Apple iMac with MOTU UltraLite Mk3 interface running Apple Logic Studio 8; Event 20/20 monitors; modified Fender Strat through Top Hat Club Deluxe amp with cabinet in isolation box, miked with Shure SM57 (cab front) and Sennheiser e609 (cab rear); acoustic guitar miked with Cascade Fat Head ribbon mic; Ibanez bass recorded direct through Fishman Platinum Pro-EQ; vocals miked with Shure SM7B dynamic mic; Casio PX330 used as MIDI controller for plug-in keyboard parts, Korg padKONTROL used as controller for percussion.
Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Recording: JC tells us that he's been playing professionally for 30 years, but mainly to make a living via cover gigs. As he put it, "I finally took the plunge and am embarking on a mission to get doors slammed in my face." With a small rig set up in a corner of his basement, recording miked parts only when no other folks or machines like the washer or furnace can interfere, he's taught himself how to record with the help of the Logic Studio manual, friend Sam Ecoff, and our magazine. So how is he doing?
On only his third try at recording, JC has delivered a well balanced and arranged effort. We thought that both the acoustic and electric guitars were well recorded/blended, and the vocal was free of any artifact (props to the Shure SM7B dynamic mic). We also have to acknowledge JC for his drums which were delivered via a Korg PadKONTROL -- not bad for a guitar player!
Our only real area of concern with JC's mix was a lack of body in the bass guitar through our monitors. While the part itself was well played and articulate, we would like to hear more bottom in the bottom.
Suggestions: JC used a direct box to record his bass, we would love to hear the part re-amped through a bass amp and miced with that SM7B, and then blended together with the DI part. Yummy! Checking out the many fine articles that we have presented on re-amping would be a fine place to start.
Summary: Not bad, JC, not bad at all. We like!
Contact: JC and Powerhorse, firstname.lastname@example.org.