Recording Connection Success Stories, Page 55
February 18, 2012 Student Quotes
Learn at your own pace while enrolled in the Recording Connection.
"During my session this week my mentor and I started by going over Lesson #2 assigned to me. We went into detail on why these topics were important, including the roles they play in the audio world. We talked a lot about sampling rate, quantization, Nyquist Theorem, and dithering. In my previous lesson we had started to touch on these topics but had not moved onto talk about why or what they did. For example, learning that the Nyquist Theorem is the selected sample rate must be at least twice a high as the frequency. This also prevents aliasing. I really enjoyed our sessions this week and I can now really focus on my own questions and understand and learn at my own pace."Brian Piper, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Learn by doing.
“This week’s lesson was all about midi and electronic music. I have done some MIDI mapping and programming but I haven’t done a lot so I was really looking forward to this lesson because MIDI is really a must-have skill in the music world these days. The first thing my mentor and I did was pull out an M-Audio MIDI controller, plug it, and got some MIDI files into Pro Tools. We messed with the levels and duration of each note. He then showed me some things that I didn’t know, such as changing the velocity of each stroke, as well as how to convert those digital signals into analog audio. This is very beneficial if you are sending the files off for someone else to work on who doesn’t have the same Native Instruments as you. He showed me how to program beats in a few different ways for many different kinds of projects. We really went over a lot of very specific details on work flow and keyboard shortcuts, as well as how to make every flow nice, while at the same time, keeping it below budget. We listened to a mix that my mentor gave me to work on again and I did very good, giving me a few things to work on. I left for the day with a lot of ideas to start working on in Pro Tools.”Jordan Hanson, Thornton, Colorado
Work with all types of microphones while working in a professional recording studio.
“I’m in week three in the Recording Connection now and I was able to learn about microphones with my mentor at his recording studio. While looking at the quiz I had taken before I got to the studio, we talked about the different polar patters, including cardioid, omnidirectional, subcardioid, supercardioid, bi-directional, hypercardioid, and shotgun. I learned that the microphones directionality or polar pattern indicates how sensitive it is to sounds that are arriving at different angles around its central axis. Moreover, my mentor pointed out the different condensers that are used to supply the microphones with phantom power, which is provided either via microphone inputs, equipment, or from a small battery. I learned that ribbon mics don’t require phantom power. Next, I was able to look at a large diaphragm condenser microphone with multiple variable pickup patterns. I got to study some different microphones, and actually look inside and see the diaphragm and all the wires and circuits that work in transducing sound. For condenser microphones, it is important to sing into the side with the logo marked on the microphone. Supposedly, AKG made a gold-plated c535 condenser vocal microphone for Frank Sinatra. Next my mentor and I moved on and I learned about different production techniques, such as Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound method, which aims at achieving a dense, layered, reverberant sound that comes across well on recordings. Phil Spector created the sound by having a number of electric and acoustic guitarists perform the same parts in unison, adding musical arrangements for large groups of musicians up to the size of orchestras, then recording the sound using an echo chamber. Therefore, I learned how to record a musician doubling many of the parts to create a fuller, richer sound. Later on that day I learned about duplicating tracks. This lesson was enjoyable; I was there for three hours straight and was able to learn a lot in that amount of time.”Dean Singleton, Austin, Texas
Learn how to run a recording session, from beginning to end.
