Case Study: The Pretender

Song: The Pretender Artist: Foo Fighters Album: Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace Tempo: 178bpm Key: A Minor Producer: Gil Norton Band members: Dave Grohl – lead vocals, rhythm guitar Taylor Hawkins – drums, backing vocals Chris Shiflett – lead guitar Nate Mendel – bass   The Foo Fighters are an American hard rock band that formed in the mid 1990s after singer and lead…

Case Study: Rockin’ Rocks

Song: Rockin’ Rocks Artist: Powderfinger Album: Vulture Street Tempo: 136bpm Key: D Major Producer: Nick DiDia Band members: Bernard Fanning – vocals, guitar Darren Middleton – guitar, backing vocals, keyboard Ian Haug – guitar, backing vocals Jon Coghill – drums John Collins – bass Powderfinger are a Brisbane rock band formed in the late 1980s, with influences such as The Beatles, Neil Young, Led Zeppelin,…

Case Study: Halcyon Days

Song: Halcyon Days Artist: Stratovarius Album: Nemesis Tempo: 152bpm Key: A Major Band members: Timo Kotipelto – vocals Matias Kupiainen – guitar, mixing, production Jens Johansson – keyboard Rolf Pilve – drums Lauri Porra – bass Stratovarius formed in Finland in 1984, and released their first album, Fright Night in 1989. They are a power metal band, who…

Game Sound

Starting last week, Renee, Magic and I formed a team to create assets for a 2D Platforming game that some game design students at SAE were creating. Unfortunately the student making the game has since deferred, but we are going ahead with creating the assets as a learning excercise instead. For this project, I am…

Eternal Battle: Drumkit Sampling

As of Monday, we have finished recording drum and cymbal samples that we plan on using in our “Eternal Battle” single. For “Eternal Battle” I will be a recording and mixing engineer instead of producer, with Max Hanson taking over my previous role. I recorded the drums (kick, snare, and toms) with Ben Zhang on Monday 3rd.…

Framework for Critical Thinking

As a professional you have a responsibility to yourself to strive to improve at your art. For an audio producer, one of the most important ways in which you can improve is by listening. Not just on a casual and subjective level (which all music fans love to indulge in), but on a more technical…

Third Ear Audio Logo

I would like to present to everyone the new logo for Third Ear Audio.   After working on the album art for our EP, Andrew Fletcher worked with us again to design the Third Ear Audio logo. There were a couple of different prompts that I gave Andrew for this logo. Our team name originally…