- Speed your learningyears worth of experience
- Benefits of trainingwhy should you train?
- Master your earsyou are your best tool
Condense years of experience in weeks.
Experience plays a crucial role in the audio world. The Golden Ears Engineers have acquired it working in large studios over many years while listening with critical ears to many songs.
That critical listening means that their minds were concentrated on the sounds they were working on, with special attention to the parameters they were adjusting. That way their ears learned how different kinds of processes and parameters affect the sound.
But even in that favorable situation it does take years to develop that experience, because it’s learned by repetition. Over the years, they were exposed to hundreds of situations but… what if you could expose yourself to that number of repetitions in a shorter period of time?
Well, that’s the purpose of this kind of frequency ear training. It will increase the speed of your learning by exposing you to hundreds or thousands of random situations you can learn from, which otherwise would have taken years to actually happen, even working regularly in a large studio. In 15 minutes you can expose yourself to a hundred different processed signals, in a practice where you have to stretch your mind to guess which parameters were used.
And what will you gain? You will gain the ability of imagining in your mind the sound you want and automatically translating it to the real world adjusting the needed parameters quickly and easily. And that ability is what differentiates the great Engineer from the average one.
Why should you train? The Benefits of training.
You don’t expect that anyone with no training could be able to grab a guitar and play like Jimi Hendrix, or do you?
To be able to express his sensibility through his guitar, he had to train hard first. Once he internalized the process his fingers moved by themselves to communicate what he was imagining in his mind, effortlessly. And that is true for any artistic field. The deeper you internalize the technique, the easier you’ll be able to really express yourself.
Many books have been written about The Art of Recording and it is certainly an art, because it is a very creative process, no doubt about it. If you want to be great at it and be able to translate what is in your mind to the real world, you have to internalize the technique, just like Jimi Hendrix did with his guitar.
You can acquire experience while you are working at the studio only, but that would be like being a guitarist and not training, just doing concerts. You would improve, but it would be slower. If you are serious about recording and mixing you should invest time in yourself like any musician does. That way you will increase the speed of your learning and you will become a better professional, more aware of the nuances of audio and able to let the creative process flow in a more effortless way.
Master your ears: You are your best tool.
One thing is clear: there is no magic tool or recipe you can apply to any situation and there is no piece of gear or plugin that is going to make your records sound great out of the box. No matter what they say.
Marketing is very aggressive these days, trying to persuade you that you need the very latest thing they have released if you want to have a chance of success. They do it because they have to keep selling, not because that’s the truth.
Relax, there is no need to rush to buy that brand new plugin. Most of the plugins available today in the market are great tools. Choose the ones you like most but don’t get obsessed about it.
Believe me, many top notch Engineers still use 10 year old plugins and their recordings sound great.
So now that technical equipment is cheap and everybody has access to it, what is important? YOUR SKILLS.
Start investing more time in what is the crucial factor nowadays (you!) and find out how you can speed up the learning process required to understand the use of the processors involved in the mixing and recording arts.