Terena Chao – Final Project “Always”

This project was definitely one that I enjoyed the most. After becoming familiar with Logic Pro X and Ableton Live, I felt that this project really allowed me to use them much more properly. However due to time constraints, I decided to create a simple melody. Lyrics will definitely be in the performed piece but as of now the track above only has vocalizations. I will work on uploaded the piece with lyrics later on in the day.

When I first recorded my guitar into Ableton Live it sounded really clunky and muffled. I then remembered that I could use audio effects to help process the sound. So using the built in effects in Live I was able to produce a much brighter sound from my guitar. I did the same to thing to my voice as well. I hope you enjoy it!

Terena Chao – Final Project Draft 2

For my second draft I decided that for the sake of time and mental health I would just create a simple acoustic song. Using Ableton Live 9, I have my guitar being processed through audio effects that makes my guitar sound a lot brighter. I really love being able to manipulate how my guitar sounds and I feel that this has really allowed me to create a song I enjoy. This is still unfinished but I have now incorporated a verse section that I can sing with. I will hopefully have the full song with lyrics done by tomorrow to perform live. If not Ill just do some vocalizing like I did last time.

Terena Chao – Final Project Draft 1

For my final project I want to create a song that has a nice acoustic pop feel to it. I’m using a combination of Live and Logic in order to use Logic’s Apple loops and wide variety of software instruments with Live’s scenes. So far this is just a sample of which direction I want to go in, however I’m hoping to develop this melody much more.  I intend on singing on this track and hopefully playing the acoustic guitar live at the same time. The most challenging thing is going to be coming up with lyrics and what to sing about. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! 🙂

Terena Chao – Live Project Final “Midnight Rocket Runaway”

Screenshot (250)

I have to say that I am pretty happy with the way this turned out. Live was definitely a new and challenging experience. Thank god for the tutorials that came with the software, without them I would’ve been even more lost than I was. On the Ableton website there were some really cool tutorials that helped inspire me and choose what direction to go with for my song. Also watching a ton of youtube videos was really helpful too. Overall this project was really challenging but looking back I enjoy the experience that I gained.

Terena Chao – Live Project Draft #3

For this draft I mostly played around with the song structure and how I wanted to lay the song out with the softstep. The song structure is currently Intro >> Chorus1 >> Break >> Chorus2 >> Outro. Vocals are in the works and will be present in the live performance. For this song I realized that there isn’t a part that really allows for lyrics so for my vocals I will just be vocalizing.

For some reason I can’t seem to access the Live 8 lessons linked on the syllabus. Every time I try to open a page it just shows me numbers like 3132, 33, and 34353637383940. However I am still able to see the Dochtermann and Huber chapters. I never knew what MIDI stood for so Huber Chapter 9 taught me that it stands for, “Musical Instrument Digital Interface”. Also the MIDI cable has 5 pins that each represents what signal is being passed through.

Terena Chao – Live Project Draft #2

This project is proving to be really difficult. Live is incredibly new to me and even after doing the tutorial I still feel overwhelmed. With so many options, its hard to tell what does what. I will try to look into some more tutorials but as for now I have managed to create this song by basically finding loops, recording audio, recording midi in Logic and then exporting them into Live. I have yet to properly mix the guitar recording so the volume levels are a tad off with the rest of the song. Hopefully I can figure out how to properly use the vocoder for the next draft. With not a lot of time on my plate, Im hoping I can at least get to the point where I can perform my song live by just switching scenes.

Terena Chao – Live Project Idea

For this project I intend to work immensely with the vocoder and more vocal manipulation tools. I got this idea by looking up cool things that can be done in Ableton and came across this video. I find it really neat that you can connect specific midi sounds to the vocoder and have them set up to automatically during the live performance. This way you can sing into a microphone live and have it processed without having to touch or change anything.

I really want to do something similar to Kimbra’s style of performing. For example in her live performance of Settle Down, she manages to make all of her music with her voice. I am nowhere near this level but for my live performance I want to attempt this kind of performance. I think this will be really fun for me to learn how to manipulate vocal effects in real time. Continuing on Kimbra, I’m really inspired by her style of music, especially on her Vows album. I want to see if I can emulate this kind of genre of music and come up with something unique.

I also want to bring in some live instruments such as an acoustic or electric guitar. I’ll have to see how far I get with my song and what kind of song I end up coming up with. Another song that really inspires me is Milo Greene’s 1957. The hook in the song is really simple but very catchy. Since our time limit is two minutes or less, I want to be able to create a simple unique song that is catchy and pleasant to listen to.

So as of now the goal is to incorporate vocal manipulation and a guitar into my live performance. This may be wishful thinking but I’m really hoping I can execute this and see it through to the end. If all else fails or I simply do not have enough time to prepare, I intend on creating a song that I can manipulate during its play through for my live performance. This song will also go along a video like the one that was demoed in class. Overall I’m pretty excited for this project and I’m looking forwards to coming up with something to perform in class!

Terena Chao – Logic Project Final

Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 3.43.55 AM

Lyrics
Can you hear it?
The sound of silence
of someone’s passion
slowly dying.

