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Assessment 2

2nd production “should consciously emulate a particular style of music production, either from the past or from the present day”, in an ORIGINAL piece:

Provide evidence (in your blog) of the production techniques you intend to use, with links to appropriate articles (detailing those techniques) and links to tracks where those techniques are clearly demonstrated

NEW band recording 2-6 mins (any genre) must include:

drums, bass, guitar/piano, voice

you should also include at least one of the following:

woodwind, brass, strings, percussion, synths

Treatment – appropriate use of:

eq, compression, effects, elastic audio manipulation, sample delay (time adjuster), sidechaining, limiting (on any track, aux input (including a sub-mix) and the master fader)

With the exception of bass and guitar, which may be d.i., all instruments must be miced, although this production need not be of a ‘performance’ ie. it could include ‘sampling sessions’, in which case, evidence of the original recording must be provided (as a ‘muted’ track/s).

(To clarify, you could for example, record individual drums and cymbals, then programme a drum track, or trigger drum sounds by midi.)

NB:  The mix output must not clip prior to limiting.

Limit to -0.2dBs

The purpose of this task is to borrow present and/or past production techniques in creating your own, original production pastiche.


Taken from Wikipedia – Online Encyclopedia

Harvey Philip Spector (born December 25, 1940)[2] is an American record producer and songwriter. The originator of the “Wall of Sound” production technique, Spector was a pioneer of the 1960s girl group sound and produced over 25 Top 40 hits between 1960 and 1965 alone. After this initial success, Spector later worked with artists including Ike and Tina TurnerJohn LennonGeorge Harrison, and the Ramones with similar acclaim.

He produced the Beatles’ Academy Award-winning album Let It Be, and the Grammy Award-winning Concert for Bangladeshby former Beatle George Harrison. In 1989, Spector was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer. The 1965 song “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’“, produced and co-written by Spector for The Righteous Brothers, is listed by BMIas the song with the most U.S. airplay in the 20th century.[3]

The 2003 shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson in his Alhambra, California home led to his being charged with murder in the second degree. After a 2007 mistrial, he was convicted in 2009[4] and given a prison sentence of 19 years to life.

Spector was vehemently opposed to stereo releases, claiming that it took control of the record’s sound away from the producer in favor of the listener

The following is a small list of techniques Spector used in his productions.

Style of Phil Spector:

Restricted to Mono/4 Track mixer, Reel to Reel tape(natural hiss, use signal generator to emulate the tape hiss)

Take Mono track inputs from each microphone, select an output bus to a aux track and record out, creating one track for all 6 tracks for say a drum kit, piano, bass.

I at least plan to implement some of these recording techniques as well as find and use others that Spector used and I have yet to discover to record my production for this second assessment.


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