The OIART Blog

OIART Student Blog - Final Entry

As our school year is coming to an end and final projects have all been completed — both for Music Production and Audio for Pictures — we thought it would be insightful to ask some fellow classmates about their project experience. The following are the questions we asked:

What was the most important thing you learned from your project?

What was your favourite part/experience of your project?

Here's what they had to say…

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OIART Student Blog - Michelle

Finding the right person to perform voices for our animated projects is a fun task that I discovered helps us meet very interesting people and make lifelong connections. My search started with the goal of finding someone who had the right vocal tone and the ability to give a performance that would bring the characters on screen to life. I had no idea it would lead me to meeting one of the most interesting characters of my OIART journey.

I started by auditioning several talents and eventually came across a voice actor by the name of Jack Cherry who had a voice that immediately caught my attention; it was deep and full of personality. Without much hesitation, I asked Jack to come to OIART and record for the part of my project’s main character, Jack (the same first names was simply a fun coincidence)! 

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OIART Student Blog - Basil - recording a jazz band

 

The first big task of semester three: recording a jazz band. The concept was simple, but its execution required thoughtful planning, strong teamwork, and attention to detail. Specifically, our job was to run a professional studio session and capture the band’s sound waves to the best of our ability, all under the watchful (and wise…) eyes of our Recording Technology instructor, Mark McDonald. Crews of 3-4 students were each assigned a different band to work with, many coming down from Toronto’s Humber College.

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OIART Student Blog - Michelle

For those of us who chose to pursue an Audio for Pictures project for our final third semester project, our challenge is to reimagine the sound for an animation that was previously created from the ground up including Foley, sound effects, ambience and music. Every sound has to be accounted for, from the objects our main characters are interacting with, to the movements of the environment. 

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OIART Student Post – Sinan – Foley Recording

Doing Foley for a animated commercial can be a very creative process –  even when recording things like footsteps. (What is Foley?) In the ad we worked on, people in posters come alive and walk around. I had the idea of recording steps in piles of crumpled paper, to make it sound like it is

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OIART Student Blog – Gerald – Week 12 (’12-’13)

In LIMBO…. This was definitely one of our more accomplished weeks so far. Week 12 meant the conclusion of our 5 week Sound Design Project of a trailer for the video game ‘LIMBO’. The one minute and seven second trailer had us cutting our teeth matching sound effects, creating ambiance, working with music tracks, and 

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OIART Student Blog – Gerald – Week 11 (’12-’13)

On location in London… The most interesting thing that happened this week was our foray into location audio; the “ninjas of the audio world”. For those not in the know, location audio is the recording of audio for television or film on set or, on location. And like any good ninja, location audio engineers or … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gerald – Week 10 (’12-’13)

Week 10 seemed to be the start of the countdown to our semester one finals. Even Lab content became subtlety intense. Compression, equalization, Limbo, and a Dice game were all elements of labs. But, that doesn’t mean we didn’t have fun! Or maybe I am reading way too much into the Lab content sheet.   … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gerald – Week 9 (’12-’13)

Good evening, morning, or whatever time it is where you are. My name is a Gerald, and I will be writing this weekly blog to inform, and possibly amaze, those interested in learning about OIART’s labs and student life. Labs are essentially deeply involved learning sessions which teach additional material, application, and test one’s understanding … Continue reading

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An Update from Gabriel – Former Student Blogger

Gabriel is a graduate of the 2011-12 class…you may remember reading his Student Blogs from last year – detailing his experience at OIART. After graduation in July, Gabriel was hired as a Junior Sound Designer at Digital Extremes – a video game production company that is currently working on the official Star Trek game.  Gabriel … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel – Semester 3

More photos of what we`ve been doing at OIART: Here’s a picture of Collin’s vocal talent (Jon LeGris) signing through a tasty Neumann TLM149 for Collin’s third semester final project. We also recently had the opportunity to do some field recording around London.  Here we are in a forest recording ambiance, and the sound of … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel – Semester 3

Here are a few recent photos of what we`ve been doing at OIART: Members of Group B (L-R: Shawn, Sam, Derek & Ben) recording a cover for Production class. Our illustrious Prod leader, Dean (right), listens along as Humberto plays the drums.  There’s Justin in the back adding to the positive vibes. Here are my … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel

