Multipressor Research (06/05/17

I have decided to research the use of the stock Logic X multipressor in order to effectively use it when mixing and mastering the projects tracks. The multi-band compressor allows for greater diversity when applying compression to specific bands of frequencies.


Frequency Range:

The main window of the multipressor is divided in to four different sections and each works as an individual compressor. In the logic multipressor the frequency ranges from 20hz to 20Khz. The bands within the plugin can be changed in size or removed entirely. The presets show below show some examples of how this can be used.


Use When Mastering:

The multipressor is very commonly used when mastering tracks due to it’s ability to focus on specific frequencies in the mix. It often works very effectively on drum tracks and other grouped instruments to tame frequencies and create an equal sounding mix.


On location Recording Practice (24/03/17)

Today we were able to have practice recording on location in order to create drum samples. We helped a university student who works here at the college with this for the industry experience. We used 2 Neumann microphones to record the room and the D112 for the tom drum itself.

The aim of the session was to record drum samples in with a specific reverb sound. The location that was chosen was a nearby stairwell in the college.


Piano Recording Technique Research (27/01/16)

There are multiple ways in which to record an effective piano sound. This can be done using MIDI or by mic’ing up an acoustic piano. For the most natural sound an acoustic piano is usually used. Today I will be researching the techniques used when recording acoustic piano as it will apply for our current project. After this research we will be creating demo recordings using the techniques mentioned below. I will specifically be focusing on the use of an upright piano due to this being the one we will be recording with in studio.

When recording the Piano a spacious stereo sound often wants to be achieved through the use of multiple mics. Some of the microphones can be placed above or close the the piano with the front panel often being taken off but there may also be microphones around the back nearer the bottom of the piano. By removing the panels and mic’ing up the back of the piano a clearer, balanced more natural piano sound can be heard.

The Piano we have access to today has recently been tuned and ready for recording so now is the optimal time to do so. I have found some useful sources listed on my bibliography to help with the recording process and mic placement.


Industry Role Research (16/01/16)

Below I have begun research in to some real world examples of producers and artists to prepare for work in the recording studio.


Mark Ronson:

Mark Ronson is an example of highly successful producer as well as artist. He has produced many recording sessions for big name artists such as Bruno mars and Paul McCartney. In more recent years he has been well noticed for producing and composing ‘Uptown Special’ in collaboration with Bruno Mars. For Mark Ronson to achieve this prestigious status as a producer he has had many hard working years in the music industry not only as a producer but also as a DJ, composer and artist himself. To give himself versatile experience he has produced sessions featuring many different genres of music. This ranges from electronic music to soul. In early life before his music production days he started off as a DJ in local clubs in Downtown New York. Through this he began to make a name for himself and expanded his diverse music taste and knowledge. He then started his own production sessions as well as his own compositions soon after this.

Mark Ronson is highly successful due to his wide range of roles he has played in the music industry. As a successful producer he understands the roles and requirements in order to run recording sessions. In one article he talks about how in order to achieve the perfect sound it often takes many failed attempts and perseverance. He even claims over many recording sessions he ‘began to lose his hair’ due to the stress and hard work put in to tracks.

From the way Ronson speaks he works as a perfectionist on his work. His success comes from his aim to achieve a perfect sound, which he may or may not be satisfied with by the end result. He speaks about how his hit song ‘Uptown Funk’ was ‘OK’ although it broke the record for most streamed song in a week.

Expectations When Working in Studio (16/01/17)

What will be expected as my role as Producer / Artist by others?

  • The producer must be able to take a managerial role when in studio and effectively produce the session.
  • A producer must be open to new techniques and ideas recommended by the artist and studio engineers to achieve the best sound possible.
  • Others will expect me to have a working knowledge of the studio environment and be ready to make quick decisions.
  • As an artist others will expect me to be rehearsed for the session.
  • All instruments will have to be tuned and ready for playing.
  • Basic composition knowledge will be important for artists to effectively write new ideas.
  • As an artist I will be expected to be prepared for the live performance and to work well with the rest of the band.


What will be expected of other musicians?

  • I expect other musicians to work professionally in the studio environment.
  • Artists must stay on track when recording and composing songs.
  • The studio environment must be prepared for use by the engineers / potentially with help from the producer.