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example Group Project; from Drama 262, Sound Design, Fall 2005 (4.2 mb)

CHALLENGE: Create a multi-track recording of an original song.

STATEMENT: We started by recording acoustic guitar tracks, played and written by Will Anderson. His performance was recorded twice, on two monophonic tracks. We panned one guitar track to the left channel and the other to the right. Next, Luke Rabin added a djembe performance. Two microphones were placed on the instrument, one at the head and one at the base. The microphone at the base was used to capture the low frequencies and the upper microphone captured the sound of the drum head. We ran out of class time at this point. Marcus Lipsey and Chris Olsen took a rough mix with them to construct a lyrics and a melody. Between class meetings, I recorded myself playing a dulcimer.

Upon our next meeting, we started recording vocals. Marcus Lipsey sang the vocals. We recorded him on three separate tracks. These tracks were panned center, a bit left, and a bit right. This gave us a "chorus" effect for the vocals. Jordy and Chris wrote a short lyric to be spoken, and we got our friend Guy Mason to record this for us. Finally, Matt Fletcher added some unison vocals and a single electric guitar part that harmonized with the dulcimer. We ran out of class time again.

For our third class period, we spent time mixing the recording. We discussed equalization, compression, limiting, reverb, chorus, and other effects. Once we found a mix we liked, we performed some mastering techniques on the song.

RECORDING INSTRUMENTS: 2 Audio-Technica 4030 condenser microphones, Mark of the Unicorn 896HD Digital Audio Interface, Digital Performer 4.6, Dual 1.8 GHz Apple Computer, etc.


example Group Project; from Drama 262, Sound Design, Fall 2005 (4.4 mb)

CHALLENGE: Create a remix of the above song using Propellerhead's Reason 3.0.

STATEMENT: We created a wave file of the above mix and imported it into a sampler plugin within Reason 3.0. This way we could trigger the song via a key on a MIDI controller. We set Reason's tempo to that of the original mix. Using various virtual instruments, synth bass, sampled drums, tambourine loops, and synthesizer were added. Will Anderson played the synth bass part. Luke Rabin suggested how to perform the sampled drum parts, and Michael Rasbury played them. The synthesizer was played by Michael Rasbury.

Next, we opened the original multi-track file in Digital Performer as described above. We opened Reason and "patched" the virtual instruments so they would be transferred in real time from Reason to audio tracks in Digital Performer. After "capturing" the tracks, we remixed the song and converted it to a stereo .mp3 file.

RECORDING INSTRUMENTS: Propellerhead's Reason 3.0, Mark of the Unicorn 896HD Digital Audio Interface, Digital Performer 4.6, Dual 1.8 GHz Apple Computer, etc.

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