CIU week 3 blog

In the last week doing Audio at SAE i have learnt the process of miking up drums and recording them through the Neve 75 Studio into Protools for our trimester 3 group project.

Note: Before doing the Bachelor of Audio, i did the Diploma of Sound Production (Electronic Music Production) and never used a analog console. (I have mostly produced in the box(Laptop))

For our project we have to record a drum performance to incorporate into our audio track project that we are being assessed on.

Before the studio class, we learnt a bit about miking positions and different drums and in order to learn the concept of what drums you use and positions you mic a drum kit up can effect the sound of the recording.

The following video was played and is from a guy named Krish Sharma who is a highly regarded producer and engineer who has worked with many big bands in the industry.

As a music producer, mix engineer, knowing how to mic up and record not only drums but also many other instruments is essential to getting work in the industry whether it be a sole producer or a producer/engineer for a band.

For me a lot of producers have inspired me to make music but for the essay in this class i have thought to talk about one Music producer and label owner Robbert van de Corput, otherwise known by his stage name Hardwell.
His upbeat, electro and progressive house and his attitude towards the scene was one thing that really inspired me to keep doing what I’m doing and become big in the industry.
For him he has also achieved a lot and has worked hard most of his life from his teenage years to be where is he now. In just 3 years from 2011-2013 he became ranked #1 dj in the world and held that position for 2 years straight and has produced many big records for his label Revealed Recordings like Spaceman, Apollo, Encoded, Kontiki, Zero 76 and many other big top charting tracks in the progressive house genre. In his documentary I am Hardwell, the main focus is If you can dream it, you can do it, and he certainly portrays that saying and its somewhat that inspires me to be the best i can be!

For me to do this course, make the music i love, learn a heap and hopefully walk out of here knowing that if i can dream, it i can do it and follow in the footsteps of the producers i look upto then that would be a dream come true, and like everything hard work and dedication really does pay off!

I am Hardwell Documentary:


Introduction & Recording the Drums (Studio Secrets with Krish Sharma). (2010).

I AM Hardwell. (2013).

I AM Hardwell Trailer. (2013).


Creating a standard Ableton template!

So a few weeks back i wrote an article for The Stafford Brothers, DJ Master Course outlining a simple and effective template for Ableton Live for producers who are starting out or want something to follow as a guideline as to what should be in a track!

Would love to know what you think and to sign up to DJ Master Course where you can learn to DJ, read tips and tricks on the blog or take part in the forums to share your work, tips and tricks go to 😀


Bounce to This!

Hey everyone,
So once a month I gather tracks together to put into a mix which i call
“Bounce to This!” which is my monthly podcast!

To check it out:
the blog is here:
my mixcloud with all my mixes are here:
and you can subscribe on itunes here:!-presented/id1060473813?mt=2

if you check it out thanks and i hope you enjoy!

CIU 110.1 Reflective Journal Week 2

Hey my name is Bradley and i am studying Audio here at SAE.

I did the diploma of Electronic Music Production in Brisbane last year and have moved down to Sydney to do the Bachelor of Audio.

I have been Producing Music for about 7 years now and have been DJing for about 3 years now.

Music has always been familiar to me whether its been something to listen to, something to keep me motivated or an inspiration to do something with my life, I’ve always turn to music for support and when i actually said to myself that i wanted it to be a thing i wanted to do for the rest of my life i really got stuck into it and really got passionate with it, and I’ve been doing it ever since.
Really its the only thing I’ve actually loved doing and have never given up on.

For me I’m more into the Electronic music (House, Electro House, Progressive House, Melbourne Bounce) (hence why I’m a DJ) so Producers like Afrojack, Nicky Romero, Hardwell, Dannic, Swedish House Mafia, David Guetta, Timmy Trumpet, Uberjakd, Will Sparks, Matt Wattkins, Joel Fletcher, Olly James and many more have inspired me and shown me that with a lot of passion and hard work can really pay off!

AUD210 Personal Production Skills

Genres I like to produce:
– Electro House
– Progressive House
– Melbourne Bounce

Production Skills
– Ableton Live User
– Podcast editor
– DJ
– Music Producer

Plugins i use:
– Serum
– Massive

– Fabfilter Plugins
– Ableton Stock Dynamic Effects

– Ableton Stock Effects

DOS210.4 Post Mix Review

Detail the final mix techniques that you used:

In the final mix, i used eq, sidechain compression

Detail aspects of your mixing and critical listening skills that you feel are developing, and those that could be improved on:

I feel that my critical listening skills are developing and things like paying attention to a mix and hearing things like what needs to be louder and quieter  or hearing what certain affects do to a track or a mix is getting easier for me to identify.

Critical listening skills i could still improve on are things like identifying the key of a track by ear or frequency.

Detail any problems that were remedied throughout the mix process:

There were no problems during the mix.

Details of any constructive feedback on your mix you received from either your teacher or peer:

Feedback overall was really just work on the mix more and pay attention to melodic areas and make sure the track sounds right.

DOS210.4 Pre Mix Planning

For this assessment, I have made a original track in the genre of Melbourne Bounce that I am going to mix.

The genre of Melbourne Bounce relies on mix techniques like Side-Chain Compression,EQing of the High and Sub offbeat bass, bandpass and formant filters on the synth leads and also dirty distorted saw waves.

This is some techniques that i haven’t used in the other mixes but have done in my own tracks.

Problems of the Mix

  • As I’m doing it myself, i will need a reference track to hear the mix compared to a commercial mix

OH&S of Home Studio

Im pretty careful when I’m working in my home studio space but in every situation theres always risks!

Potential Risks:

  • Electrocution – Cables managed properly, no daisy chaining power boards
  • Spillage – no liquid allowed near studio equipment
  • Sit properly on studio chair
  • Wear enclosed shoes
  • Loudness





Post Mix Review

So after session 4 and getting the levels right preventing clipping and so fourth, I exported the mix to .WAV 48000hz sample rate and 24bit rate file format.

After listening to the final mixdown, I could tell the mix was well rounded and satisfying, it reminded me of the intro credit audio from the show ‘The 100’ whch was nice to know it had reminded me of a professional mix.

In the final mix, leveling the individual channels to prevent clipping was the main technique we used to complete the mix.

My contributons to the final mix were in my critical listening skills to identify areas of the track that needed to be brought out or turned down.

For the final mix Josh and I met up at my house to do the mix.
We both had our views on the final mix and what needed to be turned up or down, but in the final mix i think we found what was right and what sounded good.

Clipping was a problem in the final mix but after adjusting the levels this problem was resolved.

Critical listening skills i would like to work and improve on would be identifying the key of a track, better understanding of frequencies in the track and comparing audio with and without effects and have a better knowledge of what certain effects do and soundlike.