Recording Connection Success Stories, Page 6

June 13, 2015 Student Quotes

I feel fairly involved with some artists that visit the studio

“Now, I am in the middle of my fifth week, and I feel fairly involved with some artists that visit the studio often. The production team on some projects recognizes me when I am around doing extern work. To top it all off, I am always learning pertinent information and insider details that would have otherwise required arduous internet searches. So when I feel like I am not up to par with others who have joined this school, I remember how supportive the RC website is, for pointing out that students come from all walks of life and many experience levels, such as rapper Warren G!”

This was definitely one of the most important chapters I have read so far.

“As far as knowing where to place all the instruments and everything, it was very helpful. It’s also helpful to know which different types of mics to use depending on what you’re recording and how you’re recording it. As far as being an engineer this chapter was very important to know because it is their job to know where everything goes and how everything works.”

Just figure out a system that works best for you.

“The best thing about a theory is that everyone is allowed to have their own individualized take on it. That’s what makes it a theory! Of course there are some common guidelines that can lead to the best possible results, but there are no rules. One of the most simple yet imperative things to remember when starting to mix is organization. Anyone who has spent any time mixing whether professionally or pre-professionally should tell you how much easier things will go if stay organized. Things like labeling and color-coding tracks, leaving markers to identify parts of a song, utilizing comments sections to plan ahead on specific tracks, and much more.”

PRO TOOLS RULES! Thanks Recording Connection!

“I doing very well with the program and am feeling pretty happy about all I’ve learned and how much knowledge I gain over the past few months. I got involved finally with Pro Tools and it’s an amazing program. I can’t wait to learn everything about it!”

Mic Check! 1,2,3

“This week I learned about the different types of microphones such as Condenser (which needs phantom power), Dynamic (which doesn’t need phantom power), Tube Condenser (which has its own power supply), and Ribbon. Even though this particular lesson took time out to also teach about Carbon microphones, I was informed that since Carbon microphones are so outdated that I would never see one. I liked learning about the different frequency responses of various pick-up patterns such as Cardiod, Ominidirectional, and Bidirectional. I also sat in on a session where this particular group was creating a song that incorporated elements of rap, poetry, and live instruments such as bongos, drums, bass guitar, and a flute. To see something being created so organically like that was refreshing considering how common it is for someone to simply record to an mp3!”

Digital Audio Changed Everything

“The flexibility we have to move pans around, trigger track mutes, raise and lower send volumes and steady a vocal track not only with automation but then to go back into that vocal track and tailor the peaks down just a bit more if we need to…Amazing! Years ago you’d need multiple engineers, producers and the entire band to each have a dedicated task during mix down…and every mix went to expensive tape! Now one lone engineer can make the moves of dozens and as many times as they want!”

This week was all about EQ

“I learned about how they work and how to use them effectively in the work field. When I went in with my mentor he cleared up a lot on how EQ’s work. He helped further explain how EQ’s worked and actually showed me. Trevor has been helping me with my song project and has been making suggestions on how to use certain things more effectively and want to do to generally help achieve a higher understanding of everything there is to know in protools. He has been a big help when it comes to understanding all of these plugins and has been a great help in general.”

First Day at Shelter Island Sound

“When the session ended all parties seemed very pleased and tired after perfecting vocals for four songs. It can take a lot patience to let the artist get in their zone especially with vocals. Luckily this session was a breeze. When working with a trained vocalist it’s a lot easier for the producer to shine light on what works best for the arrangement of the song. No ideas were turned down or ever seemed out of bounds and a lot of new ideas were in some of the final takes. Definitely one of my first experiences working with real professionals.”

June 6, 2015 Student Quotes

This is just the beginning.

“Today I completed my first chapter in the E-Book. I thought it was going to be very challenging, but at the end I realized it was simple. I love that not only do they break things down into simple terms, but they also provide videos explaining the information. Tomorrow I start my first day at the studio in San Francisco. I am very excited and look forward to working with my mentor hands on.”

