Posts Tagged ‘Audio Production’

Independence High School After School Program

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Faculty,Tony Dias, helps students with the day's lesson. Tony graduated from Independence High.

Cogswell College and Independence High School have teamed up to introduce high school students to the exciting opportunities that blending art and technology opens to them. Over the course of 10 weeks students choose either digital painting or audio desktop production for the first 5 weeks and software engineering or video game design for the final 5 weeks.

“The goal of this program is to get students excited about something they might initially think is boring,” says Abraham Chacko, executive director of admissions and facilitator for the after school program at Cogswell College. “These are kids from the Silicon Valley,” Chacko continues. “When they hear the word ‘engineering,’ they think ‘I don’t want to have a job like my parents,’ but when you mention Disney, Pixar or video games and the job opportunities associated with them, they become excited about learning programming and engineering skills.”

Faculty, Reid Winfrey, offers design tips to students on the day's lesson.

The demand for skilled engineers in the U.S. continues to grow, with engineering degree holders experiencing some of the best job prospects in the country straight out of college. Jack Aiello is a Project Lead The Way trained instructor who teaches Introduction Engineering Design at Independence High, and is coordinator of the pre-engineering program, Space Technology Engineering Academy Magnet (STEAM). He serves as the faculty facilitator for the after-school program, in partnership with Chacko and uses a project-based, individualized teaching method similar to Cogswell’s.

“The ability to connect and engage our students in Cogswell’s environment is incredible,” says Aiello. “Running a class with 25 students working in a project-based environment is more advantageous than a traditional teaching model with lectures or video presentations at the front of a classroom of 35 or more students. The hands-on computer and audio equipment, programming tools and Industry experienced instructors available at Cogswell allow our students an exciting peek into the real world of the digital creative arts. At the end of each of our two hour weekly sessions at Cogswell, the students walk away with a feeling of accomplishment and pride for what they have created. They are enthusiastic and look forward to coming back next week.  Our students are on the consumer side of the ‘Digital Divide’, many from immigrant families that use technology, social media and video games, but don’t know how to leverage the technology to create something NEW; such as designing a video game, making an animated movie, or producing their own music. ”

Learn more in this news item.

An Inside Look at Audio Mastering Techniques

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Students mastering a video in Cogswell's Post Production Studio

The goal of the audio engineer when mastering a recording is to make sure it sounds better going out the door than it did coming in. This detailed article on Discmakers features excerpts from Mastering with Ozone: 2013 Edition and is filled with helpful insights into the mastering process.

From “it all begins with the mix” to “diagnosing common problems” to “mastering quick tips” audio enthusiasts are sure to find something of interest here.

What mastering tips would you share?

Can an Audio Story be as Powerful as One Told Through Images?

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Creating Audio Theater in one of the Cogswell College studios

The Cogswell College Audio Department believes the answer is yes – and they are not alone. There is increased interest in this form of theater across the country and around the world. Midnight Audio Theatre out of Columbus, Ohio is just one example of a group showcasing this art form.

At Cogswell we offered a special class this summer where students told stories using only dialog, sound effects, music – and the listeners’ imagination. The class will hold it’s final presentation on August 8. Follow Cogswell’s Facebook page for upcoming information.

Listen to a few of the Midnight Audio Theater presentations and let us know what you think.

A Day in the Life of an Audio Engineer

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Spliggityfidge Studio

Want a quick peek into what an audio engineer does? Then watch this short video by Kevin Weber, owner of Spliggityfidge in Emeryville, CA as he walks you through some of the things you need to know to enter this profession.

So much of what Kevin says is mirrored in the coursework and teaching approach of Cogswell College’s Digital Audio Technology degree program.

He talks about the importance of working in a fun and aesthetically pleasing environment. Cogswell’s studios and classes are designed around these principles.

His background in engineering was key to his success since it emphasized problem-solving. Cogswell focuses on giving students the tools they need to tackle any challenge.

He also discussed the need for a technical education but also just jumping in taking on some recording projects. His advice meshes well with Cogswell’s emphasis on providing project-based learning experiences.

All of the changes in the audio industry have opened up a lot of opportunities for skilled audio engineers.