“In this session my mentor and I went over a continuation of the console and its components. First we started the lesson by going over the homework that had been assigned to me and answering some questions that I had. After going through the homework my mentor and I then went straight to setting up the drum kit for a recording session for a client, set to come in later that day. Unlike the last time we set up a recording session, we simply used stands for all the cymbals and drums. We used a rack-mount system for the 5 piece drum set. Let me tell you, getting all the gear from the closet was a journey but after setting it up to a standard setting we were very happy with the end result. My mentor also showed me how to change a drum head and once again how to tune a drum. He also really made it a point to reiterate the importance of a well-tuned drum over a heavily taped drum. I was in charge of getting all 13 mics for the micing process. Once everything was set up the session engineer came in and he arranged them to his liking and preference as well, while at the same time, showing me tips and tricks on mics placement to make my life easier in the mixing and recording process. For example, the use of foam on the top snare drum mic, so it won’t become saturated with hi-hat noise. I was allowed to stay and sit in on the recording session with the client as well. The drummer and guitarist were the ones that came in for the session. They had the time slot from 1pm to 5pm session. We did actually end up running into a tom drum trouble where I was able to try to fix the problem, which was that the tom kept sliding down and hitting the bass drum. I first tried taping it to the rack but then my mentor came in to help me and we were all able to figure it out with another clamp and the use of foam as a precaution. A few hours later I ended up being the only extern left in the recording room. Not a big deal since this is what I want to do for a living and this is the type of music I like and want to record myself. The head engineer and the band were super cool and generous to let me stay and help when needed. I stayed until the end of the session, offering to lend a hand in the cleanup of the session. The engineers were happy I stayed and his assistant also thanked me for helping him with the maze of cables and the proper storage of all the mics. I not only experienced the set up process, as well as the professional recording process, but also the client interaction and the breakdown process. It was a great class and session and I look forward to doing it again soon in the Recording Connection.”Yosimar Gomez, Brooklyn, New York
Learn how to produce a professional recording.
“What was that noise? I feel like I am in a concert hall for some reason. Don’t worry, you aren’t going insane, the engineer simply used the power of reverb to trick your mind into hearing and believing the song was being performed in a concert hall. Reverb uses three psychoacoustic cues that give listeners an idea of the size of the space a piece of music is being performed in. The three cues are direct, early reflections, and reverberation. The direct cue is what a listener hears immediately as the sound travels from the source to the listener’s ear. Early reflections are the first instances of a sound bouncing and reflecting off the walls of the space and back to the listener in order to give in idea of the size of the room. Finally, reverberation is the collection of zillions of reflections of the sound traveling about the room. Reverb is a powerful tool that gives a whole new dimension to a sound wave. This week was a lot of fun when I got to watch the master, my Recording Connection mentor, at work. It was fun, first off, because the song he was working on mixing was actually really great to listen to and was something that I can easily hear being played on the radio. The fun really jumped off when my mentor and I began recording stomps and hand claps for a part of the song. We recorded about six different tracks of stomping and clapping as well as us shouting as if we were at a party or concert. When it all came together, it actually sounded as if the singer was performing live at a party or show and our voices blended together to sound as it does at a live event when you hear the roar of the crowd and only certain words being audible. This showed me how the engineer can use their creative listening skills to breathe a whole new life into a song.”Matthew Braun, Satellite Beach, Florida
February 11, 2012 Student Quotes
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“My first lesson went smoothly with my mentor. When I first arrived my mentor and one of his associates were mixing a gospel song. My mentor was the engineer and his associate was the producer which portrayed the fact that in the business of making music there are often different positions you must be able to hold. As my mentor put it, you must be able to “wear different hats, know what hat you are wearing, and know how to wear each hat”. Throughout my first lesson I came to realize that my mentor is a bit unorthodox and we frequently went off on tangents. These tangents we went off on, however, were relevant in every way and made me realize that my mentor is an outstanding teacher and I can for see an immense learning experience as well as a wonderful friendship developing between us. He definitely knows how to wear his producer hat, engineer hat, and mentor hat in the most fashionable and respectable manner. While observing the mixing process, my mentor said that although it seems like a foreign language, it’s not rocket science and that with the required amount of work I’d know how to do it all. I was shown the strip silence tool which deleted the space on the tracks with no musical substance, just empty space. He showed me and air kill EQ as well as a four band parametric EQ. When they finished they “put it down” and placed their concluding product on a CD to listen to for a few days to make sure everything sounded as they planned for. Once the gospel track was finished we moved on to the structured curriculum and went through the quiz assigned to me while my mentor added to every question from the quiz. Learning little facts like that brightens my day and reinforces my decision to embark on this journey in the Recording Connection program. All I have to do is take it day by day, learn as much as I can, work as hard as I can, and in the end I have confidence that I’ll be a pro and an invaluable member of the music industry.”Leighann Lanzrath, Lawrence, Kansas
