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Documentary
Industry Updates

Amazing Music Documentaries to catch up on!

This new year ditch whatever show you’re binging and spend some time watching these amazing music documentaries about the Recording and the Music Industry. These Music documentaries will not only give you a lot of knowledge but also inspire you to look and learn beyond what you know. Discover how some of these legendary albums

Sound Engineer
From The Live Room

Faculty Interview – Hozaifa Sayed (Studio Engineer)

No. 1 When did you know that you’re going to become an Audio Engineer? Well to be honest, I am still trying to do justice to the title of being an audio engineer and educator on a daily basis, by trying to bring the best ineducation and audio over all the teaching and mastering projects

Lecture
Industry Updates

Must watch TED talks for Aspiring Audio Engineers

The internet has gotten a lot of criticism reducing attention span. Despite that, there is so much that the Internet has done in terms of bringing amazing content and information to people that they would have never had the opportunity of experiencing and learning. TED talks are one such resource. Today through this blog we

Audio Engineer
From The Live Room

Faculty Interview – Johnston Dsouza (Live Sound)

No. 1 When did you know that you’re going to become an Audio Engineer for live sound? Tell us a bit about your journey? I got interested in audio back in 2004, the first time I ever attended a concert. It was 5 years later that I actually got into audio engineering. During that time

Audio Engineer
From The Live Room

Faculty Interview – Malay Vadalkar (Film Sound)

No. 1 When did you know that you’re going to become an Audio Engineer? Tell us a bit about your journey? I always had an interest towards Sound, be it live engineering or sound design. I was into DJing in my 8th standard and probably one of the youngest DJs here in Pune/Mumbai. This is

Software
Software and equipment

5 FREEWARE that every budding Audio Engineer should try out

In this blog post, I’m going to list down a few Freeware that you can browse through or try if you’re an Audio Enthusiast with some time on your hands.This software is pretty simple and basic and can start you off in the right direction towards your goal of audio engineering. The more time you

Prime Diffuser
Industry Updates

Gray Spark Audio – Studio Tour

Since our academy is primarily a recording studio, this blog will take you guys around our studio and show you a typical day at the studio. Welcome to our Studio Tour! Having such a varied roster of musicians walk through our doors, we find ourselves, more often than not, having two studios simultaneously occupied with

Recording Studio
Software and equipment

4 Things to Consider Before Building your Home Studio

Are you Building your Home Studio? Here are the 4 things that you should consider! No. 1 Room Dimension The dimensions of your room will be the biggest influence on what your room and eventually your work will sound like. In a closed room, sound bounces off the 6 surfaces and creates various points in

voice recording
Miscellaneous

Why our recorded voice sounds different when we hear it

So in order for us to completely understand the answer to this question, we need to first understand how the ear works. Let’s breakdown how the ear works in an extremely simple way. We won’t dive too much into the intricacies of the individual parts of the ear, but just how they function and what

Bose AR
Industry Updates

The Next Big Thing(s) in Audio

Like any other technology, the audio industry has gone through some massive breakthroughs in the past few years. This blog post is dedicated to discuss some of these breakthroughs and take a look at what the future of Audio would be from an Audio Engineers perspective. Let’s check these 3 Next Big Things in Audio.

Live studio session
Tutorials / Masterclass

5 Tips for Live Recordings

I’ve been blessed to have a Studio that is capable of doing Live Recording Sessions, something that has always been the best way to record a Band.In this blog, I will discuss some tips and general things to keep a lookout for when doing live sessions.The key to a good recording can be broken down

Headphone mixes
Software and equipment

What should you use to Mix – Headphones or Speakers? – Part 2

In the last blog post, we spoke about the pros of using speakers against headphones for mixing and what Headphones can and should be used for in mixing. As a continuation of our last discussion let’s also go through certain things that we as engineers should take care of when we are working on a

Headphones vs Speaker
Software and equipment

What should you use to Mix – Headphones or Speakers? (Part 1)

This blog post is the first of a two part series, in which I hope to answer The common and often debated question of whether one should mix on headphones or Speakers Which headphones or speakers should an engineer, starting out, invest in. What are the characteristics or specs of the equipment that you should

Industry Updates

6 Interesting Audio Podcasts to Follow for a budding Audio Engineer:

No. 1 Bobby Owsinski’s Inner Circle Podcast In this Podcast, music industry guru Bobby Owsinski gives you his personal insights into the industry of music covering industry news, reviews, analysis and tips, as well as offering amazing interviews with prominent industry movers and shakers on every show! If you know Bobby, you know you’re in

guitarists
Miscellaneous

Are modern recording techniques and equipment sucking the life out of our music?

