Author Topic: Recording/Sound engineer seeking improvement courses focusing classical music  (Read 904 times)

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Offline ricardocecchi

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I've been working as mixer/mastering engineer at recording studios for about 25 years. Mainly with popular music, in Sao Paulo - Brazil.

This summer I'm moving to Los Angeles. (My wife applied to the Pacifica Graduate Institute (she's psychologist)). This is an exciting news and a big, unexpected twist in my life.

This moving decision triggered an old dream of work (or being part somehow) with classical music. In order to start this plan I would appreciate any recommendation for professional sound engineering training / courses / graduate schools / education institutions / recording studios, focusing classical music/opera in Los Angeles area.

I would be greatful for any reply.

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I've been working as mixer/mastering engineer at recording studios for about 25 years. Mainly with popular music, in Sao Paulo - Brazil.

This summer I'm moving to Los Angeles. (My wife applied to the Pacifica Graduate Institute (she's psychologist)). This is an exciting news and a big, unexpected twist in my life.

This moving decision triggered an old dream of work (or being part somehow) with classical music. In order to start this plan I would appreciate any recommendation for professional sound engineering training / courses / graduate schools / education institutions / recording studios, focusing classical music/opera in Los Angeles area.

I would be greatful for any reply.

Hi, definitely give me a ring when you get into LA.  I was the recording engineer for my orchestra for several years and that included opera, concerti, symphonies, etc.  I learned alot and can give you pointers and maybe even a test orchestra.

Offline ricardocecchi

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Sounds really great. 1/aug must be in LA. I'll keep in touch. Thank you so much.

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I am not an engineer, and don't have any connections in the business, but I suggest one of the steps you should take is to get the best sound system you can possibly afford and listen to some quality recordings to see what the current top standard is.  In this latter area, I would particularly suggest the Oleg Caetani set of the Shostakovich symphonies.
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You can give me a ring when you get to LA as well (I was born and raised here, was gone for 14 years but am now back. I thoroughly detest the place, BTW). In any case, I wonder whether USC (University of Southern California) might have anything of interest. They have a great music program and have campuses strewn all over the HELL A area with a diverse offering of courses. Maybe check them out.

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 25 years? wow such a long time

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25 years? wow such a long time

A mere teardrop of time...

Speaking of time, don't you guys check dates on stuff? OP was in May and he hasn't been back or made any other posts... :-\

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Offline Monsieur Croche

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Bump...

FYI (anyone's information):

Classical sound engineers are wholly adept at reading full orchestral scores, and will, for example, be able to track minutia in a thick texture orchestral piece, i.e. hear and spot that the 3rd clarinet was off entry -- or some such, in any particular take. 

They very often have a full classical training -- or a full equivalent -- and they possess highly acute, fast, and accurate hearing along with their engineering skills. 

Basically, the job requires two very replete skill sets, which is why there are not a whole lot of them floating about in the marketplace.
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