2-Day Recording Workshop w/ Shawn Dealey ft. Bones Owen
5501 US-30, Fort Wayne, IN 46818, USA
Expand your recording skill set with Sweetwater Studio's Shawn Dealey while recording vibey blues-rock tracks by Nashville artist Bones Owens. This two-day workshop is jam-packed to take you step-by-step through everything from setting up the studio for recording to tracking and overdubbing. You'll also learn to comp, edit, mix, apply EQ and effects, and make final decisions to perfect your mix. Your experience in this workshop — capturing the raw energy of a world-class guitarist and the expressive flair of his passionate performance — will help you draw out the best in the musicians you record in your studio.
This workshop is intended for intermediate to advanced participants who are already comfortable with navigating Pro Tools, miking, patching, and finessing tracks using plug-ins and outboard gear to enhance their studio skills.
Capture the swinging rhythms and swaggering riffs of Nashville’s adopted son Bones Owens. His sultry groove, taut songwriting, and frenetic vitality have made him an in-demand session and touring guitarist, performing with Reignwolf, Whiskey Myers, Butch Walker, Relient K’s Matt Thiessen. Grab this opportunity to learn how Shawn Dealey brings out Bones Owens’ unbridled spirit sing in every track.
Day 1: The Basics of Tracking a Session
Setting up a tracking session
Choosing mics and positioning them for the best sound
EQing instrument sounds in the studio
Choosing the right outboard gear and where to patch it in
Setting up headphone mixes
Keeping musicians inspired
Tracking a session with Shawn and the band
Auditioning different mics and processing chains
Overdubbing instruments, multiple takes, and more
Day 2: Mixing to Yield Professional-sounding Results
Comping tracks – how to choose and assemble the best takes
Editing and finessing tracks with Pro Tools and third-party plug-ins
Prepping tracks for the mix session
Using compression, EQ, and effects
Setting up a mix, including routing and grouping in your DAW
Employing automation to enhance the mixing process
Connecting outboard gear across your mix bus
Getting the most out of bus compression/processing
Making the final tweaks – how to decide when the mix is done
Deciding whether or not you need professional mastering
Knowing what mixes and mix versions you need to send to mastering
MEET THE INSTRUCTOR: SHAWN DEALEY
Equally comfortable mixing in an arena or a recording studio, Shawn Dealey has spent the last 20 years developing his craft as an in-demand recording engineer, mixer, and producer. Working with artists such as Counting Crows, Goo Goo Dolls, Jared James Nichols, KEN mode, Bootsy Collins, We Came as Romans, Stu Hamm, and countless others, Shawn’s passionate approach to the art of recording, along with his hunger for new techniques, keeps him at the top of his game and can help you excel at yours.
MEET THE FEATURED ARTIST: BONES OWENS
Raised in rural Missouri, Owens took up guitar as a kid and soon began writing songs centered on his decidedly poetic lyrics. Although he studied creative writing in college, he eventually dropped out and moved to Nashville upon landing a publishing deal at the age of 21. Over the coming years, Owens made his name as an in-demand session and touring guitarist, then broke through as an artist with Hurt No One (a 2014 release featuring appearances by musicians like Butch Walker and Relient K’s Matt Thiessen). Arriving in 2017, Make Me No King earned him further accolades, leading to his signing with Thirty Tigers in 2019.
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