2015 Midsummer Highlights at The DAE

Midsummer Recap

Before we relive the highlights of the first part of the summer, there’s still plenty of time to end your summer at the Digital Arts Experience. Summer Session 4 runs from August 17th to the 28th, and we end our summer camps with Summer Session 5 from August 31st to September 4th. If you can’t make it for the summer, don’t worry because Fall Registration is currently live and the The DAExpress is taking bookings for Minecraft birthday parties.

Class in MakerspaceOur summer kicked off with a record high number of registrations for Summer Session 1 compared to previous years. We greatly enjoyed the packed facility and buzzing energy that brought along. On the last day of the first session, the DAE hosted a celebration for our 3 year anniversary!

DAE 3 Year PartyIn addition to enjoying good food and company, attendants heard the DAE announce two new ventures: DAELearning and DAE Makerclub. DAElearning will be an online subscription based site that provides members with interesting, educational videos on Programming Languages, 3D Printing, Mac Basics, and much more.Members of DAE Makerclub will have complete and unlimited access to our facility including labs, 3D printers, and more.

DAE Makerclub

Then Summer Session 2 came along and broke the record the previous session had just set. This high number was partially due the numerous kids who reenrolled in our classes. Our site was at max capacity with every single computer being used! Summer Session 3 started smoothly and is currently going on. Check out a student made short film below.

Late Summer Computer and STEM Camp in White Plains of Westchester at The Digital Arts Experience

Summer STEM Camps

We’ve got you covered! While other camps end before August does, The Digital Arts Experience’s computer and STEM summer camps in White Plains of Westchester County, NY, keep on going into the first week of September. Listen to President Rob Kissner talk about how you should end your kids’ summer.

With courses in 3D Printing, Animation, Graphic Design, and more STEM subjects to choose from, your child is sure to find a program that they are interested in! Allow your children to finish their summer at the most fun and educational summer camp in Westchester.

For more information visit our:

YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/digitalartexperience

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Website: http://www.TheDAE.com

Registration Page: https://campscui.active.com/orgs/TheDigitalArtsExperience

Digital Music Summer Camp in White Plains Westchester NY

Digital Music Summer Camp in White Plains, Westchester NY at The Digital Arts Experience. Spring & Summer options, no prior musical experience required.

New Digital Music Programs in White Plains, Westchester NY at The DAE

Digital Music Programs & Summer Camp in White Plains, Westchester NY at The DAE


Music for Minecraft 

Ages 8-12


Do you love Minecraft? Do you spend so much time breaking and placing blocks that you wish you could do more with your favorite game? Well now you can!  

  • write music to compliment your game 
  • create sound effects with foley
  • create a whole new sound for YOUR Minecraft and gaming experience!

Come have fun and learn some cool tricks of how to enhance your gaming experience in this unique music program!


Session 1: July 7th – July 18th, 9:30AM – 12:00PM

Session 2: July 21st – Aug. 1st, 1:00PM – 3:30PM

Session 3: Aug 4th – Aug 15th, 9:30AM – 12:00PM

Session 5: Aug 25th – Aug 29th, 1:00PM, 3:30PM

Click here to register or learn more: 



Songwriting and Production 101

Ages 10+


Did you ever wish you could write a song like Taylor Swift? Justin Timberlake? Rhianna? Will.i.am? Katy Perry? Pharrell? Lorde? Eminem? One Direction? Miley Cyrus? Jay Z? Beyonce? Ariana Grande? Pink? Or any other of your favorite performing artists and bands? 

This summer, learn how to write like the pros WITH a professional producer/composer and songwriter! Get hands on experience writing in a professional music studio and learn how to create catchy memorable lyrics that you’ll have your friends singing along to like you’re the next number one artist on Billboard’s Top 100!


