Steven B.

January 6th- January 27th (11 hours) – I was the first person at the church two times, so I had to do work both times. The first time it happened I wasn’t there alone for long, all I really ended up doing was turning on the projector and the slides. So that day wasn’t all that interesting or scary. The 2nd day I was alone for a lot longer, as well as the only audio guy there for even longer. Therefore I had to set up more things in the church, I set up the audio computer, as well as after the worship team got there I helped set up the instruments and some of the wiring up. That one was a bit more scary, during it I even thought that I was in the wrong building and that I missed a memo of some kind as to where the service was taking place.

I’ve learned about editing audio in podcasts and the like, along with EQing for them. Some of the things I’ve learned about is how to edit out white noise, and edit the podcast itself to make it sound good as well as cut out unnecessary parts. I developed this throughout both my class and through this internship. This internship has improved it through me having to do the podcasts and find out what parts need to be cut out. The podcast editing has been really helpful for expanding my abilities with audio editing. The class has taught me about the basics of EQing and audio editing, as well as understanding the terms of audio engineering. It will help me in getting audio related careers and scholarships. This gives me an option with my future and what I will have.

It will give me a chance for jobs and success in the future. Add to that it can help me with doing audio as a hobby in order to improve my skills and have more to add to my resume. Along with that I’ll have a lot of experience with this work.

Audiobox, a tool in Audio Engineering that is used to edit audio with guitars and keyboards. I was helping set up the audio, during which I figured out about us having to use the Audiobox’s in setting up the Guitar and Keyboard. It allows us to set up the audio in XLR Cables and plug it into the speakers.

November 12th – January 5th (27 hours) – I worked as the roadie during a day where our worship team was playing music during the adult service. It was really cool because we had to go in between two different churches. My job as the roadie was to help set up the band equipment, and take it down after we were done. Some of the things that we ended up doing during it were that, we had some breakfast burritos during it. We also got some snacks and coffee as well, in order to help with waking up and keeping active during this, as the constant going in between, the fact that we were starting at 8, and had to do it for a while, did lower energy a bit. I learned kinda what it was like to be a band doing a live performance, with the constant moving, setting up equipment, tearing down equipment, and some of the possible set up that would need to be done before each of the performances.

When doing live sound editing for the first time, it was a little tricky because it was completely different from editing the recorded music I’ve done in my class. So even with the guidance of my mentor, I couldn’t completely do it myself, I had to get help with this. I got help from my Audio Engineering teacher with editing live audio. With his help I was able to get a better idea of what to do when doing live audio editing. Even then I also made sure to have the help of the performers on how it sounded, and also made use of google to help with editing.

I didn’t really need my mentor’s help after that, it was super helpful that the worship team was helping me with the sound by telling me to make it louder or quieter. It also helped that some of the effects were already done so I wouldn’t have to worry about those. The trickiest part was getting the volume levels to sound just right. Thankfully enough we managed to get to a point that sounded good, which was really rewarding when it happened.

Roadie, the members of the band that set up the equipment and the sound. I learned this during the day when the band was performing in the main service, and we had to go in between 2 churches, I was called that during that day. I wondered what it actually meant so I looked it up, and I learned what a roadie was.

October 29th – November 11th (10 hours) – I recently got to work on some podcasts, and I didn’t submit after working on them. I worked on 2 podcasts, I partially got through 1, but I decided to stop working on it due to major audio problems, aka, the audio would randomly glitch out and peak, causing the audio to cut out. So I reported it to my mentor and then started working on another podcast. Sadly this one had another audio problem, where the audio would become extremely muffled and as such, while I did finish it, I found it too short, and also because of the audio issues, I decided against submitting it. I mentioned this to my Mentor as well and then stopped there due to having another thing I was intending to do. It was a bit upset that I couldn’t submit one due to both of the ones I worked on having audio issues, however hopefully we’ll have this taken care of in time.

I would say that initially, he would find me pretty good for my experience in the field. He would say I was very good with sticking to a schedule when it came to coming to the church and assisting there, I stuck to a very good schedule with that, coming at 4, leaving at 7:30. However, one area that he would say I need to improve, is my scheduling with the Podcasts, I had a while where I didn’t do them cause I didn’t have a schedule to work on them with. This led to me being behind on hours for a while, so I needed to improve there. I did improve on this at the end, I was able to at least work on at least one each week, and I did have a schedule to work by to make sure I had enough hours.

I think I didn’t juggle my internship with school and extra curricular all that well. I failed especially in the podcasts, because I didn’t schedule my time well, there were quite a few weeks where I didn’t do them, causing me to be behind on hours. Thankfully enough after the 2nd hour check, I buckled down on working on this, and this led to me getting caught up on hours, honestly quiet easily. So thanks to this I do have a plan for next semester. My plan is to keep with the schedule I set up for the end of my 1st semester and keep with it. I also plan to work over the Winter Log to gain extra hours.

