A modern recording engineer masters analog and digital audio, microphones, signal flow, and capturing audio in all types of locations and for all types of instruments. Discover how to record music professionally on any digital audio workstation, combining traditional and cutting-edge recording techniques.
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Practice music production and recording techniques.
Audio and Music Production Careers: First Steps with Garrick Chow
Learn about the jobs, equipment, DAWs, and training you need to get started down an audio learning path.
25m 10s • COURSE
Audio Recording Techniques with Bobby Owsinski
Discover the industry secrets to recording crisp, rich vocals and instrument tracks. Learn techniques for miking, tracking in-studio, and working in any recording space or genre.
5h 17m • COURSE
Pro Tools 12 Essential Training with Skye Lewin
Learn how to record, edit, mix, and master audio and MIDI in Pro Tools 12.
9h 53m • COURSE
Music Production Secrets: Larry Crane on Recording with Larry Crane
Glimpse behind the studio curtain to see music recording secrets with the producer/engineer who's worked with She & Him, The Decemberists, Elliott Smith, and Sleater-Kinney.
2h 21m • COURSE
Drum Setup and Mic'ing in the Studio with Ryan Hewitt
Learn techniques for capturing drum sounds from GRAMMY-winning recording engineer Ryan Hewitt. "Drum Doctor" Ross Garfield consults on a real-world setup for drummer Josh Freese.
1h 14m • COURSE
Advanced Drum Recording Session with Josh Freese with Ryan Hewitt
Watch the pros at work in a real drum recording session at a top LA studio, EastWest. GRAMMY-winning engineer Ryan Hewitt records with A-list drummer Josh Freese.
1h 27m • COURSE
Al Schmitt with Bobby Owsinski: Wrapping Cables to Winning Grammys with Bobby Owsinski
Bobby Owsinski interviews legendary recording engineer Al Schmitt, the man behind GRAMMY-winning records by Ray Charles, Steely Dan, Paul McCartney, and more.
26m 36s • COURSE
Live Sound Engineering Techniques: On Tour with Rush with Brent Carpenter
Follow a top-tier live sound engineer around the setup for a Rush concert in a 12,000-seat arena show in Denver, Colorado.
1h 18m • COURSE
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Garrick Chow has authored 75+ training courses, and is a presenter at Macworld and AIGA.
Garrick Chow is a senior staff author at Lynda.com, and has authored dozens of courses, covering a diverse range of topics. He regularly leads live classes and seminars at private companies, government agencies, colleges, and universities. He has been a presenter at the Macworld conference, and at events for design associations such as AIGA and UCDA. His interests include audio and music production, digital lifestyle tools, and fitness-related apps and gadgets. When not sitting in front of a computer screen, Garrick can be found playing with the indie-rock band The Jellybricks (www.thejellybricks.com) or trail running. Visit him at www.garrickchow.com or follow him on Twitter @garrickchow.
With 23 books (and counting), Bobby Owsinski is a bestselling author and thought leader in the music business.
Using his music and recording experience combined with an easy-to-understand writing style, Bobby Owsinski has become one of the best-selling authors in the music recording industry, with sixteen books that are now staples in audio recording, music, and music business programs in colleges around the world. Based in Los Angeles, Bobby is also a producer of several music-oriented television shows and can frequently be seen as a moderator, panelist, or presenter at a variety of industry conferences.
Skye Lewin's Emmy-nominated work appears in video games, TV, and films such as Fargo and Entourage.
Skye Lewin is a composer, songwriter, producer, instrumentalist, music editor, and a cofounder of the record label and music production company Sound Chemistry. His work appears in video games, television shows, and films such as Destiny, Fargo, Banshee, CSI: Miami, and Entourage. He has received three Golden Reel Awards and four Primetime Emmy nominations. More information is available at http://www.soundchemistry.com and http://www.skyelewin.com.
Famous for his recording studio, magazine, and lectures, Larry Crane also loves educating others about music.
Larry is an American editor/writer, recording/mixing engineer, musician, educator and archivist based in Portland, Oregon. More specifically, Crane is the editor and founder of Tape Op magazine, the owner of Portland's Jackpot! Recording Studio, a freelance engineer, and the archivist for musician Elliott Smith.
