Ashley Brown, recent Music Business graduate and former intern at Keep the Edge Studios, (an upstart recording studio in Quincy, MA) tells Berklee Blogs how her internship helped her determine and prepare for her future career
I’m proud to say that I’ve finally completed my internship at Keep the Edge Studios and my last semester at Berklee! Graduating from college seems so surreal, but I’m so excited for life post-Berklee. For all of you out there who are wondering about interning, here’s a little reflective blog post about my experience with Berklee’s internship program, and my time at Keep the Edge.
My supervisor, Keith, was so great during my internship. He gave me tasks to work on and trusted me enough to complete them in a timely manner without having to micromanage me. Being a music business major and concentrating on management has opened my eyes to different types of management styles, and being at this internship has helped me figure out what type of management style I would like to adopt for myself in the future. It was really refreshing being in a professional environment where my supervisor was cool enough to trust me to do the tasks laid out for me, without having to breathe down my neck to make sure I was doing them. I had a lot of freedom and it felt really nice. Continue reading →
In the beginning of my internship, I set up a couple of goals I wanted to achieve. I wanted to have the opportunity to work in a professional environment, be able to use the equipment and be a part of the projects and sessions. Those goals came true. I only wish I could have gained more experience in the company and have been able to earn the trust to conduct a session of my own. But I also realized that with the little time I was there, it was not possible.
This internship definitely gave me great experience for my career and it will help me further develop my career and goals. I learned the value of being professional and patient with clients, to have a great work ethic and know it is about the team and not just yourself, and, most importantly, to not be scared to take risks. Obviously know when is the proper time to do so, but nonetheless to take it. I learned to believe in my talent and to know that I have a lot to offer. I can’t say enough how important this is. Continue reading →
This semester, I had the opportunity to work as an intern/assistant engineer at Mix One Studios in Boston. I have always been interested in this company, thanks to collaboration with Berklee and the Contemporary Writing and Production (CWP) program. Furthermore, one of the owners is Ted Paduck, a professor in the Music Production and Engineering (MP&E) department. Mix One is a great studio with many different rooms and purposes. It has two main recording rooms (Studio A and Studio B) for large tracking sessions and three post-production studios for smaller projects. Their work varies from large music sessions for artists, university projects, media production, commercials, and much more. They have amazing equipment and spaces to generate the best sounding recordings possible and the people to make it work. The company has a large variety of clients, from media companies, sports networks, and other media related organizations, to artists, universities and more.
I got the opportunity to work under David Porter, an amazing mix engineer and producer. In the time I was there he worked mostly doing voiceovers and overdub sessions for commercials and TV ads, but he also organized many of the large sessions and supervised them. I was very lucky to have David as a supervisor because he believes in the interns that come and work at the studio and encouraged me to help out. I remember the first day I came into the studio for an interview and David explained to me the typical chores of an intern, taking out the trash, serving coffee, etc; but then he told me that it was up to me to show what I could do, and that little by little, I would be able to assist more on the sessions. Continue reading →
Berklee Blogs follows Ashley Brown as she interns at Keep the Edge Studios, an upstart recording studio in Quincy, MA
The past few weeks at my internship have been really great! The studio had its grand opening event on February 19th, which went extremely well. The event was catered, there was live music, and everyone that came had a great time. I only stayed for an hour, but my supervisor told me the following Tuesday that there was constant traffic through the studio during the four-hour event. The event was a great way to get the word out about Keep the Edge. A couple weeks before the grand opening event, I was given the responsibility of calling local newspapers to ask about press releases. I started by researching all the local papers in the Boston and Quincy area (including surrounding smaller towns) and writing down their contact information. Then, I called each place and asked them to put a press release in their next issue for the studio’s grand opening event. I was honestly surprised by how many positive responses I got from people. It was a great activity for me because I’m usually afraid of talking on the phone.
This past week I’ve been working a lot with the new intern, Caitlin, who is incredibly nice. We started to put together a calendar of shows for Caitlin to go to in the Boston area so that she can talk to bands about recording at Keep the Edge. I got to walk around Berklee this past week and pick up flyers for local shows at smaller venues that aren’t so widely advertised online (which was where Caitlin was getting most of her information from). It felt good to be able to use my knowledge of local venues to help Caitlin out since she is unfamiliar with Boston venues. Continue reading →
There comes a time where a sound engineer simply knows, deep down, that working out of a home-studio is simply not going to cut it. One can only tolerate so many clients sitting on his bed while the mix is being done or the master being burnt. The decision was made to bite the bullet and establish a studio.
There are a great deal of recording studios in New York City where facility, amenity, and talent are at the top of the top. I did not dream to compete with big studios; I wanted to, instead, offer a studio environment where client-service comes first. Being a people person, I set out to create a space where clients are treated as friends. The final product ends up so much better if the vibe in the studio is amazing. After all, making music is an incredible feat. All clients, no matter how big or small, are treated equally and provided with our top service. Bumping booked sessions for bigger and more famous clients does not exist in my book. Armed with my client-service-based motto, came Zampol Productions. Continue reading →