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“We went over the section involving plug-ins, compressors, equalizers, and artificial modulators such as reverb and delay. The discussion progressed through the quiz I had been assigned out of the Recording Connection student manual. Many of the questions that I had will be explained later on in the future for my hands-on lesson. There are many avenues of specialties in audio to aspire to with the information I’m reading in the text, such as acoustical theory and equipment design; this interests me as well. My mentor will be training me on his expertise in the industry. Also, for the lesson with my mentor we got to talk about certain Pro Tools plug-ins that I found utterly amazing and makes me very excited to work with. I played some songs I recorded in the past with Garageband, as requested by my mentor, to get his opinion. I appreciate the leaning process of the textbook; to get the knowledge I need before getting my hands dirty. My mentor has been nothing but supportive and enthusiastic during my training. He is knowledgeable, flexible and patient with my development. I am truly blessed to have him as my mentor in the Recording Connection.”Christopher Coolsen, Voorhees, New Jersey
Learn how to use professional recording equipment.
“This week my mentor went over lesson #5 with me. Lesson 5 goes all over signal flow, as well as other things in regards to the recording process. By other things I mean such as mixing, blending, overdubbing, different rhythm tracks, and buses. My mentor showed me his control console, providing me the examples of different answers that I had questions about. After we went over the lesson, he moved on to show me and another student the basics of analog recording, as we have been mostly doing it digitally up until this point in the Recording Connection program. My mentor proceeded to pull out the tape that it records on and showed me how to set it up in order for it to be recorded on. He then pulled up a track that he had previously recorded and started playing it. He showed me the remote that is used to stop, pause, play, fast forward, rewind, and record. He also then hooked up one of his electric guitars to the recorder and started to play it over the original recording and showed us how to record it over the original song. It was a good learning experience as I never have seen him use the analog console before.”Dylan Perkins, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Work with the professionals in your industry.
“This week my mentor started out by finishing the recording on some drums. After the drums were done we went over out lesson and started moving the new Console and desk into the studio. I stayed from 3:00 PM to 10:30 PM helping the owner get all the preamps run to the Console. The new console is the Tascam DM-3200 which we got all wired and ready for his session starting soon. It was awesome to see how everything is wired, I also think that I am fixing to buy my mentors’ old Console and desk, so being there at his recording studio to see how to hook the Console up step-by-step was very helpful.”Alton Inabnett, Charlotte, North Carolina
Learn all about microphones!
"Week 3 with my mentor in the Recording Connection program was an extremely valuable one. This session began with my mentor explaining the various types of microphones used in the studio. Specifically we addressed proper maintenance as well as placement, and not only in their respective cases, but how to set them up and put them away. We then set up various mics throughout the studio to study the importance of various placement settings. My mentor and I set them all up in the recording booth on mic stands. Once this was done he sent me into the studio on the DAW and had me open up a Pro Tools session for each different mic. My mentor then played guitar and vocals and I recorded each riff on a different track. To illustrate the full aspect of each type of mic, we went over each recording and discussed their differences. The Condenser mic sounded remarkably better than the dynamic mics. I was and remain extremely excited about learning these lessons in the Recording Connection with my professional mentor. All questions were answered as we went along, and I am getting more comfortable as we progress at the helm of the DAW."Michael McAfee, New York, NY
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“I have now successfully received my MBox and have fully installed my Pro Tools, I am so excited. I opened it up and instantly started messing with everything I could click on. I thought it was going to be a fun class coming up in the next few days when we get to start getting recordings in and manipulating them. This lesson with my mentor this week was all about Pro Tools, the program itself, as well as its inner workings. Moreover, we went over the MBox audio interface in detail, which is a key component to getting audio into Pro Tools. We got into the program settings and requirements so that my mentor could show me all of the things I would need in order to open a studio in the future. He told me all about his 7 different hard drives and the various process boosting cards that he installed all by himself. My mentor is a great audio engineer because he takes the time to learn every aspect of the industry. If a new product comes out that may not interest him, he will still do lots of research on it to find out what exactly it does and how it could benefit his own studio. He takes a great amount of pride in his work and I admire him for that. I got a pair of KRK studio monitors for Christmas so I asked him about the best way I could set them up in my room to get the best sound. I am happy to get passed the half way mark in the Recording Connection program, that much closer to my audio engineering certification.”Dane Raggio, Lafayette, Louisiana
Work with professional equipment.
