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January 29th, 2012

Filed under: Youth Network — Natty Mark Samuels @ 15:17

The Joy of Sharing

With the setting up of this youth link, I hope the articles published here, will not only boost the young writers of both countries and their creative endeavours, but also generate a more honest, balanced accounting, of their respective societies. To dispel the negative media onslaught of Africa, seemingly believed by the majority here; as well as showing a more informed picture of Western culture, especially of those from the minorities, for those in Ethiopia.
That by sharing their literary snapshots, they can get a better, realistic picture, of each others lives: from a lens of their own making. Creating windows of clarity, to smash the walls of stereotype.
Where they can come together, to learn and to laugh. To celebrate each others creativity.
I hope that they will favour this podium; taking the opportunity, to speak and listen to each other; to experience the joy of sharing.

©Natty Mark Samuels, 2012

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Learning a new skill
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For my arts award I had to learn a new skill. I’ve always been interested in music and I have previously written and recorded lyrics to beats before. As there are not many producers around I decided that I’d like to learn how to produce my own beats, because this help me to develop as an artist. It is my ambition to do a course in music at college and then university.
I discussed my ambition with my youth worker, and he helped me to find a teacher. The teacher is called Joe Froud, he is a member of the dubstep duo ‘Document One’. He has also been in numerous bands, spanning different genres of music. Joe and Document One are currently signed to Borgore records, and they will soon be releasing their debut EP. They have been played on Radio 1; 1xtra and have done several remixes for artists such as: Moby and JLS.

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On our first session we laid down the beat, this included:
o First we opened up a musical software programme called reason. This is used on computers and recreates a technological music studio including drums, bass, pianos, and guitars along with samples and synthesisers.
o After the programme was opened we wrote the drumbeat using redrum machine. The drum beat was taken from my own sample library and I loaded it into the folder button above each channel.
o We used a simple midi controller keyboard and we triggered the samples and recorded them in real time.
o Moving on, we right clicked to display the available instruments in a drop down menu and chose a malsrtom synthesizer.
o Once we loaded the synthesizer, we clicked the folder symbol to display the preset sounds and flicked through them whilst playing the midi keyboard to audition the sounds.
o After finding the sound, the decision was made to use it. We repeated this process several times until we had all the sound we wanted to use.

On our second session we produced the chorus.
o We controlled and used one of the synthesizers with the midi iceyboard to write the chorus and melodies.
o Once we were ready to record, we armed the appropriate track by clicking on the iceyboard symbol for that instrument on the left hand side of the reason sequencer.
o When the red square appears round the keyboard symbol, the track is recorded using the same techniques we did for the drums we laid down the chorus quantised them.

Apply effects and EQ
o Once we finished writing and recording the time tune, we adjusted the levels of each instrument using the mixer in reason so they were more even.
o Using the mixer we also EQ’d each sound to loud by right clicking on an instrument we were able to choose from the reason FT and insert them on that particular synthesizer. We applied distortion, reverb and delay to some sounds to make them sit better in the mix.

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Preparation
o Once we finished recording the beat and I was ready to record my vocals, we exported the beat. We did this by setting the left and right locations in reason to the beginning and end of the beat in the sequencer, clicked file > export loop as audio file and chose wav format.
o We then loaded logic pro up and imported the wav file to an audio track, and added another audio track to record the vocals.
o We then plugged the mic into input 2 on the sound card and set the audio track input source to input 2 on the sound card in the mixer view of logic.

Recording the vocals
o We recorded the vocals using the channel we had set up before the session, and we repeated the process above for every additional vocal track I wanted to add.

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Lissan recommends:
For those of you who are interested to know and learn more about the music creating software “Reason”, click on the YouTube logo below to watch tutorial videos from the creator company of this great creation tool: Propellerheads from Sweden.

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