The Dichotomy

“There is a true balancing act that is required of every student that walks through their designated studio doors. It is very important to remain courteous, since we would not want to intrude on any sessions or live rehearsals; yet, we do not want to be so distant and unassuming that it is harmful to the learning process. So there is no ‘walking on eggshells’, but having the common sense to know when is a good time for creative input, is a useful lesson. I feel like the mutual respect between studio clients and the staff is great thus far. My mentor has made it very clear that studio life does have its own share of chaos, most of which arises from outside affairs or artist-to-artist personality clashes, and learning to handle them can ONLY happen outside of a classroom. See, this is nice to hear, and assures the real educational difference between technical schools and the Recording Connection.”

I learned a lot about recording an actual band!

“This week in the studio was pretty cool. A young band came in to record their jazz songs. I got to observe the specifics of setting up a session. The whole process is pretty tedious, but was very informative when it comes to getting a band set up. Where to place instruments, the miking process, getting the loads of wires connected and plugged into the corresponding input, setting up all the musicians’ headphones, tuning all the instruments, getting a rough mix together, and finally recording their music. I got to help with my mentor next to him on the console tweaking here and there, setting up and routing the effects to specific instruments using the patch bay, getting the pro tools session together, the works. All-in-all it was a fascinating experience, and I learned a lot about recording an actual band!”

This week was awesome!

“I got to help out and paint some panels for the studio that’s being built! It was cool to help out with making this studio a reality!”

The importance of microphone placement

“I never really knew that microphone placement was so important before. I always just thought that when you wanted to record an instrument, you just put a mic close to it and start recording. But now I know all the different types of placement for micrphones and which types of microphones to use for different instruments. I know I don’t really play any instruments right now but I never know if I’ll pick one up sooner or later and need to know these different techniques.”

I got the chance to record all kinds of instruments using different microphones

“In this chapter I was introduced to some of the different types of microphones used to record all different types of sounds. I learned about the different functions and capabilities of the different microphones. I got the chance to record all kinds of instruments using different microphones and saw how much each microphone can improve or weaken your sound. I recorded a live drum kit and got to sample a live band to create my own sounds.”

This chapter was all about plugins and processing.

“The book told me all about plugins and what they do; or rather they just further explained what they really are in detail. I’ve become decently familiar with protools and have an idea from what the plugins do from playing around with them to try and learn the ins and outs of protools. When I went in for a lesson with my mentor, he thought me even more about the different kinds of plugins. Michael told me how to use them effectively and he explained to me how some plugins would be better in certain situations. Another fun thing was the sine wave project. The project was fairly simple, yet fun. I had a good feel for protools so it was pretty simple for me to figure out what to do. I made a single sine wave cycle into a short 30 second song. It was a fun little thing to do and I’m looking forward to what’s in store ahead.”

I learned how to use auto tune from that session.

“This chapter talked a lot about different cables and didn’t know there was so many different kind. I got confused a little on the patch bay because I couldn’t picture how it all goes together. So when I when I met up with my mentor he was able to show me his and go more into detail and walk me through one step by step on how everything flows. I also got to see a lady lay down some vocals on a song she was working on. I learned how to use auto tune from that session.”

May 30, 2015 Student Quotes

Thank you Recording Connection!

“Thank you Recording Connection for the chance to be a part of this program, and meet my mentor – he is an outstanding engineer and is helpful with any questions! He has helped guide me through many questions or concerns through the course. Thank you.”

I learned a lot of cool tricks for mixing.

“This week I got to record myself to a song they were working on. After we recorded my part a girl came in to record the hook. After she was done I got to watch my mentor edit the mix. It was cool to see him working on something I did. I learned how to do multiple tracks to make your voice sound stronger and give it a different sound. We recorded the girl 8 times on the same part to make it have some harmony in it. I never thought of doing the same part so many times in different ways to give it that effect. I learned a lot of cool tricks for mixing.”

