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If you know the name Les Paul at all, it’s likely because of the Gibson guitar with the fat, gutsy tone. You may even know that there was a real guy named Les Paul. But what’s less known is that the Gibson Les Paul is one of his lesser accomplishments. In fact, he wasn’t really …

The post How Les Paul Changed Recorded Music Forever (and Got an Iconic Guitar Named After Him) appeared first on IPR.

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To some music creators and fans, Auto-Tune is destroying American popular music. To others, it’s just a studio tool that makes people sound better. Before we weigh in on other side, let’s be specific about what Auto-Tune is. As you probably already know, Auto-Tune is an app that corrects pitch. Engineers use it subtly during …

The post The Pros And Cons of Auto-Tune appeared first on IPR.

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When you’re starting a career in sound engineering, you naturally want to work with the latest technology. But it can also be instructive to look backwards. When we take a closer look at antiquated technologies, we can learn a lot about how the music business has changed, and also in many ways how it wasn’t. …

The post Forgotten Technologies of Recorded Music: The Player Piano appeared first on IPR.

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Sudden Media is IPR’s student-lead organization on campus that helps to connect students and alumni with real-world clients. Working under the guidance of IPR faculty member and Program Academic Coordinator Mitch Hare, the IPR community has been given opportunities to work with real-life clients while building their resume with noteworthy projects. Sudden Media and Minnestories™ …

The post IPR Teams Up With Minnesota Department of Health for MinneStories™ Series appeared first on IPR.

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Reading the news, you may be tempted to think that the next decade will bring nothing but doom and gloom. Think again, because there is a bright future ahead, at least for the audio industry. Jobs Good news: the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an 8% increase in employment for audio engineers through 2026. …

The post Audio Industry Forecast: The Next Ten Years appeared first on IPR.

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The vastness of the universe is beyond imagination. And yet it’s a testament to human ingenuity that we keep finding new ways to study it. One more recent technique is when scientists use audio. Usually it’s not audio per se, but other kinds of waves converted to sound. Nevertheless, the results have been enlightening, and …

The post Sounds from Space: How Scientists Use Audio to Figure Out the Universe appeared first on IPR.

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If you’re considering a career in audio engineering, you probably already know that the outlook is good — the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that job opportunities will grow through 2026. But you may not know about the career flexibility that comes with a degree in audio engineering. You want to be a record …

The post Alternative Careers in Audio appeared first on IPR.

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Austen Pullen is a 2018 graduate in Audio Production and Engineering and Sound Design for Visual Media. Originally from Virginia, Austen traveled to Minnesota for his education and has embraced the Midwest music and film scene. Since graduation, Austen has worked at Winterland Studios, several sound design projects, and worked with a variety of recording …

The post Alumni Spotlight: Austen Pullen appeared first on IPR.

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When it comes to event production, sound is one of the most important elements. Sound engineering is a highly-regarded craft in the music industry. Every venue, audience and show is different. Indoor and outdoor venues impact how sound moves. The size, shape and occupancy of the venue determines its overall sound. Predicting these changes and …

The post Sound Reinforcement: A Show Production Guide appeared first on IPR.

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Student Filmmaker Success and Z-Fest Wins In December 2018, Penny Pauletich graduated from IPR with a degree in Digital Video and Media Production. Even prior to graduation, Penny received great acclaim student filmmaker. In 2018, her film Three Categories or Less was named best student film at Z Fest. Even more impressive, she won Best …

The post Alumni Spotlight: Penny Pauletich, Digital Video and Media Production appeared first on IPR.

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