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Alumni Spotlight: Brandon Smith

October 8th, 2018 by

Brandon Smith isn’t afraid to take chances when it comes to audio engineering. An alumni of the Sound Design for Visual Media and Audio Production and Engineering programs, Smith has never shied away from an opportunity to learn from those around him. In April, Brandon began working with 89.3 The Current as a volunteer Recording Assistant.
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Job Spotlight: Grip, Key Grip, Best Boy & Gaffer

October 1st, 2018 by

Looking to start your future in digital video? As you begin learning about the industry, you may see jobs such as grip, key grip, best boy, or gaffer.  If you’re not familiar with these titles, you might be asking yourself what a grip, best boy, or gaffer does. After laying a solid foundation at a
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Audio Engineering: Essential Tools for Beginners

September 28th, 2018 by

For those looking to begin a career in audio engineering, gear is the name of the game. Big, expensive equipment, pricey plugins, quality reference tracks, and a large time commitment can appear to place a barrier to entry into the audio engineering. However, by focusing on mastering a few skills and pieces of equipment, future
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An Audio Producer’s Guide to Songwriting

September 27th, 2018 by

Songwriting and Music Publishing All artists benefit from songwriting, but many people do not know what this aspect of the industry is really about. Because this part of the process is done behind the scenes, there is a lot of mystery surrounding the topic. Songwriters, audio producers and music publishers work together to make songs
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Chris Osgood

September 25th, 2018 by

Chris Osgood is part of the legendary Minneapolis Punk trio The Suicide Commandos, who formed in 1975 and went on to tour and record for Phonogram (North America), Phillips (Europe) Mercury Records (USA), Anthology Records (NYC), Rave Up Records (Europe), and are currently with Twin/Tone Records, Garage D’Or Records, iTunes Twin/Tone and iTunes Island DefJam
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Synthesizers & Sound Design for Making Music

September 24th, 2018 by

Interested in making music? During an audio production program at a vocational school, you will learn about synthesizers and how to use samples, oscillators, LFOs, filters, envelope generators and loops. With these audio effects, an entry-level audio engineer can make unique sounds for music and visual media. What is a Synthesizer? An electronic keyboard that
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5 Mixing Hacks Every Audio Producer Should Know

September 13th, 2018 by

Are you a beginner at mixing music? Ready to become an audio producer? Mixing can be as easy as you make it. Start by building a solid foundation attending a music career college and then try your hand at mixing music with these simple hacks. Listening to the same tracks over and over for hours
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Creating Music for Video Games: A Sound Design Guide

September 11th, 2018 by

Music has been used in video games since the beginning. When the music speeds up as you progress through the levels of Pac-Man, you know that Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Clyde are going to get you sooner or later. Although not as simple as the 70s or 80s, music in video games has become an
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Film Scoring: A Sound Design for Visual Media Guide

August 30th, 2018 by

Interested in learning how film scoring works? In an introduction class to music scoring for visual media, students learn the theory and practice of spotting music to picture, composing music in different styles, arranging and orchestration for live and electronic music, and the business and practice of film scoring. After receiving your degree in sound
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Job Spotlight: Associate Producer Pre-Production, Production & Post

August 21st, 2018 by

Interested in digital video and media production? An associate producer may be an entry level role in this industry. The associate producer is the producer’s right hand and supports them with whatever is needed. As an associate producer you’ll need good multi-tasking skills, be deadline sensitive and make sound decisions. You will also need to
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