Save the Date: MediaTech Institute August Open House

It’s not too late to attend Open House. Mark your calendars for the upcoming August dates for all of our campuses! Classes start August 24th!

Austin
Thursday, August 6
06:00PM – 08:00PM

Oceanside
Monday, August 17
5:00PM – 8:00PM

Houston
Saturday, August 8
12:00PM – 03:00PM

Dallas
Thursday, August 13
06:00PM – 8:00PM

MediaTech Institute Open Houses are filled with information on each of our creative, hands-on programs such as:

Animation**
Mobile Application Development**
Digital Film
Web Design and Development (NEW)

This is a great opportunity for students to connect with one another, explore the learning environment and ask questions to Financial Aid’s about the best options to pay for your education.

Click LOCATIONS tab on the www.mediatech.edu site for contact information for your desired MediaTech Institute. We can’t wait to see you at Open House in July!

You can also RSVP on our MediaTech Institute Facebook Page under the EVENTS tab.

**Programs are offered at select MediaTech Institute locations. Ask your Admissions Rep if the program you’re interested is at that campus.

Student Success Story: Recording Arts graduate Dakarai “DG” Gwitira

Over more than a decade, MediaTech Institute has seen bright students come and go throughout our programs. Dakarai “DG” Gwitira is one of those exceptional students who have successfully transitioned into the music industry.

DG is a 2012 Recording Arts graduate from MediaTech Institute Dallas. He currently resides in New York City as the Lead Engineer at Cider Sounds. The up and coming entrepreneur, audio engineer and self-proclaimed dreamer has an extensive resume list of artists such as Ne-Yo, Sara Bareilles, Biz Markie, The Lonely Island, J.Cole and the star-studded list goes on.

Recently, DG had a studio session at the Dallas campus and gave insight to what he’s been up to since graduating, the music industry, his definition of success and more.

Q: What made you get involved with music?

“If you’ve ever noticed, people don’t cry over athletes or even actors, people cry over musicians. That’s because music touches people. It can inspire change and greatness. Plus, I just have a natural love of music and creation. That’s the reason is why I got involved with music.”

Q: What is it like working with A-list artist in the industry?

“Working with A-list artists is interesting. It’s validation for being on the right path, and doing the right things. Also, it validates that dreams do come true because nearly all of them (artist) went through the struggle to achieve what they have.”

However, let’s not forget to mention it helps highlight your lazy work, which, in my opinion, is the best part. You can either step up or step aside!

Q: Define your definition of success
For me, success is happiness. I am happy therefore I am successful. The rest of what’s to come is the icing on the cake for me!

Q: What was the moment like when you realized you have “made it,” or have you not reached that moment of your version of success yet? If not, why? What are you doing to aspire to get to your definition of success?

I realized I made it when I didn’t recognize the difference between Friday or Monday. In other words, I began living a revolving schedule and enjoyed every moment of it! I was “free.”

Q: What advice would you give since you are now an industry insider?

Like I said earlier, either step up or step aside. There is no gray with this stuff (music). Either you are doing or you are not. Stop being afraid and go for it. Home will always be there so if you fail; you can always go back to what you were doing now.

Q: What were the classes like for you at MediaTech?

Great classes! It all comes own to the individual though. SOAK IT ALL IN AND APPLY IT ON YOUR OWN! Three hours of class time is never enough in any field.

Q: What is your favorite MediaTech memory?

Learning the important of shortcuts. Boy, did I study and boy did they start me out ahead of the crowd! Also the pointers on my production. Those were always good.

Q: How has MediaTech prepared you for your career?
MediaTech Institute provided excellent facilities and honest teachers. The place allowed me time to work on my craft. The rooms are there and you better be using them, too! When you leave, you will wish you’d used them more.

Q: What advice would you give current students about graduating from MediaTech? What about prospect students?

Simple, this better not be a phase. If it is, you’re wasting yours & possibly your parents’ money. Well, you could make that back eventually, but the time you’ll never get back. Be certain this is what you want, go for it and never look back.

Check out DG and the Cider Sound Studio at www.cidersounds.com

If you’re a graduate who has been doing well in your industry, we love to hear from our students! E-mail Jaleesa Bealom at Jaleesa@mediatech.edu

Save the Date: MediaTech Institute Campus Wide Open House

Haven’t been able to make a single Open House yet? Mark your calendars for the upcoming July dates for all of our campuses!

