Industry expert hosts two-day audio production workshop


Did you know that the average person’s hearing range is 20 hertz to 20,000 hertz?

It’s a fact learned by students who attended last week’s audio production workshop.

On April 24 and 26, Delta College’s Radio/Television department located at Shima 146 held a two-day audio production workshop led by Stefan Orozco, a music lab tech from the music department.

Orozco has a wealth of resources and experiences when it comes to audio mixing, mastering and composing for the film industry.

Music composer, orchestrator, litigation paralegal and ghostwriter are among his reputable titles. Orozco said a ghostwriter is someone who writes music but does not get the “street credit.”

On the first day of the workshop, Orozco opened the floor to an exercise involving a viewing of the CW trailer for the television series “The 100,” which he worked on.

The first viewing of the three-minute trailer had no audio whatsoever.

The purpose of the exercise was to see if students were able to focus on the content and understand the synopsis.

Students pitched in evaluations of the analysis of the audio-less footage.

Afterwards, Orozco showed students the trailer with “sound enforcement,” as he calls it .

A student asked Orozco: “What is your favorite part of the process?”

“I love the whole process. I love hearing the music when it’s finalized and hearing it with the scene and dialogue,” he replied.

The first day of the workshop involved a general scope of the business of music composing. Orozco went over the set up of a music lab, stations, responsibilities and the best kind of software to use and buy for music composition.

He also explained the difference between the music and film industry.

The second day dealt exclusively with the details of film music composition and audio software.

Orozco taught students tricks about audio effects, equalizers and audio mastering, terms that every audio and film student should know.

Many students looking to make a profession in the industry took notes and asked questions as Orozco went over definitions and examples of mastering audio on the PowerPoint.

The slides went over details of using audio software to compose and mix sound with music.

Orozco detailed best practices for recording, mixing and mastering digital audio.

He went further into detail the science behind hearing and perceived loudness through digital sound.

Orozco finalized the presentation by encouraging aspiring music composers and music engineers to reach out to him. In figuring out your next step in your careers, (this information) “it’s very valuable,” he added.

To learn more information about the workshop, please visit the RTV department at Shima 146.