Thinking of DJ Training? Check Out 3 Top DJ Controllers on the Market!

Posted on September 23rd, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto

Maximize your mixing potential after DJ training by trying your hand at one (or more!) of these three industry-standard DJ controllers
Jog wheels, touch strips, faders, and more make up a modern DJ’s controller. Each piece has its own part to play in the live DJ sound-mixing process that turns songs we like into mixes we love.

If these terms sound like a foreign language, don’t worry—the right DJ training program will sharpen your skills and bring this expertise within reach. At a training institute like Trebas, you can get hands-on experience and an overview of the different equipment today’s DJs have at their disposal, including: mixers, controllers, vinyl and CD turntables, MP3s, encoded records, mixing software, and related components.

Put simply, a controller is used to send mixing signals to a computer or in-house sound system software, which then plays out the desired mix to the masses. Controllers are more spacious ways for DJs to modify music than laptop keyboards or iOS touchpads, involving the various elements mentioned above (from jog wheels to faders) along with output channels that allow DJs to preview their sounds as they mix them.

Interested in getting your hands on a controller of your own? Check out three controller options ideal for passionate, up-and-coming DJs like you.

1. Pioneer DDJ-SX2: Dream Mixing Machinery for Any DJ College Student

When it comes to DJ equipment brands, Pioneer is known for offering excellent control and functionality on the affordable side of premium offerings. It’s similar to the top-of-the-line, approximately $2,500 Pioneer DDJ-SZ, offering similarly high-quality results at a significant price cut (SX2 is about $1,400 in total).

The SX2 is the closest you’ll come to a stationary club setup, with top-notch Serato control and high quality pads for spinning. Serato is music-mixing software that many of today’s top controllers are built to use. Students with DJ training understand how to adjust machinery to suit their preferred mixing software (known in the industry as ‘MIDI application’).

“Most controllers are MIDI assignable, which means they can be manually set up to work with most DJ software,” explains David Michael from the Passionate DJ podcast. He recommends the SX2 for anyone wanting “fantastic in-the-box control” at what he considers to be a “reachable price.”

2. Gemini G2V: A Solid Standby for Grads of DJ Training

If that price is not reachable to you, the Gemini G2V is a good mid-level choice at just over $350, with lots of connectivity options and good build quality. While it’s on the clunky side, this solid and durable mixing machine will serve you well in DJ training and beyond.

It comes bundled with Virtual DJ Lite Edition software, limiting to you to the number of decks you can mix—so it’s possible that you’ll outgrow this software as your skills expand in DJ school. But if you’re willing to dish out a few extra dollars for software upgrades every so often, this is a system and mixer that can grow with you.

3. Numark MixTrack Pro III: Allowing the Best Beats for the Tightest Budget

For students at DJ school who don’t need a full-fledged machine but want versatility and quality without breaking the bank, the MixTrack Pro III is a great solution. Compared to mid-level options, the pads feel a little lackluster, but it also includes high-level features like touch strips, individual channel metering, and full-size jog wheels.

A DJ uses his controller’s touch pad at DJ School

A DJ uses his controller’s touch pad

Consider its spacious layout and approximate price tag of $299 and this might seem like the ideal starter controller for you. Like the Gemni G2V, the MixTrack Pro III comes with the ‘Lite’ version of its DJ software, only this time it’s Serato DJ Intro. For upgraded software you’ll have to open your wallet again, but the basic package is a great and completely practical choice for DJs at the start of their careers.

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Enrolling in Film Production College? These 2 Visually Stunning Films Will Inspire you!

Posted on September 16th, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto

These beautiful films are visually captivating and can serve as a great source of inspiration for students in film production college who are ready to shoot

There are so many beautiful films in the world, but have you ever wondered which elements of a film make it a classic? Usually the three most important elements are very simple, they are: storytelling, visual beauty, and acoustic beauty. Some movies have honed one of these elements more than the others, for instance some films have beautiful soundtracks that stand up over time, while others have an amazing storytelling capacity, and finally, others are truly pleasing to the eyes. There are many visually stunning films, but a few stick out as ultimate examples of what amazing art direction and directorial prose can accomplish in film.

Continue reading to discover some visually stunning films that could inspire your film career!

‘Enter The Void’ Will Inspire Students in Film Production College to Push Boundaries

Gaspar Noé’s film Enter The Void is so visually seductive that it may not matter what the mysterious film is all about. This film has somewhat of a deranged brilliance; it’s a grandiose display of light and colour that brims with stimulus. Everything in this film is shown through the eyes of the main character while he is alive, then changes to give the audience a view of Tokyo, where the film is set, from above, as if you were watching what his soul sees after death. The movie stuns with its shots from above that trace winding streets through the neon haze characteristic of the vibrant city. The visions of Tokyo are both real and imagined, meshing the visions of the main character with the city.

