Audioinstruction was formed simply out of my personal need to know more about audio engineering. As a studio guitarist, I found myself leaving sessions wishing I had asked the engineer more about what he or she did. I was also alarmed, that my rig could sound great one day, not-so-good the next. Home studios were quickly becoming the de facto standard for guitar overdubs...and unfortunately, so were questionable recording techniques.
Although I had worked in studios as a musician, I didn't have engineering experience beyond what I had seen. I wanted to learn those engineer's secrets - the stuff you could only learn by being there.
Enter Russ Long and Michael Valletta.
Russ's engineering schedule was as busy as ever, having worked on records for Sixpence None the Richer, Wilco, and others. Michael was equally busy, as a video director & editor - booked months in advance.
A few conversations later, an instructional DVD was born. We would create a real-world experience that an intern would have, less the errand running, house cleaning, etc.
Our first DVD, Russ Long's Guide to Nashville Recording, has been well received worldwide. It is a no-nonsense overview of the recording process, with an emphasis on tracking & overdubs.
Our current release, Shane Wilson's Guide to Mixing, focuses intensely on the art of mixing. Shane's style is gritty, organic... never slick. Around town, Shane is known for his ability to rescue an arrangement, if need be. But, he's probably best known for his tendency to put the song first...ultimately hearing the big picture.
I hope you'll enjoy these DVD's as much as I do. If you have any questions or comments about them, I would love to hear from you.
All the best,