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.