Recording Connection Success Stories, Page 53
April 14, 2012 Student Quotes
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“Today we began our Thirteenth Lesson in the Recording Connection, which was more of a review session concerning previous chapters, which was great to get a moment to go back to review all that I have learned, as well as ask any questions that could be lingering. My mentor re-introduced me to the sound flow of the send from a mic, eventually coming out of the speakers into the control room. I had been familiar with this idea prior to the Recording Connection due to my having experienced it working and, and failing, first hand. In studio B the voice sends back wasn’t working correctly. However, this did not stop me from recording. I saw how the send travels through the Patch Bay to the Monitors and in order to fix it the Console would need to be dissected. At this point I have been working with my own equipment, Pro Tools 10, for some time now in the program. This is no problem because I have the opportunity to use much bigger versions of these in the studio than contain multiple inputs and outputs. Although they are present in both studio A and B at his mentors’ studio, I along with my mentor know that you can get the same, if not more, precise effects using the computer only. I got in the booth shortly after completing the quiz assigned to me today, where I recorded and edited a track at which point the session ended. Also, I have great news. I just got a job mixing for a friend of my mentors’. I hooked up his Pro Tools so applying it to friend. Also, I got to record for a little bit, and apparently, it sounds very good. This lesson was mainly dealing with synchronization or the perfect alignment of possible sounds and videos in a production. Sound and video once being separated are now being combined in perfect sync to complete any type of project. My mentor made sure I had no trouble in understanding that these separate important factors are now being combined more than ever, making it almost impossible to find one by itself.”Bernard Shalvey, Moorsville, North Carolina
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“This was my very first week with my mentor, where I went over Quiz #1 that had been assigned to me. We then discussed his equipment and a little about the signal flow of his set up. We then spent a lot of time talking about different aspects of the recording industry, listening to some different recordings and listened to in and out of phase tracks. All in all was a great initial first lesson with my mentor and I am excited to continue with my mentor at his recording studio! I have never worked with any of this equipment before but my mentor is very good about explaining what each piece of equipment does and what the flow is through them. The Recording Connection program at first, when I saw the Website, I thought “Wow this is awesome”. However, I was also was skeptical that it was legit in what it offered. But after researching the website and talking to the people who were actively enrolled, I thought “Well maybe this is worth trying.” So I signed up and met my mentor at the studio. At that point on I realized this is definitely going to be fun! We talk about all the things it takes to make an album, how things work in a recording studio, the equipment, and it is just really great! This experience is great and I look forward to learning all I can with my mentor!”Brandyn Hale, Midvale, Utah
Work hands-on by applying your book course to real live professional recording studios.
"This week I went into the studio and went over the mixing boards with all the input and output controls. Here we went into detail about both EQ, as well as impedance. My mentor went into the studio and we discussed music, as well as how analog is an older type of mixing compared to digital, including the characteristics of them both. It was really exciting to go into the studio because I’ve been reading so much about it. It was cool to be in the studio because I am now getting more hands-on experience and saw how everything worked. We are working on mic placement and getting to know the instruments and where to place the mics for each instrument. I am feeling good about it all, and I will be headed back in the studio later on this week. This weeks’ session I went into the studio and was able to hang out with some people for a while and start learning a lot more about the board and Pro Tools. Giving me the basics of the board and all the controls really help me out with the book, puts a better over view and understanding to everything."Ben Holman, New York, NY
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“During lesson 2 this week with my mentor, I learned the basics of digital audio. Moreover, we discussed various sampling rates and the most important, that 44.1 kHz is the standard sampling rate for most compact disc. While continuing with our session my mentor and I went over two of the most basic characteristics of sound: Frequency and Amplitude. We also went over the digital recording and rerecording process. Last but not least, we went over several different digital transmission standards and the protocols being used today in the audio industry such as, AES/EBU, S/PDIF, and SCMS. Also I would like to note that after my one-on-one training with my mentor I was asked to come back and sit in on a mixing session. It was amazing and I felt so privileged to be there just looking and listening to the entire professional recording process.”Brandon White, Jacksonville, Alabama
