The OIART Blog

OIART Alumni – 2013 Juno Winners

Congratulations to all of the 2013 Juno winners and nominees! We proudly posted about the nominees that involve OIART Alumni, and you can read that here. The awards were given over the weekend of April 20-21, and we’re happy to announce the following winners that involved OIART alumni: ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR Rush – … Continue reading →

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OIART Alumni – 2013 Juno Nominations

The 2013 Juno nominations were released this week and we spotted a number of nominations for projects that OIART Alumni had a hand in making. Below is a list of those nominations, with reference to our Alumni involvement. Congratulations to all nominees! ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR Billy Talent – Dead Silence, assistant Kevin O’Leary(’09) 

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OIART Student Post – Sinan – Foley Recording

Doing Foley for a animated commercial can be a very creative process –  even when recording things like footsteps. (What is Foley?) In the ad we worked on, people in posters come alive and walk around. I had the idea of recording steps in piles of crumpled paper, to make it sound like it is

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UPDATE: WHERE ARE THEY NOW? CLASS OF 2011-12, GRADUATE UPDATES.

*Updated December 19, 2012 – see end of list for newest additions!

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OIART Student Blog – Gerald – Week 12 (’12-’13)

In LIMBO…. This was definitely one of our more accomplished weeks so far. Week 12 meant the conclusion of our 5 week Sound Design Project of a trailer for the video game ‘LIMBO’. The one minute and seven second trailer had us cutting our teeth matching sound effects, creating ambiance, working with music tracks, and 

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OIART Student Blog – Gerald – Week 11 (’12-’13)

On location in London… The most interesting thing that happened this week was our foray into location audio; the “ninjas of the audio world”. For those not in the know, location audio is the recording of audio for television or film on set or, on location. And like any good ninja, location audio engineers or … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gerald – Week 10 (’12-’13)

Week 10 seemed to be the start of the countdown to our semester one finals. Even Lab content became subtlety intense. Compression, equalization, Limbo, and a Dice game were all elements of labs. But, that doesn’t mean we didn’t have fun! Or maybe I am reading way too much into the Lab content sheet.   … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gerald – Week 9 (’12-’13)

Good evening, morning, or whatever time it is where you are. My name is a Gerald, and I will be writing this weekly blog to inform, and possibly amaze, those interested in learning about OIART’s labs and student life. Labs are essentially deeply involved learning sessions which teach additional material, application, and test one’s understanding … Continue reading

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Industry Spotlight on Mike Tompkins

We recently interviewed OIART graduate and YouTube artist Mike Tompkins. Mike talks to us about his YouTube success, working with Timbaland, moving to LA, working on original material, his experience at OIART & post-grad, and he gives some advice to people who are hoping to pursue a career in audio.

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An Update from Gabriel – Former Student Blogger

Gabriel is a graduate of the 2011-12 class…you may remember reading his Student Blogs from last year – detailing his experience at OIART. After graduation in July, Gabriel was hired as a Junior Sound Designer at Digital Extremes – a video game production company that is currently working on the official Star Trek game.  Gabriel … Continue reading →

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Andrew Charron (’11)

Graduate Andrew Charron (’11) is working as an Audio Technician for Carnival Cruise Lines. Starting on the Carnival Glory as a Back Lounge Tech, Andrew ran sound for live band karaoke and comedy shows. After that, he was transferred to the Carnival Sensation to take over as the Main Lounge Audio Technician. There, Andrew is … Continue reading →

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Sean Campbell in Studio 2

Check out this video recorded on the Studio 2 floor by OIART Grad and current OIART Audio Intern, Sean pH Campbell! Sean was awarded an OIART Music Production award for another track that you can hear here: Student Gallery – Sean Campbell

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel – Semester 3

More photos of what we`ve been doing at OIART: Here’s a picture of Collin’s vocal talent (Jon LeGris) signing through a tasty Neumann TLM149 for Collin’s third semester final project. We also recently had the opportunity to do some field recording around London.  Here we are in a forest recording ambiance, and the sound of … Continue reading →

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Grad Update – Dan Dubois (’09) – Lacquer Channel Mastering

Dan Dubois (’09) at the Lacquer Channel in Toronto where he works as a Junior Mastering Engineer. Dan is in good company at Lacquer Channel, which is also home to mastering legends George Graves, Noah Mintz, and Phil Demetro. Dan also produces electronic music under the name Schematic. Continued success Dan!

