Gateway PC with Creative Soundblaster PCI 128D card running Cakewalk Pro Audio 9.0, Plug-ins by Waves, Cakewalk, and iZotope, Acoustica Beatcraft V1.02 drums, Scott’s own samples (available from http://freesound.iua.upf.edu/index.php); Peavey Mark III amplifier, Behringer MS40 monitors; TASCAM Portastudio 414, Shure SM58; Ross distortion pedal, Epiphone Les Paul Special II, Ibanez AE18 Acoustic-Electric, Dean Edge Q4 bass guitar.
Production Notes & Credits:
“Geraldine” is a male vocal, rock song. Scott wrote, performed and handled all the recording duties himself.
Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Recording: Considering the way this song was constructed, Scott has actually done a pretty fine job. More on that later. Let's get right to the heart of the matter. The two areas of this recording that work the best, to our ears, are the bass with its grunge-era-Seattle vibe, and the programmed drums, which show good balance and use of the stereo field. Less successful are the programmed cymbals, along with a harsh sounding electric guitar and some muddy/buried vocals.
Now before we get too critical of Scott's recording, we should point out the manner in which it was done. It seems that, at the time, Scott did not own any console or mic pres, so in his words, "all guitars, vox, etc. are recorded direct line out through an old Peavey Mark III amplifier to a Tascam Portastudio 414 interface to Creative Soundblaster audio PCI 128D." Okay then... can anyone say, "Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother's house we go?"
Suggestions: First off, Scott is the recipient of this month's MacGyver award for using the tools that he had available, in order to create his track. Was it perfect? No. Did it work? You bet. Programmed cymbals are difficult under the best of circumstances, due to their short decay time. Sound sources such as these are often perfect candidates for re-amping—there have been several fine articles in the pages of Recording that discuss this technique.
Regarding the vocals and guitars, Scott's Waves and iZotope plug-ins should have provided more satisfactory eq on both of these sound sources. We would encourage him to experiment with these plug-ins as much as possible.
Summary: Necessity is the mother of invention!
Contact: Scott Anthony, www.alicesweetalice.org.