PC with Presonus FirePod and M-Audio Delta 44 running Emagic Logic Audio Platinum and Native Instruments Battery drum plug-in; two TASCAM TMD-1000 digital mixers used as control surfaces; Blue Blueberry mic, Avalon M5 preamp; Event Precision 6 passive monitors, Samson Servo 150 amp; Yamaha Motif Rack, M-Audio Keystation Pro 88 controller.
Production Notes & Credits:
“Paradox” is a male vocal R&B/Soul tune. Shawn Everette Rogers wrote, performed, programmed and recorded the track. The production was shared between Shawn Rogers and Shawn Smith.
Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Recording: Nicely done, Shawn(s)! We hear a well-composed “message” tune that stays focused throughout. The rhythm is basic but effective, although we would liked to have heard a bit more low-end information from the synth bass. The vocals are recorded cleanly with only a tiny bit of spittiness in the upper frequency range. Perhaps our only real complaint is that through our monitors, the vocals seem a tad too out front of the music bed, ditto the “broken glass” ending.
Suggestions: As a rule we are very in favor of intelligible vocals in “message” type songs—after all, what’s the point if you can’t make out the lyric? That said, we would suggest that Shawn consider a bit of rebalancing with his mix. Adding a few dB of low end and subtracting a few dB of vocal volume would probably help the mix to translate better over a variety of speaker/monitor systems.
As for the ending, while we understand the need for impact, a little less volume would still do the job since that sound source could be too jarring on some systems.
Summary: A solid message and track.
Contact: Shawn Everette, firstname.lastname@example.org.