April 7, 2012 Student Quotes
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"This week I started off by observing how my mentor mixes a song for his band. Every time I sit down and watch him mix and edit, I learn something new. At this point I understand most of what my mentor is doing, which is a great feeling. I have taken the extreme challenge of music editing head on. I find it very difficult to edit with precision. However, I have been paying very close attention to how my mentor edits, using the different edit modes. For example, when my mentor edits using Grid, as opposed to Slip, I now understand that Grid allows me to move a Region as it snaps to the grid. Slip tends to slide too far to the left or right of where it needs to be placed. For this project we are working on now, my mentor was dragging and dropping multiple grouped regions in and around the timeline. I had never thought of having to make an edit move like that. It certainly opens me up to bigger possibilities when editing in concerned now that I have begun training with my mentor. When my mentor finishes a mix, he usually records a separate pass in the session of the mixed song, its instrumental version and a vocal only version. I asked how I could record a mix down similar to what he did. My mentor suggested I solo the tracks I desire then bounce them to disk. Once I do that, I can re-import them into the session as an Audio file. I put this into practice when editing my final commercial and created my own signature layered sound effects. We arranged for me to drop by the studio and review the changes I made to the Doritos commercial with have been working on. I was thrilled to know that my mentor liked the changes I made. A few days later my mentor and I screened my latest version of a commercial I’ve been working on. After making all the little necessary adjustments he requested from our last meeting, he gave very high praise for my work. We edited the music together since I’ve been struggling with that process. Most importantly he pointed out that I should choose the sections of the music I like most, then paste them together. He was using the Command E keys to create edit points for the parts we liked. This was a total revelation since I was not editing in this fashion. My method was quite sloppy compared to what he showed me. A very important tool used to stretch out a few seconds of music was Time Compression Expansion. I was a bit familiar with it from watching the tutorial DVD that came with my MBox the Recording Connection provided me with. Putting that technique into practice made a lot of sense and could see that being very helpful in my editing future."Aron Toplitsky, New York, NY
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“My life has been very busy since the last time I touched bases with the Recording Connection program. Things are going awesome at the studio the Recording Connection assigned me to! My mentor is an amazing teacher, with a tremendous wealth of knowledge; it really works well for me. For example, when I did not understand compression ratios he told me to graph them out. Now I get it, haha! All in all, things are awesome!”Timothy Kelly, Tulsa, Oklahoma
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“My fourth week with my mentor was directly focused on the Patch Bay. I felt this lesson was a little confusing to me as I read the lesson prior to reviewing it with my mentor. My mentor definitely cleared up my questions and made me feel more comfortable using a Patch Bay. I still feel like most of my learning will come when I get my hands-on work the Patch Bay and use it in the recording sessions as the Recording Connection continues. Later that day, my mentor had me solder together and XLR cable. Once completed he then showed me the connection to the Patch Bay and solder this together. This was the more difficult solder. I went ahead and soldered it together along with another to make a normaled connection. Guess what. My mentor said that it was the fastest he had seen anyone do it for their first time!”Brandon Mrsny, Lakewood, Colorado
Truly understand the Digital world of Recording.
“Lesson two in the Recording Connection made me now fully understand the way Digital world is built. Between sample rates and bit depth, there are tons of information traveling. There are numerous types of digital file formats, such as mp3, wav, wma, AAC, and AIFF. Wav is the best digital format if u want to export a file to have the same original recording with no Compression. CD quality sample rate is about 44.1 khz. The Nyquist Theorem system is the base rule for the Sampling process. My mentor said he feels that I have a nice head start in Recording so before we finished my training for the day I actually got to plug up a microphone through a pre amp, in the rack patch, to the Pay Bay to connect in the board. This was awesome! I never used a Patch Pay before but I joined the Recording Connection. However, after my training at the recording studio with my mentor I realized how many cool things I can setup once trained correctly/”Divan Henson, Baltimore, Maryland
Work hand-in-hand with your mentors’ recording artists.
