MMP Newsletter - March 25, 2016

Added on by Robert Willey.

Present your work in Paris or Los Angeles

Check out the announcement for the Audio Engineering Society's Student Recording Competition and Student Design Compeition. These competitions and awards are prestigious and if you're presenting your work in such a context you can apply for travel support from the university.

The deadline for the 10th Convention of the Audio Engineering Society in Paris, France is May 1, 2016. Students can receive feedback and recognition for their audio production work in four categories covering every possible genre and recording technique.

The AES Student Design Competition is an opportunity for aspiring hardware and software engineers to participate in a worldwide contest to gain recognition for their hard work and technical creativity. The deadline for the convention in Paris is May 22, 2016. The deadline for the 141st convention in Los Angeles is September 18, 2016.

Visit next week from Sweetwater VP

Jeff McDonald, Sweetwater's Senior VP of Human Resources (in other words, the person that decides who gets hired there) will be on campus Wednesday, March 30. From 11:00–11:50 we'll be eating in the Atrium if you want to join us, from 12:00–12:50 he'll be visiting with the MMP 495 class, and from 1:00–1:50 making a presentation about career opportunities at Sweetwater in Soundhouse C. Other times from 9:30–11:00 and 2:00–4:30 (?) he'll be available to conduct 30-minute interviews with juniors and seniors. Indicate your availability on the Doodle poll if you are interested in meeting with him and we will try to hook you up.

Positions at WIPB

Sean Ashcraft announced two positions open now until April 18th at WIPB: Master Control Operator and a student Marketing Assistant. Details are posted on the Cardinal Career Link. IPR will also be hiring soon for the summer. Watch for details to come.

More about The Song

Here are some excerpts of comments from interns that worked with the production team of THE SONG:

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"I am so happy that I decided to take advantage of the opportunity. During most of the process I acted as one of the interns who worked in the studio with Dr. Thompson and other industry professionals. That in itself could have been enough for me because not many students get a chance to 'shadow' people that work in their potential career field. But by just being there and being prepared I was asked to be one of the board operators for the recording sessions as well as I was asked to mix two live acoustic performances of the finalist that may be used for the actual show when it it airs. Beyond that, I got the chance to get feedback and tips from professionals that have been working in this industry longer than I have been alive. And from that I have noticed the quality of my mixes has improved. I really enjoyed working with my fellow MMP majors. We all bonded and those are friendships that we all can take with us in our future."—Alexis Sanford

"I knew it was a great opportunity, and it gave me a reason to take a weekend off work. I couldn't be happier with what an opportunity like that. The experience was incredible.The best part was being able to network with 15 outstanding musicians from all over the U.S. and Canada, as well as producers like Mark Liggett and Jerry Lane. The intensity was through the roof, as well. The pressure from getting everything done without mistakes is always tough when there are other people watching."—Alex Rodriguez

"I got so much out of being an intern on The Song and learned so much in so little time. I know from past experiences from job shadowing tour managers everybody does everything differently and you have to learn how they do everything in a very short period of time and you have to learn how to do it quite fast. I love the fast paced environment of filming and working with everyone. People say you grow so close to everyone on set (crew, cast, etc) in such a little amount of time, which is so very true. I've made friendships that will last me a lifetime and learned information that will help me in the music industry. I learned that you have to take things as they come. The difference about working on The Song compared to classes was that it didn't feel like we were working. It felt like we were having fun and we didn't have any worries about classes or grades. It was just about learning something that we like or want to do in the future. It wasn't something that we had to do, It was something we wanted to do." —Adriana Agapie

The most common suggestion from the ten students involved in the project was that there would be a clearer schedule and definition of roles. The production team hoped that there would be a clearer schedule but as it came together so quickly at the end and involved people from across the country many of the details weren't worked out until the last minute. Amara Hall, the production coordinator for the program gave us their perspective:

"It was a pleasure working with the students. Ashley, Daniel, Kaitlyn, Adriana, Chris, McKenzie...(hope I'm not missing anyone) were always willing to step in and help.

