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Note: This will be the last time that you’ll meet with me (maybe) … make the use of it by asking questions.

My thoughts on further education

1. I think it’s ALWAYS a good idea (under normal conditions) to further educate yourselves.
2. Travel to a different part of the country or the world (my experiences with that)
3. Any thoughts out there?

Into the real world …

1. Follow your dream, but in these REALLY difficult times, be persistent, be realistic and be patient.
2. Send out resumes.
3. Have you created your own website yet (www.davidmileshuber.com)?
4.

Get out and network (When the time is right)
1. Grammy U (did you join?), AES, NAMM
2. Speaking of NAMM, Grammy members (and maybe everyone also) can register free for the upcoming online NAMM HERE.
3. Whenever possible, volunteer for an organization
4. Go to talks and conventions (When the time is right)
5. Keep on networking with your fellow students

Question #1: What most excites you about getting into audio?
1. You’ve taken the first steps by joining this class.
2. What can you do to hone your skills during this lockdown?

What most excites me, these days:
1. working on my relaxational projects for bandcamp.
2. Looking forward to Europe
3. Immersive headphone mixes (an uphill battle)
4.

My personal outlook on gear and your production environment
1. Have a professional attitude towards your work and productions.
2. Cost-effective buying
* room acoustics and isolation
– Symmetry in studio design
– 25/25/50
– LEDE (I believe in this approach)
– I also believe in “roll your own acoustics”
* speakers
– When you and your ears “know enough” to make the call … spend your $$$ or wise-choices power here ($3k guitar or killer speakers)
– American vs. British speaker design
– Alt speaker sets (2nd pair, portable “Bose”, earbuds, laptop … yes, laptop speakers)
– Monitor levels (monitoring at low levels)
– speaker level calibration
* mics
* interface
*OS (Mac or PC)
– Mac easy backup/restore
– PC (Acronis True Image, also certain drive manufacturers like western digital include ATI with their drives as a means to transfer and make images)
* DAW (personal preference, whatever works for you)
*

Recording
1. Whenever possible, fix it in the studio, NOT in the mix
2. The “Good Principle”
3. Watch your levels, at 24/32 bit noise/headroom isn’t so much of a problem.
– Mortens delivered levels
4. Good monitoring environment
5.

Mixing
1. It takes time to develop a “style”
2. It takes time to trust your system
3. Don’t do/change something just because you can. Does it need it or is it experimentation?
4. Be aware of your levels.
5. Be aware of your signal chain (especially those plugins that are hidden and might be overloading)

Mastering
1. To master or not to master
2. to master yourself
3. AI mastering tools (general thoughts?)
4. mastering chain

Test: I know that you guys are going to have a test next Thursday. Why don’t we pick some topics and go over them a bit more in-depth, so you can get ready.

Acoustics:
– Explain wavelength
– Explain standing waves
– A change in how many dB on a fader will result in the signal being 2X as loud
– Given the equation 10 log P/Pref = 30db … given that Pre is 1, what is P?
– Given the equation 10 log P/Pref = 60db … given that Pre is 1, what is P?
– Given the equation 10 log P/Pref = -30db … given that Pre is 1, what is P?
– What are some of the acoustic characteristics of a good control room?
– Any other suggestions?

Mics:
– what are the 3 mic types
– What mic has the best transient response? Why?
– What is phantom power? Why is it needed? For what type of mic?
– A bi-directional mic rejects sounds coming from where?
– close miking will always yield a better pickup sound … why?

Digital Audio:
– what are the most common sample rates? Bit depths?
– What determines the frequency bandwith of a digitally recorded signal?
– What does the bit depth determine? How?

MIDI:
– what is the daisy chain of 3 older MIDI devices?
– What does local on/off do?
– How many channels can be transmitted through a standard MIDI cable?
– What does MTC stand for and what can it do?
– What is a MIDI controller? What can it do?
– Tell me a bit about virtual instruments?

EFX:
– What does a compressor do?
– What does a limiter do?
– What is a multiband compressor?

Mixing:
– Tell me a bit about gain staging during a mix
– What is a mic preamp used for?
– Explain a direct insert vs. an aux send
– You should ALWAYS EQ a track … why?

Speakers:

Mastering:

WORKING WITH A DAW

Documentation

– photos (Pictures of mics, settings, placements, etc)
– Screenshots (especially good for instrument plugin settings)

– Using colors as a guide
– Using grouped tracks (stems)
– Always save your MIDI tracks

talk about backup strategies

– three copies
– one copy off-site or in the cloud
– backup software (I haven’t found one that works for me on the pc) (Acronis True Image)
– Share thoughts around the room

GENERAL THOUGHTS AND IMPORTANT RECAPS

– motivation
– networking
– cost-effective mindset
– Don’t mortgage your house – DIY
– There are so many types of jobs out there … if it isn’t there, create it
– Again, these are not normal times … you’ll have to be patient and very, very creative about your approach to your career.

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