recording, television and radio broadcast studios. There are also three different “modes” you can have on your patch bay. One is called “normalled” the other Half-normalled” and the other “Open”. If you watch really old movies you can notice that Patch Bays were used when using the telephone. When someone made a call it would go to the telephone operator and the operator would pull a plug out of the patch channel and plug into a different one to direct the caller to his or her destination. I am doing extra studying and research on this lesson. This Lesson was tough to grasp but if you really understand the use and how a Patch Bay works you will save a lot of time, heartache and money!”Jon Cornella, Pueblo, Colorado
Build a solid foundation needed for success in a real-life recording studio.
"This week I learned a lot about microphones and microphone types!! There are Carbon, Crystal-cb radios, Dynamic/ Moving coil, Dynamic ribbon, Condenser, and Electret-Condenser. I also learned about the different microphone patterns, as well as how they differ from each other, which really helps me with microphone placement. According to my mentor, the U-87 condenser mic is highly used for vocals in the Hip-Hop World. It can also be used for guitar cab and drum overheads. The U-87 does use phantom power as do all condenser mics…48v! When I first joined the Recording Connection I had a lot of anxiety and was pretty overwhelmed. However, as the program continues and I work hands-on with my mentor I am finally making a breakthrough!"Mike Bennett, New York, NY
Work full-time in a professional recording studio.
“A couple of days ago I went in to discuss the introduction of the course with my mentor assigned to my by the Recording Connection. When I first arrived my mentor and I discussed what kind of things I will be doing in each Lesson within the program, and how to schedule each session before arriving at the studio for my Lessons each week at the studio. Once completed we moved on to talk a lot about the different types of positions that are out there in the music and recording industry, also moving on to discuss some of ideas in Lesson 1 that really stuck out to me. A few days later I went into the studio to work with my mentor again, moving on to go over a Quiz that was assigned to me by the Recording Connection. Here my mentor demonstrated the uses of Attack, Decay, Sustain and Release on a Synthesizer using the actual Pro Tools equipment. While doing this, my mentor also helped me to understand how different saw-tooth, square and triangle waves can sound. We also talked about decibels and the speed of sound, and how that applies in real world situations, like concerts or arenas. This week I also had the privilege to meet two graduates of the Recording Connection program while I was at the studio, and it was very comforting to see that they were both working full time and enjoying it there.”Kevin Welch, Chester Springs, Pennsylvania
June 9, 2012 Student Quotes
Work hands-on along side the leading professionals in the music industry.
“Tuesday’s session with my mentor went great. First we reviewed the Quiz assigned to me by the Recording Connection, then moving on to go over how to set up Pro Tools. My mentor let me set up a microphone in front of an old metronome, as a sample, in the rehearsal room, then letting me record part of it using Pro Tools. This was my official introduction to setting up a track, which is starting out very basic and will be covered in more detail as the weeks progress in the recording studio with my mentor. I also met a man in the studio this week, finding out he is the guitarist for a band I really like named The Dismemberment Plan! I did like my Recording Connection Student Service advisor instructed me and got all of his contact information because this may be of further assistance in the future. Moreover, it is also nice to have the contact information of the guitarist for a band that I really enjoy during my own down time. Next week my mentor will be going over more recording with me and in the next few weeks to come he has advised me he will want me to bring someone I know into the studio to record. Things are starting to get in to full gear.”Patrick Jones, Ashburn, Virginia
Work hands-on to assist in recording sessions.
"Great lesson on signal flow and more on mics. It was good to understand and go through where the signal travels after the mic. My mentor has a great setup and showed me how each box worked, such as equalize compression, pre amps, and monitor control. There is a lot to it and I realized that each sound desired, requires a unique path. There is an art to it where experience and knowledge is needed. I stayed for a while after my lesson to help setup and record a band. The mic setup is also an art in itself. It took about an hour to set up and get the drums sounding good. The band-type recording is what I was excited to be a part of and it we all had a good time."Dominic Rubino, New York, NY
June 2, 2012 Student Quotes
Learn Studio Design hands-on.
“Spent the evening at the studio and as usual I had another great lesson with my mentor. We went over the second lesson on Studio Design and Monitors and I got to really learn how studios are designed. I also learned how to make a floating wall, a floating ceiling, a floating floor, and bass traps, as well as when and why to use them. I also got to learn how to build “a room within a room” and how and why to create a sound lock between all your rooms. I learned about why we build “barrier, air pocket, barrier” in relation to floating ceilings, walls, and floors, and to offset dense materials because sound travels more easily through dense materials. I learned about pink noise and how to set up a control room and use a spectral analyzer to get as close to a flat frequency as possible and the ideal set up of monitors, work station, and how to find where you want reflectors and absorbers and why. I learned how to make a rooms “liveliness” customizable utilizing hinged doors that have absorbers on one side and can swing to be either wood (reflector) or an absorbent so you can create a more dampened or lively room for recording. Overall, another great lesson with my mentor with tons of information and just a great time.”Scott Steinberg, Monument, Colorado
June 9, 2012 Student Quotes
Learn by doing.
