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Artist Name:
Justen Cimino
Date Posted:
May 2010
Equipment Used:

Mac Mini with PreSonus FireBox interface running Apple Garageband; AKG C1000S condenser mic; Seagull S6 acoustic guitar, Aria nylon-string classical guitar.

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Production Notes & Credits:

“Daybreak” is an acoustic instrumental with a Latin/Flamenco vibe. Justen did it all.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 3
Recording: With just Garageband and one AKG C1000S mic, Justen has used some creative layering and panning to create a pretty compelling recording. Tone-wise, things hold up fairly well, the performance is solid, with only a minor bit of string squeak in the track. To us the real standout here is the way that Justin has used some nicely devised left side/right side panning to create a “rolling” effect as the piece gains a flamenco-style groove. Well done!

Suggestions: Justen tells us in his cover letter that he set out to create a simple recording, and while that’s true, the creative nature of the mixing and arrangement provide the piece an energy that is far from dull or boring. Regarding the string squeak, we have certainly heard worse, and to some extent it’s the nature of the beast when recording a fingerstyle piece with this much movement.

Summary: We like it.

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