“Today I was at the studio all evening, from 5:30pm to 10 PM at night. This was at my mentors’ studio for my official Lesson 2 one-on-one time review, as well as my first recording session with a female recording artist. I arrived at the studio a little before 5:30 PM and was informed that I would be greeting the artist when she arrived. When she did arrive, a friend of a cousin who was recording for promoting the studio, arrived I greeted her, as well as her connections, in the hallway, showing them into the recording room. Then my mentor and I cleaned up the recording booth and set up mics for her acoustic guitar without a pickup. Set up two mics for stereo about the length of the guitar apart. We then checked sound and then went over to the client’s studio where I went over my one-on-one lesson with my mentor. Then it was back to the recording session where they were finished with recording the guitar, and we set up for recording the clients’ vocals. We recorded her with a Neumann U87, including a shield in front of it. Adding some reverb to her voice. My mentor let me know to be careful when using Pro Tools because you can quickly make a mess of things. After recording we mixed down the 3 songs quickly, as it didn't take much to make it sound good. Once we had the clients’ approval of the sound, my mentor then mastered the tracks. My mentor informed me of how you need to keep in mind the Fletcher Munson Curve when crushing tracks for mastering, and make sure the gains for each frequency were correct. Then set up the songs for CD gaps and burned to a CD. The whole time keeping conversation with my mentor, the clients, as well as the producers. I presented the client with business cards to promote the studio and thanked her for her time. Then my mentor and I wrapped everything up for the night, locked up the studio, and left around 10 PM. Productive day.”Benjamin Fry, Billings, Montana
Learn to use Pro Tools while working in a live studio.
“I arrived at week 9 in the Recording Connection: Introduction to Pro Tools. We discussed about how Pro Tools came to be, how it’s differs from other recording programs, and what programs this equipment is compatible with. I got an overview of all the files, including audio, video, and fade, which are heavily involved with the program, what gets stored in them, as well as how to access them. My mentor next taught me about how to start a new file and save them, which are the fundamentals that I must understand as I continue to learn the Pro Tools equipment. I got to see a several more of the different plug-ins involved with Pro Tools and how to access them in a timely manner. A few days later, Sunday to be exact, my mentor invited me to come to a live show his band was having. Here I got to watch their sound technician and engineer, helping in any way they needed. I had a blast and learned a bunch too this week in the studio. “Ben Crabtree, Denver, Colorado
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“In my official week 2 with the Recording Connection my mentor and I went over how sound is transformed from vibrations in the air into digital audio wave files, also covering how digital audio is sampled, quantization, clipping, and a lot of basic formulas that illustrated how digital audio can be manipulated. Almost all time in the studio that week was my mentor lecturing and training these topics, as I drilled the concepts into my brain. We also went over a lot of basic electrical circuit diagrams to get me familiar with circuitry before we jump into microphones. The following week we started going over microphones and how they work mechanically. I really enjoyed this section, as this is something I was always curious about, and it turns out to be quite simple and easy to understand. My mentor and I went over dynamic moving coil, dynamic ribbon, condenser, electrets condenser, and even old carbon mics! We really got into the circuitry of them. We went over polar patterns, frequency responses, as well as the importance and applications of each of them. Then my mentor explained the different basic mic placement setups he has used in many different recording situations, and why he approached each situation as he did. I got to check out some of the mics they have at the studio like the Sure SM57 (dynamic), AKG C1000(condenser), AKG D112 (Large diaphragm dynamic), the Neumann, as well as the U87, which is the large diaphragm condenser. In week four of the Recording Connection program we went over signal flow. My mentor started this section by showing me the blueprints of the mixing board he uses there. We went through the entire thing, starting with a channel input and flowing through the entire thing like a signal, making sure I understood what happens at each part and why, like at inserts and buses. Then we got into the Patch Bay and external equipment, like the preamps they use at the studio, and headphone preamps but he also went over the possibilities of effect racks and Midi. My mentor then let me record him reading a phrase with each microphone to hear the differences. This was a lot of fun because it was the first time I was able to really use and experiment with quality microphones, but best of all got to hear the major differences in them through studio monitors. Awesome!”Fred Hicks, Sandia Park, New Mexico
