Students may find a great path in the field of instrument care and maintenance, even if they don't feel inclined to learn the actual instrument. Consider these options if someone is interested in this area. It may also be a good additional unit for students who are learning instrumental methods. Drum Maintenance: changing heads, tuning … Continue reading RAMP 201: Instrument Care Assignments
Mixing is a process that takes a great deal of practice to do well, but even a little knowledge can go a long way in getting a solid sound out of your multitrack recordings. After students have gotten some tracks down, or after downloading free multitrack sessions from web resources, it's time to start polishing … Continue reading RAMP 201: Mixing Assignments
Now that you've got your equipment and have some basic knowledge of how to connect all the pieces properly, it's time to start teaching some lessons to your students. But what should you teach? Goals Here are the basic goals I have for engineering: Students need to know the various types of microphones, their polar patterns, … Continue reading RAMP 201: Engineering Assignments
Whatever curriculum you plan to use, the audio interface is an integral part of the program. It's your communication method between the analog world and the digital world. It's an important investment, so what should you look for? Features All interfaces are designed to transfer analog information into a digital format for recording. However, not … Continue reading RAMP 101: What Interface Do I Need?
Microphones can be a bit confusing when you first dig into a RAMP program. There are so many different ones--and so many different prices! What do you really need? What budget should you set? How can I tell if I'm getting the best product for the price? Here are some rough guidelines on the different … Continue reading RAMP 101: What Microphones Do I Need?
Digital Music Production requires special software known as a Digital Audio Workstation, or DAW. Essentially, it's a digital version of the large consoles we are accustomed to seeing in recording studios and concert venues. It interfaces with hardware items like the consoles, as well as with audio converters, plugins, and MIDI devices, but it stores … Continue reading RAMP 101: What is a DAW?
Equipment! What a scary thing to look at! If you don't have the right tools, how are you going to get an awesome recording program off the ground? Where do you even start? How can you possibly budget and keep yourself in good graces with your business office? It's not nearly as difficult as it … Continue reading RAMP 101: How Do I Start?