Category : Audio Engineering Tips & News

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Miking Acoustic Guitars

As I’ve watched some young engineers record acoustic guitars (or any acoustic instrument such as a mandolin, ukulele, etc), I’ve discovered that very little thought seems to go into this process. So I’ll briefly share some techniques that I personally use which will undoubtedly yield you some great results! These aren’t new or groundbreaking techniques by any means, but I’ve noticed that a shockingly large number of engineers do not get good captures when it comes to these instruments. So here we go; let’s start with two quality small diaphragm condenser microphones. And no, they do NOT need to be Read more
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Student Testimonial- Johnny Cromer

Check out what our student Johnny Cromer has to say about his experience at MediaTech Institute: What can I say about MediaTech Dallas? For beginners, I can say “Creativity Is Welcome Here” because it surely is. Case in point, I helped a classmate out with his large band project, and we had to have drums and 15 tracks in all. After mixing the drums, we still needed seven more tracks to call the project complete. I added four more tracks by playing acoustic guitar, harmonica, kazoo, and sang. My classmate thought of using handclaps and finger snaps, so that added Read more
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Tha Kracken! coming to MediaTech Institute Dallas- Friday, June 27th at 2:00 PM

Please join us in welcoming Tha Kracken to MediaTech Institute Dallas! He will be guest speaking on Friday, June 27th at 2:00 PM! Please find his bio below: When you look up the definition to the word “Chameleon” you very well may see the name “Tha Kracken!” The hard work that Tha Kracken put into his Chameleon styled production has paid off as he has found himself working with nationally known artists as Mya, Jermaine Dupree, Jagged Edge, Cherish, Lloyd, Young Joc, Bow Wow and Omarion, KeKe Palmer, Pleasure P., and Lecrae. The multi-talented producer considers himself an music producer Read more
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How to Create a Grand Slam Music Marketing Plan

MediaTech Houston will be hosting the National Association of Recording Industry Professionals (NARIP) tonight at 6pm. There will be guest speakers and the topic will be “How to Create A Grand Slam Music Marketing Plan”.  The meeting is free to MediaTech students. Info about the event: NARIP PresentsHow To Create A Grand Slam Music Marketing Plan  WHEN Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 7pm WHERE Media Tech 3330 Walnut Bend Houston, TX 77042-4712 Near Beltway 8 and Richmond WHY ATTEND?   Get a music marketing plan started in one session and boost the effectiveness of the plan you already have. A great Read more
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PureMix.Net Mixing Contest

Any of you who have ventured around on the internet have ran into various friendly sites that are friends to engineers, musicians, and producers around the world. A couple that quickly come to mind are Sweetwater and PureMix. PureMix, along with sponsorship from Sweetwater and Dangerous Music, has launched their GearFest Mixing Contest. Now PureMix definitely pats itself on the back as they call it,”The biggest mixing contest of all times,” which could be a bit of an embellishment, but nevertheless, the contest is a sure shot to give some nice gear to 16 engineers who come out on top, Read more
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NARIP Creates Alfred Schlesinger Scholarship Fund

NARIP is pleased to announce the creation of the Alfred Schlesinger Scholarship Fund. Al Schlesinger is the consummate record industry professional who has worked as a songwriter, record producer, publisher, label owner and music attorney for over 6 decades. He sets a high standard of conduct and achievement for others to emulate. During his career, he has helped and mentored hundreds of industry professionals, artists and other lawyers as well as thousands of music business students at Full Sail University where he has taught for over 30 years. Over 200 executives, artists and friends honored Mr. Schlesinger at a tribute Read more
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Austin’s own, Broken Records, Snags a MediaTech Graduate for Engineer Work

MediaTech Austin’s Admissions Rep, Roland Roberts, got the inside scoop on a new ad agency in town, Broken Records, from MediaTech graduate AND employee, . Shooting the breeze over lunch at Torchy’s Tacos, Justin chatted with Roland about his role at Broken Records and what they bring to the Music and Arts scene in Austin. –Roland Roberts: What is Broken Records? –Justin Schubert: We are an ad agency with our own “in-house” Post Production Studio. We also have our own green room and live sound stage/small venue. –RR: What do you do for them? –JS: I am their Lead Audio Read more
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How to Begin a Career in the Music Industry: Advice to the graduating class of 2012

So the big day is fast approaching. You are leaving the ivory tower of college in a few weeks and are about to enter the work force. Most likely the only thought on your mind is how to get a job. The ideal is to have a job locked up and waiting for you before you graduate, so you can enjoy your last month at college. This is what all your friends in other majors are doing. The computer scientists are getting flown across the country and eating lobster. The engineers are meeting with on campus recruiters. The management and Read more
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FREE Avid Pro Mixing Webcast: Tracking with HD | Native and ICON | 5.9.2012 – Register Now!

Get great sound from the very first take Creating great sounding tracks all starts before you hit Record for the first downbeat. Does your DAW rise above latency distractions and deliver the best sound quality possible? Join Avid’s Tom Graham, Brian Carter, and Gil Gowing as they share their tips and insight into tracking and mixing a full rock trio—during the actual recording session—using a host-based Pro Tools|HD Native system and ICON D-Control™. See and hear Pro Tools|HD Native deliver great sound and performance Get advice on mic choices and how to mic drums and amps Learn techniques for session Read more
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Top 10 Pro Tools 10 Questions Answered

Mix recently produced a Pro Tools 10 Webcast that is now available for viewing on-demand. Alongside the presentation, texted questions were being answered live by the presenters and Avid product specialists. Here are the top 10 questions from the the text portion of the program. Q: What are the new DSPs in the new cards ? Why can’t they work with Accel Cards ? A: The HDX cards have TI chips, that are ^x more powerful than the old Sharc chips (each). Completely different architecture Q: Can a project created on 8.0.3cs3 for Windows be moved to a Pro Tools Read more