Roland Studio Package with Logic and Acoustica Mixcraft 5, Alesis Masterlink, Fender Showmaster guitar.
Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Recording: Zac has submitted a catchy tune here with more than a little "On The Border" era Eagles vibe. So how did he do with his "emulation"? Well, pretty good for the most part, although a general lack of clarity is dogging the track.
Let's start with the good stuff. We like the simple solid drumming and the walking bass is perfect for the genre. Zac has also managed to capture the Glenn & Don swapped lead vocal deal, complete with the doubled delay effect. So where's the problem?
Well, it stems from the balance between said vocals and the distorted electric guitar. On those classic California country rock albums, it was very rare to find a song that didn't contain at least two, very often three electric guitars playing simultaneously. What made them so effective, aside from skilled players, was the tonal variation and use of panning involved. Single coil pickups opposite humbuckers, shadows and light, contrast and clarity.
Suggestions: Zac has made some fine first steps here. We would encourage him to keep working on this track, try adding a second clean electric guitar, and then increase the panning of both away from the center of the stereo field until his vocals "speak" with more definition.
Summary: "Take it Easy", Zac!
Contact: Zac Chandler, firstname.lastname@example.org.