This brand new world
has got me thinking that
I’m ashamed for what I lack.
With no direction where to go.
Led by the soul,
I’ve got to fight it.
Gotta purpose to uphold.

Take back your voice
and don’t let them fool you.
You’ve got a choice
to break into something new.
Keep up the noise
and don’t let them turn you.
You’ve got a choice
now show me what you can do.

Take back your voice
and don’t let them fool you.
You’ve got a choice
to break into something new.
Keep up the noise
and don’t let them turn you.
You’ve got a choice
now show me what you can do.

Requirements

  • How many tracks? – 20 Tracks
  • 3 tracks of recorded audio, 1 of which must be you singing/rapping or speaking – Done, I have 9 tracks of recorded audio. I am singing in all of them.
    Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 3.41.54 AM
  • 2 tracks of MIDI you perform – Done. Tracks 2, 3, 17, and 18.
  • 2 tracks of MIDI you write in – Done. Tracks 4, 5, and 6.
  • 2 tracks of MIDI in which you use step input – Done. Tracks 1, 7, 19, and 20.
  • 1 example of tempo change – Done. I have 2 tempo changes from 115bpm to 120bpm.
    Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 3.56.50 AM
  • 3 examples of  instrument automation – Done. Tracks 1, 2, 3, 7, 19, and 20.
    Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 3.58.06 AM

    Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 3.59.40 AM
    Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 4.01.55 AM
  • 3 examples of track automation – Done. Volume in Tracks 8 to 13.
    Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 4.07.06 AM
  • 3 examples of effects automation – Done. Tracks 3, 11, 14, and 15.
    Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 4.08.16 AM
    Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 4.08.58 AM
    Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 4.09.26 AM

    Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 4.09.55 AM
  • 2 examples of automation performed by mouse – Done. Tracks 11, 14, and 15.
    Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 4.08.58 AM
    Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 4.09.26 AM
    Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 4.09.55 AM
  • 2 examples of automation performed by controller – Done. Tracks 5, 6, and 7.
    Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 5.28.43 AM
  • 2 examples of automation written in – Done. Tracks 1, 2, 7, 19, and 20.
    Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 4.14.03 AM
    Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 4.14.13 AM
    Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 4.14.42 AM
  • 1 Arpeggiator example and 1 Delay line example – Done. Track 1.
    Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 4.17.02 AMScreen Shot 2015-03-11 at 4.17.21 AM

 

Process

This project was definitely challenging and a lot harder than I thought it would be. Without loops it was hard to know where to start and what direction to take. My final song ended up being a blend of electronic elements with a hint of piano. The song structure is Intro > Verse > Pre-Chorus > Chorus > Outro. The Logic Lessons were incredibly crucial and helpful in allowing me to finish my song. Logic Lesson 6 really helped me understand how to create a MIDI and edit it in the piano roll. That piano roll has got to be my favorite thing to work with during this project. Other lessons taught me how to add tempo changes and add various automations. Besides the Logic Lessons, the Dochtermann also provided some helpful information. When it came time to mix my song, Chapter 11 really helped me figure out where to start. I cleaned up my recorded tracks first to produce a cleaner sound and avoid any unnecessary background noise. Another thing I found to be important in this chapter was to label my tracks accordingly, this resulted in a much more organized workspace. Overall, this project really challenged me to get out of my comfort zone by creating a song from scratch. I’ve learned a lot and hope to apply these concepts to my future projects.

Terena Chao – Logic Project Draft 3

For this draft I focused on mixing the tracks a lot better. I added a lot of automation and several tempo changes. I also extended the song a bit longer. My goal is to work on my recording tracks over spring break and to ultimately write lyrics during that time as well.

Dochtermann Chapter 11 really helped me understand how mixing works and all the elements that are necessary to make a proper mix. I learned that first it is important to clean up your audio using volume automation and a trimming tool. Next it is important to arrange and group together certain tracks if you are planning on multiprocessing any of those tracks. Also planning on reverb and delay sends and returns allow the user to properly control when to implement the returns and sends. Finally its important to label your tracks clearly in order to keep an organized audio workspace.

Terena Chao – Logic Project Draft 2

So due to the disappearance of my USB drive I had no choice but to start over from scratch. I’m totally depressed that I lost the mix for my last draft but I’m pretty happy with the way this turned out. Once again I broke down the song into specific sections: Intro (0:00 – 0:24), Verse (0:25 – 0:41), Pre-Chorus (0:42 – 0:58), and Chorus (0:59 – 1:31). I tried to go for a more acoustic sound but I couldn’t help but throw in some beats and synths. Next up is trying to figure out my lyrics and which instruments to record. I’m thinking of a tambourine and maybe some shakers but we’ll see.

Logic Lesson 9 really helped me understand how to use plug-ins to adjust levels of each instrument and why it is necessary to do so. It also taught me how to pan instruments to the left and right in accordance to the stereo mix. By applying these concepts into my draft I was able to create a much more dynamic song by double tracking several instruments to create a fuller sound.