Reporter for WAGA-TV/Fox 17 Gets an “American Idol®” Recording Studio Makeover from SAE Atlanta

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Paul Milliken, a reporter for WAGA-TV/Atlanta, received an “American Idol®” makeover from faculty member Lamarr Miller with assistance from students Devin Cameron and Nadiyah Holder at SAE Institute’s Atlanta campus. Miller and the students – both of whom will be graduating in 2015 - used SAE’s professional studios, recording equipment, and audio processing software to improve Milliken’s studio performance of Phillip Phillips’ hit “Home.”

Paul Milliken, a reporter for WAGA-TV/Atlanta, received an “American Idol®” singing makeover at SAE Institute’s Atlanta campus.

My makeover session at SAE Atlanta was a blast - I'm so impressed with the school and the knowledge of the staff and students.

Paul Milliken, a reporter for WAGA-TV/Atlanta, received an “American Idol®” makeover from faculty member Lamarr Miller with assistance from students Devin Cameron and Nadiyah Holder at SAE Institute’s Atlanta campus. Miller and the students – both of whom will be graduating in 2015 - used SAE’s professional studios, recording equipment, and audio processing software to improve Milliken’s studio performance of Phillip Phillips’ hit “Home”.

“My makeover session at SAE Atlanta was a blast - I'm so impressed with the school and the knowledge of the staff and students,” says Milliken. “Anyone who can listen to me singing over and over again deserves major props! It was a great experience.”

Milliken sang into a Neumann U87 microphone that was patched into a Red 3 compressor, which was recorded through a SSL 400 G+ Analog Console. His vocals were then recorded into Pro-Tools 11, a Digital Audio Workstation created by AVID. The final step in Milliken’s makeover was editing and tuning his vocal performance using Melodyne, a pitch correction software.

“Paul was able to confidently record lead vocals and his own harmonies, even putting a few vocal runs in his recording,” says Miller, who’s a graduate of SAE Atlanta’s Audio Technology Program. “Given that it was his first time recording a full-length song, he did an awesome job. It was a thrill to help him cross one of his life goals off of his bucket list.”

Jerry Myers, Campus Director of SAE Institute Atlanta, wasn’t surprised by the impressive engineering work of Miller and his students.

"Lamarr brings a unique perspective as an instructor to our students at SAE Atlanta,” says Myers. “He consistently delivers an engaging classroom environment in which he brings his passion for the audio field to life. Lamarr’s experience as a professional studio engineer provides useful insights about what it will be like for our students when they enter the job market, and his practical guidance gives them essential career-ready skills."

About SAE
SAE Institute provides aspiring creative media professionals with a foundation of practical theory and valuable hands-on training in their chosen areas of concentration. Under the guidance of our faculty, which is comprised of working industry professionals, students gain the essential experience they need for entry-level jobs in the entertainment business. Our students are supported in their job searches by SAE’s international network of alumni, many of whom are leaders in the music, film, game arts, and live performance arenas. We offer programs in audio technology across our seven US campuses, along with a music business program at select locations, all fully accredited and focused on preparing students for employment when they graduate. Bachelor’s Degree programs in Animation, Audio, Film, Game Art & Graphic Design are available at the two locations of Ex’pression College, which is owned and operated by SAE Institute Group, Inc. SAE Institute Group, Inc. is a part of Navitas LTD. Learn more at USA.sae.edu.

About Navitas
Navitas is an Australian global education leader, providing pre-university and university programs, English language courses, migrant education and settlement services, creative media education, student recruitment, professional development, and corporate training services to more than 80,000 students across a network of over 100 colleges and campuses in 27 countries. Learn more at Navitas.com.

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