Trebas Success Story: Lu Slone

Posted on May 27th, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto

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This week as part of our Proud of Our Graduates series, we’re introducing readers to Lu Slone. Lu took part in Trebas’ audio program, and turned their fierce determination and passion for audio into a career that is already packed full of thrilling experiences, lasting memories, and amazing opportunities.

Read on to hear Lu’s journey, and how they are already making their mark on the Canadian music scene.

How It All Started

Lu is anything but your average audio engineer! Growing up in the Maritimes, Lu was raised by Buddhist parents, travelled to 12 countries on three continents, lived in four Canadian provinces, and also learned to speak three languages.

Throughout those early years, Lu developed a passion for music. As Lu recalls, “I play many instruments (mainly guitar) and have been writing songs since I was 8 years old.”

From an early age, Lu has had a passion for music

From an early age, Lu has had a passion for music

That’s why Lu decided on a career that was anything but your typical 9-5 job, and decided to study audio engineering. “Being raised and socialized female, I was never particularly encouraged or considered a candidate for this type of job.” But that doesn’t mean that Lu shied away from a challenge—far from it! “I discovered it and fought for it myself, on my own terms. Because I identify as “gender-queer” (preferring pronouns “they” and “their”), most people don’t know any folks in the industry (or anywhere, for that matter) who identify as such, so that certainly makes me unique.”

Launching a Career with Trebas Audio Training

The first step to beginning their career was to find the right audio production college, and after careful research, Lu decided on Trebas.

“I liked the fact that Trebas is the first and oldest recording school of its kind in Canada,” says Lu. “The fact that there are locations in both Montreal and Toronto speaks to the Institute’s legacy and reach.” Lu also loved the hands-on approach at Trebas, saying that “the fact that the labs are held in real working recording studios in the city (Sonic I and Studio 306), rather than just an in-school set-up, felt like a leg up.”

Lu credits the hands-on approach at Trebas for giving them a solid foundation in audio engineering

Lu credits the hands-on approach at Trebas for giving them a solid foundation in audio engineering

That initial decision to go to Trebas paid off. As Lu remembers, “I walked into the doors at Dundas West in September 2012 knowing NOTHING about audio recording, production, acoustics, microphones, Pro Tools… nothing. In 2013 when I walked out the door, I had a solid foundation for everything that I needed to start working out in the real world with professionals…”

“I literally wouldn’t be working in this industry if it wasn’t for everything I learned at Trebas.” says Lu.

Life After Graduating From Audio Production College

After completing their audio courses at Trebas, Lu worked diligently at advancing their career. Lu says that “I took whatever jobs, gigs and opportunities that were thrown at me, as well as seeking others out.” Those early opportunities included an internship at Dream House, where Lu gained “a firsthand experience in the music world; mainly hip hop/rap and rock recording”.

Lu worked on many different projects after graduation

Lu worked on many different projects after graduation

But Lu didn’t stop there. Whether picking up substitute gigs, setting up gear for conferences, working as an audio assistant for musical theatre shows, or even recording location sound for a short film, Lu continued to work tirelessly. That’s when Lu landed their second internship, “This time, at a post audio house that does mainly commercial work called Grayson Matthews. I learned so much more about this other part of the industry of audio for advertising.”

All that hard work eventually turned into a full-time position as an Assistant Engineer at Tattoo Sound + Music (TA2). But that’s not all that Lu is working on at the moment. Lu hints that “on top of all my 9-5 work, looks like I may be recording a weekly podcast called Exploit, ‘a podcast about hacking the system.’ Also, I just brought my friends in the band Danger Dean & The Laser Beams into the studio to record, and will be working on mixing and producing this song called ‘Saddle Up’.”

The future looks bright for Lu!

The future looks bright for Lu!

We have no doubt that the future is bright for Lu, and we look forward to hearing their next successes. Congratulations Lu!

Inspired by Lu’s story?

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3 Apps Every DJ School Student Should Download

Posted on May 20th, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto

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DJing has become an international phenomenon, making cultural waves from the beginning of hip hop and vinyl ‘scratching’ techniques in the boroughs of New York circa 1970, to contemporary dance DJs playing to almost 200,000 people at festivals like Tomorrowland.