“My mentor showed me what Amplitude is on the DAW. He also explained how Wavelength is important to note. He went onto say that through experience he can tell what instrument is playing where from simply looking at the wave format it produces in the DAW. He told me that it comes from experience and that some day, I’ll be able to do it, too. There were so many different topics that we discussed that I can’t recall all of them at the moment, but the two things that we talked about that really stuck with me were Peak and UV monitoring, and the different levels of MP3s and the quality of wave and AVIFF files. He showed me on the consul what Peak and UV monitoring looked like and why it’s important to use both. Peak is basically to measure the transient of a wave. It’s able to do this because it picks things up faster than the UV monitoring. UV monitoring is used to average out the threshold of the whole wavelength. He explained how both are very much needed when EQing things properly. After he showed me that there are different forms of MP3 files, such as 16bit all the way up to 320bit. He explained how basically the more bits, the more data is in each song. Usually, the more data means the higher quality of the song. This easily transposed when he explained to me the difference between AVIFF files and MP3s. MP3s are basically compressed AVIFF files, however because they are compressed, much of the data that went into producing the AVIFF file gets thrown away. So in basic terms it’s not the final mix that the artist and producer intended people to hear. The quality of the track suffers when it gets compressed down, and many people don’t know it. He also told me if I want to get the AVIFF of things, I need to get it straight from the CD, and he even showed me how to import the CD into iTunes without having it get compressed into a MP3 or AVI file. I had a really great time at the studio and my mentor and I got along great. We laughed and I learned a LOT. I can’t wait till the next time I can come in. The one thing I was disappointed about is that he wants me to get a couple of lessons under my belt, at least until the microphone placement lesson, before I go into the studio to shadow him. I do very much understand why he would feel this way and I also agree that it would probably be better for me to have a greater understanding of things before I start messing around with his expensive gear.”Arthur Lucena, Boca Raton, Florida
Strengthen your music industry skills.
“My second week in the Recording Connection went great. My mentor and I went over the Q&A assigned to me by the program. I missed a couple so we went over the answers I got wrong so I could really understand them. When we completed my mentor showed me a beat he was working on so I could start to understand the way it worked. I was pretty confident up until this week, my official 4th week with my mentor in his studio. I had trouble retaining the information on the subject and I also didn’t do very well on my Q&A. However, that all turned around with my mentor, who helped me to figure out what I didn’t understand and the things I was not clear on. After that, we did the Q&A for Lesson 4 again and I did pretty well on that. Next I got to let my mentor listen to one of the artists I’m working with and he said he wants him to be on a compilation CD he’s making tomorrow. I love the program so far. I think I’m doing pretty well. Things are going good with the mentor, and he is a great person to learn from. He is a very down to earth person like myself and he is good at explaining the things that I am not sure on. Thanks for all your assistance Recording Connection.”Dalton Powell, Wichita, Kansas
Learn hands-on in a working studio.
“Hope all is well. Tuesday’s session with my mentor went well. We reviewed the Q&A and then went over how to set up Pro Tools. He let me set up a microphone in front of an old metronome (as a sample) in the rehearsal room and then let me record part of it using Pro Tools. This was sort of an introduction to setting up a track and was very basic and will be covered more next week on Monday. I also met a guy in the studio, and came to find out he is the guitarist for a band I really like. I followed my Student Services advice and got his contact information, because this may be of further assistance in the future, and it is also nice to have the contact information of the guitarist for a band that I really enjoy. Next Monday, my mentor will be going over more recording with me and in the next few weeks, he wants me to bring someone I know into the studio to record. Things are starting to get in to full gear. Thank you goes out to the Recording Connection and I look forward to continuing in the program with my mentor.”Patrick Jones, Ashburn, Virginia
Receive expert advise by working with a professional recording engineer.
“I was very excited coming into the studio for the first time. My mentor greeted me with a warm handshake and we got right down to talking about my thoughts on the chapter. We discussed what I thought about the readings so far and any further information he wanted to add on top of what I learned. I told him that it was all a lot of information to take in and he agreed. I spoke with him about possibly needing to reread the chapter again, and he suggested that it would be a good idea to read every chapter around 2-3 times to fully grasp what the chapter is saying. We both shared the idea that I should be trying to learn as much as I can. After about 15 minutes of just talking about the chapter we talked about my first Q&A assignment. He started by asking me what I thought about it and I said that I couldn’t answer the questions very well, but not because I didn’t know the answer, but because I didn’t know the proper term for things yet. I wasn’t prepared since I didn’t know how the questions would be worded. I feel that I will be able to do much better on my next Q&A now that I have a better understanding of how the quiz is set up. On top of the quiz, my mentor also asked me in depth questions about the different topics covered in the first lesson. He asked me things like what is the producer’s job? What is the engineer’s job? Do I know what this term means? Do I know what the term is?”Arthur Lucena, Boca Raton, Florida
Receive one-on-one training when you join the Recording Connection.
“My day at the studio today was great. My mentor and I began the day by going over the Quiz assigned to me by the Recording Connection, where he really helped me understand the Logarithmic and that for every three decibels a track or sound is increased, it sounds two times louder to the human ear. He then showed me by letting me listen to a track that he was working on to better my understanding of it. We also talked a little about analog and digital hardware and that people have argued about which is better. And that it doesn’t matter which is better; what matters is that it works good and sounds good. Which brought us to talk about not letting down the artist. My mentor used Mariah Carey as an example. She sounds great on and off recordings. If an artist sounds great in the vocal booth but doesn’t sound the same on the other end of the equipment, that has to be fixed either by bringing different microphones or checking the cables and the rest of the equipment. Basically what goes on in the booth is very important because if you are hear one thing in the booth and another thing on the other side, something with the equipment needs to be fixed. Also, we talked about mixing music to 85db so that you can get the mix right. If you’re mixing a db level higher or lower, the sound you are hearing in the studio isn’t going to be the same when played over your car’s radio, headphones, mp3, etc. My mentor also showed me why a studio’s acoustics is so important by measuring the db level outside in the lobby. This was about 65db compared to the studio, which was so quiet that the db level read low. Which I found amazing because you could have heard the electricity in the wires on the equipment it was so quiet.”Ian Smith, Tampa, Florida