Tuesday 25th November 2008 by C. Freeman
Sixth Form students spent a week at a professional recording studio as part of their BTEC music course. They joined industry professionals at The Paddocks studio where they learned the basics of studio recording before working on their own track. As part of their project they had to record a song and make it as close to the original as possible. They chose to cover Seven Nation Army by White Stripes with George Walsh on vocals, Paul Taylor on guitar and Matt Murphy on drums.
The recording was then brought back to Brooke Weston where the group are currently mastering it to make it sound as professional as possible. They spent a whole week at The Paddocks learning how to use the recording equipment , complex mixing desk and latest editing software.
Matt Murphy said: 'We started off looking at general recording theory; basically how to record a track right from the very beginning, using all the equipment, microphones and software. Each day we did a different thing to build up enough knowledge to allow us to record a track which is what we did for the last two days. It was basically the foundation work for the unit we were doing and it allowed us to cover theory in the unit in an intensive course. There was definitely teamwork involved, arguments and a few creative discussions but we came out of it as a stronger team.'
Teacher Mr Duguid said: 'It was very valuable experience as they got the opportunity to work in a real life situation where they have access to a full range of desks and industry standard equipment and the opportunity to learn from working experts.'