“In this lesson with my mentor I learned about the basics of the Console. My mentor first began by explaining how everything that goes into the Console in something called the I/O module. This is where all the channels are inputted for mixing. My mentor also explained that there is an output for the Console as well. This is so that you can send the signal to Pro Tools and on to other effects and modules. Also, my mentor explained that the Console is what allows the engineer to mix everything together to produce the desired sound. My mentor then proceeded to explain the signal flow diagram. He said that this diagram is the industry standard and is the way that every professional studio routes there equipment. At first the diagram was kind of confusing and hard to understand, but eventually with the help of my mentor I understood how it works. I feel as if the only way to understand it to its fullest potential is to actual experience how it works. Finally, for the half hour or so of the lesson my mentor pulled up an old mix and let me mix it together to achieve what I thought was the best sound. This was very fun because I got to use Pro Tools and play around with the compressors and effects. Overall it was a good lesson.”Collin Jeffries, Westminster, Colorado
Work with music of all different languages.
"Today in the studio with my mentor we went over the 2nd chapter of reading assigned to me. The book is slowly becoming a little easier to understand and with my mentors knowledge and expertise he was able to show and explain to me the parts I couldn't understand. He taught me about sample rate and bit depth, as well as how it affects the recording process. He explained that the sample rate needs to be at the right rate in order to work. I also got to sit in on an artist and watch him record over his tracks that he had. It was another exciting experience at the Recording Connection. The next session with my mentor for that week I got the privilege to watch my mentor work with one of the pioneers of Persian hip-hop. Man-o-man was an exciting thing. I not only heard amazing production in the works but, got to listen to my favorite kind of music in a different language! It was an amazing experience and I can't wait to see what’s in store next!"Justin Armstrong, New York, NY
Learn all about Signal Flow and Patchbays.
“My lesson at the studio this week was where I learned about signal flow and patch bays, which is one of the lessons that I was looking forward to from the very beginning since joining the Recording Connection. My mentor started out by showing me the patch bay that they have in his studio. Then we went on to talk about how the patch bay significantly helps in routing the signal to different devices in the studio. There are 4 different ways that patch bays can be set up: open, normaled, half-normaled, and parallel. Normaling is indefinitely the most helpful and useful out of the 4 listed above. Normaling is when you “pre-wire” certain connections in the patch bay so that you don’t constantly have to be externally wiring them. After my mentor and I went over all of the questions I had he proceeded to show me how wiring works, as well as demonstrating how to solder microphone wiring to a microphone jack. Once I felt that I had the concept, my mentor even let me do the next one. My mentor then took apart a patch bay and showed me how the inside actually works. Then we soldered some wiring onto a patch bay and heat sealed the wiring with heat shrink and a heat gun. Overall, I really think this lesson was very fun and I learned a lot of useful techniques here at the Recording Connection”Collin Jeffries, Westminster, Colorado
Work hands-on with your Recording Connection mentor.
