Quick Introduction to Workshop
So today is advanced sound design and mixing. For podcasts and we just want to talk about some techniques, some tools, some practices that'll help you take your mixes to a new level. If you're the kind of person who is just getting your feet wet, it's probably going to be a lot to unpack in this class and you're gonna want, I'm just gonna invite you to pause, play. That's really the name of the game especially with this class but also if you've taken some of the other ones. These courses are really designed to kind of introduce you to some concepts and then kind of let you run free with them without feeling too anxious about it. So that's kind of where we're coming from, what we're trying to do. This class is for people who know sound but are looking for some advanced tips and tricks. You're comfortable with some basic editing and mixing, you know maybe not in the pro tools environment like I'm demonstrating today. But a lot of the concepts are pretty analogous across these different p...
latforms. If you're a producer who really wants to be conversing in the language of mixing. Maybe layup some sound design concepts that an engineer can kind of finesse for you, you're gonna feel a little better after today about your ability to kind of take on a task like that. By the end of this workshop, you're gonna have some familiarity with different mix tools that you can compare and evaluate. We're talking about EQs, compressors, questions that I got earlier were like oh, which is the best one? Really I think everything is pretty specific to the job that you're trying to do. And then there are a lot of tools that are very very similar, and it's good to kind of know the language before you get to that kind of evaluation process. We'll experiment a little bit with some digital music tools. I've got a MIDI controller so I'm feeling very at home in a creative zone here. We'll talk a little bit about MIDI, musical instrument digital interface. Who cares what its abbreviation for. But that this is the way we begin to send a message to the computer and tell it to play something awesome. This is just gonna give us a chance to think a little more critically about sounds role. Role of music in podcast as well. It can be a minefield so I'm hoping to help you out with that today. I'm the Lead Sound Designer and Engineer for Reveal, from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX. If you haven't come to me for one of the courses prior to this one. Drew already told you all about me so one of the last things that I can say that you would learn about me right now is that I'm often composing the score music for Reveal. And that's not just something that I'm doing because I love doing it. Although that is very much a part of it. But I came up against this problem that's really pervasive in the podcast world of how do I find music without having to pay royalties or be worried about the legality of my usage? Podcast is still really the Wild West and also people are kind of dipping all from the same well of music when it is free or public domain. Or what we call an attribution only license where you're allowed to use it just by virtue of simply giving somebody credit. So some of these things that we'll talk about today are gonna give you a way to kind of break out of that stranglehold that you could really have when you're trying to find, work with, and make music. Some of these things, they're obviously aided by having some musical skill and know how, but they're also some things that even a first timer can do to make it interesting.