Pentium D 3.4 GHz with MOTU 424, three HD192, and one 24io, running Steinberg Nuendo 2; two TRUE Systems Precision 8 pres, Avalon M5, Grace 101, Summit Audio 2BA-221, Apogee Big Ben master clock. Mics: Mojave Audio MA-200, Neumann TLM103 and TLM49, two Shure SM81 and four SM57, AKG D112, C3000, and C1000S. TC Finalizer 96K, Empirical Labs EL8, Yamaha SPX90, SPX990, and REV500, Lexicon MPX1 and MPX500, Alesis Midiverb 4, SM Pro Audio PM-8, Rane HC-6 headphone amp, HEAR TalkBack, JBL 4311B with Alesis RA500 amps, Countryman DI, Radial JDI and JD7, PRS, Gibson, Fender, and Martin guitars, Ibanez SR1300 bass, Tama Starclassic Birch drums with Paiste cymbals, Marshall amps, Yamaha DX7II and S90ES, Alesis QS7.
Production Notes & Credits:
“Somewhere Somehow” is a female vocal rock song. Mandy Jodway sang the lead vocal, Kent Krisher played the guitars and sang backup vocals, Mark Dennon was on bass and vocals, Larry Ahlersmeyer played the keys and sang backup, while Gary Everett rounded things out on the drums.
Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Recording: Kent’s submission has the potential to be a very solid track once a few minor issues are cleared up. The song intros with a somewhat thin and very dry piano/string patch, kind of a harpsichord sound that lacks fullness. Next up is Mandy’s very present (and unfortunately very sibilant) lead vocal, along with an equally present bass with a rather “growly” tone.
The drums enter at approximately 33 seconds into the song and are placed pretty far back in the mix to our ears. After this, Kent makes good use of his stereo field—we really enjoyed the placement of the additional strings and the vocal harmonies. This formula stays about the same for the rest of the track, although the arrangement got a bit cluttered after the electric guitar solo (in our humble opinion of course!).
Suggestions: Our primary beef with this recording is, you guessed it, the vocal sibilance. On words like “It’s”, “show” and “so short” the sibilance is quite pronounced, and not in a good way.
We suggest that Kent re-examine the signal path that he used on Mandy’s vocals. As we looked through his gear list we found many fine mics and pre amps. That being the case, we would encourage Kent to experiment with different combinations until he finds one the is lees problematic.
We would also encourage him to consider using a dynamic mic or ribbon on Mandy’s vocals, and to abandon the heavy compression that is contributing to the sibilance issue. We could not hear any unevenness in Mandy’s performance that would warrant such measures.
Regarding the piano intro, finding access to a real piano would be worth the effort; you really want your first impression to be positive sonically. As for the rhythm section, we suggest that Kent bring the drum kit up in the mix a bit, in order to match the presence of the vocals and the bass.
Summary: A solid effort in need of some TLC.
Contact: Kent Krisher, email@example.com.