I have had an incredible learning experience with my mentor over at his studio. As we review the lesson each week, my mentor takes the time out between every question to take me around the studio and show me exactly what we are talking about. We’ve gone over amplifiers, signal flow, microphones, and microphone placement in these last couple lessons and I was even granted the privilege to sit in on two of my mentors’ recording sessions recently, which has been the best experience I could ask for!Jayson Neville, Bordentown, New Jersey
May 5, 2012 Student Quotes
Receive hands-on training from the Recording Connection mentors in your region.
“Today I went into the studio to see my mentor and have our Lesson training. I am currently on Lesson number 14. This lesson is actually the Midterm so it ended up being a lab to demonstrate some of processes of a mix down session. I started with the midterm written exam, which was mostly questions about the physical controls of some of the hardware found in a studio, and what each of those controls do to a certain parameter in the mix. Also, it contained questions about different ways to affect the audio signals through reverb and gating. My mentor basically had a session open from a previous client to show me how he had all of his different parameters set, and to which hardware knob/fader he had each mapped to. Then we went through the whole process of trying to make all of the percussion sounds fit in with the lead vocals and so on. He put it in a good analogy that you have to give all of the sounds space in order for them to fit together. This means that you have to mix all of the different volumes so that some are higher than others, yet they all seem to fit together seamlessly. My mentor has now even invited me throughout the past couple months to sit in on mix down sessions he does with his real clients so I can get a feel for how it will be in real life.”Dane Raggio, Lafayette, Louisiana
February 4, 2012 Student Quotes
Learn about microphones on the job
“This week I learned more about microphones. My goal after I am finish with all my lessons and I have graduated is to work for my mentor at the studio for a couples of years to get my clients up, to have a name of my own, to learn more skills by being in the studio to fill my resume entirely with information that I have done as an audio engineer. As I continue my career and go with my dream record label, Atlantic Records or any other great music recording company to be their next upcoming female engineer and producer. I want to take this experience and go sky's the limit, as I am hard-working and I deserve everything I put my heart into plus more. I love where I'm at in life right now and it couldn't get any better, or could it? Such a blessing!”Kai Jackman, Orlando, Florida
Work hands on in the studio with your mentor.
“Week 14 was a great lesson for me. I was able to recall the things that I had learned from the very beginning of this Recording Connection course up to now. The first half of the lesson consisted of the text book quiz which took quite a while to complete only because it was a good bit of information to recollect. However, everything that I had learned came to me fairly easily and I ended up doing well on the quiz. The second half of the lesson was some hands-on work regarding the final mix down of tracks. My mentor had given me a track previously recorded in the studio and set all the levels to zero and panned everything in the middle, having me mix the levels appropriately and pan the tracks individually. In an instance regarding an acoustic and electric guitar piece of this particular song, I decided that it would sound better to pan the electric guitar fifty percent to the right and the acoustic guitar fifty percent to the left because they both have an equal amount of lead and rhythm parts throughout the entire track. And it was really rewarding to find out after doing so (panning the way I had decided too), that this was the way that my mentor had originally mixed (panned) those instruments. This lesson was overall challenging but also very rewarding at the same time.”Hunter Hansen, Montevallo, Alabama
Learn by doing.
“This was a very interesting and sort of straightforward lesson with my mentor. It was mostly about equalizers and the types that are out there. EQ is a type of time-based processing along with delays, reverbs, flanging, phasing, and chorusing. Basically, I learned that EQ is just a way to manipulate the sound of something based on a certain filter. I didn’t really understand this at first. However once my mentor started to explain it to me and I started to use these EQs for myself, I understood them much better. Then after my lesson that day, another student came in for his lesson. While he was going to teach him, my mentor had me mess with a cover song to make it sound somewhat like the original. As I was doing this, I started to see how EQs and all of these plug-ins work. My mentor even told me that I did a really great job because it did, in fact, sound like the original and I caught a bunch of things within the song, such as mistakes and other various things. This was a really cool lesson and it was fun engineering that song to the way it was supposed to sound. I can’t wait for compressors next week, they’re my mentors’ favorite!”Kyle Thurman, New York, NY
Work hands-on with recording equipment.