Noé captured the film’s stunning city scenes using a crane with a camera attached. Some of the crane shots were far too complicated, and often required a whole day to plan and shoot, so many of them were shot in studio with the city recreated underneath. It’s an exciting time to be in film production college as film technology can allow you to do things like shoot city scenes inside a studio.

Students at film production college know films often use cameras on cranes to capture a different view of reality

Filmmakers often use cameras on cranes to capture a different point of view

‘The Wizard Of Oz’ Has Been Inspiring Students in Film Production Programs for Decades

The fantasy world of Oz was adapted into a film in 1939, and is still a marvel of art direction today. Often, audiences explain that what they remember most from The Wizard Of Oz is the amazing colour in the film. Not the first film to be filmed in colour, but certainly the first to prove how captivating vibrant colours can be, The Wizard Of Oz demonstrated how colour, specifically new Technicolor technology, could help create fantasy worlds. Some very interesting special effects were used during filming as well, like horses being dyed with Jell-O powder. The scene had to be filmed quickly because the horses kept trying to lick themselves! Remember, students in film production programs don’t always have to use intricate special effects to get a desired shot or visual effect, sometimes it’s as simple as Jell-O powder!

Catch a glimpse of Oz’s horse of a different colour here:

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3 Tips for Using your Event Management Training to Plan Successful Corporate Events

Posted on September 9th, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto

These three tips for how to use your event management training to plan successful corporate events is a great guide for grads starting an exciting career

As soon as you walk through the doors of a corporate event, everything that touches your five senses has been plucked by an event planner or event planning team. The perfectly folded napkin. The light levels that create the atmosphere of sociability and warmth. A menu meticulously selected to reflect the brand of the host. The wardrobe of the wait staff and the layout of the venue. Everything at an event is a component of the experience and needs to be considered when students in event management courses go on to get their first corporate event contract.

Here are three tips to keep in mind for when your exciting career begins.

1. Students in Event Management School Should Keep a Schedule in Mind

Timing may not be everything, but it sure does help to have a schedule. One golden rule is that you can never have too much time to get your event ready. Start early. For larger events, try beginning about four to five months in advance. For smaller events, a few months will often do. Whether it’s a fire in the kitchen of the caterer or the cloth napkins not being delivered on time, inevitably, something will not go according to plan or fall out of place. In these cases you will need a little next extra time to come up with a solution.

Remember, during your event management training you’ll have to schedule the work you have to get done, when assignments are due and project deadlines crop up. Carry this knowledge forward into event planning and you will excel!

Keep a schedule going to stay on top of your work

Keep a schedule going to stay on top of your work

2. Don’t Forget The Power Of Negotiation After Event Management Training

Negotiating with vendors can be a handy way for you to get a bit more mileage out of your budget. You can ask about package deals, or try and negotiate a good rate on a venue. Some event planners even recommend the following trick. They suggest that before you converse with a vendor, whether it’s about stemware, food, or beverages, to create a list that details everything you need and what your price point for those items can reasonably be. Then, they suggest taking 15 per cent off that price and suggesting this new price to the vendor.

When planning a corporate event, there needs to a bit of ‘wiggle room’ in case there are unforeseen costs that come up. Keep that in mind when you are putting your event management training to use in your career as you draw up budgets or meet with vendors.

3. Event Management Courses Can Teach you How To Market An Event Properly

A huge part of making an event successful is marketing the event properly, especially for corporate events like product launches. It’s why one of the academic terms in the Event & Venue Management program at Trebas Institute is focused on communications and marketing.

Advertising these days will always benefits from the utilization of social media. When you graduate from event management school and move into your career in event and venue management, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of the power of social media to spread the word about the event. You can even leave a sheet for guests to sign in and leave their Twitter handles so that you can correspond with them later, maybe thank them for coming, and continue to have a relationship with them and the brand you’re holding the event for.

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3 Tips for Working with Vocalists After Music Production School

Posted on September 2nd, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto

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When a sound engineer graduates from a music production program, it is likely that he or she will be working with vocalists in the near future. Making vocalists sound as good as they can is an art in itself. Collaborating with vocal artists as a music producer or sound engineer can be incredibly rewarding, but you need the proper skills and training to do so.

Here are a few tips that will help you maximize your collaborator’s vocal beauty.

1. Students in Music Production School Should Remember That Communication Is Key

Proper communication between a singer and a sound engineer is incredibly important to make sure that good music gets produced. When you work with vocalists after music production school, make sure that you keep communication open and honest. Prior to recording the vocals, always try to have a conversation with the artist you are working with so you can both come to a consensus about what you want to achieve musically. Having one clearly defined direction is important for both parties to work effectively.

