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Music Production Techniques

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Jon Hawkesford

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Music Production Techniques
29/09/15

To get the brain working
Mixing Desks
Aiming for Merit
Microphones
Today's objective
Quick Re cap of the first assignment
Mixing Desks
Merit & Distinction example answers
A look at moodle - resources for completing..


Label all elements of the mixing desk
Channels
routing
busses
auxilaries
groups
inputs
outputs
EQ
Monitoring
auxilaries allow you to send secondary feed of a channels audio signal to another destination - often used to apply effects to a channel by sending signal to an external effects unit or to a monitoring system such as foldback mix to headphones (http://www.mediacollege.com/audio/mixer/auxiliary-channels.html)
groups allow you to combine a number of channels for easy editing or mixing - often instruments and vocals would be grouped
Mixing desks are made up of channels depending on the type of recording you are doing you will be able to select a desk with the appropriate amount of channels.

Each channel will include the same set of components. They are either mono or stereo & often include the components in the image.
Busses are often used to sub group channels in order to apply processing to a number of channels at once. For example you often send drums or backing vocals to a separate buss or subgroup once you have balanced them so you can apply EQ and compression to the all of the drum or bvs at once.

It is essentially another routing option in the desk.
This may me the main stereo output which you monitor through your main mixing speakers.

Some desks have a number of monitoring options including outputs for more than one set of speakers, talkback and headphone mixes.
Routing is all about where you send your signal too. Some desks are very limited where others have plenty of options.

Routing to aux sends, busses, the main output, returns etc.
how signals can be inputted for example via

XLR
Line
Inserts
How you output signal from the desk
Stereo out
Group out
tape sends
Allows you to manipulate frequencies of a signal
In its simplest form Lo Mid and Hi
1. Provide explanations
Condensor microphone
Pass criteria
Use images to support
Dynamic mic
polar pattern
2. Provide examples
Explain why you would use them including details of the manufacturers tech specs
Merit Criteria
Aiming for Distinction
Recording Devices
1. Hit the pass and merit criteria
2. Provide an alternative to your chosen examples
What equipment would you select to record a band with drums, guitar, bass and vocals
Pro Tools
Vs.
Tascam Stand alone
3. Why is your choice better than the alternative
How important is it to the recording/production process?
Where to find the information
Moodle links
Manufacturers websites
avid
Allen and Heath
SE Electronics
Neuman
Shure
Apple
Propellerheads
Tascam
google the following
Magazines
Sound on sound
Future music
Music Tech
Shops
Digital village
Dolphin
Jigsaw
which would you choose and why?
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