In terms of Music Production, I still have a lot to learn, but I wrote these two songs more recently than my EP. They are better mixed and arranged than my EP as well.
In terms of mixing, I personally enjoy music a lot more when it is a very ambient and sensory experience, so I love to play around with panning in my own music. I have also been playing guitar since I was 5, so I sometimes base my music around that (as seen in “Someday” below).
On my course at Solent, we learn how to use different DAWs (the two I use are Logic Pro X and ProTools) and the specifics of different techniques (for example, Parallel Compression). We have also been taught how to navigate and effectively use an industry standard studio space, including how to set-up microphones for different instruments, and which specific microphones to use. I personally enjoy the creation and mixing aspects of music production more than the recording.
Despite having access to these studios, I prefer the more relaxed environment of my bedroom, as I’ve found it’s easier for me to follow my own creative stream and try different things without being controlled by time.
The tools at my disposal in my house are:
Behringer U-Phoria UM2 Sound Card
BeyerDynamic DT 990 Pro Headphones
Shure SM58 Dynamic Microphone
RØDE NT1-A Condensor Microphone
Akai MPK Mini Mk3 MIDI Controller
“Someday” is an instrumental including my guitar playing, and I sampled birds for the middle 8.
The guitar parts were all written by me long before creating the rest of the instrumental. Using my MIDI controller, I added some spacey synths, to make a track that was relaxing and ambient. I did originally intend to put vocals on it, but decided not to when I had finished the instrumental, as I felt it was better that way.
“Sober” is a full song I made which tells a story of a man wasting his time getting drunk every night because he is not happy. Please forgive my off-key vocals, as I am still learning. And please note the arrangement of (synthetic) instruments I have used throughout this song, as it is the fullest song I have made. I am most proud of the chorus, as the synth melody brings a real sense of movement to the track, giving it a more dynamic feel.