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Top Recording Schools Add MiLaR to Curriculum

Educators tout Mix It Like A Record as indispensable teaching aid (December 23, 2005)

Mix It Like A Record, a popular interactive mixing course authored by Grammy- winning engineer, mixer and producer Charles Dye and produced by Kagi Media, has been added to the curriculum at several well-known recording schools and colleges across the country, and is garnering endorsements from the music industrys top educators as an excellent resource to teach the subject of mixing, a craft that at one time was seen as un-teachable.

?For years books and magazines have tried to convey the art of mixing, said Chris Davie, Director of SAE Institute in Miami, engineer and mixer (Vince Gill, George Strait, Wynonna Judd, Trisha Yearwood). ?Mix It Like A Record's format goes one step further by bringing the viewer directly into the mix with techniques, discussions and practice sessions. In our educational environment its the perfect resource.

SAE Institute in Miami is a branch of the SAE Institute, the worlds largest recording school with 46 campuses in 22 countries, as well as a Digidesign Sponsored School, and is using Mix It Like A Record in their advanced level audio production courses.

Mix It Like A Record also plays a key role in teaching mixing at The Art Institute of Seattle. The college offers an AAA degree in Audio Production, and audio production is taught at three of the other 30 Art Institutes in North America. According to Steve Barsotti, Academic Director of Audio Production, the school uses the DVD to bring together the concepts of mixing that are dissected throughout the course of a term so that students can experience a professional result in one sitting.

?The students really get a lot out of hearing the subtle (and sometimes not so subtle!) changes that occur within Charles plug in chains, said Barsotti. ?This is a field that has a history of learning from observing the masters and our students have benefited from the experience of Charles Dye by using this DVD presentation.

Barsottis colleague at the school Tom Pfaeffle, who teaches several Audio Production courses in addition to his numerous mixing credits with acts like Queensryche, The Black Crows, BB King and Heart, uses the DVD video portion of Mix It Like A Record as a tool to teach students how to compensate for the inherent differences between digital and analog mixing platforms. ?The focus on plug-ins and harmonic content are very well presented and leave the mixing engineer with a greater sense of understanding and motivation to create a more harmonically pleasing and musical mix.

In a different approach, pioneering pro audio educator and founder of Future Rhythm Pro School, engineer, producer and composer Bruce Tambling teaches a mixing course at Foothill College in San Francisco, also a Digidesign Sponsored School, based entirely on Mix It Like A Record. The required ?text is the DVD which students purchase from Foothills book store. Tambling breaks up the video chapters over 8 sessions as the curriculum for the class, and installs the accompanying Pro Tools sessions on the 35 student Pro Tools LE / Mac G5 systems to support the very hands-on approach he feels is vital in learning mixing.

?The type of information in Mix It Like A Record was previously available only to people that were fortunate enough to receive an apprenticeship at a major recording studio, said Tambling. ?It would literally take YEARS for a student to gain this much knowledge on their own through trial and error in their own home studios trying to re-invent the wheel.

Los Angeles based AudioGraph International, the first Spanish Pro Tools Certified Training Center in 1994, is the first English and Spanish, as well as one of the best, Pro Tools Pro Schools in the United States where top engineers, composers, producers and musicians from around the world come to update their knowledge and learn new techniques in digital recording, editing and mixing. One of the school's central courses, "Mixing with Pro Tools", uses both the video portion of Mix It Like A Record for in-class support as well as the Pro Tools sessions for practice assignments.

?Mix It Like A Record is an amazing audio/visual learning tool, said Josť ?Chilitos Valenzuela, founder of AudioGraph and author of The Complete Pro Tools Handbook and The Complete Pro Tools Shortcuts, engineer and mixer (Keith Emerson, John Waite, Colin Hay, Tony Kanal). ?I use it in a way that allows my students to more easily comprehend and apply specific lessons from class, said Valenzuela. ?I explain it, they watch the chapter on the DVD, and then they do it. It really works!

?This DVD is much better than a textbook, added Tambling. ?The production quality is excellent and our students find it very engaging, exciting and inspirational. Combined with the included Pro Tools sessions that allow our students to explore every element of the mix for themselves, Mix It Like A Record is by far the best curriculum available for teaching practical mix theory and techniques.

About Mix It Like A Record Mix It Like A Record is a DVD/Pro Tools session based mixing course taught by Charles Dye (Lauryn Hill, Jon Bon Jovi, Sammy Hagar, Julio Iglesias) and takes you into the studio and out on location to teach you how to get record-quality mixes using the latest plug-ins, how to breathe emotion into the music with automation, and how to make the artist sound like a star. This in-depth DVD features over three hours of video instruction and 1.7 GB of 40 Pro Tools TDM & LE sessions so you can get hands-on with the very mix that is used in the videos.

Additional Information:

Mix It Like A Record
Kagi Media
Charles Dye

SAE Institute in Miami
SAE Institute

The Art Institute of Seattle
The Art Institutes
Steve Barsotti, Director of Audio Production
Tom Pfaeffle, Teacher of Audio Production
Tom Pfaeffles Studio

Foothill College in San Francisco
Bruce Tambling
MUS 82A Recording Arts III Mixing & Mastering with Pro Tools Winter 2006 Days: Saturday Time: 12:00pm- 2:50pm

AudioGraph International
Josť ?Chilitos Valenzuela
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