RID GRAD SPOTLIGHT

JULY 1998

1998 RID Recording Engineer/Producer Grad

WORKING IN THE FIELD

ABOVE LEFT: ANDY IN DISC LTD STUDIO B - WHERE HE DOES MOST OF HIS SESSIONS

ABOVE RIGHT: ANDY IN DISC LTD STUDIO C - WHERE HE GOT MUCH OF HIS ADVANCED TRAINING

LEFT: ANDY IN DISC LTD "STUDIO D"

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RID School History

June 1997, Andy came in to the school for a tour of RID and like what he saw. He signed up for the full Recording Engineer / Producer training program with a starting date in August, 1997. Andy did well enough with his first classes that he was invited to join the October 1997 Advanced Recording Course before actually finishing Basic Recording.

In January 1998, he applied and was accepted as an Assistant Instructor for the Basic Recording course beginning February 1998. Andy was in the Advanced Recording Course at the time. The Assistant Instructor at RID helps the instructor set-up for class and helps students get materials and supplies for class. It is sort of an internship position because the AI gets extra practice time with the equipment.

While in his advanced music studies Andy started his review of materials for his internship. An interning opportunity can up quickly during this phase of the training and he was invited to accept a school-arranged internship at The Disc Ltd. He finished all of his requirements for program certification after he was employed in the field.

REQ Interview With Andy Toth June 16, 1998

REQ: You were actually hired as a Second Recording Engineer at the Disc Ltd. before you finished your RID training program, and now have the position of Engineer with a regular (midnight) shift. How do you like being a recording engineer?
ANDY: I was surprized to be offered the position so quickly, but also very excited to have such a great opportunity. I enjoy the job immensely, although at times it’s quite challenging.
REQ: How many hours, on the average do you record clients?
ANDY: Right now about 16 - this increases every week it seems so there isn’t really an average.
REQ: How did your RID training prepare you for this?
ANDY: The program is excellent in it’s comprehensiveness.The equipment used in training students is very up to date and the same equipment I use every day recording clients. In addition, my RID training prepared me to quickly learn all of the other equipment in the facility I needed to use, including equipment not directly covered in the training program. The staff was excellent including both recording instructors I took classes with. The courseroom instructor, Lew Whitehead, was excellent on helping me clear up anything I didn't understand during classes.
REQ: What was your favorite part of the program?
ANDY: Being able to actually record live musicians during class. Being able to take the recording projects we did though the entire process of overdubbing and mixing.
REQ: What are your long term goals?
ANDY: I’d like to get into post-production recording & mixing sound effects with dialogue and music for movies.
REQ: Anything you'd like to add?
ANDY: I like the fact that the basics of music and music theory were taught along with the recording courses.

REQ Interview With Andy Toth January 30, 1999

ANDY TOTH INTERVIEW 1/99

REQ So, After 6 months, how's your career going now?
ANDY Quite well!  I have doubled my weekly hours since our last interview.
REQ So is the job more enjoyable?
Andy Yes, I'm much more relaxed during my sessions because I can now easily give the client what he needs and expects.
REQ I understand you are no longer the junior engineer at the Disc, with two new interns hired and a regular engineer moving on to open his own studio.  How does this effect your feeling of security?
Andy: I was sorry to see one of our senior engineers leave, but he's still around two days a week, working as an independent engineer.  Scott helped me out a lot when I first started.  He helped with questions on advanced techniques on our major MIDI programs.  Also,  his leaving is helping me become a major engineer at the studio, while he can move onto bigger and better things.
REQ One of the reasons I am in the education field is the fact that when I started out, no engineer would tell me anything about how to do things in the studio.   They felt they had  "trade secrets" and I had to find out about it myself.  I hated that "vibe" (but was made stronger by it).  I take it that working at the Disc Ltd. studio is not like this.
Andy I think every engineer has his own techniques and figures out "his way" of doing things in the studio; but the engineers at the Disc have always been very helpful in answering fully any questions I had.  I've had the chance now to answer questions that the newer engineers have and actually showed other experienced engineers things that they didn't know about yet.
REQ Has your experience at the Disc in the last 6 months, changed any of your career goals?
Andy My goals are pretty much the same but the positive experience at the Disc has made me believe I have a  much better chance of reaching those career goals.
REQ Anything else?
Andy Yes, the situation is that I now have regular clients that always ask for me and tell their fiends about me.  This is great!

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Last Edited on: Monday, March 15, 2004 01:42 PM