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Mustek 21 2009-10
 

 

 

 

Basic recording techniques.

The first 5 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 6, 15/10.

 

Lesson 1

 

3/9

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 played by an other person than you.

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

 

 

                                         

 

Lesson 2

 

10/9

Basic microphone recording.

Assignments

 

What is a god recording of an acoustic instrument?

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

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Re-record the melody or record a new one, using three different microphones.
Use the microphone you like the best and record three versions of the melody. Record them “in sync” Compile the recorded melody tracks to one track. “The perfect take”

Read to next lesson: Mixing Audio. Panning p.184-204

 

Lesson 3

 

24/9

Basic microphone recording.

Assignments

 

Make an accompaniment to the
recorded melody.

Using a Reverb (Altiverb).
- Naming tracks and paning

- Adding reverb (Altiverb).
- Mixing (and recording) levels.
- Connecting a microphone in the E-studio.

 

 


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Make an accompaniment (style is free) to the recorded melody using minimum three audio tracks.
Work with the different tracks position in the sound field using reverb and volume.


Read to next lesson: Mixing Audio p. 205-261

 

Lesson 4

 

1/10

Basic microphone recording.

Assignments

 

-Open Cubase 5 EQ

- Time stretch.

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Use Eq on your recording.
Try to enhance the sound quality to make it more like what you hear “inside” you.

 

Read to next lesson: Mixing Audio p.xiii-43

Students are encouraged to book individual mix lessons.

 

Lesson 5

 

8/10

Basic microphone recording.

Assignments

 

Mix and make a CD, of your work.
-Simple mix strategies,

- Mixdown export.

- Workplan mixdown.

 

Extra
- Cubase hitpoints

- Cubase Hitpoints 2

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Fine tune your Mix.

Make a Mix-down and an Audio CD of your composition arrangement. To be played next lesson.
 

Students are encouraged to book individual mix lessons.

 

 

Lesson 6

 

15/10

Basic microphone recording.

Assignments

 

Piece to be played.

- Backup to DVD using Wavelab.

No assignments.

Basic MIDI and use of VST instruments.
The next 7 lessons is about using MIDI and pre programmed samplers and synthesizers.

The lessons will lead up to a composition or arrangement of minimum 8 tracks, properly paned and with added artificial reverb. The assignment should have a minimum of 4 MIDI tracks/Vst instruments. The assignment is to be delivered on a Audio CD. And played on lesson 13, 7/1 2010.

 

Lesson 8

 

19/11

Basic MIDI and use of VST instruments.

Assignments

 

VSL 1 Strings and MIDI New
Working with sampled strings, Solo and orchestral. Use of MIDI files
Basic MIDI recording and editing.
-VSL

-MIDI basic editing 2

-Handsonic

Make an arrangement or composition, that has one solo (melody) line and a polyphonic accompaniment the uses VSL string instruments.

 

Lesson 9

 

26/11

Basic MIDI and use of VST instruments.

Assignments

 

VSL 2 Strings and MIDI New
Working with sampled strings, Solo and orchestral.
-VSL part 2

-Freez in cubase

-Function in Cubase.

-FX tracks and sends to ad reverb (Altiverb)

Work with your composition arrangement.


 

 

 

 

Lesson 10

 

7/1

Basic MIDI and use of VST instruments.

Assignments

 

More about Cubase.
- Mix and automation.
New

- Groups- New
- Stylus

Some compositions will be played at the lesson.

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Work in progress to be delivered at the latest 4/2.

Name and folder of project file is to work is to be emailed (mats@matsclaesson.net)

 

 

Lesson 7

 

12/11

Basic MIDI and use of VST instruments.

Assignments

 

VST instruments. (possibly a short lesson)
Atmosphere-Arp 2600, Elektik piano, Acoustic piano, Reaktor……
-MIDI recording

-MIDI basic editing.

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-Present ONE VST instrument sound (preset) at next lesson. Articulate WHY you like this sound.
-Work with your composition arrangement.

 

Lesson 11

 

14/1

Basic MIDI and use of VST instruments.

Assignments

 

Individual lessons.

Work with your composition/recording/mix.

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Read chapter about compressor and limiter in “Mixing Audio”. This text is to be discussed lesson 12.

 

Lesson 12

 

21/1

Basic MIDI and use of VST instruments.

Assignments

 

Mix.
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Intermediate mix work plan.

-Very basic us of a compressor on the Master  
 Channel

 
Basic (very) compressor and limiter.
New

Individual lessons to be scheduled.

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Work to be played lesson 13.

 

Basic synthesizer and effect programming.
At the end of the semester (20/5) all students has to present an composition using recorded sound (acoustic instruments , vocal) sampled instruments (VSL,Stylus, Atmosphere.....) and at least one programmed effect created in Reaktor. You will work with this composition the rest of the semester.
The aim, artistic level, length and content will be discussed Lesson 14.

 

Lesson 14

 

11/2

Basic synthesizer and effect programming.

Assignments

 

Reaktor 1.

- Reaktor basics.

- Ringmodulation.

-Tape Dec. (end of page).

Plan for next lesson

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Make a “live” piece using Reaktor, to be played 4/3
-Build a simple ring modulator.
-Make a variation/expansion of the simple
 ring modulator.

-Record 3 ring modulation of your own using
 Recorder Box

 

 

 

Lesson 15

 

18/2

Basic synthesizer and effect programming.

Assignments

 

Reaktor 2.
No lesson, Lesson on internett do the following tutorials.
-Using FMC10 foot controller.

-Build an Envelop follower.

-Delay
 

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Piece to be played next lesson


Add the envelop follower to your ensemble

 

 

Lesson 18

 

4/3

Basic synthesizer and effect programming.

Assignments

 

Piece to be played

 

Project II.
Project description and work plan word document.

+++Read to next lesson:

Mixing Audio p.270-337

Project plan to be sent in by e-mail

 

 

Lesson 13

 

4/2

Basic synthesizer and effect programming.

Assignments

 

Piece to be played

All students meet at 13.00
Both groups!!


 

 

Lesson 19

 

11/3

Audio cosmetics and VST insert/effects.

Assignments

 

Basic use of compressor and limiter.

 

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To be announced.

 

Lesson 20

 

25/3

Audio cosmetics and VST insert/effects.

Assignments

 

Using VST insert/effects.

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To be announced.

 

 

Lesson 21

 

15/4

Sampling

Assignments

 

Lesson on Internet/Skype/Video.

 

Samplers. The near history.
 

Kontakt

 

IF SKYPE FREEZE. TURN OF the SKYPE COMPUTER AND TURN IT ON AGAIN. SKYPE STARTS AUTOMATICALLY!

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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 study.

 

 

 

Lesson 22

 

29/4

Sampling

Assignments

 

Lesson on Internet/Skype/Video.
Kontakt page 1-3

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Use your own instrument.
Record 3-5 sounds.
Map these sound so that they could be played chromatically.
Loop the recordings.

 

Lesson 23

 

6/5

Mix

Assignments

 

More about mix.
Analyzing a mix.

 

 

Read to next lesson (repetition): Mixing Audio p.xiii-43

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Analyze a mix of your choice.
Individual lessons to be scheduled.

 

Lesson 24

 

20/5

Mix

Assignments

 

Piece to be played.

 

 

 

                                                                              
                                       

Sampling.

 

Mix.

Audio cosmetics and VST insert/effects.

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