Rich Crescenti

Acoustics, Mixing Techniques - Artist & Group, Avid Pro Tools, General Mixing and Mastering, Audio Recording and Music Production, Audio Recording, Home Studio Setup, Live Sound, Automation, Music Hardware Integration, VST/AU Plugins, Audio Editing, Audio Fundamentals, Mastering Techniques, Microphone Techniques, Mixing for Visual Media, Mixing Techniques - Electronic, Mixing Techniques - Orchestral, Post Production Audio
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As one of the lead instructors at SAE NY for over 6 years, and with over 10,000 hours of classroom time, I have helped hundreds of students to perform professional level work and understand the changing needs of a technology-based industry.  I have been a licensed teacher in NY State since 2013 and have an expert level background in analog and digital signal flow; the only educator in the program who has taught all 6 console and all three levels of Pro Tools/ICON. More importantly, my teaching focuses on how to approach the work for long-term success.

Course taught include:

  • Basic and Advanced Signal Flow
  • SSL4000 G+, Neve 88R, Yamaha O2R, Audient ASP8024, Presonus StudioLive:
  • Analog and Digital Consoles: Theory, Usage, and Automation
  • Analog Tape: Theory, Usage, and Alignment
  • Interfacing and Synchronization of Analog and Digital Studio Gear
  • Microphones and Stereo Mic Techniques
  • Mixing, Mastering, FX
  • Sound for Picture, Surround Sound, EQ and Compression workshops
  • Pro Tools 1, 2, and 3 including the ICON Control Surface


I have been playing music since I was 9 years old and making recordings for nearly 20 years. Throughout my career as a freelance engineer, I have worked in a number world class recording studios as well as made records in mountain cabins, NYC apartments, and everywhere in between. My ability to produce top quality sound shines through on records regardless of location or budget. Confident and skilled in both analog and digital recording, I help bands of all styles make records reflective of their unique perspective.


I believe that understanding why we make choices, is as important as the choices themselves. There is a heavy emphasis on fundamentals and techniques that will apply to any session or studio as well. My ultimate goal is to allow students to feel comfortable and flexible in the studio environment. I can assist with home studio setup, Pro Tools, recording and mixing techniques, monitoring setup, delivery formats and exporting files as well as beginner/intermediate/advanced processing techniques. All lessons are customizable based upon individual students needs.

I make instructional videos for Melodyne.

Pro Tools - Installation, setup, interfaces, signal flow and routing, understanding workflows, editing, MIDI, mixing, online and offline processing, video sync, plugins, types of tracks, troubleshooting, inputs and outputs, importing and exporting audio/midi/video/session data, as well as backing up, sharing, and moving  sessions.

Home Recording - Studio Setup, microphone technique and placement, microphone types and choice, gain staging and level setting, understanding analog and digital audio, analog and digital consoles, acoustics, sound profiles and emanation patterns of various instruments

Mixing - general theory, monitoring setup, tips and tricks, filtering, equalization, gating/expansion/compression/limiting, time based FX (delays, reverbs, chorus, phaser, flanger, etc.), static balances, automation, creative techniques, advanced listening techniques, sample augmentation & replacement, pitch and time correction, incorporating midi instruments, working with loops, reference tracks, levels, analog and digital studio gear, imaging, deliverable formats, revisions and organization.

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