Episode #41 – The Vanishing Internship And The Missing Link To Better Recordings

In this episode, we talk about studio internships, how they’re disappearing, and YOUR missing link to better recordings. And in the Quick Tip, Graham shares an easy way to get your guitars to sit in the mix more naturally.

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3 thoughts on “Episode #41 – The Vanishing Internship And The Missing Link To Better Recordings”

  1. Hey guys, I wear the band’s shirt to their own shows sometimes! Also, STP was brilliant.

    I think you guys are spot on as far as the value of hands-on experience. That being said, however, if you’re going into music production and not getting an education in music/production, I’d recommend getting SOME type of college education to fall back on in the event that you are one of the few people who don’t become a hit-record-selling producer/engineer or Youtube mogul. Regarding having a second person on the album, I think generally speaking this is true but not always an absolute necessity, at least as far as writing and creativity goes. Here’s what I mean: It’s not always easy to find truly competent and dedicated people for your project (or anything, for that matter). I played music with bands for ten years without being able to herd the cats into a studio (you could argue it was my choice in people, which I might agree). It wasn’t until I started doing things solo that I began to get any traction on recording. I don’t want to have the exception prove the rule, however. I’m just saying, sometimes people end up causing more delay and or destruction to a project than productivity. I could be wrong, but my philosophy is do whatever is necessary to get things done; that includes moving forward alone or with a group if y one has to. As long as you’re moving forward.

    Lastly, if you can’t get hands on intern experience and don’t want to do a music program at a local community college (which would be relatively cheap and provide some hands-on experience), I would suggest attending open trade shows like NABShow or Infocomm where they offer classes, training and hands-on access to sound and video equipment. Of course, trade show specialty courses can get expensive as well but sometimes offer student discounts (which is where attendance at a community college or continuing education program ties in). JMOs.

  2. Amen. I completely agree with the points regarding internships. And your points about people not applying their “book knowledge” is witnessed in other industries as well.

    I’ve known people that got a builder/contractor license but they didn’t know the first thing about using the tools to finish a basement or remodel a kitchen. Being in the IT business, I’ve known many people to say that they are intimidated in learning a new tool or the “bells and whistles” of an application even though they know it would help them in their day-to-day work.

    In the builder example, the training and exam got them a license but it shouldn’t stop there. Apply your knowledge in a practical way by learning to choose the right tools and learn how to use them to get the job done.

    In the IT example, I’ve told people they need to get past the “fear” of trying and learning new things. After all, this isn’t just about learning something that will help you . . . it’s a mindset. A mindset: I’m going to be committed to challenge myself toward my personal goals . . . whether it is IT, a musical instrument, or remodeling a kitchen. The mindset is to acknowledge that the “book knowledge” or videos or whatever is just the first step toward a goal. Practical experience with the appropriate tools to get you there is just another step toward your personal goal.

  3. This was the first episode I’ve ever heard of your show and I found it very enjoyable, thank you! Great advice and you fellows are very soothing and easy on the ears.

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