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Readers'
TRACKS
BY MARTY PETERS
Readers' Tracks is where respected engineer
and producer Marty Peters listens to your
recordings and critiques them, pointing out
where and how you can make them better.
Listen to the songs, read the reviews, and
submit your own materials online.
" California Pines " / Frank Schoenberg
Equipment: iPad Pro 2018, Steinberg Cubasis 3, Steinberg
UR22, IK Multimedia, Waves and Cubasis plugins, Shure
SM7B, sE Electronics 2200a, AKG 240 headphones, Taylor
GS Mini Koa Acoustic, B&O monitors.
Music: " California Pines " is a singer / songwriter-style track.
Frank was the sole operator here except for the drums, which
were outsourced to Daniel Kozlowski in Nashville.
Recording: Frank has submitted a fine recording that comes
up just short of landing in our monthly Spotlight feature, mainly
due to some balance and artifact issues.
Starting with the good stuff, we found the instrumental side
of things to be pretty impressive. The acoustic guitar is deftly
played and presented with a crisp clarity that avoids harshness.
We also dig the panned slide guitar that Frank played on his
Taylor-highly engaging throughout. The rhythm section stays
basic with the muted kick drum maintaining a steady 4/4 beat
and the bass relying primarily on whole notes.
On the downside, the dry lead vocal was super present in
our monitors, creating an out-of-balance feel, resulting in the
drums and bass sounding pushed back substantially in the mix.
We also detected compression issues that smeared the lead
vocal at times, along with accentuated breaths in spots.
Suggestions: As we've said many times over the years, the
closer one gets to a really successful track, the narrower the
margin for error. Make no mistake folks, Frank and Daniel have
done some excellent work here, and a few minor adjustments
will likely take it over the top. While we acknowledge that the
lead vocal in this genre is the main focus, we would encourage
Frank to narrow the gap between it and his instrumental
bed by a bit while simultaneously reducing the overall vocal
compression levels. It used to be common practice for artists
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to send three mixes to a mastering house with slight variations
in the vocal level. " One up, one down, one in the middle " as
they used to say. A clever way to do this in the home studio
environment is to mix one's instrumental bed as a stereo stem
and then experiment with placing the vocals in that sound field
until a proper balance is achieved-easily done in the DAW.
Summary: Almost there!
" Caledonia " / Nathan Capecchi / Lionshare
Productions
Equipment: HP Pavilion Desktop, Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, FL
Studio, Shure SM57, Audio-Technica ATH-M40X headphones,
Marshall MG15R amplifier, Jackson JS32M guitar, Fruity
Parametric EQ 2, Fruity Reeverb 2.
Music: " Caledonia " is an instrumental track written,
performed and recorded by Nathan in his home studio.
Recording: Nathan has submitted a short atmospheric
instrumental piece here that leaves us wanting more! The track
features three electric guitars, each with independent roles, all
beautifully played and recorded. Nathan has employed some
excellent panning choices in the stereo field that gives the
individual guitars their own space while simultaneously keeping
a unified sound in the mix. We love the Mark Knopfler-style
lead electric performance (Nathan's got some chops!), and
the juxtaposition of the right-panned whole note guitar against
the chunky, left-panned rhythm guitar creates a dynamic shade
that really works. As for the downside, there is none to speak
of other than the absence of additional sound sources, which
would likely have taken this track from a demo / sketch to a
more radio-ready effort.
Suggestions: Nathan has done a bang-up job here, and
his submission certainly stands on its own as presented. That
said, we would absolutely love to hear what he could do with
some additional sound sources added to the proceedings. To
that end, we would encourage him to borrow a bass guitar
and try adding it to the track. With his evident skill, we are
confident that he could deliver a fine part to the recording.
Post that, it could be fun to consider a percussive element as
well. There are literally dozens of online services that can pair
drummers with tracks, all for surprisingly little cost. While none
of these are essential to 'Caledonia', we bet the results would
be outstanding!
Summary: Well done!
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Recording January 2022

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recording January 2022

Fade In
Fast Forward
Soundware Showcase: Toontrack Fields of Rock SDX
A Family of Microphones Compared: The AKG P Series
Austrian Audio CC8
Stewart Copeland: Don’t kill the talent with the technology…
Akai MPC Studio Controller and MPC 2 Software
Soundware Showcase: Boz Digital Labs Claps, Stomps and Snaps Bundle
Inside the Box with Joe Albano: Drum Plugins and Processing
Avantone Pro: Gauss 7 Two-way Powered Reference Monitor
Plugin Outlet: PSP Audioware Saturator
Inside the Studio with Mark Hornsby: The Memphis Drum Sound
Soundware Showcase: Spitfire Audio Hammers
API Select T12 Tube Mic Preamp
Session Log: Frank Kimbrough tribute recording session
Audio-Technica AT2040
Plugin Outlet: IK Multimedia T-RackS TASCAM Tape Collection
Readers' Tracks
sE Electronics V Pack Arena Drum Microphone Package
Plugin Outlet: BABY Audio TAIP
Fade Out: Both Sides of the Glass Things
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Recording January 2022 - A Family of Microphones Compared: The AKG P Series
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Recording January 2022 - Stewart Copeland: Don’t kill the talent with the technology…
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Recording January 2022 - Akai MPC Studio Controller and MPC 2 Software
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Recording January 2022 - Soundware Showcase: Boz Digital Labs Claps, Stomps and Snaps Bundle
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Recording January 2022 - Inside the Box with Joe Albano: Drum Plugins and Processing
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Recording January 2022 - Avantone Pro: Gauss 7 Two-way Powered Reference Monitor
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Recording January 2022 - Plugin Outlet: PSP Audioware Saturator
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Recording January 2022 - Inside the Studio with Mark Hornsby: The Memphis Drum Sound
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Recording January 2022 - Soundware Showcase: Spitfire Audio Hammers
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Recording January 2022 - API Select T12 Tube Mic Preamp
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Recording January 2022 - Session Log: Frank Kimbrough tribute recording session
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Recording January 2022 - Audio-Technica AT2040
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Recording January 2022 - Plugin Outlet: IK Multimedia T-RackS TASCAM Tape Collection
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Recording January 2022 - Readers' Tracks
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Recording January 2022 - sE Electronics V Pack Arena Drum Microphone Package
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Recording January 2022 - Plugin Outlet: BABY Audio TAIP
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Recording January 2022 - Fade Out: Both Sides of the Glass Things
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