The Audio Olympics

It’s probably safe to assume that you’ve at least heard that the Winter Olympics are going on right now in Sochi, Russia.

Many of you are probably enjoying the games and cheering on your athletes as they compete for the gold.

One of my favorite parts of the Olympics broadcast is the mini-interview/documentaries they do on each of the athletes. Some of them have overcome great obstacles, some enjoy training in Hawaii, and some have even succeeded in more than one sport. But there’s something that all of the athletes have in common.

And believe it or not, this single thread carries over to the audio world very nicely. It can even help you become a better producer, engineer, or mixer.

All Olympic athletes work extremely hard and have dedicated their life to their sport.

It’s as simple as that. Nobody at that level doesn’t deserve to be there. They all have worked hard enough to win gold medals. And even if they don’t succeed in doing so, just being a part of the games proves their success.

The same is true in the world of audio – no matter what the stage is. Even if success is “making a record you love,” it takes a lot of hard work to get there.

These athletes wake up every single day and train. For years on end, they improve their skills.

Unfortunately we don’t always have the luxury of recording all day every day, but we can apply this principle to our own hobby. All we have to do is set aside a set amount of time every week to dedicate fully to recording.

No distractions, no pushing it back. This might be the most important hour you spend this week.

Dedication and hard work has gotten these athletes to the world stage. And if you apply this principle to your home recording, you’ll be well on your way to success as well.

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  1. Especially as I get older, finding my way intuitively around ProTools is “use it or lose it.”

    During periods when I am down there working five days a week or so, I do everything very fast, and it feels like I can do it all without having to stop and think.

    But if I have been away from recording for two weeks, it takes me fully two days of light struggling to get back to the top of my game. I can only presume that this pattern will get worse(r). Luckily, the conceptual part of my knowledge base seems stable, unchanging. Only the details of fiddling with the interface seem to blur into the background, sorta.

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