“I brought my laptop and MBox into the studio for the lesson today with my mentor. I already started mixing a session of my own in Pro Tools before the lesson. However, my mentor showed me some tricks that really helped out speed up my workflow, making the Pro Tools operation much easier. We plugged in a SM57 and a guitar to my MBox, where my mentor proceeded to walk me through the steps to connect them properly, as well as how to switch from one input channel to another. This lesson improved my understanding of the MBox capabilities, as well as my knowledge of Pro Tools. To me, this was one of the most interesting lessons. There are so many possibilities with EQ’ing, and this one really opened the door for me on it. I always messed around with EQ at home, but my mentor talked about high pass filters, low pass filters, band pass filters, and parametric EQ in understandable ways. This lesson covered a large amount of material, most of it relating to different types of compression, compression’s various functions, as well as different ways that compression can be used to enhance the mix or to shape a sound. My instructor went over threshold, ratio, attack, and release, showing me a couple videos as well. I’ve used compression in some of my mixes before, but I was never able to define what the compressor’s ratio was; this lesson really enhanced my knowledge on the subject. We also discussed expanders and noise gates and which situations they’d be useful for. I had a good time learning valuable knowledge that I’ll be able to put to use in my own material in the future.”Nathan Zachar, Oxford, Michigan
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“Things are starting to run very smooth at the studio as I continue to show my face more and more around my mentors’ studio. I'm gaining a lot more trust and access to the studio as I continue in the Recording connection program. I am also getting more comfortable with using programs Logic and Pro Tools. Since I've started coming in the teachings with my mentor have continue to become more personal and I'm spending much more one-on-one time with mentor, which is great. It’s not always easy because my mentor is very quick and expects me to be on point with taking notes about everything he says and does. Keys commands/shortcuts are a must because it saves time and labeling; saving and dating are just as important. I moved on next this week to learn about the basic drum set and the proper microphones to use with the toms (Sennheiser 421), kick (D112), snare (SM47), cymbals and high hats (Rode NT5). I also got to learn a little about polar patterns and mic checking when working with a client. I also learned the difference between dynamic and condenser microphones, as well as the importance of equalization when mixing for a full drum set. Also, Logic and Pro Tools are becoming more familiar, but only because I try not to get ahead of myself and confuse myself even more. It’s very important to listen to my mentor and to learn the basics one step at a time. Other than following my mentor, I'm becoming a lot closer to the other interns in the studio as well. Working with them and doing side projects with them helps make the experience that much more comfortable. We find out our common interests and put it into what we love to do and that is creating music.”Jonathan Clever, Larchmont, New York
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“After the first day of training at the recording studio I became very aware of the importance of introducing myself and establishing a relationship with my mentor. On the first day I tried to just be myself and feel good and open about the opportunity of being one-on-one in a real recording studio. I like working with my mentor very much; he is a smart and laid-back person with a good sense of humor, who has also been in the music business for a very long time. One of the first things my mentor proceeded to teach me was about the different microphone cables, showing how the “innies” are female and the “outies” are male. He made sure that I knew about the red, blue, and ground cables inside of the microphone, which he had me identify with corresponding outlet numbers. Then he moved on to show how they were similar to the ones behind the pre-amps. After that my mentor played his new song that he recorded on Pro Tools, having me listen very closely and figure out the individual instruments and sounds that went into the recording. Once I had them all listed, he showed me how to isolate the sounds of each track, so they could be heard as a solo. This was great. Once we did this we moved onto the quiz I had completed, followed by the mandatory assignment that had been assigned to me by the program. We looked at certain dB level examples from my sheet, and then looked up some more on Google; he showed me a dB gauge machine, which we took outside and tested on a car engine and also a motorcycle engine. At the end, he talked about future lessons where I will be sitting in on a studio session. He mentioned the importance of being respectful to musicians when they are doing a session, and told me to not be dabbling in, but be kind of close-mouthed and withdrawn. He then told me that I seemed aware and perceptive to this kind of work behavior. Overall, I am happy and pleased with how my official first lesson went with my mentor, as we are really able to work well together.”Dean Singleton, Austin, Texas
Continue to delve into hands-on work with the professionals in the recording industry.
