Sonic Academy - worth the money?

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So-Fi
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Sonic Academy - worth the money?

Post by So-Fi » Mon Nov 01, 2010 1:41 pm

Hi

I'm thinking about subscribing to Sonic Academy. I think their videos on for instance compression are quite good.
I'd like to know if anyone has positive experience with the site and the tutorials?

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Re: Sonic Academy - worth the money?

Post by Bizon » Mon Nov 01, 2010 4:04 pm

To tell you the truth, I don’t really like their “making…house music, electro, or whatever genre”. What bugs me about the videos is that the guy goes about making a track, in whatever style but does not tell you why he is doing certain things. For example, he will get a sample and put it into simpler and proceed to tweak it based on values that he has written down i.e. “we will put the filter to so and so value put the sustain to so and so…”. This is all good but tells you jack about why those values were changed and what prompted him to change them.

The examples I gave you are quite straight forward i.e. we know what the difference between a Hi and Lo pass filter is or what the sustain does but there is other similar things he changes that I had no clue about. Additionally, he will go add a saturator plug in or vinyl distortion and alike and again proceed to tweak it based on predetermined values without explaining why he added the plug-in and what he expected to accomplish with it.

Bottom line, I did get some things out of them like general arrangement info but not too much.

Personally, I really like the Groove3 videos better. They much better explain the “Why” of the things they do.

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Re: Sonic Academy - worth the money?

Post by Rave » Mon Nov 01, 2010 4:20 pm

+1 for groove3 :mrgreen:

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Re: Sonic Academy - worth the money?

Post by So-Fi » Mon Nov 01, 2010 6:08 pm

Excellent... thank you.

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Re: Sonic Academy - worth the money?

Post by Cowlash » Mon Nov 01, 2010 6:55 pm

Rave wrote:+1 for groove3 :mrgreen:
+1

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Re: Sonic Academy - worth the money?

Post by timothyallan » Tue Nov 02, 2010 4:50 am

Us Groove3 guys are on here as well :)

In my "Producing House" videos, I explain why I'm doing things, and even <gasp> do things on the fly without any planning! Some videos just go through pre-made sets and tell you to set certain knobs in certain positions and that's it.

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Re: Sonic Academy - worth the money?

Post by 3phase » Tue Nov 02, 2010 4:56 am

and in which school do you have learned how to do house music?
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Re: Sonic Academy - worth the money?

Post by timothyallan » Tue Nov 02, 2010 4:59 am

I love you 3phase. Excellent question!

It was St. Alfred by the way.

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Re: Sonic Academy - worth the money?

Post by 3phase » Tue Nov 02, 2010 5:09 am

timothyallan wrote:I love you 3phase. Excellent question!

It was St. Alfred by the way.
? jackmaster alfred? wow 8O
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Re: Sonic Academy - worth the money?

Post by philter » Mon Nov 08, 2010 3:18 pm

So-Fi wrote:Hi

I'm thinking about subscribing to Sonic Academy. I think their videos on for instance compression are quite good.
I'd like to know if anyone has positive experience with the site and the tutorials?

you should have a look around our forums for what the guys who use it think... general consensus is they love it. A few dudes who started using us at the start are getting tracks signed and have contributed it to sonic.

Nice friendly bunch too.
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