Session 1: July 7th – July 18th, 1:00PM – 3:30PM

Session 2: July 21st – Aug. 1st, 9:30AM – 12:00PM

Session 3: Aug 4th – Aug 15th, 1:00PM – 3:30PM

Session 5: Aug 25th – Aug 29th, 9:30AM – 12:00PM

Click here to register or learn more: 



Intro to Digital Music Production

Ages 8-12


Whether you are a singer, in a band, play a musical instrument, or are just curious how to create your own sound effects, this class is for you! Students will work in our professional Recording Studio and learn how to use the soundboard and software (GarageBand, Logic Pro X). You’ll create and record your own music and sounds, as well as learn how to edit & mix!


Session 4: Aug 18th – Aug 22nd, 9:30AM – 12:00PM

Click here to register or learn more: 



Music Studio Composition & Production

Ages 13+


Are you thinking of starting a degree or career in the music industry? Are you starting your music degree in the fall? If you want to get a jumpstart in learning professional music composition and production or you want to see if this is the degree or career for you then this is your program!

Learn the basics on a college level and be confident when you walk into your major in the fall! Or, be confident that this is the career path for you! Work with a professional music composer, studio musician, arranger and producer that has and continues to work on hit television shows for major networks, blockbuster films and with world renown composers and performing artists!  You will work in The DAE’s state of the art music studio learning how to use Logic Pro to create professional songs and music compositions for film, television, commercials and even video games!


Session 4: Aug 18th – Aug 22nd, 1:00PM – 3:30PM

Click here to register or learn more: 


THE PRO AUDIO WEB BLOG SAYS: A Quick and Dirty Guide to EQ’ing

This article was shared by TheProAudioWebBlog.com on August 31st, 2013. The Pro Audio Web Blog is a pro-audio and hi-fi site that provides music industry news, audio product reviews, pro-audio tutorials and practices, and exclusive music industry interviews. Please visit them at TheProAudioWebBlog.com for pro-audio and music industry news and information, they are a great resource! The Digital Arts Experience does not own The Pro Audio Web Blog, this article or any information in this article.

by Aaron Kusterer

A Quick and Dirty Guide to EQ’ing

Treble, mid, bass. High frequency, low frequency. These terms all relate to the EQ (or equalizer) for any sort of aural vibration and its accompanying adjustment. Without going into a large amount of detail on the inner workings of the ear and how it picks up sound, there are good and bad frequencies and the goal of a mix engineer is to make the best parts of his mix stand out to the listener without killing them. Getting a mix to that point though is much easier said than done. First off, you want to have a good, clean recording of all the instruments involved. And secondly, you have to get them to sound nice together through a pair of speakers. One of the first things to do is to utilize an EQ. But before we can start EQing, we need to go over a few pre-EQ concepts.


© Aaron Kusterer and The Pro Audio Web Blog, 2013. Shared with permission from The Pro Audio Web Blog.

After School Program for Kids & Teens in Westchester County

The Digital Arts Experience (The DAE) of White Plains is now offering custom designed After School programs in Westchester County. In addition to their regularly scheduled classes that include 2D/3D Animation, Graphic Design, Java Coding, Moviemaking, Web Design with HTML/CSS and more, The DAE is pleased to now be able to personalize your child’s experience even further. The DAE’s classes are 100% hands on and focus on collaboration so your teen will develop social, technical and creative skills. The programs enable kids to work with the most up to date digital arts tools and technologies.

With the ability to customize programs, your child and their friends can get the private and personalized attention that they deserve at their desired time; after school or on weekends.

Ed Vaizey, UK Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries once said, “Computer skills are the grammar of the 21st Century.” But not enough schools have the budget or funding for these types of programs. According to http://www.code.org/stats:

  • Computer science is the highest paid college degree

  • Computer programming jobs are growing at 2X the national average


  • Less than 2.4% of college students graduate with a degree in computer science

  • 9 out of 10 schools don’t even offer computer programming classes

  • In 36 of 50 states, coding classes don’t count towards high school graduation math or science requirements

Code.org preaches an important message: “What most schools don’t teach” with BIG names to back it up: Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, will.i.am, Chris Bosh, Jack Dorsey, Tony Hsieh, Drew Houston, Gabe Newell, Ruchi Sanghvi, Elena Silenok, Vanessa Hurst, and Hadi Partovi. Directed by Lesley Chilcott, executive producers Hadi and Ali Partovi.

