Assessment 1 – Recording Techniques

For assessment 1 of the module we had to record, mix and master a band recording lasting between 2-6 minutes. The required instruments for the piece were;

  • Drums – 2 microphones as a minimum (as in the Glyn Johns technique), stereo pair or multi-miced. Embed audio clips of the isolated instruments on your blog (blog audio)
  • Bass (electric, double bass, or cello) – 1 or 2 microphones and/or d.i. (direct inject) for electric, stereo pair for double bass or cello if preferred – blog audio
  • Guitar (electric and/or acoustic) – 1 or 2 microphones and/or d.i. (direct inject) for electric, stereo pair for acoustic guitar if preferred – blog audio
  • Piano – stereo pair – blog audio
  • Voice (sung or spoken) – single mic – blog audio
  • Backing Vocals (sung or spoken) – single mics – blog audio
  • You may also include: woodwind, brass, strings, percussion, synths.

Drums

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-Drums overheads 2 Royer R121 (dynamic,ribbon).

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-Kick drum AKG D112 (dynamic, cardioid).

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-Snare drum Shure SM57 (dynamic, cardioid) and AKG 414XLS (condenser, cardioid).

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-Toms 2 Sennheiser MD421 (dynamic, cardioid).

 

Acoustic Guitar 

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– AC Guitar AB technique with 2 DPA 4090 (condenser, omnidirectional).

 

Electric Guitar

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– Electric Guitar Steve Albini Approach with Neumann TLM-103 (condenser, cardioid) and Sennheiser E602 (dynamic, cardioid).

Bass 

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– Bass Steve Albini Approach with Neumann TLM-103 (condenser, cardioid) and Sennheiser E602 (dynamic, cardioid).

 

Vocals 

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– Neumann TLM-103 (condenser, cardioid).

3 Reference Tracks 

Our performance went well in terms of everyone knowing their parts. It took less than 3 takes for each person when it came to recording and the group worked well together. Next time I personally would practice my part more prior to the recording as I felt I rushed my part and it didn’t sound as good as it could of done.

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