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Mystery Street Recording Company - Chicago Recording Studio

Audio Lessons

Mystery Street Audio Lessons are unlike any other lessons you’ll find. Our goal is not just to teach you about sound, but we want to help you get in tune to the local music industry.

COURSES OFFERED

Audio for Live Musicians
Audio for Recording Musicians
Introduction to In-Ear Monitors for Musicians
Introduction for In-Ear Monitors for Engineers
Analog to Digital- An Introduction to Modern and Classic Recording
Studio Explorations
Recording: From Performance to Master Track

Audio for Live Musicians
In this course, students will learn the basics of live sound signal flow, setting up a small PA system, microphone theory, audio effects, and ultimately have a better understanding of what they can do to sound their best on stage. This 4 week course is a combination of lecture and hands-on lab. Cost: $300

Audio for Recording Musicians
This course is intended to teach students the basics of studio recording, from a performance perspective. Students will learn studio etiquette, terminology, and how to get the most out of their studio time. Topics covered will include performing to a click track, microphone techniques, studio effects, overdubbing, mixing, and mastering. This 4-week course is a combination of lecture and hands-on lab. Cost: $300

Introduction to In-Ear Monitoring for Musicians/Bands
This course can be taken as an individual or as a band. Students will learn how to choose an in-ear monitor and how to use both a hardwired and wireless version. Emphasis will be on using monitors safely and how to integrate them into a live performance situation. This will be a hands-on and ears-on course where students will get to use in-ears and get familiar with techniques and technology.  This is a two-day seminar, (4 hours each day) is a mixture of lecture/discussion and performance using in-ears. Students who complete this course will be given a $50 gift certificate to Sensaphonics Hearing Conservation. Cost: $500, $150 for each additional band member (max class size of 5)

Introduction to In-Ear Monitors for Engineers
This is a private lesson in in-ear monitor technology for audio engineers. A basic understanding of live sound engineering is a prerequisite.  This class will cover differences in in-ear monitors, wireless transmitter/receiver systems, and an overview of mixing boards.  Emphasis will be placed on providing quality, safe sound for musicians. This is a two-day seminar which includes 4 hours of lecture/discussion and 4 hours of gear set-up and mixing with a live musicians. Students who complete this course will be given a $50 gift certificate to Sensaphonics Hearing Conservation. Cost: $700

Analog to Digital- An Introduction to Modern and Classic Recording
This overview course is a hands-on, private audio course designed for the recording hobbyist or curious musician. This class will teach give students a basic understanding of audio signal flow, microphones, outboard effects, and both digital and analog mixing. The goal of this class is to help students understand “the big picture” when it comes to recording. This is an 8 week course of 1 hour classes, with a 4 hour hands-on recording lab with a live performer. Cost: $1000

Studio Explorations
This free-form course will give students an in-depth look at studio recording either as a whole, or looking at specific topics of the student’s choice. Topics can range from signal flow, patchbays, compression, reverb, drum miking, vocal recording, analog or digital mixing, Pro Tools overview, microphone techniques, and more. This class can be done week-to-week, or as a single session. Cost: $75 per hour

Recording: From Performance to Master Track
This hands-on course will take a student through each step in the recording process. Starting with a mockup meeting with a performer to a final mastered product. Topics will include organizing the session, tracking, overdubbing, editing, mixing, post-mix, and mastering. This is a 8-week, 10 hour class with both 1 hr and 2 hr sessions. Cost: $1000

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