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Grad Update – Matt Green (’03)

Catch a glimpse of OIART Grad Matt Green (’03) in this “In the Studio” Webisode from No Doubt. You can spot him at the console at 2:00min and again right at the end. New No Doubt album coming out this fall! Earlier this year, we spotted this posting on PerezHilton.com – showing Matt with Gwen Stefani … Continue reading →

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Mike Cashin ’00 – Crew Studios, Vancouver

Mike Cashin (’00) is the Head Engineer and Studio Manager at the recently opened Crew Studios in Vancouver. Mike graduated with honors and landed the position of second engineer at Vancouverʼs Warehouse Studio, where he worked for nearly a decade. Mike has worked with artists in every corner of the business, from Mötley Crüe to … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel – Semester 3

Here are a few recent photos of what we`ve been doing at OIART: Members of Group B (L-R: Shawn, Sam, Derek & Ben) recording a cover for Production class. Our illustrious Prod leader, Dean (right), listens along as Humberto plays the drums.  There’s Justin in the back adding to the positive vibes. Here are my … Continue reading →

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Revolution Recording Studio Featured In Mix Magazine

Congratulations to our friends at Revolution Recording in Toronto for their June 2012 feature in Mix Magazine’s “Studio Design Class of 2012: The Year’s Finest Facilities” edition. Revolution Recording’s Studio A was featured on the cover of the magazine, referenced as the leader of the Class of 2012. “Studio A of Revolution Recording Studios in … Continue reading →

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John Diemer ’10 – Audio for TV/Film

OIART Graduate John Diemer (’10) has been keeping himself very busy out on the west coast. After graduating, and then spending a year on staff at OIART as an Audio Intern, John moved to Vancouver and began work on various tv/film projects there (and across the country). We asked John to fill us in on … Continue reading →

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Danielle McBride ’96 – Supervising Sound Editor for The L.A. Complex, Degrassi

Danielle McBride started her career in Audio Post Production  after graduating from OIART in 1996 –  and she has remained busy ever since. She is now the Supervising Sound Editor for the new hit series The L.A. Complex, as well as long standing favourite Degrassi (Danielle just celebrated her 10th year with Degrassi!). Considering all … Continue reading →

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Grad Update – The Tragically Hip at Noble Street Studios

OIART Grads (from far left) Alastair Sims (’10), Alex Krotz (’11), and Kevin O’Leary (’09) photographed at the end of their most recent session at Noble Street Studios in Toronto – with venerable Canadian institution The Tragically Hip, producer Gavin Brown and engineer Lenny DeRose. Check out this video of Day 1 in the studio:

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel

Hi Everyone! I know I haven’t posted a blog in a while, things have gotten pretty busy here at OIART – lots of fun and learning! I am going to start focusing more on the photos I take during labs, and I’ll do my best to share as much as possible with you! Matt playing … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel – Week 23 & 24

Here is a recap of Week 23 & 24! Dean and Zack are practicing their re-amping skills.  That involves taking previously recorded material (from a guitar or any other instrument, really) and re-recording that signal through an amp.  As our Recording Technology instructor, Mark, asks: where does your mind take you?  Want to put a … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel – Week 21

Week 21!   What the heck is that a picture of, you ask?  That’s tupperware – OIART styles.  Our live sound instructor, Christoph, showed us that you can make a mic splitter out of a bit of spare tupperware.  Fantastic.  He also expressed his fondness for Tupperware Parties because of the fact that (i) there’s … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel – Week 20

Some of the highlights from Week 20!   Here is Scott, one of the interns, during “special time” with the Night Owls.  In this session, he did a great job of advancing our knowledge on console automation.  Have no idea what I’m talking about?  Come to the school and learn it up, then!  Check out … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel – Week 19

Well, we are back from our (well deserved) Holiday Break.  It was good while it lasted, but I’m sure that all of us are raring to go and get back into the wonderful world of audio at OIART! This semester is going to be a doozy!  We started several multi-week long projects in many different … Continue reading →

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Custom Fit Hearing Protection for OIART Students

Hearing protection awareness is something that we take seriously here at OIART….and to show exactly how serious we are about it, we asked OIART Grad Keith Gordon to come in and fit each of our students with a set of custom in-ear earplugs. Over the course of two days Keith met with all  students and … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel – Week 10

Week 10! Here we are trying our hand at group mixing using Studio 3’s Westar console (and Pro Tools).  It can get a bit hectic with four pairs of hands twiddling knobs, but it’s also fun.  Or you could just take turns.  It’s great practice, however, to react to someone else’s EQ move.  It’s like … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel – Week 9

Wow.  Week 9 already.  It seems like just yesterday that we were introduced to ribbon mic basics and basilar membrane.  How far we’ve come!  Among other things, this week we set up for a “talking head” (i.e. podium) gig, did some patch bay soldering, recorded a song and listened to classic tracks from rock, to … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Brian – “Mark Loves You”

“Mark Loves You” Wake up dear readers, it’s time for class at OIART.  As late breakfasts are hastily finished and seats are taken, it’s clear the students are in rare form.  Pencils, paper, laptops, and jovial attitudes are at the ready as our instructor clears his throat to begin the lesson.  What might that lesson … Continue reading →

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Alastair Sims ’10, Kevin O’Leary ’09 – Rush’s Time Machine

OIART graduates Alastair Sims (’10) and Kevin O’Leary (’09) had the pleasure of working with Richard Chycki on the audio for the new live performance DVD from Rush. ‘TIME MACHINE 2011: Live In Cleveland’ is an evening with Rush performing their classic hits and features the legendary ‘Moving Pictures’ album, performed live in its entirety. … Continue reading →

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Tim Wallace ’07 – Timbuktu

Check out Grad Tim Wallace (06/07) – Timbuktu – on Muchmusic in his new video!

