FReeZA Acoustic Show

acoustic
Gear List
XLRS
TRS
4 Microphones
2 Foldback
2 PA
1 Sound desk
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Due to the power in the building getting blown (not having anything to do with our set up but rather people adding fairy lights) we were unable to use the equipment for the first half of the show. For the second half the set up worked really well and sounded really good. One difficulty we found was ensuring the microphones did not overpower the acoustic instruments.

Art Show Live Sound

I am in the audio and visual club at Ave Maria College. this means every time there is a mass, assembly or anything that requires audio I and one other student set it up.
One of the most recent set ups we have done is for the Art Show.
Before the fashion show, Juliana performed one song.
The set up included a piano, and microphone for vocals.

Gear Checklist:
Piano
1 X Microphone
1 X Microphone stand
2 X PA
1 X Foldback
1 X DI
1 X TRS CABLES
5 X XLRs
1 X Sound desk

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Due to having set up this quite a few times there were no difficulties.

Mastering of Track

In order to master the track
A high pass filter was added at 30 Hz to allow more head room. The mid and high frequencies were boosted. A tape saturation effect with ozone 4/master was added. A harmonic exciter was added to dip the mids and get rid of the muddy sound and adding a more highs to make it more airy.
Overall the whole track was then compressed and then the volume was brought up so the track overall was loud.

Mastered track:

With more time to get the vocals and some guitar parts correctly and this track would sound really good. Unfortunately due to the short time it was difficult to get a perfect track.

Work Performance

Context B – Studio Sound
I assisted Connor in his recording of Juliana.

The equipment he used is:
NT2
XLR
Multicore
Focusrite Pre-Amp
Computer (Ableton)

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The recording went really well.
Connor did multiple recordings of Juliana singing.
There was not much to set up.

Demo Proposal
SRCS VET TECH
Certificate III in Music Industry (Technical Production)
Demo Proposal

For the Demo Task I will be recording the 4 piece, punk-pop band, Dear Jane. Dear Jane is 1 Drummer, 1 Bass player, 1 Vocalist and 1 Guitarists.

I will be recording on the 27th of August. From 3:30pm to 5pm.

The band line up is:
Shannen Carlton – Lead Vocals, Bass
Andrea Skoumbri – Guitar, Vocals
Madison Waixel – Guitar, Vocals
Hannah De Havilland – Drums, Vocal

I have chosen this act because they are reliable when it comes to being on time and have great organisation skills. They also have a pop punk sound which is the genre I mainly listen to making it easier for me to mix and know what will sound good. They are also a young band who don’t have many opportunities to record so they will be grateful for a demo they can use.

I am intending to record my act through multitrack and having them split into the three different rooms in order to record. Shannen will be in the vocal booth, Andrea and Madison will be in the main room and Hannah will be in the drum room.

The song they will be recording is an original titled ‘Wasting Time’

The band will be recorded in 5 different stages.

The first stage is the drum and One Guitar DI track:
Andrea’s guitar will be DI’d straight into the desk and then sent out to the headphones that Hannah will be wearing so that she can drum along. Hannah will also have a click track being sent to her headphone mix. For Hannah’s drums there will be 4 microphones. One on the Snare which will go to channel 1, one on the kick which will go to channel 2, one overhead microphone which will go to channel 3 and one room microphone which will go to channel 4.

The second stage is recording Guitar in the main room:
Andrea’s guitar will be recorded with a microphone on her amp which will go to channel 1. Madison’s guitar will be recorded with a microphone on her amp which will go to channel 2.
Madisons guitar will also be DI’d into the desk.

The third stage is the bass.
The Bass will be DI’d straight into the desk.

The fourth stage is recording vocals.
Shannen will record lead vocals in the vocal booth which will go to Line H (Channel 5).

the Fifth stage is group vocals.
The whole band will record group vocals in the vocal booth which will go to Line H (Channel 5).

The band will need a click track for ‘Wasting Time’. The tempo the click track is:122 BMP.

CHECK LIST:
1st –
DRUMS:
4 mics
4 XLR

GUITAR 1:
DI
2 X TRS

2nd –
GUITAR 2:
1 X AMP
3 X TRS
1 X MIC
1 X XLR

GUITAR 1:
1 X AMP
1 X MIC
1 X XLR

3rd:
BASS:
1 X AMP
3 X TRS
1 X MIC
1 X XLR

4th & 5th:
VOCALS
1 X MIC
1 X XLR

Loudness Wars

It is more beneficial for an artists to have a louder track.
On the radio is makes the track stand out against other songs as well as other stations.

By compressing a track you have the ability to boost the whole track so that it is louder without ruining the range that already exists.

Mastering:
– The intention of mastering is to elevate the level to -0.3 db (extra head room for 0)
– If you want things to sizzle and pop you will need to compress it, do reduce dynamic range.
– Put and eq curve on the chorus to boost the top end in the chorus or a volume drop right before the chorus.
– The frequency range of commercials is all the commercials
– Red hot chilli peppers did it. (3db dynamic range between the loudest point and quietest point)

You have 3 reference tracks (tracks you like the sound of)

1. EQ.
2. Compressing (1:1.15/1:2)
3. Stereo width (top end only)
4. Limiting/Maximizing

REFLECTION ON RECORDING

What I DID:
On the 27th of August I recorded ‘Dear Jane’ in the school studio.
We began with drums and Bass, then Guitar and then vocals and then backing vocals.
Each one we did two takes with the exception of backing vocals.
We recorded from 3:30pm to 6pm.

What went well:
The band we relaxed and knew there parts really well.
There was a lot of communication.
It only took 2 takes of each instrument to get what was needed.

What went not so well:
It overall took longer than expected due to having to ensure the sound was perfect and needed to change what people heard in their headphones.
Also there was a lot of parts to record and the song itself went for almost 4 minutes meaning it took a long time to record.
Next time to save time the guitars could be recorded through DI and the Amp at the same time.

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Space and Depth TASK

Things you do to get SPACE and DEPTH.
Volume
EQ
Panning

Reverb emulates a room or a physical space.
Defusion – how much soft material is in the room. Weird shape of the room.
reflection – How much it reflects back at you.
Pre delay – is before the effect comes in.
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REVERB – DELAY

Single mono sound like a stereo.

TASK:

LEAD VOCALS SAMPLE DELAY.
DELAY LEFT AT ZERO DELAY SAMPLES.
DELAY RIGHT AT 10 – 20 SAMPLES.

BACKING VOCALS – REVERB GOLD VERB

Soundcloud TASK Link: