Music Technology

AS Music Technology. Course information. Why choose AS Music Technology? Music technology plays a key role in music across the world. GCE Music Technology. The GCE A Level Music Technology specification involves much practical work and encourages the cultivation of a wide range of skills. creative music technology

Introduction to Audio Editing

Introduction to Audio Editing

What is in this Post? What is Editing DAW Editing Cross Fading Splicing Sections Editing During the Mastering Process   What is Audio Editing? Early recordings were all completed live, using a single complete take; due to the technology not being advanced enough to patch in mistakes – it all had to be done through one(…)

The Basics of Mastering

The Basics of Mastering

What is in this Post? What is Mastering? Why Compress? Before You Master Master Mix Formats, Sample Rates, Bit Depth – Commercial Standards   What is Mastering? Mastering involves taking your completed audio mix & enhancing it, then putting it down onto it’s master format – ready to be manufactured. The process usually involves processing a Stereo(…)

Understanding Automation

Understanding Automation

What is in this Post? What is Automation? Use of Automation? – What it’s used for & common tasks Automation Data – What it looks like & how it’s stored Offline & Online Automation entry – Drawing in automation by hand Vs Control Surfaces   What is Automation? ‘The replacement of manual operations by computerised(…)

The Amplifier & it’s Effect on Modern Pop Music (Including Timeline)

The Amplifier & it’s Effect on Modern Pop Music (Including Timeline)

Essay Question: Describe the development of the Amplifier and the effect it has had on modern popular music. Originally an amplifier wasn’t purposely created for guitars. A guitar amp was designed to amplify the electrical signal of an electric/acoustic guitar so it would be produced at louder volumes. The first audio amplifiers were used to make(…)

Monitoring, Acoustics & Referencing Your Mix

Monitoring, Acoustics & Referencing Your Mix

Introduction: When recording in your studio environment you may come across some problems with acoustics, such as; Standing Waves and Flutter Echoes. It’s important to realise what these are and how to resolve them – so they don’t control your final mix! This post will talk about Monitoring & Referencing your mix as-well as how(…)

Introduction to Recording Drums

Introduction to Recording Drums

What’s the Objective? When recording drums think about the following: The end result that you’re trying to achieve. Are the drums the main feature? Or are they another texture, somewhere in the background? How much control will you need over the clarity of the drums on the final mix? Will you need to mix each(…)

An Introduction to EQ

An Introduction to EQ

What’s In This Post?: This post will cover the basics of EQ (Equalisation), mentioning what it is, how it’s used, why it’s used and different techniques that can be used during the EQ process. Equalisation: EQ is an abbreviation for Equalisation. It’s main purpose is to manipulate tone and we have all used it at(…)

An Introduction to Microphone Techniques

An Introduction to Microphone Techniques

What’s In This Post?: Microphones are great however you can achieve very different sounds by how you use them. Placing a microphone up to the sound source and hitting record is all well, but you can face problems in the mixing/editing stage, if you haven’t thought the placement through thoroughly.  In this post, you can(…)

Task 1A – Daniel Bedingfield ‘Gotta Get Thru This’ ~ Timbres & Mixing

Task 1A – Daniel Bedingfield ‘Gotta Get Thru This’ ~ Timbres & Mixing

What’s In This Post? In this post you can find some starting point timbres to help begin your Task 1A ‘Gotta Get Thru This’ re-production. These are only a starting point and should be adapted by yourself as you see fit to enhance your work. Synth 1 Timbre – Lead Riff This instrument fills nearly the(…)

Introduction to Sound ~ The Basics

Introduction to Sound ~ The Basics

What Is Sound & How does it Work? Sound is a wave that is created through pressure transmitted from a medium such as air or water and is composed of frequencies which are within the range of human hearing (20 Hertz to 20kHz) – 20 Hz is the lowest a human can hear; 20kHz is(…)