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 Week 3 Recordings and Assignment -


Hello folks! It was a fun session last week going through synthesis and sampling in Ableton Live.


Please find the recordings and samples for the 2 classes updated in the drive folder. (Session 5 and Session 6) 


I recommend checking out the learning synths website for further reading. If you have any questions while going through this, shoot away!


Assignment Details : 


Create music containing at least 1 musical section with minimum 4 tracks in a way that meets the following conditions:


  • No using any preset sounds.
  • Use either wavetable or simpler to make your tracks, with at least 1 track using simpler. (for drums you may have to use simpler enclosed in drum racks as discussed)
  • Show one creative use of the filter section. (either low pass or high pass shapes)
  • Show one creative use of glide function (can work well for bass or melody)
  • Show 1 creative use of ADSR envelope and LFO section each (can try with volume, pan, filter frequency, etc)
  • Show atleast 2 creative uses of automation on your tracks. 
  • Show 1 creative application of Unison or Spread effect. 
  • Demo 1 creative use of any of the warp modes additionally in an audio track.
  • You can do this assignment in either session view or arrangement view (remember - to extract the audio file you'll have to move to arrangement view ultimately)
PS:
1. Comments made above inside (brackets) are just suggestions so feel free to deviate if you have other ideas.

2. Feel free to use whatever samples you want with simpler for this project. I've shared few samples I've used during class along with the class recordings in case if you'd like to use the same.

3. Share your project files once you are done for feedback and feel free to reply if you have any questions!


Look forward to see what you guys come up with! 

Week 2 Recordings and Assignments


Please find the links to class recordings here


Week II - Assignment 1


Make a new song with the focus on meeting the following objectives and submit your project/audio file here!


Primary Guidelines:


  • Use minimum 4 tracks  (Drums, Harmony, Melody,  Bass)
  • Build a minimum of 3 unique scenes/sections (eg: intro, repetitive verse, hook,break, outro)
  • Record them to arrangement and build a song structure.
  • At least 1 creative instance of musical transition between any 2 sections. (easier done in arrangement view)
  • Manipulate note velocity for at least 1 clip in a musically relevant way.
  • One track must be AUDIO TRACK, containing samples used in a creative way. (try using drum/percussion samples if it gets confusing)
  • Use at least 2 midi effects in a creative way. (arpeggiator,chord,scale,pitch,midi rack,velocity)
  • Show 2 instances of Volume automation usage.
  • Show 2 instance of MIDI Parameter Automation
  • Share the project file on the batch projects folder (Video showing you how to export project file is below!)

Optional guidelines:


Use your MIDI keyboard and use it to record melodies/harmonies. Use note quantization to time correct your performances.

MIDI Map and record creative automations from your midi controller.



Assignment 2: REVIEW fellow producer's music!


Once you submit project zip file into the batch projects folder, you each have to review each others projects, and submit it as a new post in Batch 1 July 2021 Masterclass Discussion!


Write your feedback based on the following questions:


1. Have they met the primary guidelines, what did they miss out on?

2. Optional: What are some things you really liked in this track?

3. Optional: Was there anything you would have done differently?


ps. be polite, the objective is to understand technical details in others project files, and communicating criticism in a healthy, constructive way.

Here's a clip on how to export and share your project on the drive correctly.


Please note:


Deadline for Project submission is Saturday, July 28th before 6 pm.

Deadline for Peer Review submission is on Sunday, July 29th before 6 pm.

Any roadblocks/doubts while working on either of 2 assignments, please feel free to reply on this post!

Week 2 Recordings and Assignments


Please find the links to class recordings here.


Week II - Assignment 1


Make a new song with the focus on meeting the following objectives and share project file for peer review!


Primary Guidelines:


  • Have a minimum of 4 tracks making musical sense (might need more anyway!)
  • Build a minimum of 4 unique scenes/sections (eg: intro,repetitive verse,hook,break)
  • Build them out into an arrangement view as a structure.
  • At-least 1 creative instance of musical transition between any 2 sections. (easier done in arrangement view)
  • One track must contain an INSTRUMENT RACK (found under instruments category) used in a creative way.
  • Manipulate note velocity for at least 1 clip in a musically relevant way.
  • One track must be AUDIO TRACK, containing samples used in a creative way. (try using drum/percussion samples if it gets confusing)
  • Use at least 2 midi effects in a creative way. (arpeggiator,chord,scale,pitch,midi rack,velocity)
  • Show 2 instances of Volume automation usage.
  • Show 1 instance of Pan Automation usage
  • Show 2 instance of MIDI Parameter Automation

Share your project file in this projects folder add 'Week II' to the file name for easy reference.


Optional guidelines:


  • Try recording ideas with the Midi Capture feature.
  • Try using MIDI Racks on one of the tracks.
  • Try humming into your mobile recorder/mic, convert to midi using Audio to MIDI and time correct / quantize those midi notes.
  • Use your MIDI keyboard and use it to record melodies/harmonies. Use note quantization to time correct your performances. 
  • MIDI Map and record creative automations from your midi controller.


Assignment 2: REVIEW fellow producer's music!


Once you submit project zip file into the batch projects folder, you each have to review at least one of your peer's projects, and submit it as a new post in Batch 1 July 2021 Masterclass Discussion!


1.  Have they met the primary guidelines, what did they miss out on?

2.  Optional: What are some things you really liked in this track?

3.  Optional: Was there anything you would have done differently?


ps. be polite, the objective is to understand technical details in others project files, and communicating criticism in a healthy, constructive way.


Here's a clip on how to export and share your project on the drive correctly


Please note: 

Deadline for Project submission is Saturday, July 24th before 6 pm.

Deadline for Peer Review submission is on Sunday, July 25th before 6 pm.

Download these guidelines as a doc file here.

Any roadblocks/doubts while working on either of 2 assignments, please feel free to reply on this post!

Week 1 Recordings and Projects 


Please find a link to the class recordings here.


Project Details


Please work on this over the week on or before next class on wednesday (21th July) for review and feedback!


1. Build a song structure, record into arrangement view, and export audio


  • Use a minimum of four tracks/sounds.
  • Build the first scene (section) as the hook*
  • Use that to create a minimum of 2 additional scenes - Intro & one alternate section.
  • Repeat them as desired to build a song structure.
  • Record from session to arrangement
  • Export arrangement as an audio file.
  • Share audio file on this drive link.

((*guidelines to make a hook:

Make a musical section in session view with a minimum of 4 tracks: Drums, Melody, Harmony & Bass.


For harmony use a 4 chord progression.

Remember to set the scale and tempo.

Explore sound choices.

Explore some of the clip properties to manipulate your patterns.

Manipulate grids and play with note durations. ))



2. Critical listening and analysis


Pick a song you like and share your critical analysis (along with a youtube link to the song) as a POST in the Music and Tech Space.


Follow these guidelines to help you with the analysis

Chord Progression Workout!




Hey guys! 


Hope you're having fun going through the 1st week's exercises. By now you have an idea for building out basic chord progressions with 4 triads.


I'd like you to walk through the below article which has about 5 short snippets (no more than a minute each). Each video will give you insights on how you can easily get creative with the basic triads, and create expressive harmonies.


https://platform.djpmedia.in/posts/ec513d1c-d06b-4daf-bf66-e62e33d0ca13/show


Objectives:


1. Try some of these out on your own exercises.


2. Please comment in the linked article about the idea you like the most.


3. If you have doubts or questions on any of those ideas, please reply to this very post as a comment and I'll help you out!


P.S : One of these ideas has a concept we've not discussed at all. Brownie points for anyone who finds it!