Unit 8 – Week 7

This week i carried on sorting out my mix for my song. I looked through the drum loops and found a southern drum loop that played for a few bars. I copied the loop throughout the song then removed parts that i didn’t want. The main section where i removed drums were after the first chorus.  I mimicked this idea from the drummer that i had been rehearsing with. As well as removing the drums to mimic the drummer, i decided to continue removing the drums so that it would stop playing completely and then build up with the hi hat, snare and kick drum into the chorus. I also had a chance to listen to my peers mix of the same song. Although he hasn’t made the same changes that i suggested and made to my mix, his does sound alright. Beside from the additional verse and the two different rhythm guitars, in his mix the drums are one of the differences that separate our mixes. As well as this my peer has kept in the lead guitar through the chorus which i removed. After listening through my own mix with the lead guitar playing through the chorus i used automation to lower the volume so that it couldn’t be heard. I did this as the rhythm guitar during the chorus couldn’t really be heard due to the other guitar playing over it. Without it playing, the chorus sections sound a lot less cluttered up. In the chorus i have a bass, piano, drums and one guitar playing now. Another thing that i also included in mine which wasn’t in my peers mix is a very quick slide at the start that i included. The last difference that i picked up on which was to be expected was that the piano on his was louder then mine. As he played the piano i think that is understandable. For me the drums on his mix sound incredibly repetitive and don’t change at all throughout the whole song. As well the drums sound quite distracting and loud. For all of the reasons above i do believe that mine sounds better then my peers but I’m unsure which one will be on the album.

Unit 8 – Week 6

In this week I started to mix my song. Initially I had thought that when the song was going to be mixed I wouldn’t be that involved as my peer who played the piano seemed more eager to do it himself. But as my peer was mixing on the old version which included the two different guitar tones on the rhythm guitar and had also left in the verse that was dragging the song on, I decided to just mix the newer version. So far my main focus is to sort out the drums and find a better kit then the one I’m using at minute. The reason being is that the one i have at the minute is a loop off of ultra beat and just repeats throughout which i personally find quite annoying. Whilst rehearsing in the previous weeks, my peer that was playing the drums kept the drums quite hidden in the back ground and also varied the way he was playing during certain sections. So my aim is to almost mimic how he played through midi.


Unit 8 – Week 5

This week I had a lot less to do then in past weeks. In this session I listened back over the tracks that had been recorded. I noticed that I had played my guitar parts on two separate guitars and therefore two different types of tones could be heard. As everything else had been recorded I decided to re recorded the guitar throughout the whole song. Listening back to the song it did seem to drag on especially at the end. The original structure had been:

But I decided to remove the last verse. By changing this I did have to cut out parts of the bass , piano and lead guitar that had been recorded. The piano wasn’t that difficult at all as it was just midi.

In the next rehearsal I discussed the changes with everyone else so that everyone knew what was going on. Even though through theses changes the song was a lot shorter there was still some confusion through the whole song just like last week. This was our last session to rehearse and we did eventually get it to a decent standard.

Unit 8 – Week 4

This week we were going to record the piano in the studio but the pianist insisted on recording in the midi room. I was quite sceptical about this as we had had some major issues about timing problems previously. To my surprise the piano got recorded in time and sounded really good! When my peer had finished i decided to record my guitar sections through the sound card in the midi room. Although i had recorded the guitar through an amp the previous week, the sound that was coming through sounded like a bass which wasn’t the sound i wanted. Whilst recording through the sound card i managed to get a much clearer sound and i also got it done a lot quicker. In comparison to the recording through the amp, the recording through the sound card sounded a lot better for this song.
Next session we rehearsed the song again and we also had someone playing on drums this time. Whilst rehearsing, it did take a while for everyone to manage to play together without any major faults. Out of the three or four time we went through it, it was placed well once.
The last session of the week two of my peers recorded lead guitar and also bass. After two takes both were recorded  . After this I went to the midi room to start mixing.

Unit 8 – Week 3

This week the bassist recorded a rough copy of what he was going to record as we didn’t have enough time to record there and then. So far the bass is sound very good against what we have so far.
In the next session we listen through what we had and a member of staff  noticed that the piano hadn’t been played to a click when it had been recorded. As I was playing to the piano, all of the guitar parts were also out of time. Thankful we had only recorded the piano and guitar parts.  I stayed after the lesson to record the guitar parts first on a new project so that I was certain that everything would be in time for next session. Whilst recording the guitar i did come across some issues when it came to playing it back. The microphone that was recording the amp was picking up quite a lot of noise from the room. As well as this the slot where the guitar lead connects to the amp was making a rattling noise. A member of staff suggested that i bring my own. As the guitar i own currently has 4 strings, my peer offered to bring his in next session.
In this next session I had to start from scratch. Whist i waited for my peer to arrive, I started by setting up the studio and getting the equipment that I needed. Today I used a Roland amp , a microphone for the amp and also an epiphone guitar. Everything was recorded in time!!!

Unit 8 – Week 2

In today’s session I planned to re record the acoustic guitar. I changed the microphone i had used the day before to SM58 Rode microphone and a microphone from a drum kit to be used as an overhead microphone to record an acoustic guitar. Unfortunately it still isn’t sounding quite right against the piano that my peer had recorded. I’m more then likely going to record an electric guitar as I think it will be a whole lot quicker. Although I was unable to record the guitar, I did come up with a chorus and bridge section to complete the song. By the end of the session I had recorded the electric guitar through the desk. The chorus was influenced by the song “Hotel California”and the bridge was more in the style of Amy Winehouse.

In this rehearsal session we arranged who was going to play the bass and also the lead guitar. I spent most of the time going through what the chords were so that the other guitarist and bassist knew what was being played and what the structure of the song was. After we went through the structure and chords of the song we were able to rehearse through it. As it was our first time rehearsing through it did take a while for everyone to play together which was expected. Overall i think this first session rehearsing went alright.

Unit 8 – Week 1

In this first week we were told about unit 8 and what we needed to do to pass all of the units.I wasn’t to certain what I was going to do for unit 8 but by the end of it I had a verse for my song . At the moment the song consists of piano and acoustic guitar. The chords that I came up with weren’t all recognisable chords so a member of staff  helped us to work out what they were by using the piano to mirror the sounds that I was playing so that my peer would be able to play along with me. After the chords were worked out my peer and i rehearsed through the song a couple times. The chords sequence that i came up with was inspired by Amy Winehouse’s style of music.

In the next session I planned to record an acoustic guitar and also the piano. The piano was recorded so we copied and pasted the sections so I could play over the top of the piano. This definitely took longer then expected. Parts of the track seemed to go at a different speed to how I wanted to originally play the guitar parts which contributed to such a long time being spent on recording it. To record the guitar we used a microphone and plugged it around the desk. As the piano parts took a while to record I just had to adjust the speed I was used to playing at. For next session I definitely need to re record the acoustic guitar as it didn’t sound quite right.

This week the equipment i used





Rode NT2A

Fender CD-60