Jack Black Taught Me This One – Drake’s Edit

For our final project, Emily, Alex, Sami, and I recorded “Jack Black Taught Me This One” by smallhands. We began with a scratch track of the drums and electric guitar recorded to a click track. Once we had done that, we over dubbed all the instruments over the scratch track.

We recorded the drums using the Recorderman method. For the bass drum, we used the AKG D112. For sound quality, we placed a blanket inside the bass drum, removed the head, and placed the mic very close to the far side inside the bass drum. For the snare, we placed an SM57 on the underside of the drum in order to minimize some of the hi-hat noise. We used two Audio Technica 4033’s for the overheads.

For the electric guitar and bass, we put two Sennheiser MD 421’s on the amp. We placed one of the mics further back to minimize phase issues. The bass was also sent direct. Both the electric guitar and bass were recorded with distortion.

We used the Miktek Cv4 as a room mic during all solo recordings of the instruments to get a more ambient, live sound that smallhands likes to have. We also used this mic for Winston’s vocals.

For the piano, we used two Audio Technica 4033’s in a spaced stereo pair orientation. We used the upright piano in the control room rather than the grand piano because we decided that the sound of the upright was a greater pair to the song. We also used the 4033’s for the violin, which was distant miked.

In my edit, I mainly added compression to all the tracks, and EQed to attenuate any displeasing noises or frequencies. I also added reverb to the vocals. I also tried to focus on the violin and piano sounds to hone in on the prettier ambience that the band was going for on this recording.

 

Drake and Sami Electric Guitar Recording

For our recording we recorded Brandon Woodson playing an original riff. For sources we used my own knowledge and sound on sound.

For the first recording we placed an SM57 at the bottom right of the amp speaker about six inches away.

This sounded pretty good but we decided to try a Miktek C7 to see how that sounded. It ended up being a pretty clean sound but it was more jangly than the 57.

 

For the third recording we decided to try the 57 again since we liked it’s sound and we set it up in the top left of the speaker this time about a foot away. This ended up being our favorite of the three recordings.

Sami’s small hand’s mix

The drums have DirMix, Envelop, Mcrphas, Subbass, Correlation, Binaural, Matc EQ, Matrix, Gate, Adlimit.  Vocals have Space designer, ChanEQ, Guitar has overdrv, Expand, MatchEQ, EVOC FB, Ringshift,BPM, Everything has a compressor.  I trimmed the bass guitar track, made a copy of the parts that arn’t big on the bass guitar so they don’t have the bit crusher and Comp.  But only the first 3 minutes and seven seconds will come up so you don’t get to see that part which is why I don’t want to submit my own music this way.

 

Jack Black Taught Me This One- Small Hands- Alex R. Edit

For our project, we recorded Jack Black Taught Me This One by Small Hands. Small Hands includes Austin O’Rourke on drums, Kyle Guerra on bass, and Winston Givler on guitar and vocal. We used a variety of microphones for different situations. The overhead of the drums, the violin and the upright piano used 2 Audio Technica 4033 microphones. We used Sennheiser MD421 microphones on the guitar and bass amplifiers but also went direct on the bass amp. We also had the Miktek C4 set to Omnidirectional for the entire room.
The drums were recorded using the recordingman method.

The effects on the bass and guitar were done through the musicians’ pedal boards.

Jack Black Taught Me This One – Emily’s Edit

For our final project, Drake, Alex, Sami, and I recorded “Jack Black Taught Me This One” by Small Hands. We began with a scratch track of the drums and electric guitar recorded to a click track. Once we had gotten that, we recorded the drums again and then overdubbed the electric guitar, electric bass, vocals, piano, and violin.

We recorded the drums using the Recorderman method. For the bass drum, we used the AKG D112. We also placed one blanket inside the bass drum to create more of a muffled tone. For the snare, we placed an SM57 on the underside of the drum in order to minimize some of the hi-hat noise. We used the Audio Technica 4033’s for the overheads.

For the electric guitar and electric bass, we put two Sennheiser MD 421’s on the amp. We placed one further back to minimize phase issues. The bass was also sent direct. Both the electric guitar and bass were recorded with distortion.

The drums, electric guitar, and bass were all recorded with the Miktek Cv4 placed in the center of the room to pick up ambience. We also used the Cv4 for the vocals.

For the piano, we used the Audio Technica 4033’s in a spaced stereo pair orientation. We used the upright piano in the control room rather than the grand piano. We also used the 4033’s for the violin, which was distant miked.

In my edit, I mainly added compression to all the tracks, and EQed to attenuate any displeasing noises or frequencies. I also added reverb to the vocals.