2008 Spring Audio Workshop Series

Jack Straw Audio Workshops are the perfect opportunity to jump start that recording project you've been thinking about, to refine your digital editing skills, or to get that first hands on introduction to the world of audio recording and editing.

HOW TO SIGN UP: A nonrefundable deposit of $25 is required to register and hold a place in each class. Students are encouraged to pay in full at time of registration. Registration for each class will close ONE WEEK before the class date. Please make sure you contact us to reserve your spot early on! Spaces are limited. To register call Jack Straw Productions at 206-634-0919 with your credit card to pay the deposit or full class fee. Students may also get a brochure form, and mail in a check for the deposit or class fee. For more information email workshops@jackstraw.org.

Basic Field Recording Sunday, May 18, 9am-5pm
Microphone Workshop Thursday, May 22, 6-10pm
Beginning ProTools Wednesday-Friday, June 4-6, 6-10pm
Soundscapes Thursday-Friday, June 12-13, 6-10pm
Instructor Bios

Basic Field Recording
Sunday, May 18, 9am-5pm
Fee: $135 member; $160 non-member (Limit 6)
Instructor: Tom Stiles

Learn techniques for high quality field recording of music, ambience, sound effects, and voice with portable equipment. Useful for radio and TV producers, as well as sound artists and engineers. Students will practice field recording and listen to their work.

Microphone Workshop
Thursday, May 22, 6-10pm
Fee: $70 member; $95 non-member (Limit 10)
Instructor: Tom Stiles

A detailed look at microphone types, pickup patterns, placement and use, both for live and studio applications. Students participate in extensive listening and recording exercises with live music. All experience levels are welcome; we'll cover some basics of theory and history but mostly be engaged in interactive mic use and comparison.

Beginning Pro Tools
Wednesday-Friday, June 4-6, 6-10pm
Fee: $250 member; $285 non-member (Limit 6)
Instructor: Tom Stiles

Hands-on instruction in the industry's most popular digital audio production system. Students will learn basic commands and procedures for recording, editing, and outputting with Pro Tools, and will work on a project of their own as a class exercise. Knowledge of Macintosh computers is recommended.

Thursday-Friday, June 12-13, 6-10pm
Fee: $135 member; $160 non-member (Limit 6)
Instructor: Wrick Wolff

This workshop introduces a variety of creative approaches to sound design, including manipulation of audio recordings and voice, altered instruments, found objects and electronics. Digital processing, editing and collage techniques further expand the possibilities for producing audio as accompaniment to film, video, dance and performance. Students will get hand-on experience in recording and mixing pieces in the studio.

Instructor Bios

Tom Stiles specializes in live performance sound and recording, and he has worked with hundreds of performers from around the world in concert, festival, and studio settings. He has used Digidesign's Pro Tools digital audio system for recording, editing, and sound design since 1993, and taught classes in Pro Tools since 1996. Tom is a member of the Audio Engineering Society.

Wrick Wolff is a composer, performer and experienced audio engineer. The Seattle Arts Commission, King County Arts Commission, and Artist Trust have funded his compositions and performances. He has won numerous awards for his radio production work, including NPR's CARTALK. Wrick has been teaching audio production since 1982 and has been with Jackstraw since 1995.

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