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

 

 

 

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Rode NT2A

Fender CD-60

 

Studio Roles – Producer

Typically a producer has a big involvement in to how a finished song or album is going to sound. In terms of hierarchy in the studio, the producer has the most power.

Within this role the producer is in charge of various different aspects in the studio. For example this can involve creating ideas, mixing or overseeing someone else mixing, hiring session musicians and working with a sound engineer to make sure the best sound in produced.

An example of a famous producer would be Dr Dre. Dr Dre is responsible for co producing Eminems Marshall Mathers LP as well as being the executive producer for The Eminem Show and Encore.

Week 8

In today session we discussed stylistic elements of psychedelic rock. After analysing different songs from well known bands we applied what we had discussed to make a song in a psychedelic style. During this I played guitar. The key of the song was in Am.

In today’s session we had to analyse our own work and write down the strengths and weaknesses. My main strength so far is my chose of instruments fit nicely. My main weakness is that I haven’t done much yet. We also had to analyse another persons work. The piece i listened to was backing to Harry Potter and the deathly hallows part two. My only main criticism was that for me the instrumental seemed to joyful for the scene. I suggested using a minor key to alter this.
When I got back to my own work I started to find gun sound effects to use for my scene. The original scene doesn’t have any gunfire. I wanted to add the sounds of the guns to make it seem more dramatic when the bodies hit the floor. When I decided to include the gunfire I didn’t realise how hard it would be to have the guns in sync with the sounds of the guns especially with multiple guns going off at the same time.

Week 7 –  The Archery centre

In this recording session I had to re record the acoustic guitar on the track for Counting stars. As a group we did complete a short version of the song however I didn’t have time to mix it on my own.

On the last week of term leading up to Christmas we had a gig at the Archery centre on Seaside Road in Eastbourne.During the performance my guitar amp definitely needed to be turned up. Although i could hear my guitar,  in the recording it can’t be heard at all. Overall Supersonic was fairly decent in comparison to Dakota . As different members of the group had to rearrange themselves to get prepared for Dakota it did seem quite unorganised on stage between Supersonic and Dakota. I don’t think this really was anyone’s fault as we hadn’t spent much time making a smooth transition. The second performance didn’t go quite to plan down to some technical issues for the drummer and tuning problems for the lead guitarist . The drummer was unable to hear much of what was being played through his headphones and therefore found it hard to play . This was why we restarted a few times . This was my first performance playing guitar live so I leant a fair bit whilst doing it. The first thing I definitely will remember for next time is too check the volume of my amp to level it out with the rest of the groups instruments.

In the session on Wednesday I downloaded a clip of the film Road To Perdition so I could start on ideas for the backing track. So far I have a rain loop, a piano section and also a cello over the top of the piano. Next lesson I’ll add a intro and start finding effects for the gun fire and footsteps.

Week 6

Today in recording we started off filling in a drum sheet. This included information about Close/spot microphones and how to use dynamic microphone to pick up drum sounds from one direction as they’re less sensitive. In addition to this i also looked at polar patterns and how they pick up different sounds. Also i looked at space paired(overhead mics). The positives of them are that they capture left and right sounds. The main negatives are that it can cause phase which is a thin sound over the recording . I also looked at coincident pairs which cross over each other. As I have no previous experience setting up microphones or using drum kits, this handout was very helpful.

In second session of the week we chose the songs that we wanted to perform at the Christmas gig at the Archery centre in Eastbourne . We all decided on Supersonic by Oasis and Dakota by Stereophonics. In both songs I play guitar.

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In MIDI today we briefly went over stereo spreaders and also adaptive limiters to give our songs a fuller sound on logic. I used the adaptive limiter and I can really hear a different in my piece now. As well as this I continued to make progress on my film piece which is very close to coming to an end.

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Week 5

In this session i worked as part of a group to make a rough cover of a song.  Someone suggested covering Counting stars by One republic. Not all of us were too familiar with the song so we all listened to it to pick out what parts we could copy to make our cover . In the group we had one pianist, one guitarist and a bassist. We started recording the bass straight into Logic through the desk. After that we use a mic and a stand to record the acoustic guitar.

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In the next session we were left to carry on with our compositions for the whole session. My main focus was to finish off the section towards the end of my piece .