DJs used to have to carry around crates of vinyl records to play, but now DJs can access an endless amount of music from their computers and keep the music playing longer and with more precision. Modern DJ applications present to users a virtual reproduction of a regular DJ setup; two or more turntables and a mixer, which appears on the computer screen and is electronically connected to special computerized turntables, called controllers.

Keep reading to learn about the three best DJ applications that DJ school students might want to use during their careers.

1. Native Instruments TRAKTOR Pro: Gold Standard of DJ Applications for DJ School Students

Let’s start with arguably the most well-equipped DJ application on the market: Native Instruments TRAKTOR pro. This software has it all, for a very reasonable price. Costing $165 and working for PC and Mac users, this software is flexible, reliable, and able to take your skills to the next level.

This application enables artists with DJ training to mix on four virtual decks and can be paired with the TRAKTOR Kontrol S4, one of the most comprehensive and user-friendly controllers on the market. It lets you add effects, change tracks, tweak volumes, and get artistic with your mix with one product, right out of the box. Actually, the TRAKTOR Pro DJ software comes free when you purchase a TRAKTOR Kontrol controller.

Pairing TRAKTOR Pro with the Kontrol S4 can provide DJ school students a powerful package to DJ with

Pairing TRAKTOR Pro with the Kontrol S4 can provide DJ school students a powerful package to DJ with

2. Ableton Live is a Great Learning Tool For DJ School Students

Ableton Live has one of the friendliest DJ application interfaces available for DJ school students; it’s colorful, it’s interactive, and it is easy to use. Ableton Live wasn’t really originally built to be a DJ application, but it has begun to be utilized by professionals all over the globe to lay down some awesome sets.

This software begins to blur the lines between a live performance and a DJ performance, as it contains loads of built-in sounds that can be triggered through a keyboard or other device, so you can play a live-sounding instrument overtop of the tracks you’re spinning. Think that one house track needs a horn overtop? Add it. Keep in mind, because Ableton is naturally an audio production application, it does cost upwards of $500, which can be a bit pricey for students starting out their DJ training.

3. DJ School Students Know Serato DJ Started the Virtual DJ Wave

Serato DJ is an application that led the way in transitioning from physical vinyl DJing to virtual DJing. Although Serato has become less popular over the years with the emergence of a plethora of competing applications, it is still an extremely powerful tool to keep the crowd’s heads nodding. Coming in at a price of $130, Serato DJ is the most affordable application on our list, but is still highly capable. It is available on both PC and Mac.

Want to turn up the tempo in your DJing career?

Contact an advisor today to see how you can get things moving in audio production college.

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Script Writing for Television: The Art of the Sitcom

Posted on May 13th, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto

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The situation comedy, or sitcom genre has its roots in radio broadcasting, but became a sensation after hitting TV airways. When it comes to TV genres, it’s safe to say that the sitcom will never go out of fashion. We all know that having a good laugh is one of the best forms of entertainment there is, and sitcoms have been responsible for bringing laughter into millions of homes since the ’40s.

Today, you’ll find that there’s so much variety when it comes to characters, dialogue, humor, and style in sitcoms, that anyone with a knack for comedy writing can have a shot at one day writing a hit series. If you’re planning on pursuing an education in film and television, read on for a few sitcom writing tips that can help kick-start your career in the industry.

Script Writing for Television Requires Well-Developed Characters

When developing a cast of characters for your sitcom script, it’s important to know every detail about them. Take the time to brainstorm and come up with their back story, how they talk, walk, and their quirks—the combination of these traits is what will make them funny.

Experts suggest that when script writing for television sitcoms, it’s best to have between four and eight main characters that appear in the majority of episodes. Four to eight detailed personalities leaves room for endless jokes and funny interactions. The more details and nuances about your characters that you can come up with, the more opportunity you’ll have to write lines for them.

Know the Sitcom Format When Script Writing for Television

When plotting out the storyline for your script, you can use the average broadcast sitcom format as a guideline. Most 30-minute sitcoms—minus commercials—are about 22 minutes long. In script writing, this translates into a script that’s anywhere between 25 and 40 pages long.

You'll have 25-40 pages worth of material per episode when writing a sitcom

You’ll have 25-40 pages worth of material per episode when writing a sitcom

Courses in television will teach you that sitcom episodes typically have a main plot, as well as a subplot or two to keep things interesting. When you’re developing ideas for challenges or problems that your characters will encounter during an episode’s story, make sure that they can come to some sort of conclusion by the end of the 25-40 page script format.

