Case Study: Silhouettes

    Song: Silhouettes Artist: Warbringer Album: Woe To The Vanquished Tempo: Various Key: Bb Minor Producer: Mike Plotnikoff Band members: John Kevill – vocals Adam Carroll – rhythm guitar Chase Becker – lead guitar Carlos Cruz – drums Jessie Sanchez – bass Warbringer are an American Thrash Metal band formed in 2004 in California, the state that gave birth to thrash metal titans such as…

Case Study: Cone of Silence

As a part of my advertisement project, designing audio for the ANTA Sportswear commercial, I will be using this track as a reference in either deciding on royalty-free music to use for my ad, or using it as a reference for my own composition, depending on time constraints. Song: Cone of Silence Artist: Matt Ragan Album:…

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…

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…