An umbrella and a portable recorder in my pack: first day in the class

The classroom

This post is part of a series called One Year in Sound by sound designer Carlo Ascrizzi.

First day of class. Finally!

Some handshake with your new classmates, moving quickly to the classroom 1 where the Head of Department is going to show you how the school works, the server and the test system.

Just the time to set everything up and you receive the student package! You get a backpack, a thermos, a pen drive, an umbrella, headphones, an handheld recorder and the lanyard with your student ID to have access to the school.

The student pack

The year is divided in six terms, two months each. The classroom 1 will be your place for all the first term long. Each term you move to the next step, changing classroom and workstation. The school is open 24/7 and it’s so important because you’ll should work on your projects after class. In the next terms, believe me or not, you could work all night long if needed!

Tascam portable recorder

The head of department shows you all the sound facilities you will have access, step by step, moving forward through the terms. Also you get the library card to have access to the sound equipment at the Resources Service!

The server room.

From the first day you get the idea..the school has got a winning attitude and doesn’t matter what’s your sound background and your previous experiences, because that  year will change your vision in sound, completely!

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Carlo Ascrizzi

Contributor at sounDesign
Freelance sound design and music artist Carlo Ascrizzi creates original sonic contents for film, animations, multimedia and beyond. From brand commissions to experimental collaborations, his work has reached international multimedia arts festivals, film award nominations and digital arts magazines. An all-round creative, tireless traveller, Carlo is also the author of SounDesign's beloved series One Year In Sound.


  1. Hey Carlo-thank you so much for your observations at VFS! I’m actually starting at VFS (sound design) at the end of April. I’m really looking forward to it.
    I’m arriving in Vancouver on the 20th (orientation is on the 22nd).
    Keep writing!

  2. Wow, they give better headphones now and a tascam right away! Cool. We had to wait until the second term, I think, to get our H2´s. I still use it a lot, as well as the backpack haha. And the umbrella was super super handy.
    I would also recommend watching movies and playing video games in the theater at least once a month and…NO SLEEPING IN THE MIXING LABS hehe
    Uh, I got tons of tips if you are interested 🙂
    You are in for a treat! Have tons of fun!!

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