Producing a Track #2
Producing a Track #2
Song background, inspiration, reference, scratch vocals, Moog recording, manipulation, filtering
Drum recording at Larrabee, microphone choice & positioning, reflections, samples, side-chaining
Synth modulation, bit-crushing, reverb, distortion, guitar tracking, EQ, white noise, compression
Vocal chain, takes, workflow, stacking, effects, parallel treatment, phase, latency, pitch, harmonies
Hammond organ, effects, octaves, automation, edits, parameters, mix buss, direction from artists
Fresh perspective, enhancing emotional impact, noting ideas, clean-ups, arrangement, piano part
Sub synth recording & processing, tuning to key, 808, managing low end, saturation, flanging
Outro section, subject matter, sonic juxtaposition, musical contrast, automation, breakdown
Back to LA,Malay & Iris make revisions to the original production
We're delighted to bring you another series with the immensely talented producer Malay! Filmed at his memorable 2019 seminar, this documents the process of him recording, producing, and performing on the song 'Them' by singer-songwriter Iris. Malay speaks of the project's origins and inspiration, then explains how he wishes to develop it emotionally, musically, and sonically. He records a simple guide track, then gets to work on building a soundscape of modulating synth lines, atmospheric guitar sounds, lush organ, heavily distorted drums, and more. He describes how the drums were tracked prior at Larrabee Studios, sharing his microphone techniques and preferences. All other parts are recorded at Studios La Fabrique, then creatively processed using a variety of plug-ins to apply drastic tonal, dynamic, and time-based manipulation. You'll witness how Malay builds a production quickly and impulsively by incorporating his unique workflow, empathising with the artist, and experimenting freely!
James Ryan Ho, better known as Malay, is an American record producer, songwriter and engineer and a Grammy Award winner Malay has produced for a number of artists.