RECORDING MASTER CLASS
Learn to record and mix like a pro
Our facilities, equipment, and engineers are second-to-none. At our studio, students get everything they need and more in order to learn, create, and enhance their engineering skills, giving it that professional touch it deserves. Check out our available learning opportunities then contact our team for professional advice and book a spot in our class.
LEARN TO PRODUCE AND RECORD WITH INDUSTRY STANDARD
AVID PRO TOOLS 12
Nothing but the Best
The curriculum is a combination of daily studio activities and lectures.
In the studio, students build their creative skills through numerous music and audio projects. After a couple weeks of prep on gear operation, students progress to recording and mixing sessions. Editing, production, and mastering projects are other parts of the hands-on studio experience.
The lectures in the first few weeks directly prep students for their studio activities. In the later weeks, lectures explore broader areas of audio production and music industry topics. This expansion gives students more insight into shaping future career goals.
Recording Master Class instructors deliver many of these lectures, and industry experts visit to discuss specialized topics. Special guest speakers also join the lectures series to share their stories, tips, and wisdom.
LEARN TO MIX WITH ALL THE TOOLS OF THE PROS
Taught by experienced engineers
During the first week, students learn the fundamental operation of analog consoles (within the DAW) and Pro Tools systems. Signal flow is emphasized so students gain a deeper understanding that will help them quickly adapt to other gear and software they'll encounter.
Equalization, compression, limiting, delay and reverb are other important topics for the first few weeks. Students can then boost up their initial signal processing skills in the DAW lab.
Microphone selection and placement are other fundamental skills. Students practice setting up for recording sessions. Getting the headphones set up is part of these prep sessions too.
The artist start rolling in during the second month of the program. Students apply the skills they learned in the prep sessions, handing all the hands-on duties of console and Pro Tools operation. Recording Master Class instructors guide the workflow of the first few sessions, making sure that students also learn broader responsibilities that go beyond knobs, buttons and faders.
Successful recording also depends very much on dealing with creative personalities and practicing smart and reactive workflow. Session management is gradually put on the shoulders of students as they gain more experience.
Music production skills have greatly expanded as digital technology has provided new options. A song's arrangement, tuning, timing and tempo used to be basically locked-in after recording. Now all of these qualities can be endlessly changed to the point that production can be a method of song creation unto itself. In addition, signal processing such as equalization, compression, delay, reverb, saturation, and distortion are part of the radical changes that can take place after the tracks are recorded.
RMC students initially learn and practice these production skills in the DAW lab. Editing, drum replacement, vocal comp and tuning are among the first assignments. Moving to projects in Studios B and C, students use the MIDI and loop capabilities of Logic Pro X and Pro Tools to expand their production skills.
Mixing is an art form that has few rules and many approaches. Prep mixing sessions take place in the second month where RMC instructors demonstrate a variety of approaches that are used by successful mix engineers. Being able to blend dozens of tracks with clarity and spectral balance is held up as the typical goal of a good mix.
Students start their own "real" mixing in the third month. At this point, students have sharpened their signal processing and production skills so they can apply these abilities to their mixes as needed.
Students have a wide selection of source material for their mixing sessions. They most often choose tracks from the artist they've been recording, but they can also pull tracks from RMC huge session archive. Pop, Hip-Hop, Rap RnB - RMC students can create a very diverse portfolio of mixes if desired.
LEARN TO MASTER WITH IZOTOPE OZONE 7
Essential mastering techniques
RMC students learn to prepare finished mixes for various distribution paths such as CD or vinyl replication, mono or stereo broadcast, or compressed web content.
iZotope’s Ozone 7 is the primary software tool RMC students use for their mastering assignments.
LECTURE AND CURRICULUM TOPICS
The need to know skills of the Pros
Equipment Design & Operation
Console Signal Flow
Workstation Signal Flow
Control Room Signal Flow
Analog/Digital Signal Processing
Equalization and Filtering
Compression, Limiting, and Expansion
Reverb and Delay
Pitch Correction and FX
Microphones and Direct Boxes
Monitors and Amplifiers
Studio Techniques & Production
Sound & Hearing
Recording Session Workflow
Recording Drums and Percussion
Recording Guitars and Amplifiers
Recording Pianos and Keyboards
Recording Vocals and Ensemble
Music Theory and Song Structure
Mixing Session Workflow
Producing an Album Project
Recording Voice Talent and Dialog
More for the Well-Rounded Audio Professional
Mastering and CD Duplication
Restoration and Forensic Audio
Project Studio Acoustic Design
Project Studio System Design
Recording Studio Business Practices
Live Sound for Clubs/Small Venues
Live and Location Recording
Music Business Overview
Independent Label Operation
Copyright, Music Publishing, and Licensing
Artist Development and Management
Career Launch and Job Search