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Free Week presented by Focusrite and Novation

May 23 @ 12:00 pm - May 25 @ 8:30 pm

Join Omni Sound Project for a free week of audio education, presented by Focusrite and Novation.

It’s time for Omni Sound Project’s FREE WEEK, presented by Focusrite and Novation. Join the Omni community for four free events and learn to create your own music from start to finish. Meet new friends and enter to win awesome giveaways, all for FREE!

Check out our schedule below and then save your space… we can’t wait to see you!

Monday, May 23 at 12 pm CST :: Implementing D + I

Meet members of Focusrite’s Diversity in Music, Gender Balance in Music, and Pride in Music Groups and hear how they are working to create more authentic inclusion in the audio industry. You’ll get to chat with Daniel Burleigh, Cindy Bojorquez, Bamber Haworth, and Hannah Bliss in a panel discussion moderated by Omni Sound Project Director Lisa Machac.

Monday, May 23 at 7:30 pm CST :: Producing Music with the Novation Launchkey Mini with J Godwin

Learn how to start a song during this interactive demo with J Godwin on the Launchkey Mini. J will explain her creative process and invite you to join in on a live collaboration.

Novation is a British company designing innovative tools for electronic music-makers. Novation specialises in designing synthesisers, grid-based and keyboard controllers and grooveboxes – technology that translates ideas into reality, channelling artistic energy to create new music.

Launchkey Mini is Novation’s most compact and portable 25-mini-key MIDI keyboard controller. It gives you everything you need to start creating in Ableton Live – and it’ll fit in your bag. Make tracks anywhere with Launchkey Mini’s deep, intuitive Ableton control, arpeggiator, fixed chord mode, MIDI out, and tons of sounds in the box.

Session Giveaway :: Launchkey Mini

Tuesday, May 24 at 7:30 pm CST :: Recording Professional-Sounding Vocals with Focusrite Clarett+ and ISA with Isabelle Banos

Wondering how to take your vocal recordings to the next level? In this course, Isabelle Banos will walk you through her process of recording professional quality vocals. She’ll break down key concepts, show you the gear she uses, and demonstrate how to setup a great vocal recording session. You’ll learn to hear the signs of good quality recordings versus not so good ones, and how you can achieve pro results every time.

Focusrite and Focusrite Pro offer audio interfaces and other products for recording musicians, producers and professional audio facilities.

The ISA is Focusrite’s original mic preamp, born out of the original Focusrite Forte console of the late 80’s, considered sonically to be the finest console ever built. Focusrite Clarett+ interfaces feature ultra-clear, high-headroom audio conversion and pristine preamps with all-analogue Air mode, simulating vintage ISA 110 console circuitry. Each Focusrite Red, Clarett+, and Scarlett interface comes with the Hitmaker Expansion Bundle, $1,300 in free plug-ins from Antares, XLN, Marshall, Brainworx, and more.

Session Giveaway :: Clarett+ 2Pre Interface

Wednesday, May 25 at 7:30 pm CST :: Creating Studio Quality Tracks with Focusrite’s Scarlett 2i2 Studio and Hitmaker Expansion with Marisa Ewing

Capturing your signal is just part of the creative process. Equally important is utilizing plugins and mixing techniques to enhance your signature sound. Marisa Ewing will share insights on how to use the Hitmaker Expansion products to finish your song in style.

Focusrite Audio Engineering has pioneered professional audio recording technology for more than 30 years. Starting from the delivery of 12 sonically unrivaled music-recording consoles, Focusrite has gone on to become the leading name in music recording products.

Get studio quality sound with the interfaces that make more records than any other. Featuring six configurations of ins and outs with the best performing Scarlett mic preamps the range has ever heard, Air mode, high headroom instrument inputs, and high-performance converters. Every Scarlett 3rd Gen audio interface comes with Easy Start, two DAWs, three months of Splice Sounds and the Hitmaker Expansion – create studio quality vocals, powerful guitars, luscious keys and huge drums, then mix and master with iconic Focusrite studio hardware – all the software you need is in the box.

Session Giveaway :: Scarlett 2i2 Studio

About our teachers:

J is an audiovisual artist and mentor based in Brooklyn. A proud recipient of a 2016 3Arts Award, she uses music, storytelling, and visuals to translate and transform her worldview. She has created hundreds of videos and songs, mainly solo, in several different installations over the past decade. J explores difficult emotions, universal themes, and human connection through soundscapes, movement, color, and design. Her music has been licensed on several international TV shows, her voice has been featured in multiple national commercial jingles, and her music videos have been viewed by millions. She has performed in professional music and theatre venues across the U.S. as an actor and a musician, and she has helped over 15,000 self-proclaimed non-musicians write their own songs in under an hour through three separate in-school outreach programs. She is currently developing an audiovisual storytelling experience that integrates reconnection with the body and her deep love of nature.

Isabelle Banos is a Montreal-based producer, songwriter and a founding member of the alternative pop band Caveboy. She has performed across Canada, showcased throughout the U.S., and participated in major music conferences all over the world. Her music has appeared in TV shows (Maid, Orange is the New Black), movies (Happiest Season, The New Romantic) and featured in editorial playlists on all major streaming platforms (New Music Friday, Fresh Finds). Her passion for empowerment through education has led her to become a YouTuber for LANDR, as well as a regular volunteer for the Montreal chapter of Rock Camp For Girls. In April 2021, she opened her own inclusive studio space, Chez Ballsy, in Montreal.

Marisa Ewing is an audio engineer, sound designer, composer, and musician with experience as a recording and mixing engineer for music, film, and video games. Marisa holds a BA in audio production and another in music with a specialization in film and game sound. She is the founder and owner of Hemlock Creek Productions, a boutique post production audio studio based in Chicago, IL that specializes in dialogue editing, mixing, mastering, and sound design.