COM 3270 AUDIO PRODUCTION
RECORDING ANALYSIS PROJECT
DUE DATE: see syllabus
DESCRIPTION: The student will select four (4) songs from each of the five decades in the RECORDING ANALYSIS archive folder on the PC in the Falvey TV studio. CD-Rs of the RECORDING ANALYSIS archive can be made available. Twenty (20) songs total will be analyzed by using this form:
No more that one selection per artist/band can be analyzed.
You will also need 20 sheets of the following. Print in LANDSCAPE mode for best results.
HOW TO READ THE STEREO MIXDOWN DIAGRAM
Recalling middle school algebra in how points are graphed on an x y axis (rise over run; x over y) will help in the completion of the stereo picture. Think of each musical element in a song as a point to be plotted on the graph, or in this case, a stereo picture.
1. A stereo recording will have sound sources placed anywhere within the LEFT and RIGHT channels (y axis) as well as sound sources being placed anywhere within the FRONT and BACK of the mix. The plotting along FRONT and BACK axis is determining how loud something is relative to other sources in the same mix. FRONT and BACK equal volume. The louder something is, the more up front in the mix it seems. Softer and less audible sounds are considered in the back of the mix.
2. A monaural (mono) recording will have everything at the zero value along the FRONT and BACK (x axis). The only axis that would change in a mono recording is the FRONT and BACK.
Some helpful past examples:
A suggestion would be to use numbers to mark each sound source and supply a key guide to the side of sheet.
BE SURE TO PLACE ALL 20 PAGES IN NEATLY IN SOME TYPE OF SOFT PLASTIC OR PAPER BINDER MARKED WITH YOUR NAME AND "AUDIO PRODUCTION (semester and year).