These guys MUST think it’s pretty important! So why aren’t you doing something about it? Talk to you child about the importance of learning a new language – code, design, technical computer skills! And bring their friends along!



send Cristina an e-mail at Cristina@theDAE.com.


3D Character Design

Intro to 3D Animation with Blender: Classes at The Digital Arts Experience in Westchester

Hey Westchester! Summer is fast approaching. It officially begins in the Northern Hemisphere on June 21, 2013, at 1:04 A.M EDT, to be exact. At around the same time, The Digital Arts Experience (The DAE) in White Plains, NY will be busily preparing to begin its summer camps for kids and teens that start the second week of July.

Although their camps will run Monday through Friday from 9:00AM – 4:00PM, The DAE wanted to provide alternate options for weekend classes. Starting the day after the summer solstice, The DAE will begin an 8-week Saturday 3D Animation class for teens ages 16-20.

The class, entitled “Intro to 3D Animation using Blender” will give teens the opportunity to explore the open source program Blender, and learn how to create their own stunning 3D characters and animations.

The DAE’s very own Animation instructor, Nicholas Sceusa, was recently interviewed by Phil Shapiro, educator and open source software enthusiast via opensouce.com. In the interview, Nick discusses his use of Blender at The Digital Arts Experience in Westchester, and how he teaches it to high school students. To view the blog entry, please follow the link: Teaching the open source creative tool, Blender, to high school students.

The Digital Arts Experience’s classes are small, 100% hands on and focus on collaboration so your teen will develop social, technical and creative skills for the present and for the future. The classes are held at a max of 6 students so that everyone gets the personal, individualized attention they deserve. Everyone also gets their own 21.5” iMac computer to work on throughout the class, to enable them to work with the most up to date digital arts tools and technologies. To sign up today, please refer to the teen program application form.

As for the Summer Camps at The DAE, kids & teens can choose their area of interest in either: Animation, Graphic Design, Moviemaking, Photography and Web Design. These 2-week programs are all project based, so everyone will leave with completed projects and work to show for a portfolio. To view the summer camp application, please refer to this link.

The Digital Arts Experience (The DAE) is a community focused learning & production facility located in downtown White Plains that teaches courses for kids, teens and adults in Animation, Graphic Design, Moviemaking, Photography, Web Design, Blogging, computer/smart phone basics and more. In addition to teaching classes, The DAE also offers creative and design services to help your business grow. With their in-house professional photography/video studio, fully equipped recording studio, 4 computer labs with all of the latest professional software and industry active staff, The DAE prides itself on being not only a resource for the community, but a productive place you can go to meet other like-minded individuals who share your interests.

Stop by at any time for a tour of its brand new, state-of-the-art 8,000 sq. ft facility, or feel free to call 914-644-8100, e-mail info@thedae.com, or visit www.TheDAE.com for more information!

Summer Camps at The Digital Arts Experience in White Plains

Summer Camp at The DAE

The Digital Arts Experience in White Plains is now enrolling for summer camp programs!

Beginning in July, The Digital Arts Experience in White Plains will be running summer camps for kids and teens ages 10+.  Our programs enable kids and teens to DISCOVER new creative outlets & possible career paths, DEVELOP digital skills to succeed in the 21st century, WORK hands-on with the most up-to-date technology, CREATE work for a portfolio or college application, and WORK side-by-side with like-minded individuals & our talented, industry-active instructors. During the programs, students will have the opportunity to choose their area of interest in:

Our schedule and pricing is as follows:


Monday – Friday: 9AM-4PM
  • July 8th – July 19th
  • July 22nd – August 2nd
  • August 5th – August 16th
Monday – Friday: 9AM-4PM
  • August 19th – August 23rd
  • August 26th – August 30th
For more information, feel free to visit the summer portion of our web site, http://thedae.com/summer_programs.html, where you can fill out an interest form.