June 8, 2015 at 12:09PM, Edited June 8, 12:11PM
Warning on MZED Sound Advice Tour (with Frank Serafine)
First off, Frank Serafine is no longer a part of the tour. It's now being led by Mark Edward Lewis (some other sound guy from LA, Listed under "more results" on IMDB.) Frank had to bow out for health reasons. I believe he's been out the whole tour pretty much. I feel like I should have been notified by email at least before showing up to the event titled "Sound Advice Tour with Frank Serafine"
I didn't feel this seminar was worth the time or the price for me. I knew probably 80-90% of the material covered and I'm not even a sound guy. I'm a producer/shooter/editor and I was only looking to bolster up my really weak audio background. The rest of material that I did not previously know was a sales pitch. He gave a brief overview of the basic function of various (and really expensive) plugins which also happened to be sponsors of the event. He showed how to remove noise from interview audio using third-party plugins in Adobe Audtion which seemed to be less adequate than the noise reduction already available in Audition. He did a sales pitch for Killer Tracks. He did a sales pitch for Sony Spectral Layers which seems like a good product. He really pushed the Zoom and Rhode products.
He did talk about foley sounds and ADR for probably 30 minutes which was super insightful. I was disappointed when he moved on to more sales pitches.
If anyone has interest in knowing more about this tour, let me know. If you're on the fence about purchasing a ticket, I can give you a rundown on the covered material to help you decide.
I felt misled going into this thing so hopefully some of that gives a clearer expectation.