Music Production

Music Production Tools

In terms of mixing, I personally enjoy music a lot more when it is a very ambient and sensory experience, so I love to play around with panning in my own music. I have also been playing guitar since I was 5, so I sometimes base my music around that (as seen in “Someday” below).

On my course at Solent, we learned how to use different DAWs (the two I use are Logic Pro X and ProTools) and the specifics of different techniques (for example, Parallel Compression). We have also been taught how to navigate and effectively use an industry standard studio space, including how to set-up microphones for different instruments, and which specific microphones to use. I personally enjoy the creation and mixing aspects of music production more than the recording.

Despite having access to these studios, I prefer the more relaxed environment of my bedroom, as I’ve found it’s easier for me to follow my own creative stream and try different things without being controlled by time.

The tools at my disposal in my house are:
Behringer U-Phoria UM2 Sound Card
BeyerDynamic DT 990 Pro Headphones
Shure SM58 Dynamic Microphone
RØDE NT1-A Condensor Microphone
Akai MPK Mini Mk3 MIDI Controller

Most recent project – The Head EP

The Head – an EP by Rowan Ridley

My biggest project to date is my 2023 EP – The Head. The three tracks feature guitarist Max Bedford, who also mastered it. You can read more about this on my page about Songwriting and via these links:

In the studio

Producing the EP

From the Archive

“Someday” is an instrumental I created in 2020 including my guitar playing, and I sampled birds for the middle 8.
The guitar parts were all written by me long before creating the rest of the instrumental. Using my MIDI controller, I added some spacey synths, to make a track that was relaxing and ambient. I did originally intend to put vocals on it, but decided not to when I had finished the instrumental, as I felt it was better that way.

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