Austin
Saturday, July 11
12:00PM – 3:00PM

Oceanside
Monday, July 13
5:00PM – 8:00PM

Houston
Wednesday, July 15
4:00PM – 7:00PM

Dallas
Thursday, July 16
5:00PM – 8:00PM

MediaTech Institute Open Houses are filled with information on each of our creative, hands-on programs such as:

Animation**
Mobile Application Development**
Digital Film
Web Design and Development (NEW)

Also, it’s a great opportunity for students to connect with one another, check out the learning environment and pick Financial Aid’s brain on the best financial options to pay for your education.

Click LOCATIONS tab on the www.mediatech.edu site for contact information for your desired MediaTech Institute. We can’t wait to see you at Open House in July!

You can also RSVP on our MediaTech Institute Facebook Page under the EVENTS tab.

**Programs are offered at select MediaTech Institute locations. Please ask your Admissions Rep if the program you’re interested is at that campus.

4 Steps to Successfully Applying for Financial Aid

Financial aid can be a very time consuming, overwhelming and frustrating time as you’re examining your options to pay for school. With these four easy steps, we can curve the process.

Step 1: Get a Pin Number

BEFORE beginning the financial aid process, you should apply for a personal identification number (PIN) through the Department of Education. Visit www.pin.ed.gov to do this. r

This PIN is your electronic signature. TIP: Make sure your four-digit PIN number is something you won’t forget!
If you are a DEPENDENT make sure your parents get a PIN as well to sign your financial aid (FAFSA) application.

Step 2: Gather the information needed to complete the FAFSA

You will need:
* PIN number
* Driver’s license
* Social Security number (or Alien Registration Number if not a U.S. citizen)
* Copy of your federal tax information / tax returns INCLUDING W-2 information for yourself, your spouse (if married), and your parents (DEPENDENTS ONLY)

TIP: If you can’t find your tax return or W’2s you can call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 and request them to be faxed to you or visit IRS.gov and access them immediately.

Step 4: Finish and submit your application!
Finally the hard, but often rewarding part! To apply for financial aid, FAFSA, you must visit www.fasfa.ed.gov

TIP: If you need help, there are helpful links on the website for all your questions, comments and concerns as well as a number to call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID.

You will be asked to enter your school code (that’s on the back-end for us. For example, MediaTech Institute Dallas code is 041298. Depending on your institution, you may want to give them a call. For MediaTech Institute, we ask you call us after submission.

We found a really great article from U.S. News defining a TON of financial aid terms we’ve skimmed over. You can view their article at http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/the-scholarship-coach/2012/07/19/12-college-financial-aid-terms-defined

You can always give our Director of Financial Aid, Jennifer Osbourn a call if you’ve having difficulty with your application or general questions. Our campus is open from 9am – 6pm, Monday – Friday at 972.869.1122.

Hyer Elementary ‘Shake it Off’ with Reading Viral Video

Taylor Swift music has had her fans dancing since the early 2000’s with her catalog of hits, and her latest, “Shake it Off” has been a sensational viral hit. Hyer Elementary reached out to MediaTech to assist with the recordings in their new campaign to promote reading for their students.

Instruct Mike Musal and his Audio 101 classes assisted the pint-size elementary students on the hit track at our Dallas campus.

Watch the video below!

If it’s stuck in your head, you’re welcome!

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Press Release: MediaTech Institute Expands Web Design and Development Program

Web Design & Development Now Offered
MediaTech Institute engaging students with new digital program

Dallas, Texas: MediaTech Institute expands their program offerings to include the Web Design and Development program at the Dallas, Austin, Houston and Oceanside, California campuses. The Web Design & Development program emerges on the heels of the recently launched Animation and Visuals Effects program.

Vice President and Campus Director (Dallas), Tracy Terrell Doyle believes students who graduate from this program will succeed in this competitive, emerging field. “Our mission is to train students for life-long careers encompassing the creation and distribution of digital content.” She believes providing education to students that want a career in Web Development & Development was a natural progression for MediaTech because the Internet is and always will be the digital marketplace for business. Doyle continues by adding the job market for Web Developers has more work than skilled developers. “If your interest is web design, now is the time to get the training you need to start working in the field you’re passionate about,” said Doyle.

Enrollment is open for the August 24, 2015 start date for all MediaTech Institute campuses.

MediaTech Institute birth from the legendary Dallas Sound Lab now offers five programs: Digital Film & Video, Animation & Visual Effects, Recording Arts, Mobile Application Development and now, Web Development & Design. The new program will offer classes in, but not limited to:
– HTML, XML, CSS
– CMS, WordPress and Web Form Creations
– PHP, Database Structures
– Flash, Java Script
– Search Engine Optimization and Marketing

For a detail view of the Web Design & Development program visit http://mediatech.edu/programs/web-development-design or contact an Admissions Representative at one of our four campuses.

