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Old 12th June 2007
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I should also reply to this - I teach audio production and synthesis techniques in two universities - Thames Valley in London and Glamorgan in Wales. Both have some very experienced engineers and producers on staff - Pip Williams at TVU. The problem for aspiring engineers is that there just aren't so many top pro studios around nowadays, so there are very few opportunities to sit at the feet of the masters. But perhaps the hardest thing to communicate is how to behave in the studio environment - many of the young people coming out of the early audio schools just didn't know when to shut up, or understand that a lot of what goes on in that creative process is subtle stuff about helping the artist to feel comfortable about expressing themselves. A studio can be the most alien situation for creative expression. Any good course should be making sure that the students understand that it's not just about the right mike and processor!

Mike