Week 6 – Band Tracking Work Shop

For our recording assignment, we recorded the band, The Riot Police. The whole process was kind of a pain in the ass, to be honest. For one, we didn’t get the Multi-track Studio, so we used the Foley Room. It wasn’t ideal, but it wasn’t horrible either. We had a lot of trouble getting the room to work, but eventually, we figured that out too.

The band was nice and they stayed to record until almost 4 a.m. and it was awfully nice and dedicated of them. They didn’t have a drummer though so their lead singer tried playing the drums – it didn’t really go well.

It’s alright though, we ended up drawing in the drums on Ableton Live. Another issue we came over was that we didn’t like how the backup singer sounded during the verses, his voice just didn’t work with the lead singer. This could be because we over-dubbed the whole session and they couldn’t hear how they sounded together. So what we did, was take one of several takes the lead singer did and layered it over his own voice to make him the backup singer, as well. However after listening to it a few times I found that the song sounded echo-y so I used automation to lower the backup vocals on the verse and make lead singer’s voice much more prominent.

All together, though, I’m proud of our work. For newbies I think we did well and it’s a song I would listen to on my own time. This assignment was definitely my favourite so far, and the outcome made me proud.

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