In-institue or "do-it-yourself" method

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by GnzlO, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. GnzlO

    GnzlO Active Member

    Sep 22, 2008
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    Hello people, i just need your advice, i've been thinking about getting into a music institue here in europe (barcelona) to learn you know, everything about the sound, midi, mixing, master, producing etc. It's a 9 or 10 month course, maybe a year (but i dont think so). the fact is, i was thinking about, instead of spending like a 2500$ or 3000$ in that course, buying some books (and equipment) about what you people (in the forum) think a new recording man should learn about everything, the basics maybe or something more advance. I'm new on recordings but very old in music songwritting.

    So, what you all recommend to me?, thanks for your help!
  2. hackenslash

    hackenslash Active Member

    Jun 9, 2008
    People's Republic Of Mancunia
    You're not going to be able to cover that much ground in less than a year. Bear in mind that professionals still learn every day, even after many years. It's a massive topic, and 9 or 10 months will only scratch the surface.

    Having said that, the learning curve will be slightly shallower having taken a course to get you started.

    It all depends on what sort of person you are and how quickly you learn things. The self-teaching route is a long road. Having said that, if your material is good, recording it will generally be fairly straightforward. Quality songs are one of the most overlooked and most important factors in good recordings.

    Swings and roundabouts, really. I would recommend getting a few recommended books before you decide and see how quickly you can absorb. My top recommendations in this regard:

    The Recording Engineer's Handbook - Bobby Owsinski
    The Mixing Engineer's Handbook - Bobby Owsinski
    Mastering Audio - The Art And The Science - Bob Katz.

    If you understand a 10th of what you read in those books, you will probably be okay to learn from books. It's a tricky decision, and it's all about how long you want to take to learn.

    Courses do, in their favour, usually cover ground that you would struggle to cover on your own, because the tutors tend top ohave some idea of what you need to know. If you go the self-learning route, be careful of misinformation on the internet. Filter your sources carefully, because there are lots of people giving away advice who have no idea what they're talking about. I could even be one of them. :lol:
  3. Greener

    Greener Guest

    Nah, I'd consider you one of my "sources" Hack.
  4. hackenslash

    hackenslash Active Member

    Jun 9, 2008
    People's Republic Of Mancunia
    Too kind.
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