March 31, 2012 Student Quotes
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“My first session at the professional recording studio with mentor went incredibly well. I was informed of the basics of sound and hearing, as well as multiple job opportunities that are available in this field. I learned the basics of sound, such as sound pressure levels, compression, rarefaction, and wave propagation. Among these things, I learned many different waveform characteristics. Last, but certainly not least, I learned that this field is not only a career or trade, but it is a way of life and it is very time consuming, not to mention, the job opportunities are endless and the learning process is going to be an ongoing thing. During my second lesson with my mentor in the Recording Connection I learned the basics of digital audio. Moreover, we also discussed various sampling rates and the most important, that 44.1 kHz is the standard sampling rate for most compact disc. While continuing with our session my mentor and I went over two of the most basic characteristics of sound: Frequency and Amplitude. We also went over the digital recording and rerecording process. Last, but again not least, we went over several different digital transmission standards and the protocols being used today in the audio industry such as, AES/EBU, S/PDIF, and SCMS. Also I would like to note that after class I was asked to come back and sit in on a mixing session and it was amazing and I felt so privileged to be there just looking and listening to the process.”Brandon White, Jacksonville, Alabama
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"This lesson was on Compressors/Limiters, Expander's, and Gates. So, my mentor took me through each one of his machines, showing me exactly what they did and how to use them. As we went over the questions I had, seeing as we had touched upon this subject earlier in the program, he put music through and had me basically test out each processor to get a feel for the changes they made to a signal. The compressors were a rather subtle effect, unless of course, crank up completely. However, a Pro Tools' compressor is a lot more distinct, as it is a lot harsher than a "normal" compressor. We talked about situations that would call for something like a Gate, such as a live performance in order to keep other band members out of the vocal mix when the singer isn't singing. My mentors’ Gate had remained unused for some time, as Pro Tools apparently does it better, and it might be also less of a hassle controlling it. Working with the "de-esser" was fascinating as well, although the technology seems to be a work in progress seeing as it really just cuts out the higher frequencies. My mentor and I have actually been talking a lot about the basic principles of electricity as it relates to the subjects we cover in the program, and let me tell you… This is a heck of an education. Next week my mentor showed me how various Mic combinations produce different sounds and the different methods of stereo recording. First we tried using two sets of two different mics on a grand piano. His assistant played while we listened in the control room and compared the different recordings to see just how they stand up against each other. Though it was hard to hear a difference at first, after a while the accentuated frequencies started to shine through. The following day I went into the studio and we tried a guitar amp, micing it with two different mics and putting it through a DI box, then blending it all to get the best sound. My mentor was recording some of his own work as well that day so I was able to get behind the Console and punch him in when he needed, so I today I got some lessons behind the desk. He showed me a good amount of Pro Tools work, as well as how to bring up new tracks and playlists. I also worked a bit with the Patch Bay today as well, connecting external preamps to the EQ and so forth. So things are going great, I'm learning a lot since I have enrolled in the Recording Connection."William Szent-Miklosy, New York, New York
Learn by doing.
