The Studio As An Instrument
Some of the most original and creative sounds were born out of mistakes and what could be considered the limitations of musician’s hardware and software. Working with a basic set of techniques and tools requires you to think more about all stages of the process.
This course is focused on the concept of the Studio as an Instrument – explore classic techniques based on tape editing, effects processing and audio routing. Techniques like these have created iconic sounds and shaped our modern hardware and software solutions.
Studying these classic techniques will give you a better understanding of how modern tools work and more importantly further inspire you to create and innovate your own sound by experimenting with the tools you have at your disposal in your own studio.
Relive Classic Techniques To Inspire a Future of Innovative Sound
In this course we will explore the concept of the Studio as an Instrument. The recording studio as we know it today has been evolving since the mid 20th century. Throughout its development there have been many engineers, producers, composers and artists working in genres from musique concrete, to dub, to pop that have used the mixing console, routing possibilities and processing environment to function as an instrument.
Discover classic techniques from the 50s, 60s & 70s based around tape editing, effects processing and audio routing. These came from experiments from the musique concrete studios in France to the Reggae and Dub Studios in Jamaica. Combining their technology to function as a single instrument has had a great influence on modern music production. Although demonstrated with Ableton the techniques so that they can be applied no matter what DAW you use.
- Watch, Listen and Learn – our easy to follow video instruction introduce you to classic techniques and technical insights
- 6 walkthrough videos each demonstrating different concepts of using the Studio as an instrument
► Varispeed concepts
► Musical Applications of varispeed
► Reverse effects; Pre-verb & Amplitude Modulation
► Tape Loops + Wow & Flutter
► Ring & Frequency Modulation & Comb filtering
► Dub Techniques
- Total runtime 1 Hour
- Practical instruction by an experienced tutor
- Learn at your own pace, watch as many times as you need to learn the lessons
ABOUT YOUR TUTOR
Alan Gleeson is a musician with 20 years professional experience working in all areas of audio production.
His interest in electroacoustic music, live performance and the science of sound give him a unique and profound perspective on sound creation and music production, knowledge that he is passionate about both sharing as an educator and developing as an evolving sound artist.
Technical skill with an experimental approach to sound.
- PT. 1 – Varispeed concepts
The first technique we will look at is varispeed; changing the speed of the tape, which causes 4 effects;
It alters the pitch, speed, timbre and the formants of the sound. This function is available is most DAWs, in Ableton I will use the Re-Pitch warp mode, but in Logic Pro X you can use the Flex Time Speed option. In Ableton you alter the warp markers to vary the speed of audio playback, in Logic you would alter the Flex markers. As we are only using a single technique, varispeed, as it was back in the day the characteristic of the original sound are crucial, and a lot of trial and error testing is required to see what works best.
- Changing formants and timbral characteristics
- Double tracking
- Interesting variations – pitched and non-pitched sounds
- Pt. 2 – Musical Applications of varispeed
In this video we look at musical applications of varispeed when it is applied to harmonic and rhythmic material to create new musical content.
- Pt. 3 – Reverse effects; Pre-verb & Amplitude Modulation
Exploring some classic processing techniques using reverse effects. We explore look at using the dynamics of one sound to control another.
- Pt. 4 – Tape Loops + Wow & Flutter
Exploring field recordings and tape loops in order to create loops and grooves out of otherwise non rhythmic material and allow the material to suggest the direction of the rhythm. Wow & Flutter effects exploit malfunctions within tape playback technology to add variation and interest to a sound.
- PT. 5 – Ring & Frequency Modulation & Comb filtering
Three classic effects still used today. Simple to setup up but provide to ability to produce dramatic results using a simple configuration of technology.
- PT. 6 – Dub Techniques
In this final video we look at the creative uses of routing. Using Aux sends we look into creating evolving beds of sound.