I feel my biggest comment is, as someone running point, there's often many things coming at you at once and the biggest thing an Intern can contribute is reading between the lines and taking the step that hasn't been asked. Anticipating needs instead of waiting for something to happen. On a TV set there are constantly shifting schedules and knowing how to adapt to the day is important.
Everyone was great, I cannot stress this enough. Just the willingness to say, hey Amara, put me where you need me - was incredible.

I owe much of the smooth nature of how things went to them for just stepping IN and understanding the 'hurry up and wait' aspect of show business."

The band was comprised of studio musicians from Nashville and wrote out the charts using the Nashville Number System, making it easy to transpose the song if necessary.

The band was comprised of studio musicians from Nashville and wrote out the charts using the Nashville Number System, making it easy to transpose the song if necessary.

Thanks to Dr. Thompson for all his work preparing for the sessions and making sure everything ran smoothly in the schedule during his spring break. For those of you who were in the control room, reflect on his professionalism and attitude during the long days taking care of business and focusing on his primary role of getting the best possible quality sound recorded, and letting other people make performance and arranging decisions, without offering his expert opinions. Mark Liggett, the show's producer, talked about this in a phone conversation today, how it's important to understand your position when the pressure's on and time is short. If you don't have a relationship with people from having worked together on a day-to-day basis and know how they work it's best to stay out of the loop, in order to minimize confusion. At times like these remember the adage "Too many cooks spoil the broth."

Michael Lorello worked in most of the time in Studio 8 building synth beds and loops for "Everything Will Kill You". He and Mark have worked together for 20 years and are quickly able to get on the same page. Think about developing working relationships with some of your colleagues so you can call upon each other after graduation.

Michael Lorello worked in most of the time in Studio 8 building synth beds and loops for "Everything Will Kill You". He and Mark have worked together for 20 years and are quickly able to get on the same page. Think about developing working relationships with some of your colleagues so you can call upon each other after graduation.

The pilot is in the editing stage now and the producers are liking how it is coming together. It is hoped that a deal can be struck for five more episodes followed by retrospective and finale episode. Let Dr. Willey know if you'd like to take a crack at producing a 30" theme song.

This is a very rough example of how the opening 30" of the show might look using some stock footage..

A new hard drive was left behind during the production. Contact Dr. Willey if it's yours.

Bob Katz Experience

The webinar with Bob Katz was a big success. He critiqued work from several of the students mixes and offered to do a free mastering of mixes from Ethan Hardwick and Alexis Sanford.

Want to go to the United Kingdom?

Dr. Willey is in the early stages of planning a trip to Keele University in England for spring break, 2017 combining song writing, music production, and music business. The maximum cost of the trip will be $2,500, and we will be exploring avenues for fundraising and scholarships. Please let him know if you are interested in finding out more.

Your chance to be next Indigos album

From Derek Hutchinson (MMP class of 2015)

The Indigos are in need of talented brass/wind players that would be willing to learn some simple sheet music to accompany our existing recordings. We will give you the sheet music a couple weeks prior to the recording session and will want to rehearse together twice before the day of the session. As of now, the date of the session is not set, but it will be a day that works for everyone in the middle of April. Here are the instruments that we need:

2x Trumpet
2x Alto Sax
2x Tenor Sax
2x Trombones
1x Bass Trombone

If anyone is willing to help us out, please contact theindigos765@gmail.com with the instrument that you play and your name and number.
We are interested in getting this ball rolling as soon as possible, so please respond ASAP if you would like to be a part of this project!

Recording Session in Studio B

Derek will be in Studio B on Tuesday, March 29th for an event sponsored by the student AES chapter. This will be a good opportunity for those of you interested in learning more about recording to see how session setup, mic placement, gain staging, preamps, signal flow, the outboard analog gear, and most especially the operation of the Rupert Neve 5088 console