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel – Week 8

After Week 7’s exams, Week 8 saw us starting some of our projects for APIX (Audio for Pictures) and SDES (Sound Design)!  We also got some hands on time with analog recording, MIDI cable soldering, Mid-Side mic technique  and other fun stuff.  So, without delay lets do a recap of this week’s labs.   You … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel – Week 6

We just made it through our first batch of midterms at OIART!  Congratulations to all.  They were mucho intense, but very rewarding.  It’s amazing to realize just how much we have learned in the past 7 weeks.  Crazy.  We all keep saying, “Imagine how much we’ll know by the (fast approaching) Holidays!”  Can’t wait.  I … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Brian – Looking Back On Day One

The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship Day one.  Orientation.  We’re all hunkered down in our random seats peering out at all our fellow classmates.   Some students have already met due to their housing arrangements, but for the majority this is our first time meeting anyone else from the program.  There are students young and old, … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Brian – An American Audio Nerd in London

An American Audio Nerd in London Canada.  The great white north; the bi-lingual beauty; the gem of North America.   Home to the CN Tower, Wayne Gretzky, and the better looking half of Niagara Falls.  Canada is also the home of the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology.  OIART is renowned for its extensive, hands-on curriculum, … Continue reading →

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OIART Grad – Mike Tompkins

You’re probably already familiar with Mike Tompkins and his Voice/Mouth covers of everyone’s favourite pop songs. Mike recently announced that he is working on an album of original songs:     While we wait for more news on his upcoming album, check out his latest video for his version of All Night Long by Demi … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel – Week 5

Week five at OIART was, as we have all now come to expect, a blast.  It looks like everyone (including me) has recovered from the cold that swept through our ranks.  Honestly though, too much goes on to really notice petty stuff like that… Here are some highlights from week 5! See below the image … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel – Week 4

Believing (rather naively) that things couldn’t get any better, week 4 at OIART brought us face to face with an amazing batch of gorgeous condenser mics and the opportunity to mic up amplifiers.  Some groups even had the pleasure of firing up the organ in Studio 2 through a Leslie cab.  Hats off to Will … Continue reading →

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Where are they now? Class of 2010-11, graduate updates.

OIART grads waste no time starting their careers! Check out what some of our grads are up to, only months after graduation… Devon Bellavance – The Warehouse Studios, Vancouver BC Graeme McGinty – CityTV, Syndicate Sound, Toronto ON Alex Krotz – Noble Street Studios, Toronto ON Rob McDowell – Liberty Studios, Toronto ON Andrew Charron … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel

My name is Gabriel (aka Barn Owl) and I’ll be filling you in on what labs are like outside of class lectures.  This is where you take all the stuff you learn from the instructors and apply it in a hands on, incredibly fun way.  Hopefully, it’ll give you an idea of what to expect … Continue reading →

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2011 Gemini Nominations for OIART Alumni!

Great to see 2011 Gemini nominations for several OIART Alumni! Congratulations!!! ’89 Brian Eimer  – Best Sound in an Information/Documentary Program – Beyond Survival with Les Stroud – The Hewa and the Hidden Secret Ceremony (Rogers) ’95 grad Danielle McBride – Best Sound in a Dramatic Program – Degrassi Takes Manhattan (MuchMusic – Bell Media) ’07 Niall … Continue reading →

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Jay Dufour ’07 – Assistant Engineer at Revolution Recording

A pic from the National Post of grad Jay Dufour ’07 assisting to the left of Joe Dunphy, at Toronto’s newest large format music recording facility – Revolution Recording. The studio features a large frame vintage 80 series Neve console, 2 (!) Fairchild limiters and too many classic EQ, compressors and mics to mention. The mix … Continue reading →

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Toronto’s “Wanted Sound & Picture” Adds 3 OIART Grads to Crew

Great to see grads Shawn French (05/06), Brian Gallant (09/10) and Mary Lee (09/10) profiled on the new Wanted Sound and Picture website. Wanted is a full service post production facility in downtown offering creative services for full commercial production, original Music and audio/video Post-Production. http://www.wantedsp.com

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’00 Celina Rudolf – Cirque du Soleil Audio Crew

OIART Grad Celina Rudolf is part of the audio crew on tour with Cirque Du Soleil's "Quidam"

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