Sennheiser's Online "Recording Sound Academy" Lets Aspiring Engineers/Producers Have Tracks Critiqued by Grammy-Winning Producers

January 12, 2012
Sennheiser is proud to introduce its new, online Recording Sound Academy (RSA) web tool, a portal that allows would-be producers and engineers to create professional mixes and have those mixes critiqued by award-winning music industry professionals. Users simply download several raw, individual, pre-recorded tracks for three unreleased songs by a professional recording artist, recorded with Sennheiser and Neumann microphones.  Participants then mix the tracks on their computers or home studios and upload a finished track to the site.  Each completed mix will be critiqued by an accomplished industry expert. The first artist to provide professional tracks for the program is Bo Bice, of American Idol fame.

The following award-winning engineers will be conducting the critiques:
•    David Thoener (Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie)
•    Cool & Dre (Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes, Queen Latifah). 
•    Karl Richardson (Eric Clapton, Bee Gees, Barbra Streisand)
•    Al Schmitt (Steely Dan, Ray Charles)
•    Tom Young (Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra)
•    Tim Palmer (Pearl Jam, U2)

The online Recording Sound Academy is presented through a partnership with audio software and hardware manufacturer Steinberg, which provides its Cubase LE 5 DAW (digital audio workstation) software free of charge to users of the online RSA portal. The program borrows instructional elements from Sennheiser’s highly-successful, in-person Recording Sound Academy offering, a hands-on training program that delivers valuable tips and instruction on microphone selection, placement and recording techniques.

The participant with the best mix will win a Neumann U87 Ai microphone after the online RSA program closes out next year.  All participants are also invited to attend a series of live video webinars featuring the participating engineers, who will explain how they created their final mix for the songs. The webinars, which include a Q&A session, present an opportunity for program participants to learn special techniques and mixdown methods, as well as how Neumann and Sennheiser microphones were used to capture the tracks.

Participants are encouraged to utilize whatever DAW (digital audio workstation) software they are comfortable with. However, the program provides a complimentary copy of Steinberg’s Cubase LE 5 to all users, compliments of Steinberg.

About Sennheiser

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser's pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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