TASCAM DP-01 Digital Portastudio, Dell computer running Steinberg Cubasis VST 4, Sound Forge 6, Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs headphones, AKG C1000S mic, Behringer Tube UltraGain, Alesis NanoCompressor, Cube GX-15R guitar amp, DigiTech Genesis 1 guitar processor, Fender bass, Larrivee electric guitar, Alesis SR-16 drum machine.
Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Recording: Recording this song on a fairly minimal setup, Drew has done a pretty admirable job overall. The drums have a good solid tone, particularly since they were generated via a fairly archaic Alesis SR-16 drum machine. The snare, with it’s rich sound, actually fooled us at first listen. Drew has kept the part believable, no crazy fills or other “non-drummer” stuff, just a basic, solid, programmed performance. Well done! The lead vocal, with its slightly Jim Morrison vibe, is well seated in the mix, dry but certainly not lacking in emotion.
We found the distorted electric guitars to be a bit rough in the tone department, but to his credit, Drew has wisely panned them out to the sides and pushed their volume back. By doing so he has kept the focus on the more successful aspects of his mix, mainly the drums and vocals. Finally, the bass does just enough to maintain interest while still supporting the kick drum.
Suggestions: Other than improving the sound of his distorted guitars we have to give Drew a big thumbs up here. It’s refreshing to hear a recording that transcends the gear that it was recorded on!
Summary: Sometimes it’s not the car but rather the driver that makes the difference. Good job.
Contact: Drew Barnes, firstname.lastname@example.org.