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Why We Hold Free Beat Lab Workshops at Pinnacle College

Posted by Eitan Teomi

Apr 16, 2015 1:38:00 PM

The Beat Lab Workshop's purpose is to demonstrate to aspiring Beat Makers, Musicians, Engineers and Producers how to develop original beats into a full set or song. Learning how to effectively use any DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) to quickly program drum grooves, develop melodic ideas, hooks, and basslines is essential in today's industry. Attendees have the opportunity to participate in the creative process, experiment with the topics demonstrated and have the ability to work on their own projects while receiving assistance and mentoring from a seasoned professional.

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Topics: recording arts education

EQ can be Addicting - But it's not Always the Answer

Posted by Jeb Lipson

Apr 14, 2015 12:30:00 PM

It's easy to reach for an EQ when Recording to help get the sound you are looking for. This can end up adding more issues later on in the production process. There is a better way to go about getting the sound you want. By capturing the right sound at the source you will not only not need to use an EQ, but you will save time and headaches in the long run. In this post you will learn from a first hand experience exactly how this works and why it's the only way to go!


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Topics: music recording, mixing and mastering, How To Guides

Choosing the Right Studio Monitors

Posted by Dan Heck

Apr 9, 2015 1:30:00 PM

I am often asked by students what set of monitors (speakers) they should purchase for their home studio. This is a very broad question to which there is no correct answer. There are many aspects to consider when choosing monitors, from your budget, the size of room they will be used in and what genres of music you work on. This post will help you figure out the right questions to ask yourself when looking for your monitor purchase.

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Topics: How To Guides

Success and Multiple Revenue Streams in the Audio Industry

Posted by Robb Krysl

Apr 7, 2015 12:30:00 PM

Being successful in the Audio Industry can mean different things to every person. In my mind it means being able to work solely within that field for income. Our industry isn't like a 9 to 5 job however and audio professionals aren't guaranteed work. So what can we do to make sure that we remain successful? Make sure to have multiple revenue streams! By having many different services you can perform within the industry, not only will you be more likely to keep the bills paid, but you will be constantly building your connections which can lead to more work in the future. 


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Topics: Multiple Revenue Streams

Touch Screen Control for Your Computer

Posted by Robb Krysl

Apr 2, 2015 12:30:00 PM

There are a lot of peripheral controller products on the market that claim to make your audio work easier. These range from single fader automation controllers to completely integrated consoles. There are even apps that will allow control of Pro Tools and other DAWs from a smartphone or tablet! I have found the best controller to date, the touchscreen monitor! Now you can work directly with a session rather than having to utilize peripherals that take you out of your work! You will work faster and more intuitively with a touchscreen!



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Topics: Peripherals, Touch Screens, Touchscreens, Controllers

8 Great Tax Info Resources for Engineers, Producers and Musicians

Posted by Robb Krysl

Mar 31, 2015 12:30:00 PM

Being an Audio Professional isn't all fun and games. It's a business like any other that requires things like tracking expenses and filing taxes. We even have a post "A Day in the Life of a Professional Audio Engineer" to walk you through the daily grind. It's getting very close to everyone's least favorite day of the year, TAX DAY! To make your last minute preparations a little easier we compiled this list of 8 Great Tax Info Resources for Engineers, Producers and Musicians. Take the time to look these over and learn some ways you can save yourself some money this tax season!

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Topics: Taxes

From Newbie to Pro Audio Engineer: The Basic Steps to Mixing Music

Posted by Josh Hayword

Mar 26, 2015 12:30:00 PM

When it comes to Mixing Music there are a few Audio Mixing Techniques to always remember whether you are a Novice, Audio School Student or Professional Audio Engineer. By utilizing these basics, your tracks will come together quicker and sound more professional. In other words mixing will be easier and less tedious, freeing you up to keep thinking creatively throughout the whole process.



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Topics: Mixing, How To Guides, Audio Engineering

A Visual History of Audio Engineering - Infographic

Posted by Aparna

Mar 24, 2015 12:30:00 PM

The historical road of audio and sound that has been been built over the past 130+ years is packed with remarkable inventions, ground breaking innovations and brilliant people that constantly think outside the box to accomplish what was never thought possible in music production and sound recording arts.

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Topics: Music Education, Audio Engineering

Understanding Microphone Polar Patterns

Posted by Dan Heck

Mar 17, 2015 12:30:00 PM

When choosing a microphone, the options are endless. Microphone type, manufacturer, budget, diaphragm size and Polar Pattern. There are really only 3 Polar Patterns to choose from: Omni-directional, Bi-directional and Cardioid. The Cardioid pattern has 3 selections of it's own: Cardioid, Hyper Cardioid and Super Cardioid. So we really can have up to 5 choices! Because this post will explain each pattern in detail you will be able to choose mics easier. The big benefit is being able to dial in great sounds quickly and with more confidence!

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Topics: sound engineering, microphone polar patterns, music recording, rejection angles, syper cardioid, polar patterns, Audio Engineering, Recording Engineer, omni-directional

Recording Studio Gear Care 101

Posted by Pinnacle College

Mar 12, 2015 12:30:00 PM

As Recording Engineers we tend to have a moderate amount of gear. We may not all have large format consoles but we will definitely have preamps, mics and other important pieces as part of our recording studio setup. All gear needs an occassional good ol' fashioned spring cleaning, especially if you have any vintage gear. By keeping your gear clean you will help to extend it's life and keep your studio looking professional and ready for clients.

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Topics: Home Studios, How To Guides, recording studio, Music Production, Audio Engineering

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