This post here (albeit a short one) is a breakdown of an interesting discussion that I had with one of my students. His question was simply put just this “ Why do so many old records have emotion, but all of the newer recorded stuff lack this feel?” Playing Live almost seems to bring out

Analog Summing
Tutorials / Masterclass

Summing ITB Vs Analog Summing

Today through this blog I would like to address the common misconceptions people have about mixing, and how mixing ITB Vs mixing on an Analog Console is different and which approach is better suited for a certain sound. Firstly let’s try to understand what summing means. In the modern recording process, we are usually working

Classroom
Miscellaneous

Should you go to an audio engineering school or not?

So you like making music in your bedroom? You’re a DJ or a singer-songwriter and are looking to take this interest in music to the next step? Well most students who are looking to get into the field of sound are novices in either music or film, who are looking to find their niche in

mastering
Miscellaneous

5 things you should ask before Mastering a Song!

There’s still a lot of things that people don’t know about “Mastering” but it has now become a term that gets clubbed with Mixing and has a certain mystery around it. Mastering has somehow gained the reputation of the final process in the post-production chain that will fix all the mistakes that go in the

EQ
Industry Updates

Equipment and Gear Highlights for 2019 Part 2

If you haven’t already, go check out Part one of this blog Here No. 1 Wes Audio: Hyperion The second notable equipment that we should talk about this year is the WES Audio range of products. Like their other Swedish competitors Bettermaker, the WES Audio products offer fully Analog Gear with a built-in digital interface.

Desktop Mixer
Industry Updates

Audio Gear Highlights from 2019 – Part 1

Buying and finding the right gear can be one of the most satisfying experiences of being an audio engineer, not just buying it but finding a way to make it a part of your workflow and watching your work change as you make them a part of your recording process is extremely satisfying. In today’s

Audio Mixing
Tutorials / Masterclass

Common mistakes people make while Mixing – and how to avoid them!

I’ve been teaching and working as an Audio Engineer for the past 11 years and through the years I’ve encountered a number of upcoming mix engineers who find themselves stuck at a point, not knowing what the next step should be. In this post, I’m going to break down some of these common mistakes everyone

Audio Engineer
Miscellaneous

5 Tips to safeguard your biggest resource

I’m writing this post to tell you guys about something that we overlook often on a daily basis until it’s too late, today I will discuss with you guys some tips that I believe audio engineers should keep a lookout for to protect their most valuable assets as an Audio Engineer. YOUR EARS. Here are

Speakers
Software and equipment

How to setup and tune your speakers for a good listening environment!

In this post I’ll talk to you guys about one of the most important aspects of audio engineering, setting up and tuning your monitors for a room. To understand the concepts of this post you will need to understand the basics of Acoustics like Standing Waves, Nodes and Antinodes, Sound Reflection, Diffusion, and Absorption. If

Audio Engineer
Miscellaneous

How do you know if Sound Engineering is for you!

This is a common dilemma I’ve seen in students before they join the audio engineering course. If you’re in the same boat, this blog can hopefully give you some much needed perspective. Unfortunately, I’ve seen a lot of Audio Engineering and Sound Engineering Courses push students interested in Music, towards Sound Engineering. The argument for

Cables
Software and equipment

Guide to Audio Cables – Part 2

In the last post about Audio Cables we covered all Analog Cables, in this post I will give you guys a look into digital Cables that are commonly used in audio engineering and their purposes. If you’ve read through the Analog and Digital blog, by now you know what the difference between the two is,

mics
Software and equipment

Recording Studio Microphones – Beginners Guide

There are some microphones that you must have seen multiple times by now in different studios and you might also have seen them in action for recording different instruments/sounds. In this blog, we will discuss 6 such microphones. I will give you guys a brief introduction to these Microphones. No. 1 AKG C414 The AKG

Albums
Miscellaneous

14 Albums every Sound Engineer & Music Producer must listen to

No. 1 Pink Floyd: The Wall Produced by the legendary Alan Parsons, this is one of my all-time favorite albums of all time. Why: Iconic Sound Design and approach to an album style, this album will be heard for years to come. The way the songs come together sonically is so amazing to hear. No.

Prime Diffuser
Miscellaneous

How to Practice your Recording and Mixing Skills

If someone asks me THE one tip/trick that I would recommend to get better at Recording & Mixing Skills, my answer would be: “PRACTICE”. Yes, we all have heard it, but yet some of you out there find it hard to get down to actually practicing your recording and mixing skills.Today let’s talk about some

Cables
Software and equipment

Guide to Audio Cables

In this blog, let’s breakdown the most important and most overlooked piece of gear in a recording studio: Cables. Broadly speaking Cables are divided into two forms1. Analog 2. Digital Analog Cables are cables that carry an analog signal, i.e voltage whereas digital signals work by transmitting a series of information in 1s and 0s

Audio engineer
Industry Updates

How to succeed as a Freelance Sound Engineer – 5 Expert Tips

This blog is going to be a bit different, today I I will address the question “How do we build a successful career in sound?” Being around students and interacting with aspiring engineers from various academic institutions, I’ve realized that students struggle to find work in the Indian Media Market. In this blog I will