One song and only one day to professionally produce it! Can it be done? Find out as the pros at Dubway Studios in New York City take you on a recording and mixing adventure in this first edition of our new Docutorial™ series we call SongCraft!
In this maiden episode, Brooklyn based singer-songwriter Lauren Balthrop and Ben Arthur collaborate on composing a song. Next, they jump aboard the NYC subway and head down to the multi-million dollar Dubway studios in Lower Manhattan where their goal is to arrange, track, and mix the newborn song in a one-day music marathon. We pick up their story at Dubway where they meet up with studio owners and producers Al Houghton and Mike Crehore to begin their nonstop musical adventure.
Watch them as they work together, nurturing the song to life from dawn to dusk, tracking keyboards, bass, drums, guitars and vocals. And our expert MPV camera team is right there with them, documenting the whole process every step of the way. And, as the day proceeds the team somehow finds the time to teach you lots of recording tips and tricks. You’ll learn all about studio production, microphone techniques, arranging, mixing and plugins from McDSP, Waves and Lexicon by seeing while watching the song come to life right before your eyes and ears! And keep a close watch for our narrator: the ubiquitous “studio rat” voiced by audio expert Matt Hendershot as he explains the tech side of recording with his informative chalk talks!
So if you're looking to learn about the recording process and see the pro-studio workflow in action, this tutorial, SongCraft: Producing Lauren Balthrop is a must see!
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Darin Martineau wrote on December 10, 2015
Simple, to the point, entertaining, and a great real-life example of how to set up a recording of a song, perform digital editing techniques, and pull the mix together. Highly recommended!
Ren wrote on November 15, 2014
MPV, Song Craft is unique, I know it to be one of a kind. Pioneer concept from a pioneer website, amazing! I've learned a great deal from the mixing section.
Rachelle Lang wrote on November 13, 2014
This was another great production. I will keep this on my rematch list as well. P.S. Lauren has a new fan.
Will Humphreys wrote on August 22, 2014
A brisk and informative overview of a recording session with some really great tips on recording and mixing. Nice song too.
Jobkey wrote on July 30, 2014
Really can't understand why so much people are rating this course high. In my opinion, the production and songwriting process on the video was ok, good explanation, but, common, we're talking about audio production here, there's chapter on the video talking about mix things and we're hearing the camera microphone, it's so bad sound that I can't believe it was done. How can we hear that 10k details on a SSL G Channel plug-in, and hear the differences it's making, if we hearing it from a camera mic? It's so bad. It would be a really good video if we are hearing the audio coming directly from Pro Tools, or the desk, or the Avalon mic prés on tracking. The guys missed the chance to have a really good product here. This is kinda like talking about 4k video seeing the videos from a vga camera. Sorry.
Dj May-z wrote on June 26, 2014
i really enjoyed this tutorial course... The team bring a good balance of live performance and technical approach with a good professional insight to how each song element was performed and mixed. you really get to share the creative experience with the team..great mac pro …please bring more like this..great
msonic wrote on December 27, 2012
Excellent. Love the whole SongCraft Series. You get to see every aspect of a production, composer, singer, producer... Love the different Styles
Mary Shaw wrote on June 16, 2012
Excellent video! This was so helpful. I've been looking for something that shows this level of detail for producing singer-songwriters - thank you! Can't wait to see the next episode.
Aaron wrote on June 11, 2012
Awesome! Great watch! Cant wait for the next episode!
Pedro Collusso wrote on May 31, 2012
Great video, great tips and insights. Like the fact it was short so you can watch the whole thing without interruption. Hope more would come on these series covering other genres as hard rock, electronica, R & B, jazz/fusion etc. Maybe something similar could be done using Logic or Cubase as DAW? Just a suggestion...