Performance Program Update: Home Recording Sessions Start This Week!
While we are still holding out hope that we will be able to perform this season's shows in a live setting, the focus of our Performance Program is shifting to Recording projects! In addition to giving our students the opportunity to continue collaborating with their bandmates and teachers, we are hoping that they also learn the practical skills and develop the confidence to record their own musical endeavors. How to get ready?
Step One: Don't Worry! We'll teach you all you need to know and help you get up-to-speed - it's going to be a ton of fun!
Step Two: Attend your rehearsal and the Pro Tools Master Class this week
Step Three: Follow the advice from your fearless leaders:
Tara: "Save everything and make copies on an external hard drive. Also don't be afraid to try new things when it comes to mic placement, tones, rooms, anything! It's always worth experimenting and seeing what cool things come out of it."
Keith: "I'd say just like with regular recording, practice the song as much as possible to minimize the amount of takes. So do the hard work in the shed before pressing record.
Matt: "For guitar players and bass players, make sure if you're recording with your phone or computer mic, that you are physically behind your amp so that the mic is picking up more of your amp and less of your actual guitar. For drummers, having the mic further away from the drum kit is probably best to minimize the inevitable distortion it's gonna get from how loud you are.
Kevin: "Drummers, place your phone under your drum throne and see how the kick and snare sound. Vocalists, record yourselves in the bathroom, closet, the kitchen, and your car, see how it sounds and what you like!! Guitarists, move your amp to different sized rooms, if it's a small amp, try putting it up on a chair, notice the differences? Bassists, try laying your amp with the speaker flat on the floor. Keys players, you see that lil USB plug on the back of your keyboard? Use it!"