“I continued this week with my mentor with a lesson on amplifiers. Our main focus was on direct boxes for direct insert, as well as an in-depth discussion on the signal path of mics through to the pre-amp and into the mixer while bypassing the mixer pre-amp. My mentor gave me a history lesson of the old DAT and ADAT recorders in analog, as well as how the digital world of audio has made the process so much easier. To top that off, we then had a nice personal chat to get to know each other better. The next day we discussed mic placement, elaborating through the quiz that had been assigned to me in the student manual from the Recording Connection. We discussed the differences in micing techniques, the importance of practice rundowns, and the right mics for the instrument’s best sound. Since I was out a little ill this week my mentor and I will start getting to hands-on micing next week for our next session coming up, which I am excited for. My impression of my mentor thus far has been very positive. He has a fantastic attitude, matched only by his enthusiasm and optimism for my training. I am really having a positive experience with him.”Christopher Coolsen, Voorhees, New Jersey
Work one-on-one with your personal recording audio engineering mentor.
“I spent my first session with my mentor telling him about my goals and interests, as well as getting to know him a little better. He’s a great guy and he’s very friendly, making him easy to talk to. While at the studio my mentor introduced me to a former student of his who works in the studio. He told me his band was looking for a keyboardist, and I happen to play keys. So I already made my first of hopefully many connections! I came back to the studio two days later and we went over the quiz previously assigned to me. Here my mentor helped explain the important points of my lesson, giving me a more practical, real world definition for the information that I have been studying since my enrollment in the Recording Connection. As the session continued my mentor opened up Pro Tools and showed me how sounds are synthesized. He also explained to me how he listens to and evaluates his mixes, as well as why he does it that way. My next lesson fast approaching is on microphones, where my mentor has said that we will begin to get more hands-on. He is going to show me the mics that he uses in the studio and I really can’t wait to see all the equipment he has and really continue to dive into the world of recording!”Daniel Kirkaldy, Glassboro, New Jersey
“In today’s lesson my mentor and I talked more about the console and amplifiers. I learned that an amplifier is used to amplify, equalize, combine, distribute, isolate, and match signal impedances in audio. We also talked about the two different kinds of current: alternating current, direct current and how they are used in the studio. One big thing I learned was the different types of amplifiers and how they are used in signal flow. The next day my mentor and I decided to cover the lesson, then moved onto more hands on work by helping my mentor clean some of the microphones, the mic stands, as well as the cords. Of course, this was right after the mic quiz my mentor just gave me, and I really liked the experience as I got to handle the equipment, seeing how everything in the studio is put away. A few days later we moved on to talk about the correct mic placements for different instruments and settings. We also touched on the beginnings of how an engineer sets up in the studio before a recording session. First, I learned about the different types of micing which are: distant micing, close micing, accent micing, and ambient micing. Just as they sound, the types of micing is separated by the distance the mic is placed from the desired instrument and/or amplifier. A big topic that my mentor and I ended up covering today was the practice rundown. This was huge because during this process the engineer needs to adjust the volume and add gain if needed. This is huge to understand in the studio because to record correctly, adjustments are often needed for it to sound of the best quality. After we had covered the lesson my mentor instructed me to set up for a recording session he was going to record later. Not only that, but once we had set up I got to actually use the sound board for the first time as my mentor played the guitar in another room, where I set the levels using the board and Pro Tools. Getting to use the board was the greatest feeling.”Daniel Ino, Parker, Colorado