Lately I have been getting tons of emails with questions about recording/mixing techniques. That made me think of a low $ recording/mixing/production workshop at WireWorld. If anybody is interested in such a workshop email me at mwagener at comcast.net
Last edited by mwagener; 26th February 2006 at 05:33 PM..
Jules said it would be ok to post some details about the recording/mixing workshops at WireWorld.
At this time there will be two workshops with a possible third at a later date:
ONE from August 16th (Saturday) through August 24th (Sunday)
TWO from September 13th (Saturday) through September 21st (Sunday)
Each workshop should have a minimum attendance of 5 people and a maximum of 7.
We are recording and mixing one song (Rock genre) with a local band, great musicians. I might be able to bring in a celebrity guest musician, but that’s still up in the air.
We probably start around 10:00 AM with an open end in the evening, break for lunch and dinner. The schedule looks something like this:
day 1 – There should be a short discussion about how we think the song should be approached sound wise and production wise, before we start getting into sounds. Of course the band should have a say in this as well, it’s their music after all. Then mic selection, preamp selection, mic placement and acoustic room treatment for the drums, getting drum sounds. The goal for that day would be to finish getting drum sounds and everybody takes home a ruff CD for evaluation in their cars, home stereos etc.
day 2 - we fix the drum sound that we thought was so cool last night. Then, tracking drums, tear down drums, set up for bass, including mic / DI selection, preamp selection, compression, phase between DI and mics, tracking bass, tear down bass.
day 3 - set up for guitar and vocals, mic / pre / comp selection etc. tracking guitars then lead vocals, comp lead vocals.
day 4 – fix the comped lead vocal track if necessary, then tracking for all other overdubs; backing vocals, percussion, keyboards etc., ruff mix to take home.
day 5 – Last minute fixes, then set up for mix, mix planning, connecting outboard, re-amping etc.
day 6 through 10 - Mix. Everybody will be hands on mixing. You can download pdf manuals for the Sony DMX R-100 HERE
Also, during the mixing sessions mastering engineer Eric Conn from Independent Mastering in Nashville will stop by to give us some pointers on what to do or not to do to prepare for a smooth mastering session.
The cost will be $ 1,500.00 per person. That does NOT include travel, hotel or food. It DOES include everything we need to get the song recorded and mixed (hard drives, CDs etc.) I might be able to get a group rate at a Sleep Inn about 5 miles from the studio, still checking on that. I also have contacted a few manufacturers so we can maybe get some extra units that I don't have. Everybody is welcome to bring their own microphones. Contact me for a WireWorld mic list to see what I’m missing.
Also, bring your still cameras if you like. I prefer not to have the workshop conversations shot on video for the obvious reasons. Video of the setups etc. is fine.
There might be a few giveaways (microphones, headphones), still working on that. I'm also trying to get some local celebrities for a Q/A hour (or two). No warranties about any of that yet, just trying to make it as interesting as possible.
Obviously I need to get the August workshop confirmed as soon as possible, so, if you’re interested, please call me at (615) 883 2507 (leave a message if I’m not there) or email me at email@example.com , there are still a couple of August spots open. September is filling up quick too.
I'd definately pop over if I was in Atlanta but I'm stuck back in the UK trying to finish 3 projects at the mo.
Next time I'm doing some Fozzy stuff I'll drop you a line, what is it about a 3 & a half hour drive from there...bit longer?. It'd be nice to say hello to everyone at the ranch anyway. We've bought a pretty similar place over here , we're just putting the studio into the barn conversion , hopefully complete by October.
Fletcher was so cool to provide us with:
Al Smart C2
for the workshops in August and September. Add to that the stereo Atomic Squeeze box that Innertube Audio provided and the stuff I already have and we'll be in for some major shootout for stereo bus compressors.
Chandler is sending out the LTD-1 and LTD-2 (I got the TG-1 and TG-2 already) and hopefully a little surprise for the September workshop. Also, Shure is dropping off some mics for the workshop. Royer is providing us with a pair of 122s to compliment the two 121s and SF-12 I already have.
I'm still working on getting a Neumann digital mic in as well.
Looks like we're pretty much covered, that stuff will keep us busy for a while.
Originally posted by The MPCist Would luv to go but it's a bit expensive especially for a Gearslut who always needs the extra cash to buy an extra Distressor or somthing.
Is this the final pricing or working out the details...?
Enjoy the luxury of taking things like this for granted. This kind of hands on training with a pro is impossible where I live. I'd consider travelling from Ireland for such a thing if I wasn't getting married in September.
I'm holding out for a distressor too but you know what they say, teach a man to fish.....
Knowledge is key to good recordings/mixes, the next piece of gear you buy will not deliver you to your destination. If I sound pissed off I guess I am, moaning about the price of something like this annoys me.
Best of luck Micheal with the course,
This workshop thing is going nuts. Even though there are only a few participants for August (the scheduling didn't work out for everybody), September already has 12 possible guests. Looks like I might have to start planing on number 3 (Maybe September 27th through October 5th?).
I emailed MPCist and told him about the possibility of shorter/cheaper workshops in the future. What I am thinking of is long weekends (my girlfriend is going to kill me...), Friday through Monday (4 days) but then split up into recording and mixing on different weekends. That might be more affordable, financially and timewise. Also, what about the possibility of a "get-out-of-the-box" ProTools mixing session, where people bring their PT files and we mix them together at WireWorld, outside of the DAW. Waddaya think?
As I mentioned above, Fletcher is helping out with a truckload full of compressors for the August and September sessions and it looks like we might have a Manley SLAM available as well. Even though one of these compressors will most likely make the permanent WireWorld equipment list, this will be a special bonus for these two first workshops.
Originally posted by Dave Martin You wanna borrow a few more compressors? I may have some that neither you nor Fletcher will have handy. Not that THAT means anything - but it's more stuff to play with...