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SPOTLIGHT 38: What I Want
 
Artist Name:
Dave Thompson / Soul Alarm
  Title:
SPOTLIGHT 38: What I Want
 
Date Posted:
October 2010
 
Genre:
Rock and Pop
Equipment Used:

PC with Echo Audio Layla 24/96 running Emagic Logic 5.5, Native Instruments plug-ins for guitar and bass effects, and Universal Audio UAD-1 plug-ins including the LA-2A and Neve 1073 EQ; MXL 9000 microphone with Focusrite Platinum Trakmaster preamp; all non-string instruments emulated using plug-ins, drums programmed from keyboard.

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Production Notes & Credits:

"What I Want" is a male vocal rock song. Dave Thompson was responsible for the entire project, from the writing right on through to the performance and recording duties.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 5
Recording: This month's Spotlight is a prime example of how to manage dynamics in a mix. Not only is Dave a gifted musician, but he has shown an astute ability to combine both the intimate and the heavy ends of the musical spectrum in a way that escapes most home and project studio recordists.

Utilizing some skillful programming (drums) along with some fine playing chops, Dave has built a track with a huge degree of dynamic range. Better still, he has done it without the squashed, overly zealous limiting that we hear on so many recordings.

We also admired the way that Dave was able to manipulate some very heavy electric guitars in and out of his mix without having the bass and drums getting swallowed up in any frequency masking. For those of you who think that this is an easy task, think again!

Suggestions (for the listeners, not for you, Dave!): As with all of our Spotlights, there is a lot that can be learned by studying a successful mix. We urge all of you out there to spend some time listening to "What I Want", and note-taking is allowed!

Summary: Long live dynamic range.

Contact: Dave Thompson/Soul Alarm, info@digitalunderdog.com.

About: Marty Peters

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