1: Reviewing my feedback and setting goals for myself

This evening after numerous activities designed to distract me from my task, I eventually sat down to create my blog and assess my feedback. Within the first few pages, I discovered that their was only a handful of assessments from which the feedback was really useful for this blog, although there was enough content within this to draw from. Having all of my feedback laid out in front of me for the first time, a few common themes appear to crop up. These, coupled with my own understanding of my limitations were what created the following (far from exhaustive) list:

  1. “Control” of Low Frequencies
  2. Vocal recording and Presentation
  3. Use of EQ “In the Mix”

I was almost pleased to see these issues come up commonly in my feedback, as these were some of the issues that I have personally encountered in projects outside of class.

Obviously it’s of some use to be aware of these problems, but it’s not enough. I’ve been aware of these problems for a number of weeks now, and have not improved upon them significantly. By assessing these areas, and thinking of the solutions that a proficient engineer would use to solve them, I created the 9 bullet points that will guide my learning over the course of this year, and will form the basis of this blog:

“Control” of LF:

  • Dynamics tools
  • Effect on “the rest of the mix”
  • Balance of LF in the mix overall

Vocal Recording & Presentation:

  • Use of dynamics
  • Getting the right vocal tone & frequency balance
  • Use of FX to present a vocal

Use of EQ “In the Mix”:

  • Which frequencies to “cut” and by how much when “cleaning up” a sound
  • Keeping an ear of “balance” of frequencies when tracking and mixing
  • What should the “tone” of this song/genre be?

I will of course delve deeper into these points as I explore them individually, as each requires a fair chunk of text to describe and analyse it. But in the interest of keeping these posts down to a readable length, I shall end here.