In an effort to help you wade through the immense amount of training material out on the web, we’re bringing you more reviews. Today, we’ll take a look at the free training modules’ offered by David Wills.
I’m writing the rough draft of this review as I watch this training for the first time. Right away, I can’t help but notice the Australian accent, which is a huge plus for me, as a North American. In the US, we have something of a fascination with the Aussie accent. It just sounds cool. You have my attention, David.
But seriously, David is covering some very powerful, basic stuff. While the video is geared towards newbies, the first video is on something that even veteran home engineers need to remember: signal flow is the bedrock of your recordings.
And then he goes on to plainly describe how to take care of your signal with things like gain staging and proper gear. Seriously, I can imagine hanging out with David. He seems really friendly, and it’s not just because he’s Australian.
Then he goes on to talk about ratios, which I won’t ruin for you. Suffice it to say, it’s a great way to think about a lot of your recording techniques. I can’t wait to see what he has to say about this in the coming videos. Alright, I’m hooked.
In this next installment, David appears to be going off the deep end a little. He stops talking about production and instead embarks on a metaphor involving fishing and photography. What does that have to do with anything?
I can’t give his secret away but I can say just how effective this approach is. David has a way of teaching you with concepts you already know and can instantly relate to. And he focuses on general ideas, rather than diving into heaps of technical information. A beginning engineer isn’t going to understand all the engineering jargon. But they can understand simple concepts. Grasping them is one of the biggest wins in home recording.
But he doesn’t neglect the technical side, either. There is a good primer on compression that sidesteps its inherent intricacies and focuses on the most important compression parameters that will make the biggest impact on your recordings.
I have to say, after two videos, I’m more and more impressed by the easy-going approach that David uses here.
I thought that at this point, David would start jumping into the technical universe. Nope. He has more big picture stuff for you to consider. And it is truly important.
In this last installment of the free training, he considers the subject of mixing. Without diving into the black hole that mixing can be, he goes over just the basics on EQing and mixing. He follows that up with a very astute and potent lesson on arranging. Truly useful stuff. Arranging is a subject that almost all producers can study more of and it’s good to see him addressing it early in the process.
At every turn, David is aiming his advice right at beginners. If they are paying attention, he’s actually giving them some of the best production advice they’ll ever get. Make no mistake: even an advanced producer can profit from David’s training.
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