One Day Like This – sequencing task

Please make sure that you complete the full 27 bars notated in the score for One Day Like This. This means adding piano, strings and voice part to your rhythm track Logic project. The voice should be added using an appropriate soft synth sound (to emulate vocals).

Your sequences will be marked using this mark scheme, a total of 24 MARKS FOR THE TASK:

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Click HERE for the audio and score.

The marks for this work will be your first assessed work on Go4Schools.


AS Music Tech – SYNTH Homework due in on Monday 12th November

Below is the score for three simple synth lines which I would like you to emulate as closely as possible, only using the ES M, ES E or ES P synths. Please note the following:

  • Your examples only need to include each riff repeated FOUR TIMES.
  • You only need to reproduce the synth part, not drums or other lines (you can however add them if you would like to..)
  • You will need to use FX processing to emulate the sounds accurately.

Here are the audio extracts:

Only You

Are Friends Electric

Sign ‘O’ The Times

Please submit your homework as a single mp3 bounce (with three synth lines).  

AS Homework – synths – Mon 5th November


In preparation for next week’s lesson on using synths, it is crucial to have a wee look at the history of synths and how synthesis (and particularly subtractive synthesis) works. As such, please take some time to read through the two brief documents below prior to next Monday’s lesson (after half term – Mon 5th November). The video above is also a great introduction to early synths, and in particular the MOOG.

OOOppps, just realised that I missed a document, please also read through the following…

AS Drum Kit Recording Class work and Homework

Your recording homework this week takes a step up in terms of difficulty. You will make a recording of a drum kit using the method demonstrated in the lesson.

But it’s not as simple as that. In order for any recording session to be successful you, the producer, must be well prepared. For that reason part of your HW will be to prepare a Logic project for your drum kit recording which will include the following:

Five labelled audio tracks for kick, snare, hi hats, left overhead and right overhead.

A software instrument track which will contain a programmed click track with a crotchet pulse, a distinct sound on the first beat of every bar, and some simple cue into each change of section – perhaps a series of eight or sixteenth notes.

Markers setting out the following structure.

8 bars – simple groove hats, kick and snare only

8 bars – building groove with use of toms and fill in 8th bar leading into

8 bars chorus – using ride cymbal.

4 bars cymbals and kick only – fill in 4th bar

8 bars chorus.

You will need to arrange for a drummer to attend your recording session and be able to instruct them on performing the above structure. You may record at a tempo of your choice.

Do check the guide to preparing a click track for drummers here.

Free sequencing task! for Monday 15th October 2012

This is nothing to do with the task but it is the excellent Free rockin’ from 1970…

Your homework to be completed by Monday 15th October 2012:

Complete a new Logic Project which will be an original entirely sequenced composition (no live audio). This must include the following instruments:

  • BASS

Your sequence must also include the use of MIDI controllers:

  • EXPRESSION – for dynamic changes, i.e. volume swells etc
  • MODULATION –  to create vibrato
  • PITCH BEND – for erm..pitch bend

The use of MIDI controllers must BE APPROPRIATE FOR THE CHOSEN MELODY INSTRUMENT and sound as “natural” as possible.

Your piece must contain two sections, i.e. verse/chorus.

Note and rest lengths..HW task for Mon 24th Sep 2012

This is a great video explanation of note lengths using both US and UK terminology. Please have a careful look through, just to ensure that we are all confident in the use and application of both UK and US terminology when referring to note lengths..

Please watch this in full before our lesson on Monday 24th September. Thank you.