After learning some basic PHP coding, and experimenting with some new filming techniques, it’s time to move on to a new course and dive into some uncharted knowledge. In my previous post Making Up For Lost Time, I stated that along with wanting to learn programming, I’m also a film geek and audiophile (audio geek). This post will explore a bit more of my passion for film and audio.
My Audio Roots
Between the ages of 10 to 13 I learned to play acoustic guitar, and when I was 13, my Uncle let me borrow his small sound mixer, which I ended with me experimenting with audio almost every day. The computer in my parents family room ended up being pulled into the middle of the room during the daytime, just so I could get to the back of it to compare the microphone and line input as I was trying out my Uncles mixer, plugging in different mics and guitars. Sometimes things sounded okay, and sometimes not so much. You gotta understand. I was 13. I had no idea what I was doing. But I was hooked.
By the time my 15th birthday arrived, I was set on buying my own small mixing board. My Mom ended up buying me one for my birthday (wooo!), and then I bought a pair of knock off SM58 microphones with newspaper route money. After that, recording gear just kept falling into my lap, either through gifts my parents have given me, gear I found at church garage sales, or people who owned gear and didn’t know what to do with it… so they gave it to me… Awesome, right?
Where I’m At Now
Now I have my own little personal studio setup. I run Pro Tools 10 (software used to record and edit audio on a computer) on my self-built Hackintosh (a self-built MacPro). Got a few audio-interfaces, and compressors. And a 12 channel analog console. Not to mention some pretty cool vintage gear here and there.
Over this past year I’ve had the privilege to produce two EP’s for two different friends of mine; Take It Easy EP by Sarah Rae, and The Christmas EP by Mackenzie Kuettel, as well as spending four weeks recording a full length album with my band The Farewell Folks in Kelowna, BC. It’s not released yet, but you can check us out here, if you so desire.
To this day, I have no professional training or education in audio engineering. It’s awesome to know that I’ve made it this far without any education. But even with all of my own self-teaching and experience, I figured, why not take some courses on Lynda.com? There is always more to learn! So I’ll be taking the course Pro Tools 10 Essential Training on Lynda.com
Technically, the newest version of Pro Tools is Pro Tools 11, but because I’m running Pro-Tools 10, I’ll be taking a course on this version instead of the newest one. I have the ability to upgrade to the newest one for free, but there’s a few projects I’m working on in the Pro Tools 10 space right now, so it’s easier to finish them before I upgrade.
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