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6 Useful Tips to Be A Better Audio Engineer

6 Useful Tips to Be A Better Audio Engineer

With the pace of technology, you are too moving ahead with the help of the Internet. Today technology has provided almost all the lavish facilities for mankind that not only dispel the workload but also save time. Music is considered as one of the most appreciable inventions of mankind. The era of music started with a gramophone and now has been replaced with Bluetooth stereo systems. In all, the importance of an audio engineer is considerably high.

Technically speaking, “the audio engineer is someone who executes recordings, manipulation with the help of different sound effects, mixing and reinforcement of sound.” To be a proficient engineer in this field, you need a die-hard practice. Also, there are many other useful tips that you should adopt to rule the field.

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1. Attend an Audio Engineering Program

A trainer can help you to sharpen your skills and become an expert in it. Most of you will start learning from the scratch, so the tutor will help you to learn to operate each and every device and how to use them in the perfect style. If you are a quick learner, you can try to work without a trainer, but even then you will need some extra time as compared to learning with guidance.

You can visit the internet and surf the best available audio engineering programs that suits you and start attending one. You can either gain a diploma or a license in this field.

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2. Learn To Coordinate

To rock the music, it’s really important to make coordination with directors, editors, video operators and other sound engineers. There are many other engineers that will usually work with you on the same music. So, it is your hard-core responsibility to maintain a proper coordination with all the other technicians/ engineers. If you find it possible, you can even help others in the team to handle the equipment.

3. Build a Good Setup

During your course, you will already learn about how sound travels, how it is developed and all other technical concepts, it’s time to build a setup according to your knowledge. You setup should enable you to get the best sound out of the microphone. You should also be capable of working with the reflections, echo and other disturbing elements in your process of developing good music.

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4. Be Adaptable & Flexible

An audio engineer is usually commanded to travel to different places. So, you must be flexible and always ready to move from one spot to another (as per requirement). Along with that, your adaptability will also be appreciated as your capability to work under different situations shows your die-hard passion for the work.

5. Never Loose Your Focus

Perseverance is the key in this field. To show your perfection while working at an event, it’s your focus that can help you in delivering the best. It’s really important to pay attention to the music you are working on. Different music needs to be worked on with different strategies that can bring the best output without compromising the quality.

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6. Upgrade Yourself with the Pace of Technology

Today you are working on one technology and another day a new concept is launched in the market. So, to be the best, make it a habit of upgrading to the ever changing technology. Your expertise on the old technology and keen interest in learning the new one will always help you to make appealing music.

“This industry is still very young and, as such, is constantly changing. Just remember that if you want to make a career out of it, you must be professional, responsible, and courteous at all times.” – Dave Swallow

Mixing is not as easy as the word seems to be. Until you don’t have the mastery on manipulating and mixing the audio with the help of different sound effects, you can’t be considered as a proficient audio engineer. Your expertise will be your identity and make you stand out from the crowd.

Featured photo credit: Sound Reason via soundreason.org

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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