Production Techniques: ‘Delay and Echo’

History We have all no doubt experienced the phenomenon knows as echo; yelling from the top of a cliff or canyon and then hearing our voice bounce back after time? Delay works off similar principles, however is created artificially in the studio environment. The history of delay hearkens back to the 1950's and was created … Continue reading Production Techniques: ‘Delay and Echo’

Production Techniques: ‘Gated Reverb’

The iconic drum sound of the 80's and one that has recently been returning to popular music 30's years later, is created using a technique called 'gated reverb'. This is that full, punchy sound primarily applied to snare, kick and toms familiar in the music of Prince, Duran Duran, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins and Bruce … Continue reading Production Techniques: ‘Gated Reverb’

Production Techniques: The ‘Glyn Johns Drum Mic Methodology’

Glyn Johns is a famous engineer and music producer and notably one of the few people, (after Alan Blumlein), to have an actual mic technique named after him. Johns worked with some of the most adored performers of the 60's, 70's and 80's including The Who, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Bob … Continue reading Production Techniques: The ‘Glyn Johns Drum Mic Methodology’

‘Zed Leppelin 6 song demo’: Guitar Tracking Reflection

With the drums, bass and scratch track in place it was time to record the guitar parts for our 6 song demo for 'Zed Leppelin'. The bands guitarist Daniel Cox is a real virtuoso and takes his role seriously. He is the former lead guitarist of '9 sons of Dan' who in 2012 secured a … Continue reading ‘Zed Leppelin 6 song demo’: Guitar Tracking Reflection

Final Reflection: Sound Replacement Project – Back to the Future

Well we got there. What an eye opening and enjoyable project this turned out to be! We ran to plan, our communication and teamwork was seamless and whilst we did encounter unforeseen problems, we were able to overcome them efficiently. Here is the finished product; the first 1.31m of the original Back to the Future … Continue reading Final Reflection: Sound Replacement Project – Back to the Future

Music Genre Analysis: Country Music – The Outlaw Movement (circa. 1970)

Introduction What is country music? Dictionary.com describes country music as "a style and genre of largely string-accompanied American popular music having roots in the folk music of the Southeast and cowboy music of the West, usually vocalized, generally simple in form and harmony, and typified by romantic or melancholy ballads accompanied by acoustic or electric … Continue reading Music Genre Analysis: Country Music – The Outlaw Movement (circa. 1970)

Music Genre Analysis: The Baroque Period (1600 – 1750)

The Baroque period as defined by Huchinsons Dictionary of Music (p.302) is "Music of the period following the Renaissance and before the classical period, lasting from about 1600 to the deaths of Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frederic Handel in the 1750s". This was a time where music really swelled in its complexity and dimension, … Continue reading Music Genre Analysis: The Baroque Period (1600 – 1750)

Sound Replacement Project Reflection: Recording Session Three…

Recording session three took place on Saturday 7th October and began in the C-24 studio and moved to the Audient 8024 later in the day. The goals for this session were to record the final foley sounds including the aftermath of the amp explosion (papers flying through the air, Marty McFly landing on couch, the … Continue reading Sound Replacement Project Reflection: Recording Session Three…

‘Zed Leppelin 6 song demo’: First Recording Session Reflection (Pt.2)…

So with the drums and bass set up in the Neve live room and the levels looking great, it was time to get the vocalist Tony, and guitarist Daniel set up in the control room. A SM58 straight into the back of the desk sorted Tony and we used a DI for Daniels guitar. The … Continue reading ‘Zed Leppelin 6 song demo’: First Recording Session Reflection (Pt.2)…