This AUD210 series belongs to an assessment from college.
The song to be analysed is called 'R U Mine?', from Arctic Monkeys.
The image above was taken from an audio analysis software called Variations Audio Timeliner.
- The key signature is F# minor, and the tempo is 97 bpm at a 4/4 measure. However, when I mapped the click track in Pro Tools, I noticed that the tempo fluctuates up and down by just a tiny bit. The lowest value I got was 96 and the highest 98. It gets a bit faster in the chorus and returns to its original tempo during the verses.
- The song begins with a what it seems to be a quick tremolo guitar and a punchy and over the top drums.
- It seems like the powerful drums sound was achieved by sampling and compressing some elements in particular, such as the kick, the snare and the toms.
- The lead vocal sound a bit distorted;
- The backing vocal enters by accentuating "strings" and it sounds like it's doubled, being one on the right and the other on the left, or maybe it's only one with a delay effect;
- The lead guitar and bass enters on the downbeat of the first phrase;
- The bass is artistically distorted;
- The guitar is scratchy but not 'airy' -- it allows space for the cymbals in the high end.
- The guitars change to a different harmony, more agitated;
- The backing vocals support most of the downbeats up until the end of the chorus.
- At 1:07 in the video above, it sounds like there's a disk scratch. As I'm not familiar with guitars, I'm not sure it's a sound it can reproduce;
- The backing vocals are more present this time;
- There's a guitar tremolo panned to the right, as soon as the backing vocal enters.
- Maintains the same characteristics as chorus 1, with one clear and interesting exception: the backing vocals take over as if they stop being secondary when the singers say 'are you mine tomorrow?' at 1:43. Mixing wise, it sound like the mixer would ride the faders during that line and then they would lower them down once all the instruments came back;
- The drums become more intense.
- We hear the toms loud and clear. They sound full and punchy;
- The guitars and bass change the harmony;
- The backing vocal are present at the end of the bridge.
- An interesting guitar solo begins; one guitar on the left, then one on the right and the last one in the middle;
- There's a hi-hat opening and closing that keeps on marking the beats alongside the guitar solo.
- Following the guitar and drums, we hear a small portion of the verse being sung in acapella by both the lead and backing vocals until the last chorus.
- Maintains similar characteristics from the previous choruses--there's a delay set closely to 250ms present applied in the backing vocals. They're also more agitated than before;
- Close to the end, the 'hidden' drum elements, such as the ride and the toms are increased to provide an urgent feel to the song's climax;
- There's also a different and quite subtle guitar panned to the right, giving a different tonality to the mix.
- Gibson Les Paul for the main riff, and amplified by a Selmer Zodiac amplifier model;
- Gibson SG for the rhythm through a Magnate amplifier.
- Fender Precision amplified using an Ampeg Portaflex.
- Ludwig Drumkit
- There is a bit of distortion applied to the lead vocals and a subtle telephone effect on the EQ;
- The reverb seems quite long. In fact, there are some moments where I could count up to 1,5 seconds;
- As mentioned a couple of times above, the backing vocals are processed with a fast-to-intermediate delay time;
- There are two moments where the guitar presents a tremolo effect: one is the intro and the other one in the second verse, at 1:13s;
- Vocal delay was produced using soundtoy echoboy for a smoother R&B style;
- Vocals were recorded with the Bock 251 but uses the SM57 for the crunchier vocal part;
- Backing vocals were recorded on a Neumann U67 through Neve and a UA 1176 compressor;
- Drums and bass were recorded together to get a good rhythm-section feel with a guide vocal;
- The kick drum was recorded alone for a take followed by the snare drum to get an isolated sound.