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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Studio Buddy

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 4 stars
Effectiveness: 2 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Sep 27, 2002 by Music
Overview: Studio Buddy is a downloadable application from TAXI--the independent A & R company--that provides a quick lookup reference resource for answers to common recording studio topics, questions and scenarios. The application may be used in two ways. The first is like a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) where the user browses through a list of 111 questions, highlights the question they are interested in and receives the answer. The other way to use the program is through a keyword search process that takes the user to questions and their answers related to the keywords.
Learning Goals: The main learning goal of Studio Buddy is to help students of recording technology and semi-pro/amateur recording engineers achieve better quality recordings by providing answers and quick discussions of actual recording techniques and issues related to the recording studio.
Target Student Population: Recording Engineering Students, Music Technology Students, and Home Studio Recording Engineers
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: A basic vocabulary of recording studio terminology is helpful, but not required.
Type of Material: Reference Application
Recommended Uses: As reference material for quick lookup when confronted by specific recording situations
Technical Requirements: Any modern multimedia computer. The downloadable application is available for: Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000 and Macintosh OS 9 or earlier (runs in Classic mode under Macintosh OSX)

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The information is based on the actual recording studio experience of Studio Buddy's authors, and is quite accurate and helpful. The answers provide concise information about specific technical approaches to recording.
Concerns: Because the target audience is the popular/commercial recording studio, the answers to most of the questions relate to that world. Those interested in acoustic or classical recordings may find many of the answers counterproductive to their efforts. The information at times may be overly prescriptive rather than generally useful.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 2 stars
Strengths: This tool would serve well as a practical companion in an applied recording program arena. Its use is directed much more toward a functioning studio than as a teaching tool for the general discussion of recording.
Concerns: Studio Buddy is not a teaching tool, it is a reference resource. The presentations are designed to be quick references rather than thorough investigations of each topic.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Studio Buddy is very easy to use and navigate. Both the FAQ list and the search function work quite well.
Concerns:

Other Issues and Comments: Studio Buddy is very specific in its purpose of providing a reference source for clear approaches to recording studio techniques, problems and issues. It offers the user a quick lookup of situations often confronted in the home or popular/commercial recording studio environment.