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Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus

Section 1

EP Proposal

What genre?

British Hardcore/Punk

Influences?
Pulled Apart by Horses
Gallows
Biffy Clyro

Reference Track
Analysis

Yeah Buddy Audio

Pulled Apart by Horses - Yeah
Buddy!
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Intro, Verse, Chorus, Verse, Double Chorus, Break"
down, Chorus, End

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Shouted/Screamed Simple Vocals

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Guitars Overdriven through British Amp -Doubled in
chorus -cleaner lead lines over the top
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Distorted Bass

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Section 2

Demo Timeline
Week

Goals

Completed (x)

Week 1

Writting session/ Band rehearsal of songs

x

Week 2

Writting session/ Band rehearsal of songs

x

Week 3

Record demo drums

x

Week 4

Record demo bass

x

Week 5

Record demo guitars

x

Week 6

Record demo guitars/ expand on musical
content and start to evaluate relevence

x
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Section 3

Demo Process

Week 1
Writing session
The band I am in of this genre rehearses once a week so I
have asked for this time to be dedicated to writing original material for my EP release, which also benefits the band in the form
of a release at the end of the process. Some members of the
band of the band are keener than others on this idea with some
individuals preferring to try and cover other bands songs which
was not useful for my project but I stuck with so as not to offend
and with gentle coaxing some good guitar ideas came from this
session

Week 2
Writing session and rehearsal
The band rehearsed again, this week I chose a firmer more producer oriented approach really trying to focus on original for my
EP release and coaching the less experienced members of the
band in this process was somewhat difficult and i can see this
being a problem later on in the recording process. That said
some good musical ideas did come from this process.

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Week 3
Demo Drum recording
This week I have individually written two more drum ideas to go
with the two that came from band rehearsal. I am hoping to
write guitar lines for these either with the band or individually depending which is more fruitful in terms of fast high quality results but ideally i would like to coach the band through this process as it take some of the writing pressure off me and put me in
more of a producer role which i am more comfortable in. I have
recorded the four drum lines in logic using a very basic set up
of 2 SE4400 condensers as over heads to pick up the whole kit
essentially and a kick mic just to ensure definition for timing of
guitars in later stages.

Week 4
Demo Guitar Recording
This week had planned to demo record the bass but the bassist
wasnt available and not all the lines are completed. So i started
to record guitar and i hope to come back and fill in the basslines
whicvh is not ideal but these are only demos so not a massive
issue at this stage. The guitar was recorded as a DI straight into
the desk and Amp simulated in Logic. I played the guitar lines

so the standard of playing is not up to scratch but it gives good
representation of the melodies.

Week 5
Guitar Re-record
Continued recording guitars using the same method as lastweek. I am having to attempt to write new guitar parts as i record for the two tracks not done in band time as the band seem
to be becoming less an less enthusiastic about this opportunity
so are no longer writing any music for it.

Week 6
Completed
Completed guitar demo recordings and submitted the complete
demos via sound cloud.

Demo 1

Demo 2

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Section 4

EP Recording
Project Plan

Reflection on the Demos
My Demos had good musical ideas and do fit the genre but the
recording quality is not commercially viable due to it just being a
demo recording. Demo 2 most accurately represents where performance skill in the guitars has taken away
from the quality of the track and I realise at
Demo 2
this time I either have to improve my performance of this instrument in this genre or
i will have to find a session player to play
the guitar and bass parts for the end product to be of sufficient quality.

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Week

Goals

Achie
ved (x)

1

Record Drums

x

2

Record Drums

x

3

Record Bass

4

Record Guitar

5

Record Guitar

6

Record Guitar

7

Edit

8

Mix

9

Mix

10

Master
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Section 5

EP Intial Budget
Equipment needed

Cost per day (£)

Number of days needed

Total cost

Studio

300

15

£4,500

Orange Amp

30

5

£150

Orange Cab

30

5

£150

Audix Drum mics

£360 (bought)

Bought

£360

Macbook Pro

£999 (bought)

Bought

£999

Ampeg BA210 Bass Combo amp

30

3

£90

SM 57 mic

£91 bought

Bought

£91

Fender Precision Bass

25

3

£75

Fender Strat Guitar

25

5

£125

Yamaha 20th Anniversary
Recording Custom

60

10

£600

Logic 9

£139.99 (bought)

Bought

£139.99

Total

£7,279.99
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Section 6

Recording Process
Logs

Week 1
Drum Recording
This week I recorded drums for 3 out of 4 of my songs for my
EP. I used the Audix drum Mic set I used the “floor tom mic” on
the rack tom and the “kick mic” on the floor tom to capture the
low frequencies and
help the toms sit better
in the mix. I used the
Drum recording Gallery
SM57 on the snare and
the AKG D112 on the
kick. the SE1 stereo
pair provided perfect
capture of the over
heads due to there
high frequency response.

Week 2
Drum Recording
This week I again recorded drums for my
final song and rerecorded my 3rd song due to intense timing issues. Having listened to all of my takes I feel that it will be pro10

ductive to schedule a drum editing session for next weeks studio day.

Week 3
Drum Editing
This week I went about editing the drum takes for them to be in
correct timing which is essential before the recording process
for guitars etc continues. The drums are very varried in their timing and on further comparison to my reference tracks don’t all fit
the standard arrangement pattern of my genre i feel it would be
effective to re record these.

This week I used the comp folders in logic to remove any errors
from my takes by comping in different takes this was more necessary in some compared to others. I found it hard to flex time
edit due to the cymbal spill so there are still timing errors but
the majority of the drums are in time and to the correct arrangement and length.

