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.
Here is Dave doing his Live Sound soldering evaluation. Based on the roll of the die (as seen in the picture), corresponds to a particular type of cable and connectors which must be assembled. Most of us were feeling lucky, so it went well. Until we found out that they were also evaluating us on form and the dismount.*
This week also started a series of more complicated miking labs for production. After several weeks of learning microphones, file management, setting-up foldback, a working knowledge base of Pro Tools, and a familiarity with the Control 24(a digital control surface for Pro Tools), we can start to learn how to produce. In the left picture we can see our talent, CJ, playing guitar for a recording session on the floor. On the right we can see Crew 7 calling the shots from inside the control room. Moreover, we had another listening lab for music. This week featured the music of the 80’s. Students analyzed hip-hop, hard-core punk, and other popular music track in a critical listening environment in order to evaluate the change in recording technology and production techniques.
Week 10 was also the final week our ‘Wishmaster ‘ Project. The project consisted of 2 students recording ADR and foley for a particular scene in the film. My lab partner and I realized through the project that although the process of recording, editing, performing, and mixing was highly engaging – it is half of the job. Troubleshooting is half of what we do. If one were to consider the sheer amount of gear and technology which our audio and video signal runs through, it is completely understandable why things don’t always work as they should. The Interns and the faculty at OIART understand this and have been completely cooperative in teaching us how to fix our problems. One of the greatest consistencies in the program is how everything “Dove-tails” together. However, troubleshooting is just signal flow which is taught in Recording Technology. Needless to say we are all getting pretty good.
Until next time.
*We weren’t evaluated on form or the dismount. Not until semester 2 anyway ;).