David Miles Huber

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UW Course Outline – Week 1

downtown office number 206-685-0606
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Union Deli open till 8
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Modern Recording Techniques
course syllabus
Hours (6:00 – 9:00, except field trips [DMH only] … which are 7:00 – 10:00)

Week 1
DMH (Tuesday) Orientation, Intro and an overview of the recording process. Prepare by reading:
Ch#1 – Introduction
Ch#2 – Sound & Hearing
Ch#21 – Studio Tips & Tricks

JD (Thursday) Critical Listening, The Decibel, Connectors and Levels

Week 2
DMH (Tuesday) Studio Acoustics and Design. Prepare by reading:
Ch#3 – Studio Acoustics
Ch#4 – Microphone Design & Application

JD (Thursday) Microphone construction and theory

Week 3

JD (Tuesday) The audio production console: Design and Types
JD (Thursday) The audio production console: Signal Flow and in-class demo

Week 4
Recording Session – Field trip to London Bridge. (7:00 – 10:00). Prepare by reading:
Ch#4 – Microphone Design & Application
Ch#14 – Art & Technology of Mixing
DMH (Tuesday) Group A
DMH (Thursday) Group B

london bridge recording studio map

Week 5
Mix Session – Field trip to London Bridge. (7:00 – 10:00). Prepare by reading:
Ch#4 – Microphone Design & Application
Ch#14 – Art & Technology of Mixing
Ch#15 – Signal Processing
DMH (Tuesday) Group A
DMH (Thursday) Group B

london bridge recording studio map

Week 6

JD (Tuesday) Digital Audio: Theory and Fundamentals
Prepare by reading:
Ch#6 – Digital Audio Technology

JD (Thursday) Digital Audio: DAWs and editing demonstration
Prepare by reading:
Ch#7 – Digital Audio Workstation
Ch#8 – Groove Tools & Techniques

Week 7

DMH (Tuesday) Analog and Digital Recording. Prepare by reading:
Ch#5 – The Analog Tape Recorder
Ch#6 – Digital Audio Technology
Ch#7 – Digital Audio Workstation
Ch#8 – Groove Tools & Techniques

JD (Thursday) Demonstration of various forms of Signal Processing. Prepare by reading:
Ch#15 – Signal Processing

Week 8

No Class this week (see schedule)

Week 9

DMH (Tuesday) MIDI and Sync. Prepare by reading:
Ch#9 – MIDI
Ch#10 – Multimedia
Ch#11 – Synchronization

JD (Thursday) Post production Sound & Final exam posted.

Field Recording and Location Sound (9am-4pm).
Instructor: Scot Charles
(see schedule)

MIDI and Sync (prepare by reading Ch 8, 9, 10 and 11)

Week 10

DMH (Tuesday) Signal Processing, Monitoring and Mastering.
<<< party >>>
Prepare by reading:
Ch#15 – Signal Processing
Ch#17 – Monitoring
Ch#18 – Surround Sound / Immersive Audio
Ch#19 – Mastering
Ch#20 – Product Manufacture
Ch#21 – Studio Tips & Tricks

JD (Thursday)
Review of final exam
Demonstration of acoustic
principles and problem solving

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• Tell ‘em the story of me and what’s going on in my life …
– transition from engineer to producer
– surround
– new phases in life

• Go around the room with introductions and what they want to do

• Group Gatherings to introduce themselves and to discuss career goals

• Tell ‘em the story of “e”

First things first – Getting Started in the Biz!