A word I learned is peaking. In audio terms, peaking is when you make a noise so loud, it goes beyond the ranges of the mic, causing the mic to cut out so it can’t be played, either that, or the mic would forcefully quiet the noise. I learned this while editing one of the podcasts, it would peak due to an issue with the mic to get major static, and it peaked.

October 15th – October 28th (10.83 hours) – One of the major ones I had was setting up a schedule in order to be able to have enough hours to pass the program. I especially learned the usefulness of scheduling using a calendar, especially a digital one. I got my schedule from meeting with Mrs. Polivchak and my mentor during the site visit, and we discussed what I would do in order to be able to have all of the hours I need. I made sure to set up a schedule, basically work for two hours on a podcast during Tuesday, go on Saturday to my internship site. I ran it through the google sheet and I figured out that it would be enough hours.

During my internship I help with setting up the lyrics from time to time, so as such I need to know what songs are being played. So I talk to one of the main singers in order to ask for a copy of the song sheets so I know what to do. I put them into the ProPresentor file with all the song Lyrics and put them into the playlist. Usually either I initiated the conversation or the lead musician/singer would come up to me with the papers with the songs.

Some of the time other guys at the internship would ask me about what I do in my normal life. While I was relatively okay with talking to them about it, I was still a bit nervous. Some of the things I’ve told them is that I’m a black belt in karate or I am an Eagle Scout. I talk to them on a semi-regular basis, I don’t usually talk a lot cause I’m kinda nervous with talking to other people, especially if I don’t know them at all.

During my interview with my mentor, I asked about what are some of his favorite effects, one of the things he told me about is a de-esser. A de-esser is a plug in on some DAWs that reduces the noise made when someone makes the sound of an S, Z, T, SH, CH, J, etc. I learned it from him and then did a bit more research into it afterwards.

October 1st – October 14th (7.5 hours) – Recently I got to shadow the main audio guy at the main church at Calvary Chapel, I learned a lot of cool things there. One of the things was that I got to see the auxiliary input room, basically it’s a room that has allows all the audio to play throughout the building. I also discovered how they run things there, they have the band use earpieces in order to hear their own mix of the music, so that say, the guitar player doesn’t have the drums distracting them, or they can hear the guitar over the other vocalists. I got to see the cool ways they edit their music, one way is that they allow their musicians to edit what they hear from their phones via connecting to the soundboard. They also allowed me to edit the music a bit before the sermon, and try to make it not go over a certain threshold, that was really cool and fun to do, along with that they have the ability to hear how it sounds with the live stream they do so they don’t accidentally cut out an instrument.

Auxiliary, it’s a type of cord, often used in connecting headphones or speakers to the source of the sound. This is really important because without it, you’re stuck relying on just the sound itself. I learned this when I went to main service and saw the room where they have all the auxiliary cables connected up to the speakers, recorders, etc.

September 17th – September 30th (11.5 hours) – I recently worked on two very different podcasts, one which I didn’t have to edit too much, due to it being mostly a live Q+A sermon. I did however have to edit out some of the beginning and ending due to it just being a bunch of noise. I also worked on another podcast which I had to edit more heavily. Some of the things I ended changing was that I had to cut out certain parts that weren’t important to the podcast. I had to move certain parts to make it sound cleaner and better. I also had to cut out a lot of pauses and “ummmms”. Another thing I had to do with this one was find a good starting point for the podcast.

The method we use most to communicate is texting, including a texting group. We mostly use it to discuss when we’re headed to work or when we’re outside of the church. It’s also used to inform me quickly if my podcasts have been received. We on occasion use emails, mostly to inform everyone of important announcements, like if one of us can’t attend and why, and who’ll be contacting us in the meantime. It’s most appropriate because with the kind of messages we are sending others which are usually pretty short, and may sometimes need immediate response, which Text Messages often help with. Emails are appropriate for the situations they’re used in cause it’s easier to tell a lot of people about an important announcement, and is more professional.

I often try to make sure to start it off with some kind of professional greeting, even when I use texts. I also try to respond to messages as quickly as I can as well. I make sure to review my messages so I sound somewhat professional and also that I avoid sounding rude or unprofessional. Most of the time I make sure to inform my mentor if i’m at the site, or if I’ve submitted any podcasts. I contact my mentor with any questions about my podcasts or to schedule when we can talk about the podcast.

One of the words I learned when I was working at my internship is playhead. The playhead is something in most Digital Audio Workshops, it represents where you are in the audio track, it allows you to split the regions or repeat certain parts. I learned about it being called a playhead because when I started my internship I had to use the split tool more, so I learned that it’s called a playhead.

September 3rd – September 16th (8.75 hours) – I got to learn about what it’s like having to take sick days off of work, and how it screws up your schedule. Firstly it messed up me trying to work extra cause I was sick and in bed, I couldn’t go to work on Wednesday like I planned in order to make up more time so now I have to go another Wednesday. I also have to work extra on my podcasts now due to not working on them cause I was focused on not getting better. I also had to explain to Scott how I was sick and why I hadn’t made progress on any podcasts in a while because I was bedridden due to sickness. So I learned that getting sick can majorly screw up your work schedule.

