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Music Production Techniques As A Personalized Professional Development Goal

Posted on November 19, 2013 at 11:00 AM

As part of my requirements for professional development as a public school teacher in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, I am completing an individual learning project. I am learning and implementing technical information on music production in an effort to better teach my high school Digital Music Composition students. I chose for one of my projects to be a multi-track recording of myself singing all four parts to one of my father's barbershop quartet arrangements.


My dad, Jim West, has been a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society for over 50 years as a singer, arranger, instructor, arrangement judge, and clinician. He recently suffered a traumatic brain injury and is currently recovering at a rehab facility. I chose one of his arrangements to practice my music production skills on and to give him something to listen to in his room as he continues to make excellent progress to a full recovery.


This track was recorded using a Blue Snowball microphone and Mixcraft 6. Editing was done with Melodyne Studio and Mixcraft 6, and mixing was done on Mixcraft. It is not mastered.

Listen to the track HERE


If you have comments or suggestions on ways that I can improve the quality of my work on audio production, please let me know.

Categories: Music Education, Blended Learning

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Reply Mark H
8:02 AM on November 20, 2013 
Great job! If I had any advice, I would suggest using a pop filter in front of the microphone if you don't have one. I think it will help lose some of the edge around the "s" sounds as you're singing. Also - this sounds more like the Beach Boys than barbershop, which is a good thing to me :)
Reply ★ Owner
8:29 AM on November 20, 2013 
Thanks Mark - I'll pass the compliment about the arrangement on to my dad. My mic setup is not ideal. I sing off-center on the mic to avoid the plosives. I just got a tip from one of the a cappella producers I network with about the micing that is going to really help.