“I have been going into the studio a lot since I last touched bases with the Recording Connection, also attending two recording sessions as well. Both times I made sure to show up an hour and a half early to have one-on-one time with my mentor beforehand so we could go over the Lesson assigned to me by the Recording Connection program. When my mentor and I go through the Lesson work he always explains everything to me. Next, after the lesson work, the bands show up, as well as the producers. So, it is very good to see my mentor work with a producer in the room with me so I can learn how they interact with each other. I actually have recording twice with this band since I have been working with my mentor. This is great because I get to know them, feeling the interaction with the clients as my mentor wants me to. I’ve been learning a lot how to set up individual stations for instruments, as well as how to separate them in the studio to achieve the best sound. I will be receiving my Pro Tools equipment shortly so my mentor and I have started to mess around on Pro tools for a bit, just learning more and more about it. So, I first setup a recording session that had a set appointment time of 10 in the morning. My mentor went in to the sound booth and I set the program up. I got to mess with the preamp and compressor to get the right sound. Next the artist showed up and we got started. It was different, because there was a CD to go with a book on meditation. I got to handle the controls and computer for the whole recording!”Benjamin Brown, Austin, Texas
March 24, 2012 Student Quotes
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“This was officially week 6 with my mentor, which was pretty straight forward for me. This was my Introduction to the Console, which was pretty much a trial by fire ordeal. I came into the studio expecting to just go over my Lesson and Quiz that was assigned to me by the Recording Connection. I thought this was going to be the end of the lesson today. However, not only was I not done for the day, but I actually got to track drums for my mentor for the previous session with a jazz guitarist. I was able to set the levels, mic trem, and pretty much recorded the tracks entirely. After 2 runs through of the song we were ready to record. My mentor told me that it sounded really good and that was a super confidence booster. So awesome actually getting to control everything in the control room by myself, and I just can’t wait to do more!!”Brandon White, Jacksonville, Alabama
March 31, 2012 Student Quotes
Learn how to record music by working hands-on in a professional recording studio.
“Today was my first mix down lab with my mentor. I must say out of all of the Lessons so far in the Recording Connection program, this has been by far the best! I loved sitting down and working with the DAW with an actual song that had been previously recorded in the studio. We started out by clearing out any effects, as well as other various things added to all tracks, in order to get them at their basic form. After this, I went in and set up levels, reverb, EQ, and several other things. Although my mentor sat by me and coached me through most of the session, this was a really unique experience to be able to get in a professional recording studio and really go hands-on.”Brandon White, Jacksonville, Alabama
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"Today was my first day in the studio, Lesson 1. When I arrived my mentor and I started off by getting to know each other a little better since the last time we met, which was my initial interview with him at his studio. Next, we jumped right in and went over the entire assignment I had completed from the Recording Connection. He showed me around the room and introduced me to the different instruments and equipment, as well as starting to understand what they are all used for. I also got a chance to check out some of the projects he is currently working on with his recording clientele, as well as introduced me to some of the other producers that are working in the same building. Looking back on the day, at the beginning of the day when I went in for my first Lesson I was a little confused about the reading I had completed at home. However, my mentor was able to demonstrate to me everything I read with examples that made me understand it a lot better. We talked about different sounds, how important your ears are, and the understanding of waveforms. We covered a lot in just one single day and I can’t wait for Lesson 2!"Abraham Gonzalez, New York, NY
March 24, 2012 Student Quotes
Learn hands-on about studio design.
Everything is going great since I enrolled in the Recording Connection, I am really getting a lot out of the course. This week’s lesson focused on room design and my mentor was great in teaching me the many ways to set up a studio. There is a lot more that goes into building a studio that I was unaware of and it takes great architecture and planning to properly set up a studio to where you are getting the most accurate sound. There are some obvious things that are in a studio, alike a booth and a couple more isolated rooms, along with the control room. I learned that the difficult thing is to properly take every consideration into factor when setting up a studio.
There are special people that travel around the country and set up studios for a living. I now also know that the walls can never be parallel, as the walls also must be made up of several layers of material with wood being the most used. The floors must have a thick layer of cement so the studio does not get any outside rumbling coming in as well. Also, there absolutely must be padding on all walls, which can either be any type of diffuser, carpet, foam, or any other soft material. The vocal booth should be padded very well so not a noise gets in or out, but it should be a fairly open space so sound waves have room to travel at the same time. The doors should be double sided as well. At my mentors’ studio there are two doors glued or nailed together. Also, the glass should be double sided and thick. I can now see that the whole point of everything is to make sure no sound gets in or out of every room so that everything remains secure to where it will not rattle.