Week 6
Guitar Record 1

Week 4

This week I started to record guitar playing it myself through the
Orange Tiny Terror and recorded it with the SM57 mic and the
SE2200 the sound is of good quality but the plying is not fully
up to scratch as I struggle with arrangement ideas.

Drum Recording 2

Week 7

This week I rerecorded drums for 3 songs paying particular attention to timing and arrangement for song structure at a later
date. I used the same set up as initial recordings because the
tones captured initially were of good quality and fitted my genre.

Week 5

Guitar Record 2
This Week I rearranged my guitar parts and attempted to record them I feel at this stage that the most effective path onward is to get a session player who is happy to help compose
as well as perform on my EP so I will source a player happy to
do this with a playing style that fits my genre

Drum Edit 2

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Week 8
Guitar and Bass Write and Re-demo
This week, after sourcing Richard Fire a player who has played
in this genre for many years and is comfortable with the skill required on both guitar and bass in a studio scenario, i have undertaken a producer role directing him in the composition and
demo recording of the new guitar and bass parts. These were
recorded through Richard’s POD HD500 they lacked depth of
tone but were only intended as recording the composition and
not the final tones.

Week 9
Guitar and Bass record
This week I recorded guitar and bass the final version. The guitar was recorded through the orange amp with the SM57 to capture the direct tone and the SE2200 microphone to capture
room ambiance and high frequencies.

Week 10
This week I had limited time due to the impending deadline so i
had to split my time between the 3 tasks not yet completed.

Edit !
I edited all the parts too ensure the best comps of guitars parts
were selected and any errors or stops and edited all bits so that
silence was absolute where needed and all parts trimmed and
correct. I then exported the project as stems so that the mix
process will not be affected by editing.
Mix
I created my own presets on one of my tracks for eq and compression etc. This helped create a base set of tones so that my
EP worked as a coherent sounding piece. I do however realise
the need to tailor this sound to specific performances and
tones. After presets were applied I listened to each part and
tweaked them to ensure they sat better in the mix while retaining the universal qualities I wanted. I used Aux busses in logic
to group sections within the mix and then mix the composite
parts feeding into these to make every track in a group of a
good level in the aux I then mixed these groups against each
other to ensure each instrument group was at correct level
within the mix. The aux busses were also used for parallel compression of the drums to thicken out the sound. So at this stage
each song was mixed and ready to master.
Master

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I exported all my tracks to 24bit WAV and then imported them
into a new logic stereo mastering project. I put them end to end
and also imported my feedback intro section and some political
vocals for the intro and introduced some of this feedback in between each of the songs this was to make the EP one seemless piece of work almost like a set at a gig to add that live
grungy feel.
I applied subtle EQ to roll off below 50hz and soft boost on high
frequencies to give presence.A multi-band compressor to ensure that the bass frequencies were present in the overall
sound and a limiter to prevent the overall level exceeding 0db.
I then exported to wav and chopped into CD track in Wave
burner and burnt to a CD

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Section 7

EP Revised Budget
and Plan

Reflection on the process so far.
The recording process has lagged behind my planned timetable
due to having to re-record drums and there fore missing the
deadlines I had set out for recording other parts of my EP.
Therefore I have budgeted for more studio time and decided
that in a real life situation it would be more cost effective to buy
the drum kit due the amount of time I have used it for. I feel that
given the fact that this process lagged behind so far that other
elements are going to lag behind as well so i have included in
my budget further time in the studio and extended rental of instruments needed because in a real life scenario I would of had
to pay for the time if I had fallen behind schedule.

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Equipment needed

Cost per day (£)

Number of days needed

Total cost

Studio

300

20

£6000

Orange Amp

30

5

£150

Orange Cab

30

5

£150

Audix Drum mics

£360 (bought)

Bought

£360

Macbook Pro

£999 (bought)

Bought

£999

Ampeg BA210 Bass Combo amp

30

3

£90

SM 57 mic

£91 bought

Bought

£91

Fender Precision Bass

25

3

£75

Fender Strat Guitar

25

5

£125

Yamaha 20th Anniversary Recording
Custom

£900 (bought)

Bought

£900

Logic 9

£139.99 (bought)

Bought

£139.99

Total

£9,079.99
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Week

Task That happened

Achieved (x)

1

Record Drums

x

2

Record Drums

x

3

Drum Edit

x

4

Re Record Drums

x

5

Drum Edit 2

x

6

Record Guitar

7

Record Guitar

8

Edit

9

Mix

10

Master
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Section 8

EP Final Budget
and Plan
Equipment needed

Cost per day (£)

Number of days needed

Total cost

Studio

300

25

£6000

Orange Amp

30

10

£300

Orange Cab

30

10

£300

Audix Drum mics

£360 (bought)

Bought

£360

Macbook Pro

£999 (bought)

Bought

£999

Ampeg BA210 Bass Combo amp

30

3

£90

SM 57 mic

£91 bought

Bought

£91

Fender Precision Bass

25

3

£75

Fender Strat Guitar

25

10

£250

Yamaha 20th Anniversary
Recording Custom

£900 (bought)

Bought

£900

Logic 9

£139.99 (bought)

Bought

£139.99

Session Guitarist

£50 (per track)

x3

£150

Total

£9,654.99
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Week

Task That happened

Achieved (x)

1

Record Drums

x

2

Record Drums

x

3

Drum Edit

x

4

Re Record Drums

x

5

Drum Edit 2

x

6

Record Guitar

x

7

Record Guitar

x

8

Re-write Guitar and Bass and Demo Record

x

9

Record Final Guitar

x

10

Edit Mix Master & Record Intro

x
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