About MediaTech Institute: MediaTech Institute is a technical art school located in Dallas, Austin, Houston and Oceanside, California. Our mission is to provide educational advancement in digital technologies, multimedia production and entertainment industries focusing on skills and knowledge for students in their careers and beyond the classroom. MediaTech Institute is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

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Music Business Empowerment with The Sessions Panel

How do I protect myself as a musician/artist? What is the best way to market my record label? Why is networking important in this industry? These are only a blink of the many questions to be answered (and asked) at The Sessions Panel.

MediaTech Institute – Dallas will be hosting the talk panel next Monday, May 11th from 1pm – 6pm in our Live Sound area. The event will include a variety of speakers, ranging from Saturday Night Live saxophonist, Christine Ohlman to entertainment lawyer, Paul Quin.

Although the event is F-R-E-E and open to the public, you HAVE to register on their website, www.thesessions.org/register

Be sure to LIKE The Sessions Panel on Facebook!

Don't miss this EMPOWERING day next Monday May 11 in Dallas…have you registered? …

Posted by The Sessions Panel on Monday, May 4, 2015

Miking Acoustic Guitars

As I’ve watched some young engineers record acoustic guitars (or any acoustic instrument such as a mandolin, ukulele, etc), I’ve discovered that very little thought seems to go into this process. So I’ll briefly share some techniques that I personally use which will undoubtedly yield you some great results! These aren’t new or groundbreaking techniques by any means, but I’ve noticed that a shockingly large number of engineers do not get good captures when it comes to these instruments.

So here we go; let’s start with two quality small diaphragm condenser microphones. And no, they do NOT need to be a matched stereo pair. They don’t even need to be the same make or model of microphone! This is a very common misconception. Examples of the mics that I use for this application are the Audio Technica DR3700 (also known as the AT Pro37), the Audio Technica 2021 (very, very similar to the DR3700 and Pro 37), the Shure SM81, the Shure KSM141, the Neumann KM184, the Octava MK-012, and even the MXL 991. Now I understand that many of these mics are considered fairly high-dollar. But don’t fret, I’ve achieved good results with lesser mics many times. Just do your best with what you have! One of my favorite mic combos for this is the AT 2021 on the neck and the MXL 991 on the bridge, which are both under $100.00!

Now that we’ve got some ideas for which microphones to use, we need to address the ever-challenging issue of physical placement for the mics. This is also something that I see many, many engineers struggle with. So let’s take a look at the very popular X-Y coincident pair; I really hope you guys are familiar with this technique. If you aren’t, do some research on this because it is easily one of the most used and effective miking techniques ever invented. By creating a 90 degree angle with the two mic capsules, you virtually eliminate phasing issues and allow yourself a capture that is a more accurate and “complete” representation of the sound source. Now let’s talk about proximity effect; this is a huge problem. As most of you know, the proximity effect comes from microphones being placed too close to a sound source, resulting in an undesirable low-end boom in your tracks. Sometimes this can be filtered out without much of a problem, but why do that when you can do things correctly from the get-go?! So let’s start a good 10-12 inches away from our sound source (our acoustic guitar or mandolin or whatever it may be). One microphone aimed at the bridge of the instrument, and the other aimed at the neck. Try swapping the mics to see which is yielding a better capture for each side of the instrument.

Using these two signals in the mixing stage is where the fun comes in! Make note of which mic you placed on the neck and which one is on the bridge. Pan them in any way you see fit for you mix. Enjoy!

-Josh Franklin, MediaTech Institute Alumni

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Student Testimonial- Johnny Cromer

Check out what our student Johnny Cromer has to say about his experience at MediaTech Institute:

What can I say about MediaTech Dallas? For beginners, I can say “Creativity Is Welcome Here” because it surely is. Case in point, I helped a classmate out with his large band project, and we had to have drums and 15 tracks in all. After mixing the drums, we still needed seven more tracks to call the project complete. I added four more tracks by playing acoustic guitar, harmonica, kazoo, and sang. My classmate thought of using handclaps and finger snaps, so that added two more tracks. A tech happened by the studio we had booked and sat down at the Steinway and added another track. That was our 15 tracks. Now we could take down everything and go home. If that ain’t being creative, I don’t know what is!

Now a word about the staff. They are AWESOME. There is no doubt in my mind you can go to any staff member with a problem and they would help you find a solution. But, they cannot read minds, you have to tell them.

-Johnny

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