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- Sep 8th, 2011
In this extraordinary video documentary tutorial witness top UK producer, Greg Haver, as he transforms a rough demo song into a final release-ready master...
You’ve got a song. You’ve made a demo. Now, how do turn it into a hit? This tutorial will show you the inner workings of producing a hit song!
“From Demo To Master” is a journey. It begins with the demo song Sunshine Afternoon by the band Dirty Goods from Newport, Wales. Enter top UK record producer Greg Haver with his hundreds of records with top British artists like The Manic Street Preachers, Melanie C, The Lostprophets and Bullet For My Valentine. Put Greg and the band together for a marathon, multi-day, lockout session at Modern World Studios and watch them re-record all the parts, track by track, under Greg’s watchful eyes and golden ears!
(Included in this tutorial is the ability to download excerpts of the song in as it appears in its different stages of production! If you’re a MPV downloader or subscriber you’ll find the link "Sample Tracks" at the top of this page below the Release Date!
Be at Greg’s side, as he produces the band in this one-of-a-kind audio recording documentary. You'll witness the creative process and get priceless audio recording tips as you benefit from Mr. Haver’s unparalleled recording industry experience. You'll get inside a top producer’s head, as he explains why he makes his massively important song-enhancing decisions.
From Demo To Master takes you step by step from the initial demo, the re-tracking, the mixing and the mastering by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sounds in NYC and finally back to Modern World Studios in the UK for a final listen and comparative analysis that will blow you away!
So if you’ve always wanted to sit in on a session with an experienced record producer and learn his audio secrets. this fact-filled tutorial will surely fill that need!
Be sure to check out all of Singing Canary’s The Art of Audio Recording tutorials in our Studio and Recording Techniques section below!
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 101: Introduction to Recording
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 102: Recording Drums
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 103: Recording Guitars
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 104: Recording Vocals
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 105: Recording Strings
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 201: Dynamics
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 202: Spatial Effects
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 203: EQ
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 301: From Demo to Master
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 302: The Mix
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 401: Touring An SSL Console
- Analog Mixing Consoles: Layout, Signal Flow and I/O
- Greg Townley 101: Sonic Dimension in Mixing
- Greg Townley 102: Sonic Dimension: Expanded
- Recording The Grand Piano: The Dave Brubeck Sessions
- Rich Tozzoli 301: Producing and Mixing Guitars
- Rich Tozzoli 302: Mix Digital, Sound Analog!
For a full list of the topics covered, see the Tutorial Outline
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A really sweet insight into the inner workings of producing pleasant music. Thanks and well done.
Great look through the whole process! I like to see the progress of the song, that gives a good overview to me. Nice job, well done.
Great tutorial that shows have a rock song is made from start to finish. Details and insight.
One of my favorite tuts so far. Always enjoy watching this process.
Nice Tutorial.. i enjoyed it , nice song too that was recored in the session. they did a nice job in showing the whole creative process of "Demo" to "Master"
Very cool to see the lifecycle of a song progress through the studio. Interesting to see all of the work outside of recording and mixing that goes into the production effort.
A good general overview. Would have liked to see a little more detail on the EQ'ing, compression levels and mic placements coming in from the source during tracking. Every producer has their own style.
Absolutely great! Really essential video for anyone interested in music production or music in general.
Brilliant as always!
The most inspiring tutorial from MPV! Makes one want to dive in and write, record and mix a song, even if only a bedroom studio! Because you see the whole picture of producing, recording and mixing, you know what other tutorials to go and look at. And, to boot, the song is great. Great Stuff!
What a fantastic tutorial! Great insight and finally a KILLER song as the video project. Love it!!!
I found the collaborative approach used by the producer to be a great way get things done. The ideas presented were great and I really loved the chemistry created between the producer and the rest of the team. I have worked with this kind of producer only once and it was magic. Many producers attempt to steer the material towards their own biases. I this video I noticed the goal was to keep everyone focused as well as comfortable with the work. The end result was a product that the vast non musician majority could understand and enjoy as an entire piece. No "Loss of the Creature"(1) here! 1(The Loss of The Creature) Walker Percy 1959".
Excellent insight - thanks for this.
Very informative with some great insights into the recording process..definitely recommended
It's a great video to watch. Lot of us full stuff as the producer shows you some of his tricks of the trade Good to have in your collection
Its interesting to read the other comments on the video series. I thought the best parts were: 1. seeing and hearing what levels of room sound treatment they used on drums and vocals. 2. seeing and hearing what eq adjustments were done to the various tracks on the board, and what sorts of compression was used, even if some of it was in hardware pre-protools. Some of the other things were pretty standard but good to see - the producers shorthand for notating a song form - IMO it doesn't really matter what his system is as he developed it and he's the only one who needs to read it. A practical substitute for that is just staff paper with the bars sketched out. Same animal different forms. I thought the video content was pretty outstanding and filled in the musical gaps between other series that focus more on running a DAW. It was high level talk, but it represents WHY certain things were done with the band, and why they went for certain sounds, which to me was more valuable.
I believe Micheil Reid's description is very accurate below, but my concern with the From Demo to Master is that is was all talking and not showing how the modifications were made to the tracks with the SW. I'd expected that this would include visuals on how you fix and edit each tracks, so if the extremely brilliant fellow running the literal mixing of the songs were recorded for those who want to see what the Audio Engineer was doing then that would be a hit. Again, I found this tutorial extremely insightful, but even at the beginning, the Producer begins showing how he uses a notebook to capture/annotates bars and and verses and chorus's etc., but then never explains what his literal short hand sketches and makings stood for. So I think he was sharing a great truth, but like the rest of the video it was all high level talk that didn't really help from a Protools or Logic Studio Audio Recording standpoint. Everything the Audio Engineer said was exactly what I was hoping to see demonstrated not just words in a blink and then onto the next topic. Greg Haver and his Engineer gave amazing insights, it is a 5 star Demo but not what I needed.
Really interesting overview of the process of recording a track. A must.
This video fairly crackles with ambiance and energy thanks to the song being recorded. It's great to see the recording process done in a "real world" situation. Most segmented parts of the session are well documented here showing us the advantage of adding EQs and effects and how they can be used to enhance the feel of the song! I was really happy with the clarity of this tutorial both visually as well as in it's delivery, my only quibble is that we didn't see the drum comping process which would have been interesting! However everything else here is explained with precision and detail. There's a good bit of experimentation that goes on during the session specially on the guitar tracks and it's great to see how they created the atmospheres using the pedal boards and reverbs/delays etc... This is a fabulous five star production and an excellent overview of song record and mix processes. Would have been nice to see more of the detail in the mastering phase but still, nothing is really lost here. It's all well worth the download!!
This tutorial was top notch. Probably one of the best training videos I have seen. This really goes through the process from start to finish. If you are looking to see how mixes are really done, this is the tutorial.
Very interesting tutorial, with a lot of insider information. Thanks.