Blog 3 20/09/2017

I have 26 week to complete my FMP ( final major project). In which i will have to do a minimum of 20 minutes of contrasting material.

First of all for the next 3 weeks I will learn more about working in a studio so that I can increase my knowledge on this area so that I can help other people produce their music if they asked me to.

Then the next 2/3 weeks I am going to find inspiration into what kind of music I would want to make and also try and get a couple of people to help me out by making loops on instruments so that i can use them in my FMP.

Furthermore i would like to produce some of the performances music and also would like to hear some of the performances demo’s .




Blog 2 Presentation on three subjects

Today i had to give a presentation about three subjects that i had to research.The subjects that i was researching were the History of the piano, History of the synth and how to run a record label. As i was doing the research for the subjects I had to figure what questions to ask about each subject and what would be my method to research the subjects. There were 2 options on how to get information on the subjects Research-Action or Action-Research.I then had to do a swot ( Strengths,Weaknesses,Opportunities and Threats) for each subject. When I gave the presentation I was a little bit anxious about talking about the presentation because i am not confident in front of the camera and talking in front of the camera.I was sometimes stuttering throughout the presentation.


BLOG 1 21/09/17

This year, we are working towards the final major project in which i have to do 15 mins of material which is recorded and mastered. I am slightly worried about doing this project because my knowledge of mastering and EQ and using The studio. For some time now i have been trying to decide what genre to do. My interest are in hip-hop,jazz and 80’s music. I want to learn how to play an instrument and would like to improve my knowledge of a music studio so that when working in a music studio so that I can back my abilities in a music studio.   


A strophic Form is s the term applied to songs in which all verses or stanzas of the text are sung to the same music. An example of a song that has a strophic form is “blue sued shoes” from Carl Perkins. Another example in a song of the use of strophic form is “Old McDonald Had A Farm” used strophic form because it make the song easy to learn.Strophic form has also been used in pop and rock music as well,However it is not being used as much as it was once.

screen-shot-2017-02-06-at-10-22-10 This the structure of a 12 bar blues. The structure is most commonly used blues songs but, since most popular music today came from the blues, is also widely used in other genres of music.

A A B A- This is a 32 bar form.The 32 bar form consist of each section of the song being 8 bars long.screen-shot-2017-02-06-at-10-07-33These songs have a 32 bar form: I want to break free “queen”, and Over the rainbow by “Eva Cassidy”


Synthesis Week 1

This week we started to look at synthesis and sampling. One of the first things we looked at was the variety of options of the synthesiser. this picture shows the ES1 a synth on logic. The ES1 is a subtractive synth and is made up of the OSCILLATOR,ENVELOPE,AMPLIFIER,FILTER and LFO. 

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Oscillator-The Oscillator generates the sound using present waveforms as the basis or stating point for the sound. on the Es1 there are 2 oscillators and has a choice of square waves, sawtooth, triangle waves or sine waves.

Amplifier-The amplifier is used to control the output of the volume of the synth.Also you can control the range of volume you can have by moving the tow blue arrows up and down.

Filter-the Filter is a modifier and changes the sound by removing frequencies from the original wave form.On the ES1 you have a low pass filter which when closed it removes the higher frequencies.Also the filter can control tone via the cutoff dial with the resonance.

LFO-LFOs provide control of three main parameters; the wave shape, its rate and its amount. With these controls, you can radically change your vibrato effect. Subtractive synthesisers often provide more than one LFO so that you can control modules with different wave shapes, rates and amounts but the concept is always the same.


Recording Session 2 10/10/16

Yesterday I had to set up the recording studio with the aim to record five of the music performance bands.  Each band was made up of drums, the vocals, A.guitar, E.guitar and finally bass.

Setting up the drums…

For the drums we used various types of microphones. For the kick we used an a AKG D112 as it is versatile also it gives the sound a unique punchy sound also it is designed for bass instruments . The other microphone I used was a Shure sm57 which is the same as akg d112 as they are both Dynamic mics.  

On logic I set up 16 tracks on a new project so that I can get each sound from each instrument to a different track. There were 5 groups and for each group they could only choose 1 track for me to record, however things didn’t go exactly to plan as some of the recordings missed out some of the sound from different instruments and there was no coordination between the tech students and the performance players. 

samson-s-direct-di-box-1024x1024  we used this DI box for the bass.

shure-sm57This is a shure sm57 that we used.


band 1 involved of drum kit, 3 vocals, bass and a E.guitar.- It took ages to get a recording because no one was communicating, however we did get a recording but some of the instruments just went quiet.

band 2 consisted of a E.guitar, 2 vocals, drum kit and bass.- 





Yesterday I had 4 bands to record and had to set up the drums,E.guitar,Vocals and A.guitar and the bass guitar.The drums used 6 different types of microphones,The 2 vocalists used the same type of mic (SHURE SM58) which is a dynamic mic. The A.guitar used a DI box, and the used 2 different types of microphones but they were both dynamic microphones.

The first group was consisted of a drummer,rapper, bass guitar,and a A.guitar.                                                                Group 1 Sam, Jack, Jamie ,Heather.

this is a AKG D112 a Dynamic mic
This is a DI box which is used for the A.guitar
This is a SM58 which was used for the vocals









The second group consisted of a drummer bass guitar E.guitar, E.guitar and vocals.     Group 2 – Jay,Olivia, Lewis ,Ali and Kayleigh.

The third group consisted of a A.guitar and 2 singers. Group 3 – Beth and Tan 

The fourth group consisted of a drummer,bass guitar,E.guitar and another E.guitar.       Group 4- Noah, Callum, Sam and Tyler 

With each group you had to record their music and help them to make sure that all of the instruments are not out of tune and that all of them and in sync with each other