The following audio clips show the results of production by Unison Recording Company. The first two "before" samples are recordings of the bands playing live. The third "before" sample is an acoustic demo of the song before full instrumentation. All "after" samples were produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Unison Recording Company.

For the production of this song, most emphasis was placed on developing the arrangements of the melodic instruments, such as the vocals and guitar. The live version shows that the band had a solid foundation with the bass and drums, but the two guitars were both playing basic rhythm parts. New guitar parts were worked out with a focus on adding melodies. Harmony vocal parts were written. Also, an extended outro was created to make this song the album closer.


For this song, finding the right tempo was important. A previous recording was too slow, while the band tended to play fast when playing the song live. Another key for this song was to create enough dynamic difference between the verses and choruses, while still keeping the verses strong. This was done by the band's performance and was accented by the instrumental arrangement. Organ and piano provided melodic parts in the verse, while heavier guitars were overdubbed for the chorus. A breakdown was added to the second verse. Additional vocals were added to the choruses and bridge section.


These recordings show a song's transformation from acoustic guitar and vocals to full band instrumentation with drums, bass, electric and acoustic guitars, trumpet, organ, and vocals. With the many instruments, the goal was to arrange their parts to create dynamic changes and instrumental variation between different sections of the song. Another focus was to work with the strongest melodies to create melodic hooks that could be re-introduced throughout the song.

The following examples show the difference that Unison Recording Company can make for your mixes. The "before" samples are actual mixes done by each song's recording engineer before the tracks were brought to Unison to be mixed.

With this song's dense arrangement, there were multiple instruments competing for the same sonic space. Equalization and panning were used to give each instrument its own space in the mix. Some reverb and delay effects were applied to create more depth. In general, the melodic instruments, such as the cello and guitar, were brought up in volume to highlight more melody in the song. Finally, some sections of the song were edited to tighten up the song structure and shorten the overall length by almost a minute.


In the mixing of loop-based music, the role of the mixer often becomes more of a "mix producer". It is his job to create breakdowns, insert changes, or add sound effects to create more of a distinction between song parts and, in general, add more variety to the music.

For this mix, the intro was extended. Effects and the crowd sample were added to create a more dramatic build into the song. Each verse received different breakdowns in the instrumental tracks. The drum beat under the chorus section was changed to a straight beat, while the bass line was edited to play driving eighth notes. The crowd noise sample was brought back in during the third verse and outro as well. A variety of effects were used to change the sound of tracks, add ambience, or accent certain words of the vocal track.

Sample sound files are provided in MP3 format, which is a low resolution audio format. To receive a demo reel on CD or find out more information about the above recording projects, please contact Unison Recording Company at (646) 369-4924.

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