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Dec.08 / 2016
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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. 

Following that, we got to finally learn about my favourite effect – reverb! We started off with learning about reverb plug-ins and how they operate inside a DAW, and then moved on to rack mounted effects and learned how to patch them into the console. Finally, we got to use a plate reverb, which sounded awesome. For those of you who are not quite sure what reverb is, it’s a series of very closely spaced echoes that cannot be identified individually. It is caused by sound bouncing off surfaces in an enclosed environment. The more surfaces that reflect sound, the more the sound bounces off each surface, the more reverb you get. In music, reverb is used to make something sound more natural, or can be used in many different applications as an effect. For example, I tend to really pump up reverb on some of my songs as a way to make a guitar sound very ethereal.

After diving deep into the world of reverb, we moved on to our Gaggio project. Essentially, the Gaggio project is a short scene we filmed in a lab last week, where we got to learn about recording dialogue for film. I must say after holding a boom mic for 10 minutes, I have new found respect for people in the audio for film industry. After having a week to rest my feeble arms, we hopped into the studio to record some ADR (automated dialogue replacement). ADR is used to replace any mistakes in dialogue or background noise impeding on the dialogue tracks. Unfortunately, I cannot for the life of me pronounce the word “froth,” so I was pretty happy to get a chance to re-record. 

We also finally completed our Limbo projects this week and oh boy. I have never been more proud of anything I have created in my life. I feel like a lot of students felt that way about their projects. We all learned so much about sound design and developed a new appreciation for audio for visual media. I just want to say good luck to everyone. From the projects I saw, I was thoroughly impressed by what my classmates could accomplish.

Following the completion of Limbo, we brushed up on our ever-growing Pro Tools skills with a lab about spot mode. Spot mode allows you to move a clip to any specific location on the timeline. It’s very helpful if you’re a bit crazy with the mouse and tend to accidentally move a clip, as it allows you to move a clip back to its original location. We also had a lab dedicated to reviewing MIDI in Pro Tools, which is VERY essential because working with MIDI in Pro Tools can be a bit of a hassle. Luckily, I feel confident with my new found Pro Tools MIDI skills.

So that’s it for labs. It seems we managed to accomplish a lot in one short week, but then again when don’t we? I’d also like to spend this time to send out a HUGE thank you to SONOMAX for coming all the way to Ontario and custom fitting each and every student with their own custom fitted hearing protection. I’m sure I speak for all of the students when I say I really appreciate what you did for us, and that I am definitely enjoying my new ear plugs. 

That about wraps up the blog post for this week. Now it’s time to go study my face off as we prepare for semester 1 finals. By the time I make another post it’ll be after the holidays, so I just want to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season, and a happy new year. See you in 2017!