Taylor Neal – Never Now Hip Hop Production

Sample Production Summary

Never Now

 

Production of an ambient hip hop track titled “Never Now” by artist Kyle Ruhe

Personnel

  • Producer: Taylor Neal

(Creating beat, editing tracks and overseeing production)

  • Assistant Producer: Isabella Martinez

(Coaching artist in studio, providing a comfortable environment for artist and assisting producer)

  • Recording Engineer: Isabella Martinez

(Over studio setup for artist and tracking vocals)

  • Assistant Recording Engineer: Kameron

(Providing assistance to any position of the production, being available and attentive at every session)

 

  • Mixing Engineer: Aaron Jennings

 

(Mixing final takes, making sure the track fits together in the mix and conveys the energy captured by the artist.)

 

  • Mastering Engineer: Steven J Roe

 

(Mastering the final product to meet industry standard of loudness and providing a clear and clean master to be presented through the classroom speakers)

 

Studio Time/Cost

  • Studio Name: Dolphinium Recording Studios
  • Location: Jacksonville Florida
  • Time/Cost Per Hour: 5 hours a day/$75 per hour w/engineer

Travel and Lodging

  • N/A- Musicians live on campus at Jacksonville University

Equipment Needed

Microphones:

-Neumann Tube M147

Motu Interface

Macbook Air with Logic Pro X

1TB External Hard drive

Schedule

Recording and Process Duration Dates
Pre-production 5 days 2/12/2018
Recording 4 days 2/17/2018
Overdubbing 1 day 2/20/2018
Mixing

Mastering

3 days

1 day

2/21/2018

2/24/2018

11 Aspects

-Melody

The melody comes in in the chorus, which repeats a total of three times. The saxophone mirrors this melody throughout the song.

-Harmony

The electric piano ostinato has a heavy delay that melts each note together creating a blanket of harmony through the duration of the song. The saxophone adds a different harmonic and tonal color to the song and is used to transition to the key change and back to the original key for the final chorus.

-Rhythm

The 808 is keeping a laid back side chained beat that rests in the mix.

-Lyrics

The lyrics were heavily inspired by recent events in Kyle’s life, such as personal relationships as well as family ties.

-Density

Never Now has multiple layers to it that provides density throughout the track. The rain/noise in the background that is side chain compressed by the kick pulses creates a sense of breathing in the song. The constant electric piano groove provides an underlying harmonic blanket, as the saxophone provides soul and genuine human emotion to compliment the lyrics.

-Song Structure

The song takes on a simple form, much like most pop songs it begins with an intro that presents the idea and different pieces that fade in, followed by the first and second verse. Next the chorus is introduced as the texture thins out for a sense of change, and back into another verse, chorus, than a bridge in a different key. Finally, the chorus is brought back with a tighter, more lofi sound to conclude the track.

-Instrumentation

The lofi ambience in the delayed electric piano, 808, and bass give the song the classic hip hop sound, while the saxophone provides a more human like emotion harmonically to compliment the melody and lyrics.

-Performance

The performance was meant to feel free flowing, almost like a freestyle.

-Equipment/quality of recording

Very high quality gear was used to produce this track.

-Mix

The mix is a blended collection of all the different colors and emotions between the rain, saxophone, and vocals.

Isabella Martinez Sample Budget and Schedule

Project: “Dishonesty” Demo

Artist: Daevu

Producer: Kameron Watkins

Studio Costs: $800 for 2 days of tracking, 1 day of overdubs, and 2 days of mixing

Engineering costs: $2,000 to pay the tracking and mixing engineers. (Honestly this may be way off, but this is just based on estimates I found online)

Equipment: Let’s just imagine this is an ideal world where everything we need is already in the studio and we only need to spend like $400 on extra stuff

Materials: $50 for an external hard drive

None of our musicians/composers are union, so I don’t think we have to pay for their health insurance: Let’s say we pay them like $50 an hour. We had a 5 hour session and 3 musicians, so that’s $750 total.

No travel expenses; they are based in Jacksonville.

So total, our budget is $4,200

Schedule:

1/30/18 10:00pm Riverhouse Pub: Meet up with the band, discuss goals for the demo, establish a schedule that works for the whole team
2/3/18 12pm-5:30pm track and record song (Vocals, guitar, and drums). Discuss overdub plans.
2/8/18 Meet up with Andy to overdub songs (keys, bass, and more harmonies)
2/9-2/11/18 Mix song
2/12/18 Send final mix to Andy and David

2/13/18

my budget

Audio production Budget

Producing daevu’s song dishonesty.

Personnel

-Producer

-Executive producer

-Recording Engineer

-Assistant engineer

-Mastering and Mixing

-3 Musicians:guitar,vocals, drums

Studio time/cost

-5 hours a day/$75 per hour w/engineer

Schedule

Preproduction   1/15/18-1/19/18

Recording 1/24/18-1/27/18

Overdubbing 1/28/18-1/31/18

Mixing and Mastering 2/01/18-2/03/18

Aaron’s Production Summary, Schedule, and Budget

Here is my sample production and schedule:

 

Aaron Jennings

January 29, 2018

Audio Production

 

Sample Production Summary

 

Production of a Alternative Album by band called: Daevu (7 songs)

Personnel

  • Musicians (4): guitar, bass, drums, vocals
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • Recording Engineer
  • Assistant Recording Engineer
  • Mastering and Mixing Engineer

Studio Time/Cost

  • Studio Name: Dolphinium Recording Studios
  • Location: Jacksonville Florida
  • Time/Cost Per Hour: 5 hours a day/$75 per hour w/engineer

Travel and Lodging

  • N/A- Musicians live in the Jacksonville Area

Equipment Needed

  • Microphones/Amps:

-(1) Neumann TLM Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone (with pop filter)

-(3) Shure SM57 (drums), (2) Neumann SKM 184 (drum overheads)

-Ampeg BA115V2 1X15 Bass Combo Amplifier ( Bass)

– Rode NT5 Microphones-matched pair (Guitar)

 

  Schedule

Recording and Process # of Days needed to complete Dates
Preproduction 5 days 01/15/2018-01/19/2018
Recording 4days 01/24/2018-01/27/2018
Overdubbing 3days 01/28/2018-01/31/2018
Mixing and Mastering 3 days 02/01/2018-02/03/2018