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Elektro 10 First year composition class, 2010-11
 

 

 

 

Basic recording techniques

The first 6 lessons is about recording acoustical instruments in the studio.
The lessons will lead up to a composition or arrangement of minimum 4 tracks, properly paned and with added artificial reverb. The composition/arrangement is to be delivered on a Audio CD and will be played Lesson 7.

 

Lesson 1

 

2/9

35

Basic microphone recording

Assignments

 

-Introduction.

-Rules and regulations in the Project studios.

-Record an acoustic solo instrument.

-Basic Cubase.

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Start your work, restart the computer open   
   Cubase

- Connecting a microphone.
- Using a headphone
- Using the metronome/tempo.

- Open www.

 

- Regler/booking

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-Record a well known melody (or a melody of your own), played by an acoustic instrument and played by an other person than you.

The performance has to use a fixed metrical pulse/metronome (click track).
 

 

Lesson 2

 

9/9

36

Basic microphone recording

Assignments

 

What is a god recording of an acoustic instrument?

- Signal flow microphone.
- Signal flow recording Cubase.
- Microphone placement.
- Recording more than one audio track.
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Punch inn out and compiling tracks.
- Latency
- Levels.

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Re-record the melody or record a new. Record three versions of the melody.
Record them “in sync”
Compile the recorded melody tracks to one track, “the perfect take”

 

 

Lesson 3

 

23/9
38

Basic microphone recording

Assignments

 

Make an accompaniment to the
recorded melody.

-Repetition of subjects lesson 1 and 2.

- Naming tracks and paning

- Adding reverb (Altiverb) on Master output.
- Mixing (and recording) levels.

Individual lessons to be scheduled.

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Make an accompaniment (style is free) to the recorded melody using minimum three audio tracks.
 

Add reverb to all instruments.


 

 

Lesson 5

 

7/10

40

Basic microphone recording

Assignments

 

Mix and make a CD, of your work.

- Workplan mixdown.
- Mixdown export.
- Mix- Backup to DVD using Wavelab.

Individual lessons.

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Make a mix down and an Audio CD of your composition/arrangement, to be played at Lesson 6.

 

 

Lesson 4

 

30/9

39

 

Assignments

 

Mess it up. Macro montage.

- Musical phrases
- Cubase Hitpoints 1.

- Cubase Hitpoints 2
- Time stretch

- Basic Eq using Pultec EQ

Individual lessons

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Add a “Macro montage “element” to your piece by using hitpoints in Cubase

 

Lesson 6

 

14/10 41

Basic microphone recording

Assignments

 

Piece to be played.

 

 

Basic MIDI and use of VST instruments.
The next 7 lessons is about using MIDI and pre programmed samplers and synthesizers.
We will also have a look at basic sampler programming.
At the end of this block,
Spring semester week 3, 27.1 you will present a small composition using mainly VST synthesizers and VSL libraray.

 

Lesson 8

 

4/11

44

Basic MIDI and use of VST instruments

Assignments

 

An introduction to VST instruments.
Atmosphere-Arp 2600, Elektrik piano, Acoustic piano, Reaktor……
Basic MIDI recording.

 

Simple MIDI recording and editing

-MIDI recording

-MIDI basic editing.
 

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Present ONE VST instrument sound at next lesson. Articulate WHY you like this sound.


 

 

 

 

Lesson 14

 

10/2

6

Basic MIDI and use of VST instruments

Assignments

 

VSL IV

Piece to be played

 

 

Lesson 10

 

18/11

46

Basic synthesizer and effect programming.

Assignments

 

VSL I

VSL in Cubase
(based on a Cubase templet that no longer in the New Project menu)
 

Video 1 The basics. Play from 0-3:42

 

Edit Controller for switching between patches

 

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VSL
 

 

Lesson 19

 

31/3

13

Syntesiser basics I

Assignments

 

Reaktor link

 

 

Lesson 11

 

13/1

2

Basic synthesizer and effect programming.

Assignments

 

VSL II/repetition

 

Video 2 Velocity X-fade
Layering two Patches

 

Individual lesson week 3

Work on assignment (week 3).

 

Lesson 12

 

20/1

3

VSL piece to be played

Assignments

 

VSL III
OBS!!! Lesson starts 10.45
 

Conserving RAM/memory

Performance trills
VSL ensamble Pro

Playing fast scales

 

Work on assignment (week 3).

 

Lesson 20

 

7/4

15

Syntesiser basics II

Assignments

 

Reaktor II

 

Ring modulation

 

 

Lesson 21

 

14/5

17

Syntesiser basicsIII

Assignments

 

Reaktor III

 

 

 

 

Lesson 22-23

 

5/5

18

Syntesiser basics IV

Assignments

 

Reaktor IV

 

 

Lesson 9

 

11/11

45

Basic MIDI and use of VST instruments

Assignments

 

MIDI editing (possibly a short lesson)

- MIDI editing and drawing.

- MIDI editing advanced.

- Using sends and FX track to ad reverb

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Make a study/composition using VST synthesizers and samplers.

To be played lesson 13.

Christmas holiday!

 

Lesson 17

 

10/3

10

Sampling

Assignments

 

Sampling II

 

 

Lesson 16

 

3/3

9

Sampling

Assignments

 

Sampling I
(page 1 and half page 2)
 

 

 

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Find ONE interesting recording you already have done. Make a Kontakt Instrument with it.

If you don’t have an interesting recording, make one!
Use the different sampler modes (DFD, Time Machine...) and the Legato mode, and make a small interesting performance.

Basic sound processing for live use.

In the next  lesson we will work with some of the tools used in the analog days, basic sound processing. We will do this in the digital domain. You will build a simple live effect possessor for use together with an acoustic instrument.

 

Lesson 24

 

12/5

20

Reaktor piece to be played

Assignments

 

Reaktor piece to be played

 

 

Lesson 13

 

27/1

4

VSL piece to be played

Assignments

 

VSL IV

 

 


 

 

Lesson 18

 

24/3

12

Sampling /VST piece to be played

Assignments

 

Presentation of sample study/piece

 

 

 

 

Lesson 15

 

17/2

7

Basic MIDI and use of VST instruments

Assignments