Brandon Davids
Brandon Davids is a freelance recording/mixing engineer from sunny Perth, Australia. Along with engineering duties for some of the west coasts most promising new acts, he lectures audio production at SAE Institute.
Tutorials
  • Music & Audio
    Creating a Pop Song Part 4: Chord StructureTutorial4 preview
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    Have you ever wondered what defines a pop song? Well I have, and decided to find out. I gathered data from 52 Number 1 hits, the most successful from each year spanning 1960 through to 2011 as determined on the Australian pop music charts and came up with some interesting recommendations as to what technical aspects this group of songs has in common.Read More…
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    Creating a Pop Song Part 3: Song FormTutorial3 preview
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    Have you ever wondered what defines a pop song? Well I have, and decided to find out. I gathered data from 52 Number 1 hits, the most successful from each year spanning 1960 through to 2011 as determined on the Australian pop music charts and came up with some interesting recommendations as to what technical aspects this group of songs has in common.Read More…
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    Creating a Pop Song Part 2: TempoPreview
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    Have you ever wondered what defines a pop song? Well I have, and decided to find out. I gathered data from 52 Number 1 hits, the most successful from each year spanning 1960 through to 2011 as determined on the Australian pop music charts, and came up with some interesting recommendations as to what technical aspects this group of songs has in common.Read More…
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    Creating a Pop Song Part 1: InstrumentationTutorial1 preview
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    Have you ever wondered what defines a pop song? Well I have, and decided to find out. I gathered data from 52 Number 1 hits, the most successful from each year spanning 1960 through to 2011 as determined on the Australian pop music charts and came up with some interesting recommendations as to what technical aspects this group of songs has in common.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Quick Tip: Convolution Reverb - McDSP's Revolver Part 3Cover
    So far we have looked at the equipment used, how to set it up and getting the space recorded. In part three we will now look at converting your expertly recorded audio into an Impulse Response. As an Impulse Response, you can import it into McDSP's Revolver plugin, thereby recreating the sound of the recorded space on any audio!Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Convolution Reverb - McDSP's Revolver Part 2Cover
    In this short series of quick tips, we are looking at how to record an Impulse Response of a space using Pro Tools, and then using McDsp's Revolver Plugin to 'de'convolve it. Sounds complex? Not at all, refer back to Part 1 to catch up with the story!Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Convolution Reverb - McDSP's Revolver Part 1Cover
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    McDSP have been releasing high quality software processing for quite sometime now and have developed quite a strong reputation. In this quick tip I'll be showing you how to create an Impulse Response (IR) for any space you like. Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Microphone Basics—Dynamic and CondenserCover
    Microphones can be a confusing area for the newly indoctrinated audio engineer. Dynamic and condenser microphones are the two main varieties Let's take a look at the fundamental differences and which sort you should choose for different recording applications. Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Pro Tools - The BF76 and Parallel Compression on DrumsPreview
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    Parallel compression has long been a part of the arsenal of engineers the world over, traditionally used on drums but can be used to great effect on just about any manner of audio signal. Today we will look at using the Bomb Factory 'BF76', which comes standard with Pro Tools to get some great compressed drum sounds.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: 4 Pro Tools Functions You Need to KnowCover
    Plugin 'Automation enable' shortcut, 'Tab to transient', 'Quick Punch record' and 'inserts are post Master fader' are four fundamental functions within Pro Tools. For experienced users these four things will probably be old news, but the amount of new users I come across who aren't aware of them astounds me.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Using Markers to Show/Hide Tracks in Pro ToolsPreview
    Navigating around big Pro Tools sessions can be a nightmare at times, yet many of us don't utilise the power that the simple marker offers. Not only can they mark out sections of a song on the timeline, but they can be used to instantly get access to certain instruments or groups, or even to recall certain settings around a region.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: 4 Steps to Elastic Audio in Pro ToolsPreview
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    Elastic Audio is one of those things that can often get us into more trouble than we bargained for. Recently I was asked to bolster a sequenced drum line with some real life drums, here's the easy way to do it. Before we start lets have a listen to the drums in question. First the sequenced drums, then the real drums with the sequenced drums.Read More…