I am currently deciding what subject my next course should be on, and who better to help me decide than YOU!
My course on Acustica Audio’s Nebula plug-in was very much a niche subject, this time I am going to create something with more of a broad appeal. I am aware that there is massive competition in online video tutorials, but in my opinion there is little competition in quality in-depth structured courses.
I intend to up the game a notch with this one and try to literally make the definitive video on whatever subject I go for! The question is, what are you guys most interested in learning about?
At the end of this post you can vote for what you would like to be made! Here is a bit more info about the subjects:
(Idea 1) Setting up a home studio
Everything from deciding which room in your house would be the best choice for a studio to choosing the best software for you to meet your goals.
This would be an epic course and be not only for people just starting out, but also for people looking to upgrade what they already have. Subjects would include but not be limited to:
- Equipment choices and explanations of the pro and cons of each decision
- How to evaluate hardware based on specifications, listening in the shop and the pitfalls of internet forums
- All about computer hardware in relation to audio. CPU/RAM/hard drives/audio interfaces/monitors/midi controllers
- Software – payware or freeware and comparisons of popular programs
- Room acoustics / speaker placement basics
(Idea 2) Mastering explained
Mastering has been done to death on the internet BUT not in the way I would do it. My initial idea would be to travel the country and even the world to interview the very best engineers and get them to share the real mechanics behind how they work.
So much nonsense is written on the subject we need to stamp all that out and start again. A scientific bullshit free approach based on the collective wisdom of real professionals.
I worked as a mastering engineer myself for 10 years so know what I am talking about, but even still I want you to learn from the very best as well as getting all the knowledge I acquired during those years.
- What really is mastering in 2014?
- What gear you need and don’t need
- EQ / compression guide
- Massive audio resources of volume matched before and after sections with in-depth explanations
(Idea 3) Analog synthesis & recording techniques
A guide to choosing, using and programming analog and VSTi synths.
Analog synths are back big time and VSTi’s are better than ever. How many people can really have a sound in their head and then make it quickly using their synths? That is the goal of this tutorial.
I would like to delve a little into the history of certain synths and explain why they are used for certain sounds in certain contexts. Why would you want a fat moog bass or a biting 303 squelch? How would you make the most realistic version of these sounds using whatever hardware or software you have? How might you process it to sound like it was recorded in the 70s or 80s?
- Background to classic synths and the sounds they are famous for
- Information and reviews of hardware and software to get you the sounds you want
- Total guide to subtractive synthesis for creating popular sounds
- Making it all ‘sound like a record’ with advanced recording techniques like transformer saturation and tape compression
(Idea 4) Room acoustics & speaker set-up
This would be a very in-depth version of a segment from the first idea for the new course ‘setting up a home studio’.
- Guide to room treatments products
- Making your own high quality DIY bass traps
- How to analyze and treat your room. Advanced guide to the free Room EQ Wizard
- Speaker placement using advanced listening tests
(Idea 5) Choosing & using the best freeware plug-ins
In my opinion there are free plug-ins now that are better than many ones you pay for. What is lacking is a comprehensive resource that reviews and explains them all in detail.
There are a million contradictory opinions on the internet on what sounds good. Ten years of mastering has taught me that you need to spend a HUGE amount of listening time with good equipment to hear the fine details with plug-in effects. If you are willing to trust my judgement I will show you the very best free plug-ins and save you a huge amount of wasted time.
I have spent years testing and learning all the free plug-ins that come and go. Some are junk. Some of them are incredible! Some are better for somethings than others, some are one trick ponies, but all of them are free and some of them you should be using now!
- Which Free plug-ins are the best and why?
- In-depth tutorials on the best free multi-format plug-ins
- Tips and tricks for various plug-ins for different instruments
Place your vote now!
Please also add any ideas or feedback to the comments. Anything is possible at this stage! THANKS