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Mustek 21, 20010-11

       - To pass the course all assignments that should be copied to the Mustek21 folder has

  to be delivered on time.

- You have the possibility to deliver two (2) at a later time.
All has to be delivered no later than Lesson 24.

- The assignments should show a fair amount of work, according to the course size
(10 points).

  +++ assignments that has to be done.

 

Basic recording techniques.

The first 5 lessons is about recording acoustical instruments in the studio, basic use of reverb and Eq and how to make an simple stereo mix for CD.

You will produce/record an arrangement of your own based on a Scandinavian folk song/melody.

The lessons will lead up to a arrangement of minimum 3 different instruments and at least 4 audio tracks, properly paned and with added artificial reverb.

This assignment has to recorded and mixed in nmh project studios. Using your own studio/laptop is NOT permitted.

There will be especial assignments for those students that think they already know how to record and mix.
The arrangement is to be delivered on a Audio CD, and will be played Lesson 6.

 

Lesson 1

 

2/9

35

Basic microphone recording and introduction to the course

Assignments                                             

 

- Introduction.

  What is this course about and what is expected   of you.

- Rules and regulations in the Project studios.

- How the lessons are organized.

- Record solo violin/cello, saxophone or trumpet.
- What is a god recording?

- Recording levels.  

- Basic Cubase.

-
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 Scandinavian folk song/melody, played by a violin, cello saxophone or trumpet.
It has to be played by someone else than you.

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

 

Copy the project folder to:  
Z disc/ Mustek21/your_name/Time 1

 

(For advanced students:

 Buy the book “Mixing Audio”).                                          

 

Lesson 2

 

9/9

36

Basic microphone recording II.

Assignments

 

Repetition of lesson 1.

Evaluation some of the students recordings.

- Signal flow microphone.
- Signal flow recording Cubase.
- Microphone placement.
- Latency
 

- Recording on more than one audio track.

-
Punch inn out and compiling tracks.

 

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Re-record the melody and record it at least three  times. Use metronome/click track.

 

Compile the recorded melody tracks to one track. “The perfect take”. Look at the link
-
Punch inn out and compiling tracks.

 

Copy the project folder to:  
Z disc/ Mustek21/Time 2/your_name

Start working on the ideas for the arrangement.
 

Specials assignments for students that already know how to make a god recording.
 

Basic MIDI and use of VST instruments.
The next 6 lessons is about using MIDIVST samplers and synthesizers.


The lessons will lead up to a composition or arrangement of minimum 8 tracks, properly paned and with added artificial reverb.
This is your first large production, and the final result will hopefully represent you as a musician and artist.
 

And will be played on Lesson 13.

 

You are free to choose musical style.

 

Lesson 9

 

11/11 45

Basic MIDI and use of VST instruments.

Assignments

 

VSL 1 Strings and MIDI
Working with sampled strings, Solo and orchestral. Use of MIDI files

 

Basic MIDI recording and editing.
– VSL  1 Patch
 

VSL Cubase 1
VSL Cubase 2

 

Individual lessons to be scheduled.

 

 

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Make a string arrangement that consists of:
Violin 1 and 2,

viola cello and

double base.

Cubase file:
Z/Mustek 21/Gigue til kurs

 

 

 

Lesson 10

 

18/11 46

Basic MIDI and use of VST instruments.

Assignments

 

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

Mix.
 

VSLX Fade

 

 

30 minutes Individual lessons

 

 

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Work with the string ensamble.

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Work to be played at lesson 13.

Work with your composition arrangement.

 

To next individual lesson make a project plan for the composition you are going to make.
 

Copy the VSL project folder to:  
Z disc/ Mustek21/Time 13/your_name

 

Lesson 6

 

14/10 41

Basic MIDI and use of VST instruments.

Assignments

 

Your first big project! (second one next semester)

 

VST percussion/drums.
Percussion instruments
- Stylus (videoes in Bruksanvisninger/Stylus   Spectrasinics Tutorials/Esentials acording to
  Matsc

 

-What should a basic project text contain?

-Battery tutorial (to be uploaded later)


Simple MIDI triggering (from keyboard).

Quantize

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Make a percussion study using Stylus or/and Battery. To be delivered before 28.10
 

Copy the project folder to:  
Z disc/ Mustek21/Time 8/your_name

 

Write a project description and e-mail it to your teacher BEFORE next lesson!

 

 

 

Lesson 7

 

21/10 42

No lesson

Assignments

 

 

Lesson is given as individual lessons week 45

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Work with percussion MIDI instrument study/piece.

Project 2.

This semester you will produce one LARGE project/compositions/arrangements of your own.

 

This project should represent what you are as an artist!

 

All of the assignments this semester will take less than two hours to complete.

That means that you have to work at least 4 hours a week with your own project.

 

 

 

 

Basic synthesizer/sampler and effect programming.
 

 

Lesson 3

 

23/9

38

Basic microphone recording III.

Assignments

 

 

Make an accompaniment to the
recorded melody.

Using artificial Reverb (Altiverb).

Repetition of none destructive editing of audio region
- Naming tracks and paning

- Adding reverb (Altiverb) on the master output.

