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SPOTLIGHT 40: The Me You See
 
Artist Name:
Paul Karcz / Spiral Trance
  Title:
SPOTLIGHT 40: The Me You See
 
Date Posted:
December 2010
 
Genre:
Rock and Pop
Equipment Used:

Digital Audio Wave PC running Steinberg Nuendo 4; Mackie 24x8 mixer into two PreSonus FirePods; Mics: Studio Projects C1 Condenser for vocals, Shure SM57 on guitar cabinets, Audio Technica KP drum mics, sE Electronics sE3A matched pair as drum overheads, AKG D112 on kick drum, guitar cabinets, and bass cabinets; PreSonus Eureka; Les Paul and Epiphone guitars, Hughes and Kettner Tube 100 amp heads through Marshall 4x12 cabs, split guitar signal simultaneously through Line 6 Toneport UX1 with custom amp presets; Warwick Corvette basses through Ampeg amp head and SWR cabinets and direct line out of Boss GT-6B effects pedal board. Monitoring through Mackie HR 824 powered monitors.

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Production Notes & Credits:

"The Me You See" is a heavy rock/metal tune. Paul sang the lead vocals and played rhythm guitar as well as producing, recording and mixing the track. The rest of the band was comprised of Bill Lyles on drums, Matt Stevens on lead guitar, and Andy Zupke on bass. The project was mastered by Trevor Sadler at Mastermind Productions. You all might be familiar with Trevor's name -- he's a mastering engineer who's worked extensively with frequent Recording contributor Paul Vnuk Jr. and whose wisdom has graced these pages more than once.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 5
Recording: This month's Spotlight features a track that does a superb job in a genre that can be very, very tricky to get right. Recording contemporary Heavy Rock -- can we say Metal, please? -- is challenging on many levels, the competing low mid range frequencies alone would be enough to defeat many home recordists. With the majority of songs featuring downtuned electric guitars and super-low-register basses, managing to find space for each sound source (not to mention the drums) ain't as easy as it sounds, folks... and we're happy to report that Paul has done a textbook job of it here.

Paul has achieved excellent tones and balances on all of his sound sources. The drums are rich and the kick has just the right amount of "click" articulation. The bass is equally articulate, the guitars have a thick creamy sound free of "buzzsaw", and best of all, the vocals remain focused despite of all the energy.

A topnotch effort by all involved, and a great example for all of you recordists who work with this genre. Extra kudos go out to Trevor for his mastering work; the track retains great dynamics while being competitive in volume with commercial releases.

Summary: A ++.

Contact: Paul Karcz / Spiral Trance, paulkarcz@yahoo.com.

About: Marty Peters

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