Originally Posted by Ernest Buckley
Do you know the difference between a pre amp and a EQ? If you don`t, you need more than a crash course in PT.
Honestly, and I have said this before, you`re better off hiring a local engineer who can show you the ropes and walk you through the entire signal chain and PT. You`ll get details, stories and hands on experience, much more than a school will give you and honestly, in the real world, no one cares that you went to this school or that one. They want to know that you get results that they find desirable and that you`re a good guy to work with.
Depending on the circumstances and opportunities, that might very well be an entirely makes-sense plan.
But, from my perspective, I really
felt that I benefited from working with a number
of other engineers, other students -- many of whom had some studio and reinforcement experience, multiple instructors, and also other engineers I worked with as a producer in the real world.
When I put together a project in those days, I looked at the budget and tried to find the best studio I could for the money. If that came with an engineer, I'd have him do the set up, watching him carefully, gauging how much he knew and how well he seemed to know his own room, and then, if he was good, I'd kick back to the watchful producer role.
If, OTOH, as was the case around half the time or much more frequently on those occasions when the studio decision was in someone else's hands, I'd start taking over the engineering position early in the game, typically while getting sounds.
While I was eager to get as much knob experience as possible in those days, I would always defer to a better engineer. Not only did I want the best results possible, I learned a lot
from working with some of the engineers I worked with -- and yet only negative lessons from some.
why I think a monoculture can be risky. If you get a great engineer who really knows the game to be your paid mentor, that's great. But what if you get some schlubb?
And that could happen. The last audio class I took (in fact, I dropped out mid-way through) was from one of the 'hot' producers in my greater milieu. He was a nice guy. But I really got nothing
from him, except a sense of claustrophobia that I can still summon today, from being clustered around him as he shouted over his extraordinarily loud mixes in the crowded CR. The 8 or 9 people in the class could fit in but it wasn't exactly luxurious. Actually, it was the volume that made me drop out... I mentioned it to him once and he was quite nice about it and honestly made an attempt. Like the frat boys next door... you know... they try...
but it just creeps back up.
Wait... am I still on the college
No, actually, my negative reverie sort of supports what I'm getting at... what if you picked some guy with a good rep in the local scene and he turned out to be, let's say, less than what you'd hoped
Even if your instructor isn't ideal, in a college scene, there's a chance you'll learn from your fellow students.
But, really, like I said early up, schools can be all over the map
end up in a dead environment where neither instructor, fellow students, or gear is up to snuff. Maybe then
you go looking for that paid mentor?