Before the invention of cassettes, CDs, and MP3s, people were forced to truck around their Sonshiba WalkSymphonies, a complete orchestra in a handy six-ton carrying stage. Ease your tuneular burden with today's Groupon: for $62, you get an introductory music recording technology class at the School of Recording Arts, a $125 value. Your five-hour lesson takes place at Retro City Studios in Mt. Airy, easily accessible by public transit.
The natural-light-bathed Retro City Studios features one of the best live rooms in the city and a host of customizable isolation rooms. In the main recording room overlooking the entire space, you'll be able to play and fiddle with board after board of high-end tuning technology. Taught by working professional musicians (the founders of Retro), classes will help you quickly pick up the fundamentals of recording and audio production, using your hands and your mad sense of beat to manipulate and therefore familiarize yourself with the core properties of sound. From there, you'll handle all the obscure pieces of equipment and the latest Pro-Tools and MIDI programs before giving it your grooviest shot at mixing your own track. Even the least aurally talented can always slam the Auto Auto-Tune button, and everyone gets a free T-shirt at the end of the session, even if the koalas can't shake it to your custom dub.
The school's previous students have ranged from professional musicians keen to record their own bands, college students learning the digital ropes, DJs practicing their spinnin', and event planners earning that extra dash of party skill. No previous experience is necessary. This class is offered irregular Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The next scheduled class is July 25.
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