This was my first time tracking

“During my lesson with my mentor, we tracked a drum kit. This was my first time tracking so I was really slow at getting it, especially with the key commands themselves. But my mentor was very patient with me & we got through it. We spent probably an hour & a half fine tuning the sound, & the music came out great, funny though, every time I thought it was good, my mentor found a way to make it sound way better. I look forward to developing that skill, seeing the potential to better a sound, & having the skills to do just that.”

The experience was almost surreal.

“Paul Wall, Johnny Dang, Beat King, and The Sauce Twins, came through the studio for a video shoot the past week, and I had a chance to assist with getting the speakers in. The experience was almost surreal. I’m becoming more familiar with Pro Tools 10 on the most basic level, but the lead engineer John is speeding up the process by giving us recording lessons in Pro Tools to help us become more aware of what all goes into managing a session with a client. This week I learned the difference between digital and analogue in terms of the gear that we use.”

I look forward to my upcoming session with my mentor and the next chapter!

“This week with my mentor in the studio we covered chapter 14 in which it covered dynamic signal processing. Dynamic Range is the ration between the largest and smallest possible values of a changeable quantity. Also this week included compressors in which I felt this was another week that tied into my daily life of becoming a skilled producer. I truly believe that that this chapter will help me mix the instruments to their best sound that I feel well bring out my music. I look forward to my upcoming session with my mentor and the next chapter!”

Meeting the whole band was quite inspiring and uplifting.

“This week an up and coming Chicago band called Woo Park shot a music video at Rax Trax. They’re a lively bunch to say the least. They are a very creative and talented young group. I found out that their drummer, Luke Sangerman, who is only 18 has played shows with big name acts such as the Blue Man Group. Meeting the whole band was quite inspiring and uplifting.”

Introduction to Recording Connection & Mr. Small

“The first session I monitored was under Nate, where I sat along & watched as he mastered vocals for an inspiring hip hop artist. It was a short session entering vocal stabs & adlibs over the main verses that were rapped over an uploaded beat & Nate produced the mixtape meeting beyond the artists satisfaction.

The second session was more in depth & much longer with Nate producing a local band’s work on various production tasks including vocals & instrumentals. The artists were very talented & well rounded playing mostly similar to the genre, rock & roll. Takes included an a cappella, acoustic guitar in an isolation booth with proper microphone phasing, piano, electric guitar riffs, saxophone and more.

The third session which was also my first lesson was with Nate, where he produced another inspiring artist on vocals. Techniques included very minor auto tuning (she didn’t need it), frequency tuning, eq’ing and so forth to set a proper sound & feel for her. After the session, Nate took the lesson given to us from the ebook and applied his own method of teaching with visual representations for every term in the chapter. Thumbs up.

The fourth session was my 2nd lesson. It was a short chapter on electricity and Nate worked to the best of his ability to give as much detail as possible about the curriculum involved. We discussed topics outside of the chapter involving saturation, analog & digital sound waves & the differences between tube & solid state amplifiers. Thumbs up again!”

This chapter has been the most interesting so far

“This chapter has been the most interesting so far as I primarily deal with digital audio. The history of recording devices is really interesting, and it’s even more interesting to know that ProTools is essentially a studio on your computer. I definitely plan mastering pro tools during this course and on my own. The section on audio formats was really interesting because I didn’t realize there were so many different types. I’ve always been confused as to why I could email MP3s and not WAVs, now it makes sense.”

I never knew the history of the microphone was so interesting!

“I never knew that they used to be filled with carbon and that an engineer’s job was to tap the mics every day to loosen up the granules of carbon. Boring to some people but interesting to me. Amazing that some of the best microphones were designed so long ago and still used today. Even with all the advances in technology, how far we’ve come collectively as a music industry, some of the best advances were long before I was ever born. Amazing.”

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