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RECORDING
WORKSHOP



RECORDING
WORKSHOP

WITH MARBIN AND SHAWN DEALEY

WITH MARBIN AND SHAWN DEALEY

Nail dynamic tracks and room energy with jazz-rock band Marbin

Join Sweetwater Studios engineer Shawn Dealey for two days, and track jazz-rock band Marbin in this unique, interactive, in-person recording workshop. Master the challenge of capturing the live-jam feel of a free-form improv band while isolating each instrument track for killer results through the entire setup to the final mixing process.

APRIL 10–11

at Sweetwater

10AM–5PM
SOLD OUT

THIS CLASS IS SOLD OUT!

THIS CLASS IS SOLD OUT!

Call us at (800) 386-6434 or email us at studio@sweetwater.com to be added to the waitlist.

TOPICS & TECHNIQUES WE’LL COVER

DAY 1
SATURDAY

The Basics of Tracking a Session

  • Setting up a tracking session
  • Choosing mics and positioning them for the best sound
  • EQing instrument sounds in the studio
  • Choosing the right outboard gear and where to patch it in
  • Setting up headphone mixes
  • Keeping musicians inspired
  • Tracking session with Shawn and the band
  • Auditioning different mics and processing chains
  • Overdubbing instruments, multiple takes, and more

DAY 2
SUNDAY

Comping, Editing, and Mixing to Yield Professional-Sounding Results

  • Comping tracks — how to choose and assemble the best takes
  • Editing and finessing tracks with Pro Tools and third-party plug-ins
  • Prepping tracks for the mix session
  • How and when to use compression, EQ, and effects
  • Setting up a mix, including routing and grouping in your DAW
  • Fine-tuning instruments with EQ and compression
  • Employing automation to enhance the mixing process
  • Connecting outboard gear across your mix bus
  • Getting the most out of bus compression/processing
  • Making the final tweaks; how to decide when the mix is done
  • Deciding whether or not you need professional mastering
  • Knowing what mixes and mix versions you need to send to mastering

COVID-19 Precautions

  • Everyone will be required to wear a mask in the studios and public areas, and there is plenty of hand sanitizer available.
  • If you are feeling ill in any way, have been exposed to someone with COVID in the past two weeks, or have been told to quarantine because someone around you is ill, please let us know, and for the safety of others, please do not attend the workshop.

Marbin

MEET THE ARTIST – MARBIN

MEET THE ARTIST
MARBIN

Marbin’s unique story stands out in today’s music world. With a do-it-yourself approach, Chicago-based progressive jazz-rock band Marbin started touring extensively in 2011, bringing their original instrumental music to every part of the United States. Through word of mouth, Marbin has gained hundreds of thousands of devoted fans all over the world and has sold tens of thousands of albums. Marbin has released eight albums: Marbin (2009), Breaking the Cycle (2011), Last Chapter of Dreaming (2013), The Third Set (2014), Aggressive Hippies (2015), Goatman and the House of the Dead (2016), Israeli Jazz (2018), and Strong Thing (2019). Marbin regularly plays in clubs across the US and in jam and jazz festivals around the world. Marbin’s interactive, improvisational approach perfectly matches this workshop’s focus on capturing the live energy of a free-form jamming band while isolating each instrument track for professional production.


MEET THE INSTRUCTOR – SHAWN DEALEY

MEET THE INSTRUCTOR
SHAWN DEALEY

After taking a music production class in high school, Shawn began engineering for local bands and opened his first studio in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, when he was 20 years old. He played drums, produced, and engineered his way to a string of professional touring tech jobs with a host of big-name artists such as Counting Crows, Goo Goo Dolls, Avril Lavigne, Santana, All-American Rejects, and Billy Talent. Now he works at Sweetwater Studios as a producer, engineer, and front-of-house mixer for several of Sweetwater’s venues, including the new Clyde Theatre.

THIS CLASS IS SOLD OUT!

THIS CLASS IS SOLD OUT!

Call us at (800) 386-6434 or email us at studio@sweetwater.com to be added to the waitlist.

ABOUT SWEETWATER STUDIOS WORKSHOPS

Many of the world’s greatest engineers and producers were coached by mentors in the moment, learning their trade and tackling new techniques in live studio sessions. Sweetwater Studios Workshops give us a chance to carry on that tradition and to impart our industry knowledge in a real-world setting that’s informative, exciting, and accessible to anyone who’s passionate about making great recordings.

We’re honored to host incredible performers from a wide variety of genres, to employ professional instructors with years of experience and lengthy lists of credits, and to invite you to this interactive learning opportunity in our world-class multi-studio facility.

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