A recording studio coaching event at the Screw Factory improves musicians' and producers' skills in using sound recording and production tools, as well as helping to develop recording and production strategies, thus enabling successful music productions.
First things first:
We are happy to share our audio production knowledge. There are no secrets. Knowledge is one thing, skill is another. In principle, everyone has to train their ears and hone their producing skills. We are happy to help with Jan in the role of trainer.
Jan has been composing and producing music with the STEINBERG software sequencer CUBASE for over 20 years.
In the beginning he made beats for his band "The Fatal Impact", in which Jan played guitar. The band wanted to sound like the "Sisters of Mercy", with pounding electro beats and hard guitars. In Cubase version 1.0, which still had room on a 1/2-inch floppy disk, he programmed external sound generators, like the Korg M1 and the BOSS Dr.Rythm, to perform the resulting songs live with guitars etc. later.
The band broke up after 7 years and 3 LP's, and Jan set up a small home recording studio where he composed non-commercial music in many different styles. Cubase was always his faithful companion.
Today, in addition to his work as a producer and recording studio owner, Jan runs the Steinberg Training Center in the Musikpark Mannheim.
Basically, we work with the music of the participant(s) in the workshops. This means that we compose a piece of music together or we work with a finished or semi-finished song of the participant with the aim of producing the song "ready" using Cubase for publication as a demo or similar.
We believe that a Cubase workshop is most beneficial to the participants in this way. The aim should always be to have at least one song on CD that meets at least semi-professional standards in terms of sound.
As the lessons are usually held in two blocks, the participants have time in between to apply what they have learned to their song and then to finish the song together with Jan in the second block.
Good preparation and clear agreements help in any case to achieve a professional sound. It is also important to take the time a song or an album needs to be released for eternity in this "digital" world.