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Journal Of an Audio Student: Lesson One

As mentioned in my previous post, I’m documenting my experiences here with this video diary as a student of the Recording Connection. While primarily an introductory thing, sitting with my mentor talking in the studio, I learned a great deal just from the first lesson, and can already see ways I can begin applying it to my own musical projects.


 

I’ve completed my first lesson with my mentor at the studio, and I’m frankly amazed at how much I’ve learned so far. Just from the reading, followed up by some simple explanations from my mentor, I’ve understood some things about sound that I’ve previously missed. For example, understanding how the ear works, and how our ears don’t hear all frequencies at the same volume, helped me understand why it’s so important to set our monitors at different levels while we’re mixing. I also learned why analog recordings sound different from digital, why sometimes analog is better than digital, and the tradeoffs between the two. And by learning some basic things about noise floor and how faders actually work, I saw clearly what I’d been doing wrong in my own attempts at mixing audio at home.

 


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About the Author

on MUSIC IS MY OXYGEN WEEKLY.

Jeff McQ is a songwriter/composer/musician with a diverse resume that includes everything from directing music in church to scoring short films. In addition to his role as chief editor for Music Is My Oxygen (and writing our DIY Musician Channel), Jeff also covers the local music scene for Examiner.com in his hometown of Denver, Colorado, and maintains The Developing Artist [http://artistdevelopmentblog.com], a blog dedicated to offering advice and encouragement to indie musicians.

When he's not tinkering in his home studio or blogging for hours on his laptop at the local coffee shop (to the annoyance of the baristas), Jeff McQ enjoys taking in local shows, going on road trips, wandering aimlessly, and talking to himself.

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