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Today on Euphoradio we have an interview with Music Production to-be graduate Damon Noble (known as his production alias NOMAD) to share some insight into the world of formal education in the music industry.
So Damon, how long was your program and what is the formal title you will have when you graduate?
Damon: The music production course I took is 1 year total, and I will receive a diploma in Audio Engineering, although there’s not much engineering involved anymore. The title isn’t really important compared to the knowledge and experience you gain.
What insight did your program give you into the world of music production? How do your productions compare to those you did before taking the course?
D: My school doesn’t really focus on dance music so a lot of that I still learn from reading forums or just listening to music. But all the stuff that people say “comes with time”, like mixing practices and sound design happens a lot faster since I began the course as it’s given me a better understanding of why something works, not just how. Although even now I can still sit in front of my computer and have complete writer’s block.
Has your personal workflow been impacted by education? Do you find you spend more or less time working on a particular track?
D: I have completely changed everything, from my DAW to how I approach EQ, compression, and bussing. I’ve stopped caring about certain things I used to over think like layering my kick 4 times over or being overly conscious of reusing the same snare in half my productions. If I have a clear direction of what I want and I’ve already got the main sounds I want a track can be done in less than a week. It doesn’t matter how you get there as long as the end product is good and you can’t get sued.
Where do you feel the industry is headed technologically? Is In-The-Box the way to go or does hardware still have an essential place in production?
D: Hardware will never go away so long as we have geeks and audiophiles. Computers are getting more and more powerful and the plug-ins are only getting better but nothing can compare to the feel or sound of an analog console, synth or compressor, and as long as we still listen to vocals we are going to need good pre-amps.
What are your thoughts on mastering? How do you prepare your work for mastering? Is it essential that you send a track to someone else for mastering?
D: I prep my work by getting the best mixdown possible, I try to get my levels pretty even before the mastering so all you have to do is turn it up to compete with professionally mixed and mastered track.
What is your favourite plugin? And why?
D: Noise making plug; Reaktor. This is kind of a cop out answer because it can do just about anything, it’s basically the most modular synth ever and some of the synths are amazing, it can be an additive synth, a subtractive Mini Moog style synth, I’ve even got a Jupiter emulation for those lush Super-Saws we all love so much.
Signal Processing Plug; probably Waves SoundShifter Pitch, it goes on all my build ups it’s just so clean and easy to use there are like 6 parameters so finding what you need to automate is super easy.
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