How to Skip Audio Engineering School (Part 1)

Why You Should Skip Audio Engineering School 

You are about to learn how to skip audio engineering school and jumpstart your recording career. I know how to do this from experience. I skipped audio engineering school. I’ve been working professionally as a music producer for 11 years. I own several recording studios. I’ve been hired by platinum selling artists, indie labels, national television brands, and no one has ever asked to see my recording degree.  But, I’m not the only one who took this route. In-fact, 5 out of the last 5 producers that won the Producer of the Year Grammy DO NOT have an audio degree! In this article, I’m going to explain why going to one of the many audio engineering schools is not just a tremendous mistake, but possibly the worst life decision you could ever make.

Why you should skip audio school:

  1. The numbers don’t add up. These sound recording programs carry insane price tags. Getting a bachelors degree in Sound Recording can cost over $80,000! You shouldn’t have to start your audio career in debt. At the beginning of your career, you will not command high prices. You need to build your reputation. Building reputation means working for little or no money just to get your name attached to great sounding records. Taking on the debt of recording school can destroy your career before it even starts.
  2. Most of the professors haven’t worked full-time as an engineer or producer for years. Recording technology is constantly changing. You need to keep up-to-date on new trends and techniques. As much as we all love to hear stories about how recording used to be, we’d be better off spending our time learning what to do in today’s production environment.
  3. The information is available outside of these programs. Music producers are artists. If you ask them how they created their art, they’re likely to tell you. I keep no audio secrets. I post all of favorite techniques and my workflow online for free. There are other fantastic producers doing the same thing. You can learn some really interesting techniques from some of the best producers in the world by searching for it on Google or YouTube.
  4. Audio schools will teach you a little bit about a lot of things. But, what you really need to learn is the essentials. Then you’ll hone your skills by with hands-on practice. Audio engineering schools will spend a lot of time teaching you about the inner workings of different types of compressors, and tell you that FET compressors have a very fast attack. But, will they show you how to properly edit your drums in Pro Tools or how to use your ears to determine the correct type of compression to use? I’ve had interns who went to recording college for 4 years but and still didn’t know how to paste a chorus vocal to the right spot. It’s like having an accountant who knows the components of a calculator, but was never taught how to do someone’s taxes.

I’ve heard people say “You get out what you put into it” while talking about audio school. The same can be said about skipping audio school and educating yourself. Except, audio school charges tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege of “getting out what you put into it.” In my next article, I’m going to explain how you can skip audio school and give yourself the audio education you need.

In my next article, I will outline how to skip audio engineering school.

 

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Create An Intro In Pro Tools Using Volumes, Fades, And Automation

Now, we’ll learn how to make a song intro using what we already learned, plus volumes, fades, and automation. The session file used in this video is available for free at https://www.MyRecordingInternship.com.

Effective record producers apply their knowledge in creative ways. So, we’re about to get creative with our panning choices and fades.

In this video you’ll learn: Fades, Panning, Automation, balancing pans, when to create tracks specifically for effects.

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Training Information

  • 1:07  Fading into song
  • 2:26  Panning guitar from left to right speaker
  • 4:04  Panning on pick slide from right speaker to left
  • 4:42  Moving pans throughout speakers
  • 6:06  Balancing guitars with panning
  • 6:58  Create new track just for panning
  • 7:39  Copy pasting clip to new track

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Pro Tools Grid Mode Explained Using Important Shortcuts

During this video we’re going to create a drumbeat using guitar tracks. The session file used in this video is available for free at MyRecordingInternship.com.

In order to be an efficient audio engineer, you need to know your shortcuts. Knowing how to use grid mode along with these shortcuts will speed up your workflow.

In this video you’ll learn: how to create new tracks, how to resize your track, how to use and manipulate grid mode, how to name your tracks, how to pan, how to copy and paste, how to duplicate tracks, and we’ll even create a beat using the guitar tracks.

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Training Information:

  • 0:48 Creating new tracks
  • 1:10 Making your tracks bigger
  • 1:22 Grid mode explained
  • 2:13 Naming your tracks
  • 2:40 Panning the guitars
  • 4:36 Copy pasting the guitars
  • 5:51 Creating a beat with the guitars
  • 8:27 Duplicating your clips

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How To Start A Recording Session In Pro Tools

After installing Pro Tools, the next step is to open a session. You’ll see a few options and wonder which settings are right for you. I suggest a sample rate of either 44.1 or 48. I’d also suggest setting the bit depth to 24. Choose a file type of BWF (.WAV) and get started.

In this video you’ll learn how to open a Pro Tools session. You’ll see the most commonly used sample rate and bit-depth. Then you’ll learn some helpful basic commands and shortcuts like: where to save, how to create an audio track, how to rename an audio track, how to record, how to punch in and out, how to use the selector tool, how to return the cursor to the beginning of the song, how to zoom in and out, and how to check your disk allocation (where your recorded files are being held on your computer.)

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Training Information

  • 0:38 Setting up a session
  • 1:11 Where to save to
  • 1:21 Pro Tools window
  • 1:44 How to create a track
  • 2:54 Renaming a track
  • 3:29 How to record
  • 4:59 How to record (punching)
  • 5:47 Selector tool (F7)
  • 6:12 Returning cursor to beginning of song (enter/return)
  • 6:50 Zooming in and out (T & R)
  • 7:35 Disk Allocation

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