I also learned about an important thing called a bass trap. Since lower frequency sound waves are broader throughout the frequency spectrum and more present at times, it will make lower frequencies seem louder. Corners will trap those lower frequencies. Bass traps are designed to break up the lower sounds from the corner. In the studio, my mentor showed me various pictures of different studios and how they are designed. It was very interesting to hear some of the stories behind some of the studios as well. Some features that I realized is that no studio is exactly the same. One of the hugest ones I looked at was Big Boy Studios in Tennessee. It had over 4,000 feet over recording space. I was also told a story about a studio in the Seattle area that is a house, but there is a purpose of every single room. The only thing is there was a sight problem because the control room is in the basement and there are no windows. Overall I learned a lot about the basics of studio design enough to put together my own.Alan Smith, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Learn by doing.
"This week at my mentors’ studio was intense because we met twice and covered a lot of material. My mentor owns a Company that is not only a Recording Studio, but also a Live Music Venue. What my mentor planned to do is to take me to his venue for lesson 6, which is what I am on right now, to discuss signal flow. The studio is mostly Digital, the only analog equipment he has being his preamps for the most part. The venue, however, has a couple of excellent analog boards to go over and learn from. So, we did lesson 6 and 7 backwards to work around the busy schedule of the music venue!
We met on Thursday and first spoke had a lesson one-on-one, which was all about mic placement and getting into Pro Tools. It was great, and some of it was even a little bit of a review too. We continued to talk more in-depth about mic placement and stereo micing. We also reviewed some basic signal flow processes. We then continued discussing which mics typically sound better for what kind of instrument or sound source!
The next day, we met again at his venue. This may have been my favorite day working with my mentor so far! It was extremely hands-on. He explained to me, in detail, how the entire venue was set up as far as sound is concerned. They have a main front of house Console as well as a separate Console specifically for monitoring. We discussed: signal routing/splitting, monitor mixing, the function of each console, amps, crossovers, speakers, impedance, wiring, as well as basic practicum of working with sound. I had many questions in which he happily answered. I really learned a lot!"Brandon Grable, North Little Rock, Arkansas
May 12, 2012 Student Quotes
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“The show last weekend with my mentor went very well. It was a really diverse show. There were different techniques that were used to record the different types of bands, which I found very interesting and beneficial to learn. My mentor and I are really getting along great. We have similar tastes in music and sounds. He is also very good at helping me visualize terms and ideas that I do not fully understand when I first do the reading assignment before I arrive at his studio. Overall, he’s really easy to work with and I’m very comfortable in his studio the Recording Connection assigned me to.”Chris Nelson, Nineveh, Indiana
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“Everything is going great over at the studio with my mentor. I have to say, the Recording Connection program has helped me tremendously towards my musical goals. This is actually the first time I have actually had any interest in following through with something.”Daniel Carrion, Flushing, New York
March 24, 2012 Student Quotes
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"Week 19 was very interesting because we went over how CD's and Vinyl records are pulled together, as well as how manufactures imprint and hold the music, depending on what type of files they are. I’ve always been very interested in this because it’s always been such a mystery to me. It was great. Then we really did something useful which was to go back over some topics from lessons from the past several weeks with my mentor that I did not feel 100% comfortable with. I got to re-review and touch basis on as many topics as I could think of during that time! I then practiced these reviews, depending on the review topic to ensure I really fully understood everything. So here we are, week 19, with only one more lesson to go and I will be officially certified. I’m feeling great about everything, as well as what I have learned in the Recording Connection, I have enjoyed every minute of it. I cannot wait to see what my music future continues to hold as I love my decision to join this program. I feel the Recording Connection is a great stepping-stone for me and I love every minute of it, I couldn't be any happier. Just being around the studio period is an awesome feeling for me, where most the time I'm never really ready to leave."Steven Scott, Thornton, Colorado
Work with multiple engineers in one single recording studio.
