It is now nearing the end of the year for OIART students as we are coming up on graduation towards the end of the month and semester three has been full of hard work, projects and many interesting presentations. At the beginning of the semester, the students were given the option between two different production projects as a final project: a song or audio for an animated video. These have all been completed and handed in and we are all using what studio time we have left to work on projects of our own.
This semester was very self-directed, giving everyone lots of time to work on projects at any moment in studios if they chose to steal labs during the four-hour lab periods. This also gave the students lots of opportunities to work with new people and work in new situations. Many people, myself included, were able to go out into the field to record or bring in many new talents to record.
OIART organized a private concert run by students with lots of help from the instructors and Rogers TV at the Aeolian Hall. The concert crew was made up of three major crews; the film and documentary crew, the Rogers TV and recording crew and the live and stage crew. Each position in each crew was staffed by a student, positions that we all had to apply for based on what interested each of us the most. Personally, my top choice was to be the front of house mixer for the opening act, a position I couldn’t have been happier to get.
Our talent for the show consisted of a fantastic DJ from the program who played many student projects and two extremely talented local acts; Fraser Teeple opening for Van Ber, which the production class has been working closely with recently as a part of their final semester. Every crew had a major focus while every position had its own focus within that. Although we all had to work together and do lots of pre-production, the live crew was focused mainly on putting on the show within the venue, ensuring there were audio, video and lighting provided appropriately for each act. The film and documentary crew was in charge of documenting the event as well as conducting interviews with many of the instructors and students, myself included. The Rogers TV and recording crew was in charge of recording and mixing the show to television and Pro Tools. With every crew working together, we were able to pull off set-up and tear-down on time and hit every cue with only minor issues that we were all able to troubleshoot.
This week is almost the end of semester two and finals are coming up, which means projects are nearing completion. All of the students have been working hard on the second Production project and our Audio for Visual ‘Inspiration’ project. Both projects are done in groups and we are all very excited to be able to show our finished projects!
For our Audio for Visual project, we have been doing sound design for a video by the name of ‘Inspiration’. This was our first Audio for Visual project with an industry director - Francois Driessen. Francois visited early on to supply us with a vision of what he wanted for the story, which we were able to build on with our own vision. This was done through a live spotting session which aided in shedding light on what he wanted for sound, the feeling he wanted to achieve, and what was necessary as details for the video.... Read More
We’re now onto the second semester for the class of 2017, and that means new projects, classes, and experiences for OIART students, which we’re all very excited for!
Beginning this semester we all got the opportunity to begin recording and producing songs with local artists. Each crew submit a demo, most often recorded on a phone of their artist's original song or cover that we would be recording in the studios during lab time. We're now approaching the end of the project and all of the songs are turning out fantastic so far!... Read More
Hey everyone! I figured with projects gearing down and the semester wrapping up it was time for another blog post. Here’s what we’ve been up to at OIART.
The week kicked off for crew 5 with a great hands-on introduction to stage lighting for our live sound class. In all honesty, I was a bit hesitant at first about it. As an audio dork, I feared that lighting would be a little out of my element. However, looking back, I can honestly say I am a little bit hooked. I notice there is actually a lot more in common with lighting and audio than I actually suspected. I’m seriously considering buying a few of my own.... Read More
Welcome back everyone! Hope all of the OIART students did well on midterms.
Anyways, with school back in full swing I figured it was time to make another post on the ol' student blog. Here's what we have been up to in week 8.
The week started off for crew 5 with the start of our first project for our Audio for Visual Media Class. The project let's us produce our own sound for a trailer to a video game trailer called "LIMBO." Now, I've never played this game, but upon doing a quick google search it appears to be a creepy platform game. As a big fan of anything horror related, I'm super excited for this project, and am definitely going to check out this game when the project is all finished.... Read More
As our school year is coming to an end and final projects have all been completed — both for Music Production and Audio for Pictures — we thought it would be insightful to ask some fellow classmates about their project experience. The following are the questions we asked:
What was the most important thing you learned from your project?
What was your favourite part/experience of your project?
Here's what they had to say…... Read More
Finding the right person to perform voices for our animated projects is a fun task that I discovered helps us meet very interesting people and make lifelong connections. My search started with the goal of finding someone who had the right vocal tone and the ability to give a performance that would bring the characters on screen to life. I had no idea it would lead me to meeting one of the most interesting characters of my OIART journey.
I started by auditioning several talents and eventually came across a voice actor by the name of Jack Cherry who had a voice that immediately caught my attention; it was deep and full of personality. Without much hesitation, I asked Jack to come to OIART and record for the part of my project’s main character, Jack (the same first names was simply a fun coincidence)!... Read More
The first big task of semester three: recording a jazz band. The concept was simple, but its execution required thoughtful planning, strong teamwork, and attention to detail. Specifically, our job was to run a professional studio session and capture the band’s sound waves to the best of our ability, all under the watchful (and wise…) eyes of our Recording Technology instructor, Mark McDonald. Crews of 3-4 students were each assigned a different band to work with, many coming down from Toronto’s Humber College.... Read More
For those of us who chose to pursue an Audio for Pictures project for our final third semester project, our challenge is to reimagine the sound for an animation that was previously created from the ground up including Foley, sound effects, ambience and music. Every sound has to be accounted for, from the objects our main characters are interacting with, to the movements of the environment.... Read More
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... Read More
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... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
“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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More