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“Third session and still going strong! Today I had a chance to sit in on another full session, but this time with a different artist. I’m glad I had the chance to sit in on someone different because, then I had a chance to see Edwin work with a different artist and see how his methods change. This particular artist aims to make it big, but as it turns out, she wasn’t completely “on” today. I wouldn’t have noticed, because at least she was able to finish a rough draft of one song and then start another. However, she did come in right from the start to give some of her own ideas and ready to work. She could also hear when something didn’t quite exactly sound right and would try to do it all over again.
I had a chance to see Edwin use more of his music producing skills to give her suggestions on how she could make her track different. In an industry where a lot of the music on the radio sounds the same, Edwin gives some clever ideas on how to make the track sound fresh and not so homogenous. She worked on a lot of harmonies with her track. However, they had to remake some of the track because the artist couldn’t remember which musical direction she wanted to go. She was having some pitch issues as well and Edwin had to spend some time figuring out which pitches needed to be centered. It didn’t help that the second piece she was working on constantly switched between G major and G minor every two to four beats. It makes the track sound musically interesting, but very time consuming to work with when you have an artist who has some pitch issues. So, I had a chance to see Edwin use a lot of the auto tune. Overall, it was a good session and I will be seeing her again the next time I go to the studio.
In terms of reading, now I understand how sound waves travel to the microphone and then the analog-to-digital converter converts the voltage into sine waves the computer interprets the waves into actual sounds based on the amount of samples taken per second, also known as sample points. Now I understand how the Nyquist theorem works in order to produce the most accurate sound so it does not sound distorted when it’s reproduced. I still need to read the rest of chapter 3 and it is loaded with information. I can’t wait to see what I read relates to work in the studio.”