"Things are starting to pick up this week during my externship at my mentors’ studio. The reading was light, more of a refresher of some of the basic concepts I’ve read about in previous sections, but all of it goes hand-in-hand when dealing with one of the most notable “tools of the trade”, the Console. We talked about signal flow constantly, and I can tell it’s going to be very important that I get familiar with the signal flow in the various studios at my mentors’ studio. We are still working out the finer points of the Patch Bay, however, I am getting the hang of it and I can really tell my mentor and his team recognizes my effort. My task this week at the studio, as given to me by one of the house engineers, was to be ready to record by the same time next week. We started from how to power up the Control 24 mixing console and other outboard gear, setting up the proper signal flows using the Patch Bay, and then starting to get into how to set up sessions in Pro Tools. I’ll admit, it was great to get to sit in front of the boards like I’m in charge, but I still have a long way to go in order to be on the same level as the rest of the crew. The very next day I got a chance to sit in with another artist as she laid down some vocals for her upcoming project, and was sure to watch how the staff engineer worked on the board and in Pro Tools, making sure to take notes based on what I went through earlier before the session. I know I will be recording ready in no time! A few days later I got a chance to sit with an experienced engineer visiting from another well-known professional recording studio, where he walked through some of the mixes from the staff, giving some feedback and some scientific theory behind mixing vocals and live instruments. It was really informative. I do also enjoy focusing on the basics of recording tracks into Pro Tools before I can really appreciate the finer points of equalization, frequency response, shaping, and tuning drums. I’m not afraid to admit that a lot of the material we went over in “class” was over my head, but it was motivation to get to the level where I can fully understand and apply that knowledge to my own mixes. I could definitely hear a difference between the before-and-after mixes when certain techniques were applied."Torey Bryant, Alexandria, Virginia
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"My mentor and I started our session off by going over the first lesson in the book assigned to me by the Recording Connection, covering the information of the basics of sound and the audio production field. My mentor explained the material in-depth which helped me get a better understanding of it. After speaking about the material, with my mentor ensuing I understood the importance of it, we discussed what was on the agenda for the day as far as the clients he was currently working with. A short while later one of the band members, as well as the producer, arrived and he and my mentor quickly set up the session for the day. My position there was mainly to observe, so that it was I did. I even had the opportunity to offer some opinion of the sound of some of the material they were working on, but mainly just absorbed as much of the session flow as I possibly could to get a feel for how my mentor works in studio. After a brief discussion about the clients and music in general, as well as a discussion about the future lesson scheduled, I ended my first day at my mentors’ recording studio. It was very interesting to see how professionally, yet still comfortable, things went during the recording sessions my mentor had that day. My mentor and his clients were mainly working on some vocal work throughout the day, but it was still an intense session. From what I understand the band is heading back out of country so the producer is really pushing to get the material recorded in a timely manner. It was a great first session to get my feet wet with."Will Carlson, New York, NY
March 10, 2012 Student Quotes
Jeff McMillen, Austin, Texas
"I was very excited to show up for my second week in the Recording Connection program, I couldn’t believe how much I learned in just over a week. This week’s lesson focused on “Digital Audio Basics.” I was fascinated at how different sampling rates can have such an adverse effect on the sound quality of a track, and how alias frequencies show up and distort sound if it is recorded too loud. The intricate details of recording audio keep blowing my mind. I also had no idea how much sound was lost in the MP3 compression format of audio files. This lesson gave me a much larger appreciation for the sound quality heard on a vinyl record and for the art of recording itself. Another one of my mentors’ clients also ended up still in the recording stage of his album this week and on my extern day I spent the day assisting setting up microphones for recording background vocals and high strings guitar. The “hands on” part of setting up all of the equipment was an honor to be a part of; However, to be honest, my favorite part of the day was watching the session in progress. Having so much creativity in one room and watch the producer and the artist bounce ideas off of each other until the whole project came together, and me playing a small role in it all, was by far my favorite experience so far. Leaving the studio this week very anxious to get back in there and watch my mentor continue go through the mixing process of the Album."Jeff McMillen, Austin, Texas