Mac G5 running Pro Tools 7.4, Waves Gold Native bundle, BIAS Peak 4, and Native Instruments plug-ins: Akoustik Grand piano, B4 organ, and Guitar Rig 3 XE. Sampled horn section, Drums On Demand drum tracks. Vocal Microphone: Audio-Technica AT4033. SE Guild hollow body guitar, Ibanez bass guitar, Roland “digital 1000s” (RD-1000 piano?).
Production Notes & Credits:
“Just Call Me” is a male vocal blues shuffle. Ted Day recorded, produced, and played organ and horns on the track. Lonnie Dunn sang the lead and backing vocals, played the guitars, bass and organ.
Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Recording: A well written tune that avoids most of the clichés that can often accompany songs in this genre. Lonnie is obviously a gifted guitarist and he and Ted have fashioned a pretty tight track here. The stinging electric guitar tone is excellent, as is the organ. The vocals are upfront and very near distortion, but they suit the rough nature of the overall sound.
On the other side of the coin, we found the drums and bass to be rather lackluster in tone, and the overall mix to be somewhat narrow.
Suggestions: This is a fine effort overall. That said, bringing a quality rhythm section onboard would take the recording to a much higher level, in our opinion. Even the great Stevie Ray Vaughn, with all of his mighty skill, was wise enough to surround himself with a killer rhythm section and keyboardist. An added benefit to this scenario might be the ability to gig with this ensemble.
Keeping with that live idea, we would encourage Ted to image his mix from an onstage perspective. Imagine that the horns are set up on stage right, while the backing vocalists are on stage left, with the drums, bass, guitar, organ and lead vocals in the 11:00 to 1:00 range. By doing this, the sound field will benefit, as will the energy, as a result of the added “space”.
Summary: Go “live” for the vibe!
Contact: Ted Day, firstname.lastname@example.org.