Many Sitcom TV Scripts Need a Teaser

The teaser is a short scene that you’ll incorporate at the beginning of an episode. It’s designed to have one or two introductory scenes that will get viewers interested and ready to sit through the duration of your half-hour episode.

Teasers can either introduce the plotline of the episode to give viewers a taste of what’s to come, or can consist of a few stand-alone jokes. During a network broadcast, teasers are generally followed by the title or title sequence, so you might want to start thinking of a catchy tune to use and how you want your opening credits to look as well!

Are you looking for film and television schools that will help you get your ideas out into the world?

Visit Trebas for program information, or to speak with an advisor. 

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3 Crowd Management Tips for Students in Event Planning Courses

Posted on May 6th, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto

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During any event, crowd management is what guarantees that your venue is as safe and organized as possible for anyone who’s attending. Whenever large numbers of people come together for an event, there’s potential for a lot to go wrong without the right crowd management techniques. Guests can get confused with the venue layout, line-ups can get long and frustrating, and more. When these occurrences add up, it could spell disaster.

If you’re hoping to pursue an event planning career, then you can look forward to organizing events where everyone gets an equal chance to participate and enjoy themselves. Read on for a few tips that will help you manage crowds at different venues, and ensure your future events go smoothly.

1. Research Venues Thoroughly after Event Management School

You’ll learn during event management school that it’s important to gather as much background information as possible beforehand on the venues that will be hosting your events. By finding out the venue capacity, for example, you’ll know the maximum number of invites to send out before your event becomes too packed.

A great way to research new venues is to visit them during another event. Observe the venue in action and notice where crowds tend to gather. This will give you a clear picture of which areas would be best for seating and setting up food stations, for example, without creating too much crowd congestion.

2. Event Management School Grads Raise Awareness During the Planning Stage

Communicating with guests in advance can play a key role in the crowd management plan for any event. It’s important to educate invitees on the type of behaviour that’s expected at venues. If you organize a charity softball tournament in a park, for example, guests would have to adhere to city bylaws regarding bringing alcohol, and other codes of conduct. When planning a gala, notifying guests of the dress code well in advance leaves them with plenty of time to prepare.

An event management course will teach you that social media serves as an excellent platform for keeping guests informed. A well-prepared crowd is one that rarely, if ever, gets out of hand.

3. Use Temporary Closures in Larger Venues

At some point throughout your career, you may end up planning events where the venue has a much higher capacity than your guest turnout. When there’s multiple entrances, far-away bathrooms, and entire sections that aren’t in use during your event, people can tend to wander—which can make crowd management a challenge.

If this occurs, you can create temporary closures using physical barriers like retractable belts, swing gates, and panel barricades. Larger venues usually have these items on hand, so they shouldn’t be too difficult to locate. Use signage to your advantage as well, so that you can give clear, friendly messages near temporary closures to deter crowds from heading where they shouldn’t. With a little bit of effort, you’ll be able to build a setup that easily redirects guests back toward the action.

Ready to register for event planning courses?

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Melodyne 4 Masterclass at Trebas Toronto!

Posted on May 5th, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto

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This week, product expert Arwid Vasilev from Music Marketing provided Trebas students with some new and exciting information on the Grammy Award-winning software that everyone is talking about, Melodyne 4Melodyne 4 lets you edit the pitch, timing, and dynamics of individual notes, even if they are within chords.

During the masterclass, Trebas’ audio training students were able to see and test the new sound editor in action, which allows you to adjust individual overtones and harmonics of notes, and includes synthesis and macro controls that allow you to manipulate and reshape the dynamics of your sound.  Melodyne 4 lets you have Direct Note Access on an unlimited number of tracks. And with the revolutionary automatic Harmonic EQ tempo detection tool, students can make tempo changes during a recording and the click track will sync up automatically—this means they can say goodbye to robotic performances that lack human emotion!

Trebas students were able to see what makes Melodyne 4 such a unique sound design tool, and so much more than just a pitch and time correction software program!

Trebas students discover how Melodyne 4 can help them edit the pitch, timing, and dynamics of notes

Trebas students discover how Melodyne 4 can help them edit the pitch, timing, and dynamics of notes

The Audio Engineering students spent an informative hour learning about Melodyne 4’s capabilities and we would like to thank Arwid for visiting Trebas to share his knowledge with us.






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