Popcorn Diaries, Episode 027

Listen in as Joe and Adriana discuss movie music, songs and soundtracks. Every movie has its own score whether it uses chart toppers or is an original score music can make or break a movie. Joe and Adriana will talk about some of the most memorable songs ever used, some that have been overused and their top three favorite composers. This episode is all about the sound of movies. Comment below if you have a favorite song you love to hear, or one that you may be tired of hearing.

300 in 300 – 001

Join us for the first episode of our new podcast: 300 Seconds in Studio 300. In under 5 minutes, Jeffrey and Ryan discuss what’s new in Studio 300. They talk about software updates, new software additions, and new hardware arriving soon for our patrons to use. Got five minutes? Give this podcast a listen and discover all that’s happening at Studio 300.

Software updates soon

smallmacAll of the Studio 300 iMac desktop and MacBook Pro laptop computers will soon see major updates to our most popular software programs. There will also be some new additions to expand the creative potential of our patrons (some based on your recommendations).

Updates include:

  • The Mac OS
  • The latest Adobe CC updates (Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere Pro, and many more)
  • iLife and iWork updates (iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, etc.)
  • Logic Pro X (the latest audio/music workstation from Apple)
  • Comic Life 3 (this fun program gets even more powerful features)

New software includes:

We’re happy to show you these exciting changes as they become available in the next few weeks.

Learn Delta Blues

119-musicJoin Donna Herula for a 75- minute Delta Blues Guitar Workshop. Songs will include Tommy Johnson’s Big Road Blues in drop D tuning and Willie Brown’s Future Blues in open G tuning. Tabs will be provided. We suggest this for players with intermediate skills though all are welcome. Participants should bring their own acoustic guitar to the workshop.
The workshop is: Saturday, September 13 at 1:00 p.m. in Studio 300 (Video Studio C). Register here.

Stick around after the workshop for a free concert with the Chicago-based blues duo of Donna Herula and Tony Nardiello as they bring harmony, heart, and driving rhythm to the blues tradition. The concert starts at 2:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A.

New Gear! Universal Audio LA-610

analog_la610mk2Studio 300 recently beefed up our audio arsenal with the addition of the Universal Audio LA-610 MkII tube recording channel. This vintage-style tube preamp and opto-compressor channel strip opens up a whole new word of recording options.

From the Universal Audio website:

The LA-610 MkII combines an all-tube, vintage mic preamp design — heard on classic albums ranging from The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds to Van Halen I — with authentic Teletronix T4 opto-compression circuitry. This classic channel strip design, with its warm preamp tone and smooth, natural-sounding compression, is updated with modern, user-requested features like true compressor bypass, larger metering, increased output, and an auto-switching power supply.

The LA-610 MkII is based on the legendary console modules developed by Bill Putnam in the 1960’s and recreates that musical character and warmth. The unit boasts much lower noise specs versus vintage models. Elegant and highly popular “Black on Black” cosmetics complete the package. The LA-610 MkII offers tone, quality and character at an accessible price. In use you get tremendous sonic versatility and is an ideal approach to working with today’s modern recording software.

Keep an eye on our program calendar for upcoming training classes (vocal recordingguitar/bass recording) dedicated to using this wonderful new gear!

Free music mixing help

mixing-with-izotope-coverReady to take your music to the next level and give it a professional sheen? Check out the new, free guide on Mixing with iZotope. This guide breaks down the art, aesthetics, and theory behind the audio mixing process. It uses simple explanations and visualizations to help illustrate how audio tools such as equalizers, compressors, and other audio effects will transform your mix. Though the guide features iZotope products, you can easily apply the ideas presented to your music – no matter what software you use.

Download your copy by following this link (in PDF format).

New at Lynda.com

lynda_logo3r-d_144xMake a commitment in 2014 to learn new digital media creation and storytelling tools. Studio 300 can help. We have books, classes, and staff to assist.

You also might consider using Lynda.com (watch the Lynda.com story here). This unique training website teaches the latest software, creative, and business skills through high-quality online instructional videos featuring recognized industry experts.

You can access the vast Lynda.com library free exclusively from Studio 300. Browse the site to see what’s available to help you today. Some new topics just released include:

Get in the Mix with Logic Pro

  • Learn 23 advanced Logic Pro music mixing techniques as two engineers perform actual audio adjustments inside Logic. This includes files you can download and use inside Logic for hands-on learning.

Teacher Tips

  • Shows you how to stay up to date with the latest educational technology and classroom management techniques.

Creative DSLR Video Techniques

  • Focuses on the video capabilities of DSLR cameras. (There are videos available about DSLR photography, too.)

Business skills

  • Explore a wide range of business skills for developing your career,

New Q2HD

Q2HD_beauty_reflectionStudio 300 recently acquired a new HD video camcorder with amazing built-in stereo audio recording. The Zoom Q2HD is perfect for capturing live music performances with high-quality sound.

The camera has a built-in microphone with variable stereo based around the principle of mid-side recording (read about that here). The mid-side technique gives you a variable stereo with 100% mono compatibility.  The Q2HD also records in high-quality digital formats up to 96kHz/24-bit. That translates into rich stereo recordings with depth and detail.

The camera, of course, also records HD video to go along with its great sound.

To take advantage of the variable stereo offered by the Q2HD requires some additional work in a Digital Audio Workstation, such as Reaper (available in Studio 300). The screenshot below shows the basic workflow. The details are beyond the scope of this blog post, but we’re happy to explain this technique further to you. Just ask.Process Mid-Side

The Q2HD is available for use in Studio 300.

Scary sounds and ringtones

scaryAudio production continues to be quite popular in Studio 300. Every day patrons are hard at work in our amazing audio suites making beats, recording podcasts, singing and playing music, and more. Two recent programs took advantage of the audio technology available, but the results might be a little different than expected.

Young patrons in the Children’s Boo! Ha – ha! Club program gathered in Studio 300 to produce some scary sounds. Using a bevy of found objects, their voices, and a few unusual musical instruments, they created many interesting noises. After working with the sounds a bit, we mixed them together into the final version below. Give it a listen.

In another class, patrons learned to personalize their own phones by creating a custom ringtone. Using GarageBand, a microphone, and a healthy dose of creativity, here’s just one fun example made during the session.

Interested in learning to use more of our audio technology, visit Studio 300 for details.