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SPOTLIGHT 23: Full Of Yourself
 
Artist Name:
Charlie Gaspadarek
  Title:
SPOTLIGHT 23: Full Of Yourself
 
Date Posted:
July 2009
 
Genre:
Blues
Equipment Used:

Digidesign Pro Tools 8 running on Mac G5 with Digi 002R interface (modified by Black Lion Audio) and Universal Audio UAD-2 DSP card. Mackie HR824 monitors with HRS-120 sub. Mics: AKG C-414B XLSII condenser mic, AEA R84 ribbon mic, Neumann TLM 103 condenser mic, Shure SM57 dynamic mic; Neve 5015 Mic Pre/Compressor, SM Pro Audio PM8 Passive Mixer, Alesis ML-9600 MasterLink HD Recorder; Fender Marcus Miller Jazz Bass, Gibson RD Artist electric guitar, Larrivee D-02R acoustic guitar, Fender Hot Rod Deluxe amp; organ: Digidesign DB-33 plug-in played with Yamaha KX8 MIDI controller.

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Production Notes & Credits:

“Full of Yourself” is a male vocal blues tune with a Robben Ford vibe. Charles wrote, programmed, performed, recorded mixed and mastered the track in his home studio.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 5
Recording: This month’s Spotlight is yet another masterful one-man-band affair. When a Spotlight submission hits the bullseye, we like to give the artist an opportunity to tell us in his own words how he made the magic, and we were lucky to find that Charlie’s as good at walking us through the recording process as he was at creating this fine track.

Charlie tells us, “All the music on “Full of Yourself” was written and performed by me, with the exception of the drums. I started by doing some basic arranging of a really fine set of drum loops that came with my Pro Tools 8 upgrade.

“Next I came up with some chords and recorded them with a Larrivee acoustic guitar miked with an AEA R84 ribbon mic. Then I tracked a bass part using my Fender MM Jazz Bass through the Neve 5015 pre and into the 002R. The Gibson RD Artist electric guitar tracks were next, recorded through a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe amp miked with an AKG C-414B XLSII up close and the R84 placed about 10 feet out in front.”

“After struggling for a few weeks with lyrics (as usual) I gave it my best shot through a Neumann TLM 103 mic into the Neve 5015. During mixdown I used the Universal Audio UAD-2 Plate 140 in the reverb aux and the Pultec EQP-1A, Fairchild 670, and Precision Limiter in the master channel inserts. I dumped this mix to an Alesis ML-9600 HD recorder and then burned to CD. The CD file was converted to MP3 in iTunes on my Mac.”

As for the result of all this had work and detail, “Full of Yourself” is one of the richest, most tone-laden submissions to come our way in quite some time. The programmed drums sound superb and totally realistic, and the lead vocal is present and artifact free. We love the fine organ tone and the clean articulate electric guitar, and what can you say about the walking bass? Killer tone and groove as well.

Best of all, unlike many one-man-band tracks, this one sounds effortless. In fact it sounds more like a band than many of the real band submissions that we receive. Charlie, you have raised the bar a few notches higher with your superior effort. Bravo!

Summary: Radio Ready.

Contact: Charlie Gaspadarek, charlie@foxriverrecording.com.

About: Marty Peters

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