I was helping set up with everyone and one of the things we have to do is set up an EQ for the microphones on stage. One of the things we focused on is using this thing called reverb on the microphone. Reverb is an effect you put on tracks that make the sound coming through sound like it’s reverberating like it’s in a big room or just for the sake of ambiance

August 20th – September 2nd (9 hours) – One thing I got to learn about were various ways I could edit the podcast in Garageband to make it sound better. One of the major things I learned was using automated volume to help with certain parts. For example with the opening music, using Automation with the volume to quiet it down when the podcast is beginning. Another instance of using automated volume is when doing a cut, and you just can’t get it to sound quite right, like there’s a sudden click, you can lower the volume at the instance of the cut so that it sounds better. Along with that when in general editing the podcast, you’ll want to make sure the volume is right, sometimes it might get way too loud, others it may get way too quiet, so you’ll need to automate the volume to balance things out better.

One of the things is that while you’re allowed to use your phone on site, it’s best if you keep it church appropriate. You also tend to wanna wear, casual button ups, not like, business suit, but a basic button up collared shirt. The personality of the place is that, it’s a generally kind and welcoming place, along with that it’s actually pretty casual. The staff are rather joke-y and nice to each other and new people, they are helpful and willing to listen to other people, and they are also good at letting new people have a chance to prove themselves. They also are very willing to use technology and allow other people to use it to make things more convenient for everyone.

This generally fits how I conduct myself, I enjoy not feeling pressured about asking for help from others. I also love to use technology so the fact that they’re fine with technology being used is good for me. Add to that I enjoy the fact that it’s not super business-y, it’s relatively casual so it’s very good for me. Along with that it’s also very decently scheduled so you know when things are happening, and when things are due. I do have one major thing that I kinda struggle with, and it’s the clothing I have to wear, since that’s not what I usually wear, I’m not used to having to wear that. So it’s mostly good for me, except for one slight thing that i’m not used to.

I learned what a Band Filter was. A band filter is a filter on an equalizer that is used to fish out bad frequencies in a track. These are between the beginning and end filters, and there are about, 3 of them usually. The ways these are often used is that you have them thinned so that you can just get the bad frequency and not anything else. you pull it up to the maximum gain so that you can easily hear the bad frequencies, and then bring it down enough so that the frequencies is taken out.

August 6th – August 19th (5.5 hours) – A meaningful experience I recently had was when I learned about other ways to use GarageBand. In my Audio Engineering class, we mostly use GarageBand to make music, not really edit pre-existing audio or add effects to it, so that helped me learn what else I could do with it. It’ll also be helpful for me to learn how to edit official podcasts and what to look for in them. This will give me access to learning about how GarageBand works with pre-recorded audio and why it’s also used for that. I also learned about how to split tracks in GarageBand specifically and that you can regain parts of a track by moving them to a new track and extending it, and the ability to move pieces of audio to later in the audio track. I also learned how to cut out certain parts of a track and make it sound smooth and like it isn’t edited.

July 18th- August 5th (0 hours) – A very meaningful experience I had in this internship was me trying to find a mentor, mainly due to how stressful it was because of how little time I had to find one. Having to search for someone who is willing to intern with me in only 2 weeks helped me learn that I need to schedule my time a bit better. It also has helped me learn more what it’s like searching for an interview, and how it’s actually quite a bit harder than it seems. Another thing I learned is that I need to be more confident when calling people to request an interview, in general I need to be more confident when it comes to talking to other people I don’t really know that well. Along with that I’ve also learned that I need to check both of my emails while i’m in this program, that way I don’t end up missing important emails again. Finally I learned that it’s important to contact my mentors or friends in the field in order to get help with contacting or learning about possible mentors.

One of the things I hope to learn from Mrs. Wahl is scheduling tactics and ways to improve time management. As I’ve learned at the beginning of the vail internship program, my scheduling is not all that great, and I hope that through being a part of this program that’s a skill I can develop. I hope to be able to get into the habit of arriving early for things and in general being more prepared for this sort of stuff. Through my mentor I hope to learn more about live audio engineering. Being in my Audio Engineering class has taught me about the basics of Audio Engineering, especially post production editing, however this internship hopefully will give me new experience in Audio Engineering. Hopefully this will allow me to experience more professional style Audio Engineering, especially with podcasts, as well as give me experience with things like activating audio cues and such.

One thing I learned about myself as a professional is that I am asking more questions as of late, I learned this a lot during my interview with my mentor at Calvary Church. I learned that focusing on what is being talked about, the place, and taking account of what you see in the building or on the website is especially important and helps you come up with very important and good questions. Along with that I learned that it’s a good idea to ask even very small questions, that way you can get as many details about the job as you, of course you don’t need to go overboard, but it is still important to ask some questions about the smaller stuff. Something I learned about me as a student is that I need to schedule more of my stuff, especially with my SEP and the VIP. As such I intend to focus on scheduling and focus on putting stuff down on my calendar this year of high school. So that’s what I’ve learned both about me as a student and a professional.