Hi Everyone! I know I haven’t posted a blog in a while, things have gotten pretty busy here at OIART – lots of fun and learning! I am going to start focusing more on the photos I take during labs, and I’ll do my best to share as much as possible with you! Matt playing … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel – Week 23 & 24

Here is a recap of Week 23 & 24! Dean and Zack are practicing their re-amping skills.  That involves taking previously recorded material (from a guitar or any other instrument, really) and re-recording that signal through an amp.  As our Recording Technology instructor, Mark, asks: where does your mind take you?  Want to put a … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel – Week 21

Week 21!   What the heck is that a picture of, you ask?  That’s tupperware – OIART styles.  Our live sound instructor, Christoph, showed us that you can make a mic splitter out of a bit of spare tupperware.  Fantastic.  He also expressed his fondness for Tupperware Parties because of the fact that (i) there’s … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel – Week 20

Some of the highlights from Week 20!   Here is Scott, one of the interns, during “special time” with the Night Owls.  In this session, he did a great job of advancing our knowledge on console automation.  Have no idea what I’m talking about?  Come to the school and learn it up, then!  Check out … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel – Week 19

Well, we are back from our (well deserved) Holiday Break.  It was good while it lasted, but I’m sure that all of us are raring to go and get back into the wonderful world of audio at OIART! This semester is going to be a doozy!  We started several multi-week long projects in many different … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel – Week 10

Week 10! Here we are trying our hand at group mixing using Studio 3’s Westar console (and Pro Tools).  It can get a bit hectic with four pairs of hands twiddling knobs, but it’s also fun.  Or you could just take turns.  It’s great practice, however, to react to someone else’s EQ move.  It’s like … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel – Week 9

Wow.  Week 9 already.  It seems like just yesterday that we were introduced to ribbon mic basics and basilar membrane.  How far we’ve come!  Among other things, this week we set up for a “talking head” (i.e. podium) gig, did some patch bay soldering, recorded a song and listened to classic tracks from rock, to … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Brian – “Mark Loves You”

“Mark Loves You” Wake up dear readers, it’s time for class at OIART.  As late breakfasts are hastily finished and seats are taken, it’s clear the students are in rare form.  Pencils, paper, laptops, and jovial attitudes are at the ready as our instructor clears his throat to begin the lesson.  What might that lesson … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel – Week 8

After Week 7’s exams, Week 8 saw us starting some of our projects for APIX (Audio for Pictures) and SDES (Sound Design)!  We also got some hands on time with analog recording, MIDI cable soldering, Mid-Side mic technique  and other fun stuff.  So, without delay lets do a recap of this week’s labs.   You … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel – Week 6

We just made it through our first batch of midterms at OIART!  Congratulations to all.  They were mucho intense, but very rewarding.  It’s amazing to realize just how much we have learned in the past 7 weeks.  Crazy.  We all keep saying, “Imagine how much we’ll know by the (fast approaching) Holidays!”  Can’t wait.  I … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Brian – Looking Back On Day One

The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship Day one.  Orientation.  We’re all hunkered down in our random seats peering out at all our fellow classmates.   Some students have already met due to their housing arrangements, but for the majority this is our first time meeting anyone else from the program.  There are students young and old, … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Brian – An American Audio Nerd in London

An American Audio Nerd in London Canada.  The great white north; the bi-lingual beauty; the gem of North America.   Home to the CN Tower, Wayne Gretzky, and the better looking half of Niagara Falls.  Canada is also the home of the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology.  OIART is renowned for its extensive, hands-on curriculum, … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel – Week 5

Week five at OIART was, as we have all now come to expect, a blast.  It looks like everyone (including me) has recovered from the cold that swept through our ranks.  Honestly though, too much goes on to really notice petty stuff like that… Here are some highlights from week 5! See below the image … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel – Week 4

Believing (rather naively) that things couldn’t get any better, week 4 at OIART brought us face to face with an amazing batch of gorgeous condenser mics and the opportunity to mic up amplifiers.  Some groups even had the pleasure of firing up the organ in Studio 2 through a Leslie cab.  Hats off to Will … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel

My name is Gabriel (aka Barn Owl) and I’ll be filling you in on what labs are like outside of class lectures.  This is where you take all the stuff you learn from the instructors and apply it in a hands on, incredibly fun way.  Hopefully, it’ll give you an idea of what to expect … Continue reading →

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