If there are ideas that come to you while recording, make sure to bring them to light. There is no use in wasting great ideas! Good communication can also come in handy for the purpose of business related negotiations like how payments will be made or how contracts are to be drawn up.

2. Learn to Give Constructive Feedback at Music Production School

When team members evaluate each other’s performance in a constructive manor by giving feedback, it can lead to better music and better insights into your own strengths and weaknesses. Graduates from music production programs who go on to work in the music industry should try to foster a relationship with artists that allows for you both to freely exchange criticism with no fear of negative responses or hurt feelings.

Constructive criticism is very important to produce the best results possible

Constructive criticism is very important to produce the best results possible

3. Grads of Music Production School Can Use Editing to Make Vocals a Hit

After, or even during, the recording of vocals, the artist and yourself may want to make some changes to the raw sound. This is the case today in the majority of vocal recordings. Various effects, editing methods, and modifications of the vocals can make them appear warmer and softer, for example. With studios these days, the sky is the limit as far as tweaking sound goes.

A simple way to change the sound of vocals is to change the equalization (EQ) levels of the vocal tracks. The equalization levels are the range of frequencies that the sound uses, from very high pitches through to the very low pitches. An artist like Drake, for instance, who is produced by Noah ’40′ Shebib, uses a very particular frequency configuration, where the music’s high frequencies are cut completely, leaving Drake’s vocals to occupy their spot. To cut out high frequencies, use a low-pass filter to cut them out from the mix.

Shifting the frequencies of vocals can make a song sound totally different

Shifting the frequencies of vocals can make a song sound totally different

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3 Great TV Writers for Students in Television Schools to Watch

Posted on August 26th, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto

If you're looking at enrolling in television schools, these three accomplished television writers can teach you some valuable lessons about writing well

Writers are in many ways the lifeblood of the small screen; the process of creating a television show begins with them. If you want to become a writer, or really if you want a career in television or film at all, knowing how great writers craft timeless stories can provide you with useful insights to use in your own work.

To be great you need to study the greats, and these writers are among the top in the industry. From crime thrillers to dramas to comedy, these writers create some of the best stories in their genre.
Read on to discover three great television writers that make magic with their pen.

1. Students Taking Courses in Television Can Learn from Nic Pizzolatto When Creating Dialogue

The hit show True Detective has become wildly successful for many reasons, and one of them is its honest dialogue. Students in television school should take a peek at True Detective for the stunning visuals, but they should also really listen to the richness of the dialogue between the two main characters; Rust Cohle and Marty Hart. True Detective writer Nic Pizzolatto focuses on character development, and recently explained to Vanity Fair that when he writes, he descends into the character he is writing, much like ‘method actors’ try to become their character. If you’re interested in script writing for television and you want to experience how dialogue can carry a show, Nic Pizzolatto can provide you with some inspiration.

Check out some of Nic Pizzolatto’s compelling dialogue below, performed by Matthew McConaughey as he plays the character of Rust Cohle:

2. David Lynch Is a Master to Watch for Students Taking Courses in Television

The creator of Twin Peaks, David Lynch, is a man that has a few Hollywood accolades under his belt, including writing the starry drama Mulholland Drive, which began as a made-for-TV film. Lynch went on to release the television series Twin Peaks, which first emerged to critical acclaim in 1990. The television thriller is now slated to be resurrected for a third season which will be released in 2017. The show is notoriously enigmatic, posing more questions than audiences are given answers. At television schools like Trebas, you’ll get the opportunity to create a final project, so keep in mind that your work doesn’t necessarily need to be linear, and can leave more doors open than closed upon conclusion.

3. Students in Television Schools Might know Bob Odenkirk Is a Comedy Writing Master

If you haven’t seen the famous Saturday Night Live skit about a motivational speaker named Matt Foley, played by Chris Farley, you should go check it out. Odenkirk wrote that sketch, which Rolling Stone magazine named the best SNL sketch of all time. Odenkirk also went on to write for the Conan O’Brien Show.

If you’d like to try your hand at writing a comedy after your film studies, Odenkirk has some advice for comedy writers; run with silly ideas. Highbrow humour has its place, but often it’s the stupid, silly ideas that bring the most laughs. Odenkirk once wrote a sketch about Abraham Lincoln being alive still and roaming the forest like a Sasquatch. Ridiculous? Yes. Guess what? It’s also drop dead hilarious.

Whether you’re writing crime, drama, or comedy, the above mentioned writers can offer some inspiration.

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