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Suggestions: There was a a time in recording history when mono was the rule, not the exception. Even after the rise of stereo in the mid-Sixties, most commercial studios relied on a mono speaker, quite often a small Auratone, to check for balance, midrange presence, and phase problems, just for starters. Many of the engineers who engineered mono mixes are considered to be legends in our field. That said, to the dismay of all of you 5.1ers out there, stereo still rules the roost. We would love to hear Garrett’s guitars spread out a bit from center so that the vocal could “take a seat” and the bass could have its own place. As for the drum compression, long weekend or not, compression to the level of audible pumping is not a linchpin of any correct recording that we are aware of.
Summary: Good high-energy track, we’ll dispense with the Sasquatch jokes. Spread it out and don’t squash it so hard next time, okay?
Contact: Garret McQuesten / Gloves, gmcquesten@gmail.com.

JC and Powerhorse
Equipment: Apple iMac with MOTU UltraLite Mk3 interface running Apple Logic Studio 8; Event 20/20 monitors; modified Fender Strat through Top Hat Club Deluxe amp with cabinet in isolation box, miked with Shure SM57 (cab front) and Sennheiser e609 (cab rear); acoustic guitar miked with Cascade Fat Head ribbon mic; Ibanez bass recorded direct through Fishman Platinum Pro-EQ; vocals miked with Shure SM7B dynamic mic; Casio PX330 used as MIDI controller for plug-in keyboard parts, Korg padKONTROL used as controller for percussion.

Garret McQuesten / Gloves
Equipment: Apple Mac mini (1.67 GHz Intel Core Duo) with 2 GB RAM with Digidesign (Avid) Mbox 2 mini running Pro Tools 7 LE; Avid A.I.R. plug-ins for drums, IK Multimedia Ampeg SVX plug-in for bass; RØDE NT-1A vocal mic through Joemeek VCQ; 1969 blackface Fender Super Reverb amp miked with Shure SM57; Fender Jazzmaster, Telecaster, and Stratocaster guitars; MXR Dyna Comp and Micro Amp, Sovtek Big Muff, BOSS RE-20 Space Echo, Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail reverb; Fender Geddy Lee Jazz bass (via DI).

Music: “Shake” is a male vocal power pop/rock tune. The band consisted of Garret on bass guitar, Jason Johanson on guitar and vocals, and Matt Frank on guitar. Garret also handled all of the tracking, mixing, and mastering. Recording: Recorded as a performance/songwriting demo in a wintry remote Washington State cabin over a long weekend about a year ago, the guys used this remote setting to churn out a pretty high energy tune, albeit one that sits firmly in the demo realm as far as the actual recording goes. Now before anyone gets the idea that we are being too critical with the term “demo”, rest assured that this is not our intent. Could the tones and technique be improved upon? Absolutely. However, since the intent here was to make a quick demo, we think that the mission, as stated, was accomplished. That said, since our mission statement is to help you loyal readers to fashion better recordings, let’s take a look at what could be improved upon here, in case Garret’s next project is designed for different purposes. Whether by accident or design, we found Garret’s mix to be practically devoid of any stereo spread. We also found the programmed drums to be suffering from some extreme compression, to the point of “pumping” through our monitors. Now let’s look at some possible remedies, shall we?
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Music: “Country Life” is an male vocal country rock song, JC takes credit for the entire project. Recording: JC tells us that he’s been playing professionally for 30 years, but mainly to make a living via cover gigs. As he put it, “I finally took the plunge and am embarking on a mission to get doors slammed in my face.” With a small rig set up in a corner of his basement, recording miked parts only when no other folks or machines like the washer or furnace can interfere, he’s taught himself how to record with the help of the Logic Studio manual, friend Sam Ecoff, and our magazine. So how is he doing? On only his third try at recording, JC has delivered a well balanced and arranged effort. We thought that both the acoustic and electric guitars were well recorded/blended, and the vocal was free of any artifact (props to the Shure SM7B dynamic mic). We also have to acknowledge JC for his drums which were delivered via a Korg PadKONTROL—not bad for a guitar player! Our only real area of concern with JC’s mix was a lack of body in the bass guitar through our monitors. While the part itself was well played and articulate, we would like to hear more bottom in the bottom. Suggestions: JC used a direct box to record his bass, we would love to hear the part re-amped through a bass amp and miked with that SM7B, and then blended together with the DI part. Yummy! Checking out the many fine articles that we have presented on re-amping would be a fine place to start.
Summary: Not bad, JC, not bad at all. We like!
Contact: JC and Powerhorse, jca6_mac@wi.rr.com.


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Talkback
Recording’s 2010 Holiday Gift Guide
Theme Music for TV—A Production Report
Royer Labs R-101 Ribbon Microphone
Recording SFX—A Career Option?
Primacoustic IsoTools
Avenson Audio IsoDI
Getting Your Music Heard In Today’sCommercial Culture
Preview: Yamaha AvantGrand
It’s Your Music—Know Your Rights.Chapter 9: Trademark Basics
Sonoma Wire Works GuitarJack Model 1and FourTrack 4.0.1
Readers' Tapes
Advertiser Index
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Recording - December 2010 - Royer Labs R-101 Ribbon Microphone
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Recording - December 2010 - Recording SFX—A Career Option?
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Recording - December 2010 - Primacoustic IsoTools
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Recording - December 2010 - Avenson Audio IsoDI
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Recording - December 2010 - Getting Your Music Heard In Today’sCommercial Culture
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Recording - December 2010 - Preview: Yamaha AvantGrand
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Recording - December 2010 - It’s Your Music—Know Your Rights.Chapter 9: Trademark Basics
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Recording - December 2010 - Sonoma Wire Works GuitarJack Model 1and FourTrack 4.0.1
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