To School or Not To School?

Recording School?

I’d like to share my thoughts and experience on Recording School.

I attended Los Angeles Recording School.

I enjoyed going to the school being surrounded by mixing boards, preamps,                   like minded people. I met some great people and talented musicians too.

Looking back on whether or not it was money well spent?

Well, I’d say I wish I knew a way to get more out of the experience than I did at the time. Which I think could be done, I just didn’t know a proper strategy to do it. I learned a lot on theory and terminology that is required learning, I don’t think I got the max out of the school. I took copious notes, got my hands on various consoles, and recorded quite a bit. (Most of the time I ended up being the player, not the engineer)

If I were to go back now. I’d focus on getting projects completed seeing the recordings all the way through. I was so busy learning theory and attending a ton of lectures, I didn’t hone in on learning things like Bussing, EQ Cuts, Parallel Compression, Gain staging, etc.

I’ve learned a ton outside of school that I feel I should have learned in school. There was a lot of emphasis on Tape when I went, even though the digital age was clearly the leader by that point. I suppose it wasn’t set-up for a home recording or project studio learning environment.

With the internet, YouTube and Recording websites available, you can learn a vast amount without the price tag.

Will people take you as seriously? Probably not, but then again your work speaks for itself. If it sounds good to you and the people you know, then that’s the bottom line. If you have the time and money to invest in the school I would say it’s a beneficial experience. If you’re able to find a place to take you under their wing? Even better. Hands on experience and training cannot be taken for granted. You only learn the craft by doing.

Continually reading, watching and recording / mixing will take you farther than not putting the knowledge and experience into action.                                                                   Read the follow up: To School or Not to School: The Sequel

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Affordable Acoustic Treatment?

Roxul 8-Pack 47-in L x 23-in W x 3-in D Stone Wool Insulation BattsAcoustic Treatment

Recoding at home has it’s challenges, want to improve your recordings with one simple method?

Acoustic treatment comes in different forms. Most commercially available options are fairly expensive and can be quite costly to treat a moderate size space, but most definitely add to the sonics and appearance of your space.

Making your own is extremely cost effective if your able to build them yourself. Most home studios can reap the benefits of cost effective acoustic treatment without the downside of the costly investment.

That being said a little in my experience goes a long way. I have a tracking room that doubles as my mix room. Sticking panels directly behind my monitors, and over the mixing desk helped, A Lot! I’ve also added panels behind the drums and in the corners. These panels alone took the sound in the space to a much better place.

Every recording blog and website will tell you the same thing:                                                             Your room matters! I built my own acoustic panels for around 200 dollars. Framing from Home depot, burlap to cover the panels, and some Safe N’ Sound by Roxul. These come in packs of 8 pieces, so if you’re not making bass traps, you’ll get 8 panels out of one package. If your recordings aren’t sounding as good as you’d like, perhaps the room sound is getting into your recordings too much.


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