Dave Bankhead
Dave Bankhead is a musician who has worked as a producer for the last 30 years
  • Music & Audio
    Recording Live Music With a Portable RecorderGroup%20recording%2003
    If you planning an interesting trip and are keen to sample the local music, don't just take the camcorder. Take a portable recorder, as well, for brilliant top quality audio samples while you're there. Follow this bullet point guide, formulated over 15 years of my travelling as a musician and ethnomusicologist. Read More…
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    Recording Speech With a Portable RecorderPortable%20recorders
    Journalists use them all the time. So do ethnomusicologists. Anyone planning to record a live concert, an interview, a song demo, a lecture or meeting, or maybe some ambience or background atmosphere for a film clip should consider owning one as a matter of course. Portable recorders have come of age in recent years. Read More…
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    Mixing Within the Soundstage Part 2: Reverb and DelayPhotodune 4753417 music background design xs
    Knowing what kind of reverb and how much of it to add are key aspects of producing a professional sounding mix, that combines sonic richness with energy and punch. Reverb is, by definition, a means of adding space to sound, to give it context. It identifies the sound as having been played somewhere; a medium sized room, a cathedral, on a theatre stage or in a concert hall. Let's look at how adding reverb and delay can create a polished and professional sounding mix. Read More…
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    Mixing Within the Soundstage Part 1: EQPhotodune 4753417 music background design xs
    Mixing any track to a professional standard is a craft that takes time and experience to master, as well as a good monitoring environment. A great mix will have energy, excitement, and the potential to make an immediate impact. But at a deeper level, it will feature details and a sonic richness that captivates the listener. Let's look at how to use EQ to enhance the impact of your mix.Read More…
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    Recording Vocal GroupsPhotodune 7415817 row of microphones for backup singers xs
    There’s something exhilarating about listening to a great vocal group hitting their stride with energy and attitude, and nailing both the groove and their tuning with ease! In the final article in this series, we’re going to be looking at the kind of challenge recording such a group poses, be they adults or children.Read More…
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    Recording Jazz InstrumentsPhotodune 3941979 tenor sax golden saxophone macro selective focus s
    Jazz musicians are, almost by definition, improvisers. This is what they do best. They may not even be able to read a notated part that well, if at all. But if a talented jazz session player can connect to your track and the vibe is right for them, then watch out. You could be about to hear something awesome!Read More…
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    Recording Solo Orchestral InstrumentsPhotodune 1234825 young woman playing flute s
    There’s nothing quite so inspiring as working with talented and experienced musicians in a recording studio. But recording ‘real’ players brings its own set of specific issues and problems to solve. In this tutorial, we’ll take a look at a range of instruments at the classical end of the spectrum, and see how best to prepare for a session with any one of them. Read More…
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    Writing for Orchestral InstrumentsOrchestralpreview
    Some composers still enjoy the amazing privilege of working with a live orchestra to record their work. Imagine having a 60-piece string orchestra just sitting in front of you, ready to play your latest composition. A full woodwind and brass section right there, waiting to do your bidding! So how do you create your musical ideas in such a way so that each part sounds perfectly tailor made and ‘just right’ for that instrument? Read More…
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    The Theory of Rhythm in MusicPhotodune 1149377 a pair of clave and notes of its rhythm  xs
    So far we’ve said little about a vital aspect of all music—the rhythm, beat or sense of groove. Listen to any iconic pop or rock tune, and it is that particular combination of melody and rhythm combined that makes it recognizable for what it is. Let’s try to cover the basics quickly.Read More…
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    Understanding Harmony: Part 2Harmonyseriespreview400
    Having already looked at major and minor scale triads and the primacy of I, IV, and V chords, we'll now look at chord inversions and the difference between three- and four-part harmony, before touching on a number of other highly useful chords that every songwriter should know about. I’ll also try to illustrate some really useful tried and tested harmony writing techniques that include things like suspensions and pedal points. These appear time and again in all the best songs!Read More…
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    Understanding Harmony: Part 1Harmonyseriespreview400
    What is harmony? How do chords relate to one another? How can a chord progression build a framework for a song? In this tutorial we'll answer those questions by looking at the basic chords of a key.Read More…
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    What Key Should My Song Be In?Whatkeypreview400
    Ever wondered what the best key for your song might be? From a practical point of view, the vocal range of your singer will obviously need bearing in mind. But what's the best key for your guitarist or bass player? What other considerations are there? In this tutorial we help choose the perfect key.Read More…