Another song and only one day to professionally produce it! Possible? Absolutely! The pros at Dubway Studios do it again recording the rock duo, The End Men, in this new episode in our Docutorial™ series we call SongCraft!
In this second episode, Brooklyn based band, The End Men –comprised of duo Matthew Hendershot and Livia Ranalli– collaborate with NYC singer/songwriter Ben Arthur. Together they wrote a song called Whisky Rain and hopped the A-Train to the world class Dubway studios in NYC where they arranged, tracked, and mixed the newborn song in a one, jam-packed music production marathon. We pick up the drama in the Dubway control room where studio owners and producers Al Houghton and Mike Crehore start the process of bringing the nascent song to life!
Watch along as they work non stop –all day long– miking and tracking drums, guitars, vocals and keyboards. All the while our expert MPV production team is right there documenting the whole process every step of the way. And, as the session proceeds, you'll learn some cool guerrilla recording, microphone, arranging, and mixing techniques with a focus on some vintage sounding Universal Audio hardware and software. You'll be a fly on the wall to all the subtle decisions that occur during the process which help bring this dark whisky-voiced rock song to life! And be sure to keep you eyes open for our intrepid rodent narrator the ubiquitous studio rat with his informative, tech 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 The End Men is a must see!
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Good Indie-rock production course. I really love this SongCraft series of videos.
I find Mike Crehore's observations as musician/engineer/microphone aficionado incredibly useful.
Cheers folks! :)
Ren wrote on November 17, 2014
I learned more about recording techniques than anything else with this series of tutorials. The experience is irreplaceable.
Rachelle Lang wrote on November 13, 2014
I like the in depth look at microphone placement and set up. I also love the drummer. The tips on how to make a bigger sound in a smaller room was great. I will be implementing that in my home studio setup. I am wondering a bit about the fascination of murdering spouses. The very first song in the Song Writing series was about the same topic. Other than the Stephen Kingesque lyrical plots, I like the end projects.
Michael McConville wrote on August 22, 2012
This is a excellent series, made better by the wonderful technicians and ever helpful studio rat ! The artists are of a very high quality. I fully intend to support the program by buying the next video and I am learning a great deal trying to remix it.
I would learn a lot more if I had the pre-processed stems and could compare the outcome of my audio processing, using my plugins, to that of your experts. This would be really special.
I know these things are explained in other videos but the Songcraft team have skills and experience that cover the analogue and digital worlds and are very competent communicators. So I would ask for more time and insight into things like levels,panning, phase etc.which the engineers may take for granted
Great series keep it up it can only get better and I know of no other source for such material for an amateur like myself.
bradon Baxter wrote on August 21, 2012
Awesome job on another on! I saw the one with Lauren Balthrop, and got the subscription. Good filming, and sound on the production side. Props to whoever it is at Macprovideo who finds these talented teachers!
jonesy wrote on August 21, 2012
loved the drummer \m/
Great vids overall, the way the mics were explained opened my mind like a mellon. This is a must see for anyone relatively new to mic'ing techniques. I enjoyed the use of the uad2 plugins, and then using one that is in the uad2 pack, but in hardware form! The tape echo was a sight to behold, I saw one before, but I was starting to think I had imagined it.