Recording Techniques

Record Like a Professional
October 17 - 20, 2018 | Enroll Below
Santa Fe, NM
Scott August
Recording and Editing your NAF with Digital Audio Software
Workshop Description
This workshop guide your through the Ins and Outs of recording and editing your flute with digital audio software. Learn how to make professional sounding recordings, edit your audio to use only the best parts, sculpt your sound with EQ and add reverb and delay to get that playing-in-a-canyon sound.

The workshop would cover the following topics (If you do not know some of the terms, then this workshop would definitely help you.)
  • Microphones for NAFs
  • Preamps and audio interfaces (the boxes that get the sound of your flute in to, and out of, your computer.)
  • Recording software, called Digital Audio Workstations (DAW). The workshop will use Ableton Live for this, but most DAW’s function the same way. (Garage Band does not, we will not cover it.)
  • How to record your flute
  • How to edit your flute: EQ, compression, gating, editing sound files and adjusting volume (Basically this is getting the flute to sound the way you want it to)
  • Reverb/Delay/Echo, what they are, how they work, different ways to set them up in recording software
  • Simple Looping, with Ableton Live
  • Simple drum track construction with Ableton Live
  • An introduction to software based musical instruments

Required gear (You must bring your own gear):
  1. An Audio Interface: like Focusrite Scarlett Solo, or higher, Audio Interface (All Scarletts come with a free version of Ableton Live Lite) $99.99
  2. Ableton Live Lite (Free with Scarlett), or higher version or you purchase the Intro Version of Live
  3. If you are using Ableton Lite or Intro you will need the free EQ plugin TDR Nova
  4. A dynamic mic like a Shure SM58 $99.99   -There are mics that are almost as good and a lot less money: GLS Audio Vocal Microphone ES-58-S $35.97 
  5. Over the ear headphones (non wireless), for example Audio Technica ATH M20 $49. (Ear buds can not be used as they will leak sound to other students in the room.)
  6. A computer: Laptop suggested. Processor speed should be close to 2.5 GHZ, and 8 GB ram. Ableton Live will work on PC & Mac

Make sure you bring your power cords. We will have mic stands and cable for those who fly, but if you drive please bring your own. The basic set up, not including the computer, is
less than $200.

The workshop will not cover
  • Other software beyond Ableton Live. (Keep in mind: most DAWs work the same, but the look of the graphics will be different, and things might be called by a slightly different name.)
  • Creating musical backing tracks, this demands a knowledge of chords, chordal harmony and a basic proficiency on a piano keyboard.
  • Mastering (Leave this to a professional)
  • Notation software
  • Gear for performance
  • Tech Support
  • Speakers for your studio (maybe a brief overview.)
Date and Location

Workshop Schedule
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The Sage Inn Santa Fe: The Official Hotel for Ancestral Spirits
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The 2017 Soaring Spirits Songwriting workshop will be held at the Sage Inn Santa Fe, the official hotel for the workshop. The Sage Inn is close to the historic plaza and walking distance to many restaurants and shops and they have an hourly shuttle to the plaza.
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Photos and comments from past workshop.
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“This class was excellent.  It was exactly what I wanted and needed.  It integrated and clarified the many “How to write a song” concept and idea fragments that were floating around in my head.” – Dave S., CO.

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“Being in the Santa Fe Flute School workshops has been the best experiences of my flute journey. The energy and time Scott August puts into creating the best workshops I've attended have inspired me to take music in directions I never imagined I could go. It was really great fun.” – Marcia, TX
"Anyone with a passion for learning the Native American flute need look no further for exquisite instruction covering all of the techniques required to sound amazing on this instrument. From breath work to shortcut fingering techniques and more, Scott August has a wonderful methodology that makes all who desire to play, successful. I will return again and again. " -Ginni, AZ
"Scott August is not just an outstanding NAF player, but a exceptionally talented musician and composer, plus he is a patient and inspiring teacher, and just a really good person who I am privileged to work with and associate with. The school simply deepened that opinion." – Tom F., CO.

About the instructor: Scott August
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Multi-instrumentalist Scott August is a best selling composer/producer and Native American Music Award (NAMMY) winner. His music is regularly featured on the nationally syndicated radio shows "Hearts of Space" and "Echoes" and on the the digital networks XM, Sirius, DISH and DirecTV.

August's music has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Native American Music Award (NAMMY), an Indian Summer Music Award and Zone Music Reporter (ZMR) Award In 2009, his DVD, Ancient Light, was aired on the PBS network. In addition to his recordings August is the author of three books and a informative blog.

John Diliberto of Echoes radio says "August has always been a cut or two above most native flute players... He layers guitars, keyboards and all kinds of percussion into his compositions, moving from world fusion to airy ambiences." The Los Angeles Times has called his music "shimmering and luminous."

A Look at Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Santa Fe, the oldest capitol city in the U.S.A. is a premier destination spot. Nestled at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo mountains it has attracted artists, cowboys and beauty seekers for over a hundred years. Its historic plaza, pueblo architecture, fine art galleries, museums and a unique mix of of Anglo, Hispanic and Pueblo cultures give the city its distinctive look and feel.
If you have the time, consider spending a few extra days before or after the Soaring Spirits workshop to soak up the local flavor, experience the vibrant art scene, taste the delicious New Mexican cuisine and unwind in "The City Different."

"Touch the country [of New Mexico] and you will never be the same again." —D.H. Lawrence, c. 1917

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Terms and Conditions
  • Flutes not included. If you need a flute we can help you get one. Recording gear not included.
  • If you cancel between June 25, 2018 and August 31, 2018 you will receive a refund of your payment, minus a $100 cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel after August 31, 2018, you will receive a refund of your payment, minus a $125 cancellation fee.
  • The school requests participants sign a liability waver for school participation.
  • Santa Fe is located at an elevation of 7,000'. Please talk to your health care professional if you have problems with altitude.
About the Equipment Needed for this Workshop
The suggested gear (without the computer), but with the less expensive microphone, would run approximately $184 before tax. (We can provide mic cables and stands in the workshop, but you will need them at home.) This information is provided so you can make an informed decision about your sincere interest in a workshop about recording your flute. This workshop is not for the causal flute player, but perfect for someone who is passionate about the NAF. Recording is not super hard, and is actually very rewarding.