2020 Summer Online Workshops

Jack Straw's professional audio workshops are the perfect opportunity to improve your studio skills or get that first hands on introduction to the world of audio recording and editing. Our new series of vocal workshops led by Jack Straw vocal coach Alyssa Keene are perfect for writers, actors, and anyone wanting to hone their vocal technique for studio recording or performance.

All classes take place online via Zoom - class invitation will be sent one day prior.

To sign up or for more information, email workshops@jackstraw.org.

Vocal Training for Writers Tuesday, June 30, 7-8:30pm
   

Intro to Digital Audio Editing

Thursday, July 2, 6-9pm
Intro to ProTools Wednesdays, July 8 and 15, 6:30-9pm
Music Mixing Thursday, July 9, 6-9pm
Basic Field Recording Saturday, July 11, 10am-1pm
   
Instructor Bios

Vocal Training for Writers
Tuesday, June 30, 7-8:30pm
Fee: $25 member, $45 non-member (limit 6 per class)

Instructor: Alyssa Keene

Help your words come off the page clearly, dynamically, and authentically. Working with a vocal coach, students will first get comfortable using a microphone for studio recordings and live readings. Next, they'll practice reading material and learn tips for scoring their text and using their voices in a way that helps their stories come to life. This ninety minute session will be recorded audio and video recorded for students' use.

 

Intro to Digital Audio Editing
Thursday, July 2, 6-9pm
Fee: $60 member; $85 non-member (Limit 6)

Instructor: Tom Stiles


Learn the basic skills of recording and editing sound with audio editing software. We'll learn two different programs, both free or affordable, and see the advantages and disadvantages of each. Audacity is open-source free-download software used for audio and video production; GarageBand is a very affordable recording and music production program from Apple. Learn to record, edit, and process sounds in each environment, for interview, story, video, and music applications. Followup intensive instruction available also.

Intro to Pro Tools
Wednesdays, July 8 and 15, 6:30-9pm
Fee: $80 member; $100 non-member (Limit 6)

Instructor: Tom Stiles


Introduction to the recording studio industry's most popular digital audio production system. Students will learn basic commands and procedures for recording, editing, and outputting finished audio with Pro Tools, and can work on a project of their own as a class exercise.   Students need access to a computer with ProTools installed for the hands-on exercise.   Instructor demonstrates on a Mac, but PC users welcome. 

Music Mixing
Thursday, July 9, 6-9pm

Fee: $60 member; $85 non-member (Limit 6)
Instructor: Tom Stiles

Learn studio techniques for making your recorded music or sound design tracks blend smoothly, with each voice speaking clearly. Instructor will demonstrate mixing live and encourage participation.  Stereo headphones recommended but not required.

Basic Field Recording
Saturday, July 11, 10am-1pm

Fee: $60 member; $85 non-member (Limit 6)
Instructor: Tom Stiles


Learn techniques for high quality field recording of music, ambience, sound effects, and voice with portable equipment. Useful for radio and TV producers, as well as sound artists and engineers.

 

Instructor Bios

Tom Stiles specializes in live performance sound and recording, and he has worked with hundreds of performers from around the world in concert, festival, and studio settings. He has used the Pro Tools digital audio system for recording, editing, and sound design since 1993, and taught classes in Pro Tools since 1996. Tom is a member of the Audio Engineering Society.

Alyssa Keene is an actor, voice and dialect coach, and teaching artist who has been working with Jack Straw Cultural Center for over a decade. She has coached and acted with Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman Theatre, ACT, 5th Avenue Theater, Sound Theatre Co., Strawberry Theatre Workshop, Seattle Shakespeare Co., Village Theatre, Book-It Repertory, and many of Seattle's fringe theaters. Alyssa is a Mazen Award winner with the 14/48 Projects and has been featured in Encore Magazine and ArtZone. She is also an affiliate artist at Seattle Children's Theatre and a member of the faculty at Seattle Film Institute and Freehold Theatre Lab.

 




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