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Journal Of an Audio Student: Changing Studios

Continuing my video diary documenting my journey as an audio engineering apprentice through the Recording Connection…the video below describes an issue I encountered during my studies, and how the school’s Student Services resolved the problem by having me change studios.  The quick manner in which they acted showed that they were committed to making sure I had the best experience possible.



Since my last post, I’ve had a few things not quite go as planned when it comes to my apprenticeship, but I’m pleased because the Student Services department at Recording Connection stepped up and did what it was supposed to do.

As it turns out, right about the time the recording studio here took me in as an apprentice, they also took in a huge new ongoing contract which affected studio availability when it came to my lessons. The studio was great, my mentor was great–I just couldn’t get on the schedule frequently enough. I mentioned to Student Services about the problem, and their solution was to transfer me to another recording studio so I could get moving again.

My new studio is smaller than the other one–but my new mentor is highly skilled in what he does, and he has a national clientele. Since I was still early on with my lesson schedule, the school basically did this as a “reboot”, which meant I got to review from the beginning. So what my mentor and I basically did was just review lessons one and two again.

In this way, I actually got an added bonus over the standard curriculum, because just like the last mentor did, this mentor gave me a tour of the acoustics of HIS studio, and I could see the differences in how they had solved various acoustic problems. This is significant because every audio engineer and every studio will tackle the same problems in a different manner. A lot of the principles are the same, but there are always other factors involved in how you build a studio, whether it be budget, or whether you build the building up from the ground (the new studio used to be a mechanic garage, for example), and where it sits with relationship to other buildings, street traffic, outside noise, all that kind of thing. So it was kind of a cool thing to see how this guy had set up his studio differently than the last studio I was at, and why he made the decisions he made.

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About the Author


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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