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.