John Deere - "The World Champion" by Alex Fulton

Here’s the 2nd piece released in a series of real stories about the people who use John Deere. Proud to be apart of this one!
Music Producer: Alex Fulton
Composer: James Beer

The Pitch: An Evening With Music Supervisors by Alex Fulton

The Pitch Panel

Who Knew Nashville and Anacrusis Songs invited me to join a panel of top notch music supervisors at City Winery Nashville to talk music for sync and listen to a batch of incredible emerging artists perform.

Them Vibes

Every time I’m in Nashville I’m blown away by the concentration of raw talent and this trip was no different. Performances by Them Vibes, Joy Oladokun, Jung Youth, Tolan Shaw, Tiger Drive, Sarah Troy, Jeff Carl, Sarah Reeves, and Delta Rae had me contemplating how I could spend more time in Music City.

Panel 2

It was humbling to be seated with such an elite group of music supervisors, all from different corners of the industry. We talked about the importance of authenticity and telling relatable stories with songs that support narratives in film. We shared anecdotes of music supervision victories, and the ones that got away. We offered advice on getting songs into media, and who artists should have on their team to help get them there.

The event was hosted by Marcus Cobb, CEO of Jammber. Apart from being an excellent host, Marcus is the visionary leader behind a company that stands to revolutionize the way musicians make money and get credit for their work. Check out Splits and nStudio to see what I mean! After learning about the apps they’re building, all I could think about was how I wanted to work in an industry where these tools were already ubiquitous. I can’t wait to live in the future Jammber is building.

writing camp

The most rewarding part of the week was working with the artists, writers, producers, and fellow music supervisors in the Anacrusis writing camp. Over the course of three days, the writing teams created nine tracks based on briefs the supervisors wrote. In a stroke of serendipity, the track written for my brief was perfect for an advertising client of mine and I was able to sell it through the same day it was written!

Both the event and the camp were made possible by the brilliant and industrious Liz Rogers of Anacrusis Songs. Liz is a power house and I was blown away by the caliber of everything she curated for the week!

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John Deere - "Randall Family" by Alex Fulton

It’s a real pleasure working with a brand that has such a genuine connection with the people who use it!

Music Produced by Alex Fulton Audio

Composer: James Beer

"Reborn" by Alex Fulton

Distinguished Alumnus by Alex Fulton

2019 Distinguished Alumni

Five Towns College was a really unique place to be in 2012. I was part of a class of audio department seniors who had been highly competitive and incredibly supportive, and we were getting ready to graduate into a post-recession economy that was doing away with big recording studios and regular staff engineer jobs.

Today I’m proud to say that the 2012 graduating class from Five Towns is full of industry leaders dominating their fields.

It was a real honor to receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award at the 2019 Graduation Ceremony. Meeting the graduating class of 2019 gives me a lot of faith in what’s to come for our field, and immense pride in my alma mater.

Vocal Mic Shootout by Alex Fulton

Mic Shootout

Here’s a vocal setup with the Placid Audio Copperphone, Peluso U47, and Shure SM7B. This has been my go to arsenal for vocals lately. I shoot out a number of mics for each new project to find the best match for the vocalist and the song, but this month almost everything has ended up on one of these three.

In this session I tracked a lot of vocals through all three at the same time and then used takes from each mic for different sections. Fun idea in theory, but it left me with a ton of extra files. I wouldn’t recommend it. A reminder to make creative decisions and commit to them!

 
 
 

Drum Mic Experiments by Alex Fulton

When tracking drums, always try something you’ve never done before
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Tracking a drum kit is a situation with a heck ton of variables. Close mics, room mics, overheads, dampening, tuning, phasing… it goes on. There are some tried and true foundations that will inevitably be a part of every drum recording setup, but my one hard and fast rule when mic’ing up a kit is to always try something new.

In this scenario I took an old dial phone wired with an instrument output, taped it to a bit of foam, and then secured it to the kick drum. Once recorded I bit-crushed it and got this awesome little gritty filtered drum sound.

If you listen closely, you can hear where I buried this little bit of ear candy on this track.

Here’s a little video from the session with kickass session drummer Aaron Hamel.