“You’re not going to recreate the wheel, your’re just not. You figure out how to make the wheel better - that’s innovation!” Instructor Rich Ott gives class 180 “food for thought” as we wrap-up our final session in post audio and prepare for graduation ready to face the new challenges and competitiveness that awaits. With that being said, we are hungrier than ever and equipped to hit the ground running!
From basic to post audio, we now speak a language only recognizable by those in the audio engineering guild. There is a tremendous amount of work to be done to even be considered or mentioned in the same breathe as the greats that have paved the way but we are honored to be amongst such elitist that share the same love for music and sound.
Speaking of greats, we were honored to learn from the one and only John Blanche… We were able to visit the multi-Grammy winning mastering engineer for The Eagles “Greatest Hits” album… The man behind timeless records like “Hotel California” and artists such as Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, The BG’s, Andy Gibb and more! He was the assistant to the only engineer to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2012), the legendary Tom Dowd.
What’s next for class 180? Well, we all have an unprecedented demo reel consisting of a 30 second movie trailer that we constructed from the ground up; tracking and mixing credentials for Spanish rock band “Jon D Anthony Band,”; the 15 piece 60s soul-funk vocals of the Sh-Booms; heavy metal and multi-talented Nick Beaty; and a original commercial radio spot.
“It has been an amazing ride - even though frustrating - you just got to keep looking up and believe in yourself,” says student Maria Luzuriaga. We are all excited and ready to put our skills to work. Being around such great instructors and staff members has been nothing short of inspiring. While some may see it as the end of our journey here at F.I.R.S.T College, it is ultimately the start of our careers as audio engineers. There is a bittersweet aura in the classroom, but the excitement of beginning our next chapter is through the roof!