Demo song listen, commentary, ideas, writing, arrangement, transposition
Piano – style & technique, microphone setup, signal path, committing to treatment
Drums – kit preferences, tuning, dampening, microphone setup, alternative options
Drums – adding samples, quantization, notch EQ, distortion, compression
Bass – head & cab setup, microphone choice, alternative options, D.I., outboard EQ
Vocals – preferred microphones, signal chain, recording Keala, comping, tuning techniques
Claps & choir – choice of space, microphones, chains, harmony recording workflow
Electric guitar – amplifier, microphone setup, tone, improvisation, recap
Keala Settle(13 min / 1h44)
We're thrilled to bring you a series unlike any other we have released to date! For the first time ever, we're sharing footage from one of our exclusive seminars at Studios La Fabrique. You can observe the transformation of a demo song to a fully-fledged production by Greg Wells and Keala Settle.
The supremely talented duo listen to the demo of 'Hands Tied', then embark on a collaborative journey of writing, arrangement, performance, recording, and production. You will see how the process unfolded from scratch – overcoming obstacles, moments of brilliance, trying different microphones and spaces, improvising, and reaching the pre-mix finish line.
Complementary to the seminar footage, the series is narrated by Greg Wells. He describes the process, reveals his songwriting and tracking techniques, details his drum editing and vocal tuning approach, and shares so much more of his extensive knowledge!
Subtitles in English, Spanish
About Greg Wells
Few producers in music can rival the pedigree and resume of Grammy-winning producer, mixer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Greg Wells. The Police’s own Stewart Copeland once dubbed Wells “the Swiss Army knife” of the industry, as his wide range of skills has crafted hits for everyone from Katy Perry and Adele to Timbaland featuring OneRepublic, All American Rejects and Deftones. Wells’ career has transcended sonic guidance, as the fluent guitarist, bassist, drummer and keyboard player has...