- FX tracks and sends to ad reverb (Altiverb)
- Mixing (and recording) levels.
- Editing audio.

Individual lessons to be scheduled.
 

Record all other instrument (s) in your arrangement.

 

Work with the different tracks position in the sound field using pan, volume and reverb.

 

Copy the project folder to:  
Z disc/ Mustek21/Time 3/your_name

 

 

(Read to next lesson: Mixing Audio. Panning p.184-204, Mixing Audio p. 205-261)

 

 

Lesson 4

 

30/9

39

Basic microphone recording IV.

Assignments

 

Basic EQ

 

- Workplan mixdown.

- Mix levels

- Make an audio CD

- Mixdown export.

 

Individual lessons

30 minutes individual lesson.

 

To the individual lesson you have to make a mix of your arrangement where you have used volume, pan and reverb.
 

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

 

Key Commands

 

Batch export

 

Lesson 5

 

7/10

40

Piece to be played.

Assignments

 

Piece to be played.

- Backup to DVD using Wavelab.

 

 

 

 

Lesson 8

 

4/11

44

Basic MIDI and use of VST instruments.

Assignments

 

VST instruments.
Atmosphere-Arp 2600, Elektrik piano, Acoustic piano, Reaktor……
- MIDI recording

- MIDI basic editing.

- MIDI basic editing 2

- Handsonic

 

Individual lessons , 30 minutes, to be scheduled week 45.

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Work with percussion MIDI instrument study/piece.
And add VST instruments.
 

 

 

 

 

Lesson 20

 

7/4

14

Reaktor,

Assignments

 

Introduction to programming in Reaktor

Ring modulation

Student mixpresentation

Work with your project

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Small assignment in reaktor programing

 

Lesson 23

 

5/5

18

Mix

Assignments

 

Repetition of mix process

Advanced Cubase.
- Pitch and time correction
- Hitpoints and audio/MIDI quantize
-Automation

Work with your project
 

 

 

Lesson 11-1

 

13/1

2

Sampling

Assignments

 

Sampler/Kontakt.

 

- Samplers. The near history.

 

- Kontakt Read to eq botton of second page

 

- The basics of mapping

- Amplitude envelop

 

“Nerd stuff”
Cubase VariAudio

 

 

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-Build the flute instrument that the tutorial  describes.

-Find ONE interesting recording you already  have done. If you don’t have a interesting  recording, make one!
 Make a Kontakt Instrument with it.
Flute samples can be found on: Z/Timer Sampler Kontakt

 

 

Copy the project folder to:  
Z disc/ Mustek21/Time 14/your_name

 

 

 

Lesson 12-2

 

20/1

3

Sampling

Assignments

 

Kontakt page 1-3

- Beat Machine

- Velocity modulation
- Filtering, cutoff resonance and velocity   modulation
.
- Working with more than one Kontakt instrument

-Use the different sampler modes (DFD, Time  Machine) and the Legato mode, and make a  small interesting study.

 

Individual lessons.

 

“Nerd stuff”
Working with a sampled choir that know words!

 

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Use your own instrument.
Record 5-8 sounds.
Map these sound so that they could be played chromatically.
 

 

 

 

 

Lesson 24

 

12/5

20

Piece to be played

Assignments

 

 

 

 

                                                                              
                                       

Audio cosmetics and VST insert/effects. Project 2

Christmas break.

 

Lesson 13-4

 

27/1

4

Sampling

Assignments

 

Kontakt page 4

 

- LFO

- Effects

- The Library (Kontakt 4)
- Outputs and Mixer

 

- Intermediate mix work plan.

- Very basic us of a compressor on the Master  
 Channel

 

Individual lessons (voluntary).
 

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Use your two Kontakt instrument.

 

Make four more variations on that instrument.

 

Copy the Kontakt project folder to:  
Z disc/ Mustek21/Time 16/your_name

 

Lesson 16-6

 

3/3

9

Analyzing a mix I

Assignments

 

More about mix.

 

- Analyzing a mix.

 

-What should a basic project text contain?

Individual lessons to be scheduled week 9.

 

 

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Analyze of one of your favorite recording.

 

In writing?

 

 

 

 

 

Lesson 21-22

 

14/4

15

Reaktor, individual lesson.

Assignments

 

Reaktor II

 

Introduction to programming in Reaktor

 

Student mixpresentation

 

Classroom lesson and Individual lessons

Work with your project
 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Lesson 19-8

 

31/3

13

Reaktor

Assignments

 

Reaktor course link
 

Student mixpresentation

 

Introduction to programming in Reaktor

 

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Small assignment in reaktor programing

 

Work with your project

 

Lesson 14-5

 

10/2

6

Piece to be played

Assignments

 

Piece to be played

 

New project
-
Project II.
- Project description and work plan
   word document.

 

 

 

Lesson 18-7

 

24/3

12

VST I

Assignments

 

Using VST insert/effects, (creative use off)

 

 


 


Strange AND wonderful use of DSP/VST possessing.

Work with your project

 

Lesson 15-5

 

17/2

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lesson 17-6

 

10/3

9

Individual lesson

Assignments

 

Individual lessons