Friday, August 20, 2010

OPEN HOUSE for Michigan Recording Arts Institute

Michigan Recording Arts Institute and Technologies will be holding an OPEN HOUSE! Visit us at our studio and see where we make music happen. August 25, 2010 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Bring a friend! RSVP required.

Below is a list of fall classes with a brief description.

Audio Recording Techniques 1
Once taught at Oakland University now designed for private personal instructions. This course will familiarize you with studio terminology and the most standard forms of sound recording. It is your first step towards training for a position in sound related fields. It will help you in directing musical personnel for better sounding recordings, provide good training for related fields such as radio, video, sound recording, Foley, forensic audio and also improve your own sound reproducing for stage, video and home recording. In part one the emphasis is on the artistic aspects of recording techniques and equipment operations where you will discover the theories behind quality workmanship and the tools we use.

Audio Recording Techniques 2
A continuation of Audio Recording Techniques 1, this instruction set will continue to improve recording skills by applying techniques the student learned in Recording Techniques #1. In addition more emphasis will be placed on the technical aspects of analog and digital recording techniques. This will round out the understanding of how equipment works and how to maintain it. Also testing and reading of test meters and calibrations will be explored. Some mathematics is required and a simple pocket calculator and small volt meter will help. Additional topics are acoustics and studio designs. This course will make the student more in demand because the understanding gained will allow for an entry position with more responsibility.

Class Requirements: 1.) Passing Basic Recording Techniques #1 or passing our final exam if you can show proof of graduating from a similar basic recording techniques class taken elsewhere; 2.) A high school level algebra and basic science class; 3.) Basic electronics will be an added bonus.

Building a Computer Home Studio
This is a seminar on building your own IBM clone computer for recording audio and possibly video. We dispel myths and mysteries about the terminology and how parts work. We investigate your needs, then show you how to build a system to satisfy those needs. Students will be required to purchase a set of tools and the computer parts they need to finish assemblage. Some of the software we have will be free for use during the training. This will build a good foundation for understanding what goes on inside your computer so that you can grow your system to accommodate future upgrades and expansions

Video Production & Recording Techniques
Video recording techniques up till now has been a closely guarded secret. It's a mystery to most. Most new producers know what they want to accomplish, just not how to accomplish it. This class will introduce the student to the systems and how they work. Reading vector scopes, color corrections, wiring, interfacing, synchronous audio, production procedures, and much more will be touched on so that you will better understand terminology and what constitutes a correct picture.

Digital Recording & Computer Software (Foley)
This seminar is design to better understand how sound plays such an important roll in creating impact at crucial points within the productions. Most often this part of the production is left to the serious engineer only. You get one chance to get it right. You will see how to capture live sound as it is going down and then how it gets matched to the film for a final mix.

Forensic Audio/Video Techniques
The world of forensic audio video techniques is the pinnacle of accomplishments for any true audio video engineer. It is a culmination of all past experiences and involves a scientific analytical approach to audio and video. On the advent of digital miniaturization, more people are using recording devices for covert documentation of key events. This class is an introductory overview and will familiarize you with procedural court accepted analysis, enhancement techniques and conclusion summary techniques for CYA. Everything from "Chain of Custody" to voice gramming will be touched on. This will help you in directing and requesting techniques and procedures, maybe even do them yourself, while maintaining confidence in presenting your results.

Mastering/Correcting Mistakes
This is a seminar on digital mastering with Sound Forge and Wave Lab. Students learn the tools and processes of Digital Mastering and Editing. Normalize, Eq, Fade / in & out, Volume, Stereo Expand, Reverse, Pitch, Cut, Paste, Dynamics, Noise Gate, Magneto, Reverse, Smooth & Enhance.

Pro Tools Introduction
This seminar is designed to show you the techniques used by the experts who have worked in the big studios. It will help you in running your home studio in a professional manner by giving you the confidence to whiz through the most complex of challenges. Everything from audio and MIDI connections to synchronous setups and shortcuts will be shown. Digi 02 rack is the model we work with but the console and 01 will not be left out. The money you will save in the hardware we recommend will more than pay for this seminar.

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