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How do you learn?

With all the myriad internet offerings on how to learn audio engineering , which are the most helpful , expert , informative? I have subscriptions to some wonderful online content. Most notably Home Studio Corner , ran by audio engineer Joe Gilder. His site has not only expert free content , but also reasonably priced monthly mixing tutorials with audio content for practice. Graham Cochrane of the Recording Revolution is equally an invaluable resource. Like Joe , Graham has outstanding free content and tutorials for purchase.

Making Connections

The internet has opened the entire planet to collaboration with other artists , producers , songwriters. I live in a small town in the Midwest and have had limited success meeting and developing WORTHWHILE relationships with like minded individuals. So here's the question. Do you still need to BE in LA , Nashville , or New York to have a chance of  making it in the music industry , as was the case from the beginning of time?

Staying Current

It's been a long time since I've posted anything. But I wanted to chat about staying current with musical trends. For example , with the phenomenal success of Daft Punk's random access memories , with all of it's sequenced technological wizardry. At it's core is a driving back beat via Omar Hakim , great vocals by Pharrell Williams , and a relentless funky rhythm guitar by Nile Rodgers. Question is , do you think these guys were concerned about was going on in the music world at the time of this project?

Focus

I recently realized that the television I had in my studio was (for me) very distracting. It could be I'm easily distracted , but , I realized when I was working taking Xrays  in the hospital there wasn't a television I could watch whenever I wanted to . I was hired for PRODUCTIVITY not leisure. Why I would treat my studio any differently is beyond me. So TODAY , my Mom gets a nice big TV. She's retired and can handle it a lot better than I can.

Your first "Professional" recording session.

The first time you set foot in an recording studio (big or small) can be a daunting ,nerve racking experience. There are however ways to ensure or at least lessen the anxiety of the experience.
Find a studio that can spend time speaking with you about what it is you want to do. Be clear this is your first time , and if they sound to busy to go over the nuances then or even later. Look elsewhere. 
Word of mouth is HUGE , and is perhaps the best way to get started. Someone in you musical universe knows someone who has a recording studio.
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