Recording/Production workshops...
Workshop I ... Workshop II

Workshop I

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Designed initially as a request from many clients wanting to know more about the recording process and the equipment we use daily, this curriculum was conceived in 1995, and the first class held that fall. Limited to 6-8 students per course, you are guaranteed much "hands on" experience. We encourage you to get in there and "get plugged in!" Many of our workshop students have home studios of their own, and work out of Starfields Studios for their larger projects. Some have gone on to careers in the recording industry. References are available upon request.

OUTLINE:

Workshop I is designed to be a primer for the future recording engineer. It is our first level workshop, and intended to introduce the student to the studio environment, and recording process. No previous studio knowledge is required, although any experience is helpful. In ten 3 hour sessions, we cover a vast assortment of studio related topics such as: studio design, the recording console, signal flow, midi, sampling, mixing, an intro to Pro Tools, mastering, and more! Upon completion, the student should be able to set up and run basic sessions, with an assistant available. We encourage the workshop student’s private sessions.

OBSERVATION/INTERNSHIPS:

While enrolled in our workshop program, take advantage of our session assistant / observation program. Upon our client’s approval, the workshop student is invited to "sit in" and observe actual sessions of various types and musical styles. Often the student ends up assisting on sessions and quite possibly earning album credits while learning! In this business, experience often outweighs practical theory. Workshop I is designed for you to gain both practical and real world experience while learning and having fun!


Workshop II

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Birthed from the rather recent professional audio community acceptance of computer audio workstations, Workshop II is designed to delve deeper into Pro Tools and assorted support software and hardware using the Macintosh computer platform. Combining Pro Tools HD with other production software such as Digital Performer, Reason, and softsynths such as Absynth, Virus, and Atmosphere, it is clear to see that computer based music recording and mixing is here to stay. The only pre-requisite is Starfields Workshop I, and the ability to get around either a Macintosh or windows based PC. Come and let us show you how to make music the Macintosh way!

OUTLINE:

Workshop II covers a deeper understanding of the ProTools audio recording and mixing environment with an emphasis on hands on use. Topics demonstrated and discussed include basic audio recording, digital editing, mixing in ProTools, and extensive use of various plugins, proper archive techniques, extensive use of automation in mixing, digital transfers to and from Pro Tools, and more. Course goals include proficiency in basic ProTools techniques, such as recording, mixing, use of automation, and basic mastering skills.

OBSERVATION/INTERNSHIPS:

Similar to Workshop I, students will be given the opportunity to observe real recording and mix sessions using Pro Tools. In some cases, students will actually participate in tracking sessions based upon their growing ability and desire to observe on a consistent level.

 


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