From 1994 to 1997, Crane ran Laundry Rules Recording, a home studio in his basement in Portland, where he recorded artists that include Versus, Stephen Malkmus and Cat Power. Since 1997, Crane has owned and run Jackpot! Recording Studio, Inc., a busy mid-sized studio in Portland, where he has worked with artists such as Sleater-Kinney, Jolie Holland, The Decemberists, Jenny Lewis, Wooden Shjips, M. Ward, The Go-Betweens, Elliott Smith, She & Him, Stephen Malkmus, Quasi, The Portland Cello Project, and Richmond Fontaine. A close friend and collaborator of Elliott Smith's, he oversaw the remixing and release of Smith's posthumous album New Moon in 2007.
Tape Op began publishing in April 1996. Tape Op has the largest world-wide circulation of any magazine devoted to music recording, with free subscriptions in the US.Tape Op also publishes books of their back issues and other music recording topics.
As an educator, he's taken on many roles. For many years Larry has spoken on and moderated panels about recording and music for SXSW, NXNW, NARAS, TapeOpCon, and CMJ. He has been a guest lecturer at various colleges discussing the recording arts and music business. In conjunction with the Tape Op Book series, he's done book readings and sessions at Wordstock and Powell's Books, in Portland, OR.
Since 2003 Larry has hosted Jackpot! Recording Studio's Weekend Recording Workshops, where he runs a ten-person group through techniques and concepts about music recording. Students all reported that they gained a lot from this workshop. He's also presented workshops in other cities, including Montreal and Austin. He does one-on-one sessions with folks to discuss their recording and mixing skills and work on understanding shortcomings and improving their work. Check out larry-crane.com to learn more about Larry and his work.
Ryan Hewitt is a Grammy-winning engineer, mixer, and producer for artists such as The Avett Brothers.
Ryan began his musical career by taking up drums and piano in the third grade, and set up his first primitive bedroom recording studio at age ten. His interest in recording prompted his father, remote recording engineer David Hewitt, to take him on the road at age twelve. Over the course of 15 years on the Remote Recording Services trucks, Ryan learned to get sessions going quickly, pay attention to details, and capture the moment on tape at all costs.
After receiving a degree in electrical engineering from Tufts University, Ryan moved to New York City to take a job at Sony Music Studios. Once there, he quickly moved up the ranks to assist and learn from some of the best engineers and producers in the business. Moving to Los Angeles in 2000, Ryan landed at Cello Studios, again moving to the head of the class and ultimately cultivating a long-term working relationship with Rick Rubin in the process.
Currently residing in Nashville, Tennessee and working out of the legendary House of Blues Studios, Ryan's recent projects include Angus and Julia Stone, Harry Connick, Jr., Clint Black, Whitey Morgan & the 78's, Third Eye Blind, and the Black Lillies.
Live sound engineer Brent Carpenter's clients included Rush, KISS, Kesha, and Billy Joel.
In autumn of 1982 a young Brent Carpenter went to see legendary rock band Van Halen in Johnson City, Tennessee. This is the day that changed the course of his life. He knew he had to be involved in rock.
In 1990, college degree in hand, he moved to Nashville to embark on his new career. In 1991 he was hired at Starwood Amphitheater. He rose quickly in the ranks of stagehands. Bolting trusses, setting up risers, and running video cables were all part of the daily duties. But audio was his first love. After one year at the amphitheater, Brent was promoted to "house sound guy." These duties were maintaining the lawn PA system, interfacing with each tour engineer that came in to the building, and making sure the spotlights were in proper working order.
Within a year he had established a reputation as a hard worker throughout the Nashville production community. That year he worked for 10 artists, 12 venues, and at least 10 sound companies.
In March of 1995, he started working for sound company Clair Brothers and has been with them ever since. He has developed a reputation as a world-class in-ear monitor engineer, an expert troubleshooter, and system engineer. In addition to being an established front-of-house engineer, he prides himself on knowing the ins and outs of rigging, electricity, and stage wiring. He has also been a beta tester, consultant, and end user for many large-scale production console manufacturers and for two in-ear monitor companies.
His client list includes Rush, his most steady client, as well as Audioslave, KISS, Linkin Park, The All-American Rejects, Ke$ha, Billy Joel, and more.
Brent currently lives in Cape Charles, Virginia, with his wife, Libby. When they are not working on their house, they enjoy gardening, walking to the beach for sunset, and day rides on their motorcycles.