WELCOME TO AE-2
I have many Audio Details to share in 15 short weeks. The assignments
are simple, but falling behind can make them seem more complicated, especially
when you are under pressure to meet a deadline. The simple
solution is to not fall behind.
Your participation grade for each class is 10 points. 5 points
are awarded when you actively contribute in class and 5 more points are
awarded when you write an e-mail. You can get Bonus Points for contributing
to our AE-2 Class page on Facebook.
The five points correspond to letter grades: 5=A, 4=B, 3=C, 2=D, etc.
An explanation of grade letters is on page-2. It is our 'User Agreement.'
It must be signed and handed in during Class-1.
Helps with Console Setup and Normalization
Helps with Pro Tools Setup and File Management
Helps with Studio Setup and Normalization
Helps Others in Class
Takes good notes and pictures of setups (can be shared on the Facebook
Does not distract others by playing with communications devices.
This can and should be done during breaks.
The weekly e-mail:
Must be a minimum of 250 words
Will have maximum benefit when submitted within 3 days of class
Can reflect on what happened in class - what you learned, liked, hated,
would like to know more about. Your feedback improves the class.
Is a way to get feedback: you can share mixes, project ideas or ask questions
THE FIRST ASSIGNMENT
Below is an Explanation of Grades Agreement. You may wonder why you
are being asked to read and sign this form. The answer is simple.
Your primary goal is to acquire as many skills as possible to make yourself
as employable as possible. Your grade reflects three important 'skills,'
not just how well you can memorize 'quick keys,' but also how motivated
you are and how well you communicate.
Write an e-mail about yourself (Musician? DJ? Gamer? Engineer? Post?)
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org <<<< The
Create a Redbook Mix CD of your fave sounds, tunes, etc.
Detail what you put on the CD and why.
Learn how to spell the instructor's last name: C-I-L-E-T-T-I (Google
So when you invest time and $$$ in your career, think about the ingredients
that count in your grade. It may be hard to see into the future,
but you may want or need a recommendation. If you stand out
in class and make an impression, both the instructor and fellow students
could play a role in your future employment.
Explanation of Grades:
A - self motivated, did more than the minimum, showed constant improvement,
was helpful to fellow class mates, asked for more work. Will definitely
get a positive recommendation.
B - Did the required work. Showed talent and motivation.
Has potential to be an A student. Is likely to get a recommendation.
C - Inconsistent work habits. Assignments are late and show insufficient
effort. Is not likely to get a recommendation
D - Poor work habits. Distracted, dreaming or sleeping in class. Assignments
not turned in. No recommendation.
F - why did you sign up?
I understand the Terms of this Agreement
YES, I AM A PEST, GET USED TO IT!
You may have noticed that I contact everyone at least once a week -
via FB and MMI mail. I am constantly thinking about the class and
looking forward to feedback because one simple idea can inspire me and
have a direct influence on the next class. I really do want EVERYONE
thinking about the class OUTSIDE of class.
When you do the drum editing exercise, it is just as important that
you integrate our earlier CRITICAL LISTENING exercises into it...
I need EVERYONE to listen closely, to really dive in and get inside
of these sounds. It will help when you are recording from scratch
and are trying to anticipate / envision what the end result should sound
like. It will also help with mixing, when you will have many
MANY more tracks to sort through and find a place for.
So, if you were wondering what to write about, go back and listen to
each drum track, remember the mic we used, and detail how each track sounded
- ISOLATED, and with it's partner. There are essentially three kick
tracks, two different mics, side-by-side. They sound different.
Can you notice the difference? Do you have a preference? How
do they combine? How does the crotch mic sound? How does it
combine with the kick and the snare mics.
Do this for all the mics. Play with POLARITY and PHASE.
It's laborious, I know, but when you get good at it, you can create any
sound you want IF you got decent sounds to begin with.
If you take the time to do this now, it will help you when sessions
get more complicated.