1. Self-motivation

2. Networking

3. Showing up is huge! (this is the biggie)

• The time to start looking for a career/job is now!
• Be a self-starter
• Create a strong on-line presence (important)
• Choose a mentor and find friends (sometimes they fall out of the sky, most times you have to develop the relationship)
• Contact companies in your area that might be looking for interns…
• Use your school counselors for intern placement
• Write/visit/send resumes to companies/studios that interest you
• Visit these companies/studios just to hang out and see what they’re like.
• READ! Subscribe to mags! Mix, TapeOp, Sound on Sound, Keyboard
• Sign up for free, or start a company and get an industry pro subcription.
• The more than one school option
• Resumes – The worst thing “they” can do is say “No,” or “No, not right now.”
• Pick the areas you want to live in (if that’s a factor)
• Pick the companies you are interested in
• Networking – Do you have any connections to these companies? Uncles, friends… anybody?
• Target these areas/companies
• Send out lots of resumes
• Follow up with a phone call
• Visit and/or hang out
• Be a self-starter and start your own business – I “dub” myself “?”
• Biz cards
• Hit the streets
• Build relationships
• Do the “biz” groundwork… LLC, etc.
• It’s Ok if you change your mind about your career choice or present situation. Use examples of Pearl Bailey, Doors, Huber’s own experiences
• The problem might not be you… It could be your situation, boss or any number of things.

Important note: Never stop learning (not that you have any choice in the matter!)

Local Organizations

1. Grammy / Grammy U

2. AES NW chapter

Trade Magazines



Career Options
There are as many career options as there are people in this room…
Students often think they must be a recording engineer or producer or else they’ve failed. Truth is it’s not for everyone. If this turns out to be the case, you can use your talents and background to become a:

music producer
film scoring
live sound reinforcement
live recording
sound design
multimedia designer
There are also countless other job types that might work for you, such as:
marketing person for audio company
equipment designer
studio manager
live sound tour manager
audio professor
club manager
music law
art design
sound installer for nightclubs, airports, homes, etc.
There’s a lot more…!

The Professional Studio

… The ever-changing face of the pro studio in the face of the modern digital age (this is the challenge)

Music Production

Audio-for-video/film Post-production
Broadcast Post-Production
The Professional Environment
Pro Equipment
Pro staff
Acoustic Environment
Optimized Mixing Environment
Some studios offer larger acoustic rooms (string sessions, etc.)

The Project Studio

You don’t have to have a million dollar studio to make good music!

Choose your way of working (Whatever works for you)

Often there’s no “ONE” tool for the job!
Media choices (tape vs. digital, plug-ins vs. hardware)
Software choices (a personal thing)
PC vs. Mac
Whatever works for you
It’s a fair toss-up


Reaper free
ProTools free
Cubase free


MDA free
Universal audio uad2 – not free but powerful

Cost-effective approach

The psychology of cost-effective choices
Knowledge is power!
The signed artist/superstar approach
Use royalty advance to build studio
Tax credits (depreciation… you can do this, too)
Open as pro-studio


Lets talk about anything…

The Recording Process

Will you be using a producer
Strictly music producer
Music/Biz producer
Studio costs
Manufacture cost
Tape/media costs
What project studio/studio
Extra musicians?
Check out engineer beforehand


Live recording (classical or modern techniques)
A knowledge of classical techniques can be useful)
All-in-one-pass modern session
Basic session (drums, guitar, piano, vocal)


Distant/close miking combinations
Alternate environments


Project studio
Pro studio
Listen in various playback environments
To master or not to master… ?
To self master?

The Biz Part

“THE” most important part is motivation, showing up & networking

What are some biz experiences in the room?


audio production life skills

leidenschaft & fun

• <<< BE YOURSELF >>>
• do your best
• (eventually if you work hard, it’ll be recognized)
• above all – be yourself
• don’t worry… just do your best in whatever you do
• hard work and commitment are often recognized in this biz


• no-one’s going to hand it to you
• highly competitive industry
• you’re going to have work for it
• if you can’t get it from someone else … you may have to create it yourself (you’r own biz, etc.)
• be a self-starter
• the spark comes from within
• “showing up is HUGE”
• become what you want to be?
• the best time to be a ____ is now!
• arise sir/dame _____? … you are now a ____?
• make letterheads
• business cards
• “live it” … but you have to “walk the walk”


• reach out to your community
• fewer options in Europe
• attend industry functions
• sniffing butt
• industry events
• conventions

“showing up is HUGE!”

• career paths: there are SO MANY career options in the audio biz
• closing & opening doors
• my story

women and minorities in the biz

changing times

• my personal take on the history of the industry
• developments over time
• is the current state good for the industry as a whole?
• you have to be creative
• in business stratigies
• in music marketing and funding


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Capitol Records
Sound City
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