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Journal of an Audio Student: Introduction

This post launches a new series called “Journal of an Audio Student,” a video diary by yours truly as I go through a special apprenticeship program as an audio engineering student.

As a bit of introduction…while I cover topics related to DIY musicians in this column, I myself am a DIY musician—a singer/songwriter and composer. Recently, I decided to take a course in audio engineering because while I have many years of experience in music, I am a bit weak in the technical aspects of recording and producing. I’ve picked up a few things here and there, but I wanted a way to fill in the gaps to enable me to record and produce my own material with higher quality.

I chose to attend the Recording Connection Audio Institute because it is a unique program that places its students as apprentices in local recording studios to be trained privately by real audio engineers and producers. They also provide a curriculum to make sure all the bases are covered. I like the idea of learning on-the-job in a recording studio near where I live, and I like the fact that I can build relationships within the recording business as I go, because those connections can benefit me well beyond the course itself. I’m doing this video journal because I believe that what I am about to learn may be able to benefit other DIY musicians, as well.

Below is the first video in the series, explaining the process more in detail. I look forward to sharing my journey with you.

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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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